Nagambie’s St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is gone - but not forever.
The congregation is temporarily meeting in Seymour after it made the difficult decision to sell the church building at the corner of Glass and Prentice streets.
The increasing cost of maintenance at the 120-year-old building was too much for the church to afford and the congregation is now looking for a new home in Nagambie.
Reverand Kyung Ee said the church was looking for a modern building to suit the updated style of service.
“With the number of members down, we can’t continue with the high costs. It’s a lovely old building but it’s time for a change,” he said.
“It's not just the church that is suffering. Many community and sporting groups in country towns are seeing decline in member numbers.
“But the outlook for the future is positive. Nagambie is seeing a of lot of growth and we are confident we can build the numbers back up when we have a new home.”
Rev Ee said the timeline for finding a new home and moving the service back to Nagambie was uncertain.
“There’s a lot of issues with getting the building sold. Miscellaneous things have to be sorted and that all takes time,” he said.
“But we will take it one step at a time and slowly work through it all. Church members will be kept updated about what’s happening.
“It’s a temporary setback for the Nagambie congregation. We have faith that it will be back and stronger than ever.”
For more information, phone Bill Day on 5794 2070.