Moana church future in doubt

By Laura Mills

Moana Anglican parishioners have urged residents to attend a meeting in the lakeside township tomorrow to discuss the future of the only remaining church in the district.
Revered Di Griffin, of Reefton, said the Nelson Anglican diocese was looking at what it could do to maintain ministry in the Lake Brunner area.
Issues were congregation numbers and ongoing maintenance — “particularly ongoing maintenance”.
Ms Griffin said Moana had few permanent residents and most of the congregation came from dairy farms, some up to half an hour away.
Any decision on the future of the church would not happen in a hurry, and after initial discussions things could take two or three years, she said.
Parishioner Adrienne Ruesink encouraged people to attend the meeting at the church tomorrow at 1pm. Two representatives of the Nelson Anglican Diocese would be in attendance.
“It would be sad to see it go,” Mrs Ruesink said today. “We are strongly encouraging locals to go along.”
The church was initially sited at Ruru and opened on December 15, 1935, as St John the Baptist Church. By 1968, with more people living in Moana, it was shifted to a site donated by the late Mary Williams, overlooking the lake and was renamed St John’s.
It currently hosts Union and Anglican church services.