Less than a month to object to sale of church building
THE fate of the All Saints Church at Lawrence is set to be decided, with less than a month for community members to lodge their final objections.
More than a year since The Daily Examiner reported the building might be sold, church lay minister Terry Bird said an ordinance had been posted at the Anglican Church regarding the potential sale of the building.
The ordinance, posted on October 9, said the Parish of Maclean had requested permission to sell the building and surrounding land.
Mr Bird said he encouraged anyone who wanted to object to the sale to do so within the 28-day period.
"If the local community wishes to keep the church building open, for Sunday worship, plus other services, your commitment and support are required," he said.
Mr Bird, who has been lay minister at the church for more than 10 years, said it still played an important part in the community.
"We often get between 15 and 18 people weekly," he said.
But Mr Bird said he thought there was potential to attract more people.
"Things have been in limbo," he said.
"Because we are in limbo, it's sort of difficult to forge ahead."
Mr Bird had concerns about people needing to travel to Maclean or Grafton if the building was sold.
"Some of the people who are going to our church have been going for more than 70 years," he said.
"It's a hub for the community, for funerals, Christmas, regular worship and it brings the community together."
The Anglican Diocese of Grafton declined to comment because the call for objections was a part of an ongoing process.
Objection letters can be addressed to Parish Council, St James Anglican Church, 15 Wharf St, Maclean 2463, and should be received by November 5.