WHILE many small churches across the state have closed their doors or been sold off, St John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Lucknow continues to host services once a month.
Today the church and the adjoining community hall are a strong focus for the community.
This weekend, the little church on the hill will celebrate 140 years since it was consecrated.
Lay preacher Deirdre Beasley is co-ordinating a celebration in the church on Sunday, followed by lunch in the nearby hall.
She said the village residents were determined the church would continue to host regular services.
“We used to host services twice a month and now it’s down to once a month, so we are looking at ways to increase the usage and open it to other Christian denominations,” Mrs Beasley said.
“We are passionate about preserving our church.”
Built in 1873, St John The Evangelist Anglican Church replaced a bark hut, which doubled as a school and centre for both Anglican and Wesleyan services from the outset of the town’s establishment.
During the peak of Lucknow’s mining boom the church was extended to increase capacity.
Although Sunday School no longer operates, after numbers dwindled, Reverend Anastasia Webster-Hawes from Blayney, who is also dedicated to keeping the church operating, conducts services once a month.
“The recruitment of new people has kept the church going,” Mrs Beasley said.
The celebration service will be held at 10.30am on Sunday followed by lunch in the adjacent community hall, which equally as historic.
It was originally the school but fell down in 1864 and was replaced by a stone building in 1878.
People wishing to take part in Sunday’s celebration should call Deidre Beasley on 6365 5339.