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The Finley Methodist (Uniting) Church

04/03/2017

The earliest services, in Finley, of the Methodist denomination (as they were referred to then), were held in the original Finley School of Arts from around 1894 with Ministers visiting from Deniliquin, Numurkah and Yarrawonga. When the School of Arts burnt down in 1901 the Methodists shared the Presbyterian Fulton Church with all other Protestant religions, with Ministers taking it in turn to conduct the ceremony for all protestant denominations.

By this time Methodist Minister(s) were residing in private residences in Berrigan and would travel a circuit of the area by horse and cart, staying in various homes around the region to perform services, often staying for a few days to conduct Pastoral Care.

When Scot’s Presbyterian Church was opened in 1920 Methodist services and events were held there, with Rev Keeling riding over on the rough roads on his motorbike. When Rev. Keeling left the Ministers returned to Horse and Cart travel until a Model T Ford was purchased for the Parish in 1927.

In 1939 a block of land was purchased by the Methodist parishioners, from Mrs Gus Hamilton. The site being a former dairy. Although the land had been purchased, fundraising and works were delayed by the war, so it wasn’t until 1953 that the church was finally erected and opened. The Finley Methodist Church Hall was then officially opened at the end of 1958.

The Methodist Church, Australia wide, was then changed to Uniting Church mid 1977.

Information and B&W photo sourced from “Looking Back on Finley” by Norman McAllister, Colour photo from Google Street View.

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