HISTORIC MILESTONE: The Reverend Hilary Singleton, from St Paul’s Anglican Church, Byron Bay, and St Columba’s Anglican Church warden George Flick outside the historic Ewingsdale church.
HISTORIC MILESTONE: The Reverend Hilary Singleton, from St Paul’s Anglican Church, Byron Bay, and St Columba’s Anglican Church warden George Flick outside the historic Ewingsdale church. Christian Morrow

Celebrating 100 years of one of the prettiest little churches

ST COLUMBA'S Anglican Church at Ewingsdale is renowned as one of the prettiest country churches in Australia.

This Sunday at 11am the church will celebrate the centenary of its consecration with a service conducted by the Anglican Diocesan Bishop, Sarah Macneil.

Assisting will be the Reverend Hilary Singleton, from St Paul's Anglican Church, Byron Bay. Also on hand will be George Flick, who continues as the church's warden after more than 50 years of service.

"The church is one of the key buildings in the shire, part of the heritage-listed curtilage that includes the hall next door along with the old school," Rev Singleton said. "It's truly significant that, after 100 years, faith is still proclaimed in the area and Sunday's service will also be recognition of all who worshipped here before."

Among those attending will be Helen Jones, the granddaughter of Bruce Powell Stephens - one of two babies baptised at the church's first consecration service.

Relatives of the other baby baptised that day, Dulcie Johnston, will also be attending, as will the granddaughter of the church's builder Hilary Kerr.

These days, people come from around Australia and the world to get married in the tiny church that only seats about 60 people.

"They come here because of history and the ambience. It's a sacred space for those looking for a traditional wedding," Rev Singleton said.

"But this is not a retro theme park, this is a worshipful community. They can only be married in an Anglican ceremony."

This Sunday there will be sheltered outdoor seating and a shared lunch.


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