The Methodist, Anglican and Presbyterian congregations at Trinity Church Darfield

Trinity church celebrates

by Ann van Engelen

Past and present members of Trinity Church Darfield joined together to mark its 40th anniversary last Saturday.

“Both congregations who worship here on Sunday mornings have been in Darfield since the late 1800s. In the 1970s they made the decision to take down their 100-plus-year-old wooden church buildings and together build a church that could be used by the Methodist, Anglican and Presbyterian congregations,” says Archdeacon Susan Baldwin.

“The project was initiated by The Rev Hugh Paterson in 1970 and took nine years of planning and building until Trinity Church was opened in the spring of 1979. The congregations have been working and ministering together since that time.

“From across the Malvern district, 135 people including two visitors, from South Africa and China, attended our celebrations at last Sunday morning’s service.

Several speakers recounted the story of Trinity Church and church musicians, Elizabeth Blackburn and Peter Van Siclen played for the service.

“The Rev Hugh Paterson, Evan Frew and Graham Taege described how the project began and was developed from 1970 to 1979.

“Then Reverend Lionel Brown, Christine Anderson, Adele Langlands and myself described the four decades of the church’s ministry and work in the community.

“Along with Lynmaree Sopoaga, we thank all the helpers who blessed the local businesses along the main street of Darfield and in the Trinity car park after school, by delivering pieces of birthday cake last week.

“We also wish to thank our musicians and the anonymous sponsor and her family for providing a generous and sumptuous celebratory morning tea.”