For 35 years the Anglican Church of Mooroopna has been without a permanent home — until now.
After the long wait, Mooroopna Anglicans are finally worshipping in their own building at the site of the old Ardmona SPC canteen in Young St.
The group met at Mooroopna High School for more than 21 years and later rented the old Mooroopna Post Office for five years.
They recently bought the whole Young St property, including the SPC canteen that is where their regular church services are hosted.
Anglican church member Ian Andrews said the congregation felt it had a responsibility to use the building as a resource for the people of Mooroopna.
‘‘We have a commitment to the people,’’ he said.
Church members decided to adopt the name ‘‘The Canteen’’ after establishing that feeding people is what a church should be all about.
The 1960s-built canteen caters to a large space with three areas used as a worship centre, community meeting space, and for meals and other events.
The church’s regular services include a Sunday 9.30am Prayer Book service, a 5pm family service and a Wednesday 10am communion service.
Mooroopna Anglican Church members along with the Anglican Bishop of Bendigo Andrew Curnow are looking forward to celebrating their new home at 13-17 Young St Mooroopna with a special service on Sunday at 10am.
Mooroopna Anglicans are inviting the community as well as Ardmona/SPC employees to attend the 10am service, or later at 11.30am for a morning tea.
- Grace Evans, Deakin University internship student