Porepunkah church just too costly to keep open

Porepunkah’s Union Church has served its congregation for 106 years, but it is being retired because of rising costs for the decreasing number of parishioners. Congregation members including (from left) Peter Steel, Gaye Lumsden, Lu Praetz, Mark Wallace, Barb Davies and Lois Taylor will now meet in each others’ homes to practice their faith. PHOTO Vanessa Burgess

IT seems the price of religion has risen so high, a local congregation has had to permanently close the doors of its church.

The Porepunkah Union Church has been operating for the past 106 years, but sadly the rising cost of maintenance and insurances combined with dwindling congregation numbers have made it impossible for the church to stay open.

Committee member Peter Steel said the decision was made after the first church meeting for the year, in January.

“We’ve got seven members in our congregation, and those numbers simply don’t cover the ongoing costs of the church – in fact we were going backwards,” he said.

“The church needs work done to it, and the insurances just keep going up and we’ve had a lovely bunch of people sticking together and doing whatever we could to keep it going – but it’s just become too hard and too expensive.

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