REVAMP: Fred Scott, Gwen and Nev Taylor, Lexie Scott and June Evans welcome the renovations at Ma Ma Creek Anglican Church.
REVAMP: Fred Scott, Gwen and Nev Taylor, Lexie Scott and June Evans welcome the renovations at Ma Ma Creek Anglican Church. Derek Barry

Ma Ma Creek church gets new roof

PARISHIONERS at Ma Ma Creek Anglican Church hope for a rather better 102nd anniversary than the deluge that ruined their 101st.

St Stephen's Church has been a mainstay of the community since it was opened on January 26, 1912, following on from the original building, which dated from 1888.

It served its community well for more than a century but on Australia Day in 2013, it was a victim of the storms that lashed the region, causing flooding and other devastation.

At Ma Ma Creek the wind and rain tore open a huge gash in the roof, leaving the church open to the elements. The only thing to be grateful for was the fact the church was empty at the time.

Church sexton Fred Scott said the community was so concerned by the extent of the damage, more than 60 people got together for a meeting in the church.

"The church is a community centre, not just for Anglicans," Mr Scott said.

Mr Scott said the community got their wallets out and raised enough money not just for a new Colorbond roof but for new carpet and other running repairs too.

"The work was all done in less than week late last year," he said.

Now a year on from the storm, the church has been restored to its original grandeur.

The church community will celebrate with the general public on Sunday, February 2 with a special service at 10.30am and lunch to follow.

Bring a chair and plate to share.


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