As published originally in Crosslight, October 2019. Article written by David Southwell.
When Doncaster East Uniting Church decided to ask some tough questions about its future it could little dream the answers would lead to a new $8 million community and worship centre.
In 2012, the circumstances facing Doncaster East (which later became Anderson Creek Road Uniting Church) would be familiar to many congregations.
Former church council secretary Robert Bairstow said with few young people attending, the ageing congregation in the increasingly empty church had to look at how viable it was.
“We decided that before we all got too old and were incapable of doing too much we should take a decision of either coming together with other congregations or looking at how we should disband and provide some other benefit to others,” Robert says.
The call went out to amalgamate with other churches in the northeast of Melbourne…..