On January 28 the congregation gathered at Mannum Baptist church to celebrate their final worship service in the William Street chapel.
The celebration was attended by a large crowd including past and present members as well as those who attended Sunday school, were baptised or were married in the chapel.
The congregation of the baptist church has gathered in the chapel for just over 50 years, after the chapel became home to the Baptist church in 1967.
The first service was held there on Sunday January 15 1967, and it was dedicated on March 12 in the same year.
Prior to the Baptist congregation moving in, the Lutheran church had held services and worshiped there since 1893.
The final service in the William Street chapel was a nostalgic service which reflected on the history of the Baptist church in Mannum and also acknowledged past Pastors and Elders and they influence they had on the community.
Elder is an honorary title at Mannum Baptist church, and is one that is only granted to those who have been part of the church leadership for many years, reflect Christian principle in the community and display Christian wisdom.
This honour has only been granted twice in the past, in 1948 to Mr Arthur Vivian and in 1968 to Mr Ken Mercer.
The final service in the chapel closed with Mrs Helene Maxwell being recognised as the third Elder of the church.
Despite the move the Mannum Baptist church has some bold plans in mind as we look towards the future.
In the short term period following the move, we will use our tea rooms as our place of worship.
The tea rooms are currently being offered for sale, so longer term plans will be developed once the tea rooms are sold.
One of the options church members have voted for is to investigate the possibility of building a children’s wellbeing centre, but it will take some time to determine what that will look like in practice.
The sale of our chapel is a positive step in our plan to move forward and be a positive influence in our community.
We will continue to seek God’s guidance through this time of dramatic change.
This is an exciting time to be part of Mannum Baptist church as we look forward to what God has in mind for us.
We welcome all those who wish to join us in this exciting adventure.