St Mark's Anglican Church, Picton is finally ready to reopen

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St Mark’s Anglican Church will reopen on Sunday, July 23 after it was devastated by storm water during the June floods last year. 

The Picton church will host a celebration event to mark the completion of stage one repairs.

The re-opening service will start at 9:30am followed by a barbecue lunch, history tour and other festivities. 

Reverend Ben Boardman said he was grateful for the community’s support.

“It has been a long 413 days but we’re thankful for the support of Wollondilly Shire Council, our insurers and our builder Pagewood Constructions,” he said.

“We’re also particularly thankful to God for the resilience he’s given to his people in the past year.”

A collection taken up during Saturday’s service will be divided equally between church and cemetery repair projects. 

Wollondilly Anglican College Strings musical group and choir will also perform on the day.

“This is not the grand opening – there is still plenty of work to be done including storage, a bathroom and the installation of a pipe organ,” Rev Boardman said.

“We will be sure to invite everyone along to celebrate with us when the refurbishments are finally complete.”

Donations are also being sought to repair damaged grave sites at the Pioneer Cemetery.

“The cemetery has enormous historical significance and is not covered by any insurance policy,” Rev Boardman said. “We’re preparing to launch an appeal to crowdfund some of this work.”