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New Uniting Church set to open

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January 30, 2018

Congregation and planning group chair Joan McRae inside the new Uniting Church worship area.

The redeveloped Uniting Church at Fryers St, Shepparton.

Some 52m of doves line the windows of the newly redeveloped Shepparton Uniting Church at Fryers St in Shepparton.

Planning for the $1.97 million project began in 2010 after the Shepparton congregations formed one Uniting Church.

This weekend, the church will be officially opened during a worship hosted by Uniting Church leader Rev Sharon Hollis.

Congregation and planning group chair Joan McRae said the redevelopment would help the congregation living out a vision to be a church that loved God and was faithful to Christ in worship, community life, and in serving the wider community.

And the build would help to accomplish this by providing 21 century flexible spaces for a range of activities into the future.

‘‘The build started in April 18 (last year) and the official opening and worship will be this Sunday at 4pm,’’ Mrs McRae said.

A new octagonal space has linked the present church and hall under one roof, enabling a natural flow from worship, ministry and general life.

The Shepparton Uniting Church Op Shop is the last piece of the puzzle, set to be enlarged and refurbished this year.

‘‘We want to develop our op shop and are looking at new visions... hoping to do something with TAFE students next door. It’s all very exciting,’’ Mrs McRae said.

The opening worship will begin at the church on the corner of Corio St and Fryers St, Shepparton, this Sunday at 4pm, followed by light refreshments at 6pm.

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