Zillmere celebrates 135 years

The church is renowned as the first Church of Christ established in Queensland, and is also recognised for its steadfast promotion of the gospel.

It was on 23 August, 1882 when the Zillmere church held its first meeting. Between 1 August and this first gathering, 16 people were baptised at the Zillmere Waterholes. Stephen Cheek and FW Troy had been on a mission to the northern Brisbane suburb during this time when the young church resolved to spread the gospel from its giving.

The church and its community were excited to recognise and celebrate this special milestone and to commemorate the witness that the church has faithfully maintained in the community over the years.

The guest speaker for the celebrations was evangelist Mr Jim Newman who serves as the director of the Southern Cross Bible Institute in Toowoomba. Previously, Jim served as a missionary and church planter in Grenada, West Indies for 12 years and is a gifted speaker who will bring a powerful message on the day.

Members of Conference and Council and other south east Queensland churches and to members of the community were invited to help the church celebrate this wonderful milestone and the beginning of our churches in Queensland.

One of their dedicated church members has been busy making new curtains, cushion covers and has also visited the Historical Resource Centre in Mitchelton to obtain several historical photos, which she has framed and hung in the foyer of the chapel.

The Tongan Fellowship, who access the church's building for their meetings, joined the church on the day, blessing those attending with the magnificent voices of their Choir. Other items on the day were presented by the church’s young people, who form part of the church's Children’s Band.

After the morning breaking of bread meeting, those in attendance came together to enjoy a fellowship lunch.

A 135th Anniversary cake was cut by the longest active member of the church, Mrs Gwen Nielson.

Posted September 20, 2017 in Networking blog