Historical church will close

The Reverend Rod Winterton at the soon-to-be-closed St Aidan’s Anglican Church, Tannymorel.
The Reverend Rod Winterton at the soon-to-be-closed St Aidan’s Anglican Church, Tannymorel. Georja Ryan

JUST three years before its 100th birthday, the St Aidan's Anglican Church at Tannymorel will close its doors for the last time.

St Mark's Anglican Parish rector Reverend Rod Winterton said the closure was due to a lack of members and a changing face of society.

"The monthly services were attended by only one or two people so it just wasn't viable to keep going," the Reverend Winterton said.

Opened in 1915, St Aidan's was once the place to be.

"This place used to be so busy in the 1960s," Rev Winterton said.

"The congregation was so big they couldn't all get through the doors."

But much changed during the years and numbers began to fade, with the last service held at Christmas 2010.

"Now all the little country churches only have a handful of people who go," Rev Winterton said.

He said people were less inclined to engage with their local church nowadays and the future of other small churches looked dim.

"We'll probably have to go the way the Catholics have gone (in the future) and have people come into Warwick."

With the Killarney church 6km away and just 8km to Yangan, Rev Winterton said locals would not miss out on a community church.

All furnishings in St Aidan's will be distributed to other churches and the building will, most likely, go on the market.

The deconsecration will be held on Saturday May 26 at 11am.

Bishop Rob Nolan will conduct the service which will be followed by a lunch.

 

Deconsecration

  • Saturday, May 26, at 11am.
  • After this the church will no longer be a church but a regular building.

Topics:  closure, st aidan's anglican church



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