Memories visited as church moves
By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au
MEMORIES came flooding back yesterday when Gladstone's St Martin's Lutheran Church held its final service at its Garden Street church before a move to St Stephen's Lutheran College on Glenlyon Road.
Felicity Bradford was among parishioners who have seen their families grow up in the church, which has existed since 1969.
"We came here six months be- fore it was built and this was the edge of town,'' she said, referring to the church which is just off Dawson Road near KFC.
"I've had three children bap- tised here and in 1972 we started a kindergarten that operated for over 20 years.
"Many children and families have grown up here. We've had very big Sunday Schools and youth groups and Friday night ac- tivities.
Mrs Bradford remembered fondly the many barbecues, camps and hiking trips taken with fellow parishioners in the past.
"I'm looking forward to the move because I think it will be a new chapter in the church's histo- ry,'' she added.
Reverand Noel Noack said the facility would be handed over to the Gospel Chapel after its church was resumed by Main Roads for Route D.
Merle Spamm said she loved watching the church grow to its current status, after having her youngest son confirmed there.
"It's been a part of life for so long. You come along and then it fulfills you for the rest of the week.
She said she had enjoyed mak- ing friendships and the guidance of past and present pastors.