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Abergowrie Church decommissioned

THE ABERGOWRIE Uniting Church in Ingham was decommissioned on 6 June with a special service conducted by North Queensland Presbytery Chair Rev Bruce Cornish.

Its opening in March 1959 as the Abergowrie Methodist Church saw four baptisms that day.

Dwindling numbers and high building upkeep costs forced the congregation to reassess their use of the building.

Event Coordinator Liz Bosworth said the service was a celebration of the ministry of the Abergowrie Uniting Church.

“This brings to a close the end of an era for the Abergowrie Uniting Church, on a perfect day, shared with a revered spirit by a blessed congregation, who celebrated the occasion with rejoicing and thanksgiving,” she said.

A cake was cut by Tom Venables and the longest serving congregation member Ann Lyon. Many members now worship at the Ingham Uniting Church.