Presbyterian Church turns over new ‘brick’

2018-05-10 06:00
The Jeffreys Bay Presbyterian Church now boasts a brand new building in Dolly Varden Street, Jeffreys Bay. At the new church building is proud elder George Harrington.               PHoto:MONIQUE BASSON

The Jeffreys Bay Presbyterian Church now boasts a brand new building in Dolly Varden Street, Jeffreys Bay. At the new church building is proud elder George Harrington. PHoto:MONIQUE BASSON

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THE Jeffreys Bay Presbyterian Church turned over a new ‘brick’, or rather bricks - and now boasts a brand new building in Dolly Varden Street.

But this was not an easy feat, says church elder George Harrington, who has been running the day-to-day operations of the church since 2003.

“The church bought the piece of ground four years ago, but there was no money to start with the construction of the new building,” he says. “In April last year, we decided to take faith with action.”

And so, months of fundraising efforts, hard work and endless prayers commenced. With the sale of the old church building, enough money was raised to start with construction at the end of last year.

With construction completed on March 29, mostly done by church member Jean Joubert, the first church service took place at the new building on March 30.

The church boasts a vestry, store room, kitchen and ample toilet facilities - something they did not have before. There is also a memorial slate in remembrance of all members who have passed away.

The Jeffreys Bay Presbyterian Church is 42 members strong, with an average of 27 attendees - all 70 years and older.

According to Harrington, although the end is in sight, a lot still needs to be done, including a driveway, a floor, the garden and a wall in front of the building. “This is all to the glory of God,” says Harrington. “He provided and encouraged residents and local businesses to support us in our worthy endeavour.”

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