Historic Methodist church getting new roof

Mosgiel Methodist Church parishioners (from left) Shirley Bulger, Betty-Mae Cathro, Fay...
Mosgiel Methodist Church parishioners (from left) Shirley Bulger, Betty-Mae Cathro, Fay Richardson, Rachael Masterton, and Parish Minister Rev David Poultney. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD
After nearly 135 years of protecting parishioners, the roof at Mosgiel Methodist Church is being replaced.

Contractor Dunedin Roofing is to start work today on replacing the church's original corrugated iron roof, which is now rusty and letting the rain in.

The $33,000 project, which is being funded through parish funds, will provide the historic wooden church with a new lease of life.

Founded in 1885, the Mosgiel Methodist Church stands proud at the corner of Gordon Rd and Wickliffe St - by Countdown Mosgiel.

Parish Minister Rev David Poultney said the solidly-built church remained in excellent condition, and was well-placed to support its mostly Mosgiel-based congregation into the future.

Rev Poultney joined the Mosgiel Methodist Church in August, 2018, and is working alongside the congregation to expand the church's outreach into the community.

"We are very keen to reach out to the community and bring them into our space,'' he said.

The spacious church hall houses the Mosgiel Food Bank, which is run from Taieri Christian Care Trust, and many community groups hire out the hall and rooms for a variety of activities.

"People think of church as something that happens on a Sunday morning, but that is just the tip of the iceberg,'' Rev Poultney said.

Parishioner Betty-Mae Cathro said the congregation was "friendly and very supportive'', and was very active in the community.

"We maintain the Methodist tradition of being good, practically-minded people, with a care for our community.''

Rev Poultney said the women of the congregation held regular women's fellowship sessions, which were a good way to bring people together.

Parishioner Rachael Masterton, who looks after the church's property and finances, is also making plans for Neighbour's Day, which will run from March 22 to 31 this year.

"We see it as being about being a good neighbour to people, which is important in today's society, where we often don't know our neighbours as well as we used to.''

BRENDA.HARWOOD @thestar.co.nz

Add a Comment