100 years of faith & friendship

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Earlier this month, Port Elliot Uniting Church’s Adult Fellowship reached a huge milestone, celebrating 100 years of faith, friendship and fellowship.

A worship service of celebration and praise was led by the Rev Lindsay Faulkner at Port Elliot Uniting Church on Sunday 10 September – but the real celebration came just a couple of days later.

A centenary meeting of the fellowship was held on Wednesday 13 September, with over 60 members and friends joining the celebration to mark the achievements made by the Fellowship.

A warm welcome was given by the current President of the Port Elliot Uniting Church Adult Fellowship, Ruth Walwyn.

Special mention was made of all visitors, particularly those from other Adult Fellowships at St Jude’s Anglican Church, Yilki Uniting Church and Adare Uniting Church. Congratulatory messages were also received from Goolwa Uniting Church and other associated persons. The Peace candle was lit by Marj Thornton (OAM), who read a short history of its origin, and Peace candles were then presented to representatives from the other Adult Fellowships.

Following this presentation, Ruth gave a summary of the many achievements and activities that have spanned the life of the Fellowship. Judy Steel (AO) added to this with an anecdotal account of Fellowship activities, gleaned from records kept in the church archives.

“Heart Sing, Soul Sing”, a choir of singers from the South Coast, sang some well-known and popular songs, enlivening the gathered crowd. These songs later made way for a rendition of “Happy Birthday”, while a cake decorated with the words “100 Years of Friendship” was ceremoniously cut by Rev Anne Butler, assisted by Ruth (pictured). The celebratory event concluded with an afternoon tea – and lots of cake!

It was a wonderful occasion to remember the work of the Adult Fellowship at Port Elliot Uniting Church – the faith and friendship fostered in the group over the past 100 years, and the many things they have done to assist the wider community in that time.

Photo: Rev Anne Butler cuts the centenary cake assisted by the Adult Fellowship President, Ruth Walwyn.


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