Canowindra’s Anglican and Uniting Church parish has celebrated 100 years since a Methodist minister was first based in town and served nearby areas.
Reverend Jono Williams said 150 people arrived for a lunch and afternoon tea on Sunday while 120 attended a dinner on Saturday to celebrate 100 years of Methodist circuit in Canowindra, Cranbury and Cudal.
The Combined Churches Choir from Orange arrived to sing at the lunch, held in Cranbury, while young people from the town and the Davis Quartet performed.
The dinner, held at the Community Centre, featured presentations from church groups involved with school scripture, cornerstone, community garden, food basket, Cranbury Easter Camp and the Anglican Women’s Association regarding the areas of ministry they are involved in.
“The thing that was inspiring was how much we’re involved as well. As I said at the dinner there’s not too many people in our parish not involved in something. It’s a very active parish as a cooperative Anglican and Uniting Church parish,” Rev. Williams said.
“I certainly think the parish in Canowindra has a lot to celebrate because we do so much, we don’t just sit in the pews, we get out there and get involved in the community.”
A worship service at 9.30am on Sunday also celebrated the milestone, and Reverend Dr Brian Brown, moderator of the NSW/ACT Uniting Church Synod, spoke.
One hundred years ago a Methodist minister first became based in Canowindra and then served nearby towns Cranbury, Nyrang Creek, Lockwood, Billimari, Collinsville and Murga.
Today Rev. Williams serves the Anglican and Uniting Church in Canowindra, the Anglican Church in Woodstock, the Uniting Church in Cranbury and the Uniting Church in Cudal.