Ninety years united

Ninety years united

Residents in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale came together to celebrate the Byford Uniting Church’s 90th anniversary.

It was a historic day for the Byford Uniting Church, which celebrated its ninetieth anniversary on Sunday.

More than 30 residents, including past members, school chaplains, crisis volunteers and donors attended the celebrations held at the church on Clifton Street in Byford.

Byford Uniting Church coordinator Evan Maltby has been a member of the church for the past 20 years.

He said it was a privilege for everyone who was there to have celebrated the milestone.

“Prayers and songs were offered for the work of crisis care and for ongoing life of the church’s work,” he said.

“It was a very special day.”

The Presbyterian Church in Byford was opened in 1928.

Mr Maltby said newspaper archives at the time suggested the church was built because a congregation of Presbyterians required a home.

“It was built out of the enthusiasm of Reverend Hanlin and two ladies called Miss Cole and Mrs Scott,” he said.

“A gentleman called Mr Abernethy provided the land for the building.”

On December 10, 1927 the Presbyterian residents of Byford attended the ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone of the first church in the district.

It has been recorded there was a large attendance for the laying of the stone and Mr Abernethy presented a silver trowel to the reverend who laid the foundation stone.