Bodalla celebration

Late last year, a story of the redevelopment of the Bodalla Uniting Church on the south coast of NSW featured in Perspective magazine and also on this website see “The little church in Bodalla” here. The project came to fruition on November 16th, with a special day to celebrate its renewal and rededication. A brief extract from the following article by Noel Smart, with photos, features in the current issue of Perspective. Here is the entire article, with additional photos.

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Almost 100 people from many localities, crammed into the ‘Little Church in the Trees’ as it has become known, and saw it stretched to its limits trying to cope with this wonderful attendance; described by some as the largest crowd the little church had seen, with being involved in a funeral.

019Beautifully decorated with masses of flowers, many put in place by Graziella Buchanan, a friend of our Rev Pam Crispin, the renovated church had a new feeling, a new atmosphere, and a new future, after almost seven month’s work by congregational members, and great support from the Dep’t of Corrective Services work crew.

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The morning had very wet overtures, but our Fire Brigade helpers were convinced the weather was in ‘good hands’ and were proven correct. After the brief but very appropriate service, the grounds were filled as the ‘Firies’ worked untiringly, providing an excellent BBQ lunch. In the small town of Bodalla, these guys and their ladies are our local service club; filling a valuable community service role. Like pepper and salt, they are in everything. Donations on the day raised a very significant sum for this great group of people. A printed blessing was presented to them during their usual assistance with our carols night.

018 A very original decorated cake, based on the little church buildings, was made by Bev Wilkinson from Narooma, who spends much time at Bodalla while husband Jim plays the organ. Our relatively new organ was recently donated by fire brigade member Lou Maciolek, and his wife Dana.

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From left: Pam Flanagan, Rev Barry Flanagan, Rev Pam Crispin, Jean and Noel Smart, (principal project managers) Ken Crispin, Rev David Oliphant, his wife Angela Young, with her dog, Phoebe.

We would like to publicly thank everyone who attended and helped in any way, including the coverage provided by the ‘Perspective’ magazine.

Though small in numbers, this little congregation has shown what can be done, if people believe in what they do. We were also blessed with support from many people outside the church. A beautiful poster, designed and printed by our photographic guru, and community minister, Rev Pam Crispin, acknowledged those donors to our project.

Though small in numbers, this little congregation has shown what can be done, if people believe in what they do. We were also blessed with support from many people outside the church. A beautiful poster, designed and printed by our photographic guru, and community minister, Rev Pam Crispin, acknowledged those donors to our project.

Noel Smart
Bodalla Uniting Church