After 79 years serving the community, Canberra’s first Methodist church for the past 29 years, Reid Uniting Church closed with a special service on Sunday 25 June. It was a full house as dozens of people from around the region came to celebrate their links with a church which fostered the growth of other congregations in the early days of the fledgling national capital. The service was led by Presbytery’s Pastoral Relations Worker, the Rev. Dr Ross Kingham, and former Reid minister the Rev. Norman McDonald, who had been a frequent visitor from his home in the Blue Mountains in recent months.
Recent months have seen a good deal of movement of ministers.
Rev. Mark Greenlees has left Gungahlin to take up a position as Presbytery Minister in the Illawarra Presbytery.
Rev. Simon Hansford has left Queanbeyan to take up a position as Presbytery Minister with New England North West Presbytery.
Rev. John Wakefield leaves St Margaret’s and Reid to take up a placement with the Oxford Street, Epping congregation in the Sydney North Presbytery on 1 April.
With these departures, and some imminent retirements, it is a busy time for congregations revising their profiles and Joint Nominating Committees seeking new names.
Rev. Melinda Prowse married John Grahamon 11 February at the Canberra City Uniting Church. Mel is Deacon working with youth at Canberra City UC.