Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Church Celebrates 100 Years of Spiritual Service to Mackay; Mackay Christian Family Church Has Had Many Diligent Pastors

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Church Celebrates 100 Years of Spiritual Service to Mackay; Mackay Christian Family Church Has Had Many Diligent Pastors

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THE Mackay Christian Family Church is celebrating 100 years since it was first established by Annie Smith.

In May this year, the church marked the special milestone and recognised how the church serves and affects the community.

It all began in 1913 when a single young woman, Annie Smith, travelled to Mackay from Melbourne.

Annie was a tough, stalwart lady, a forceful woman, and a capable minister of GodCOs Word.

Dressed in black to conserve finances, she walked the streets of Mackay handing out information pamphlets about GodCOs love.

Annie was an inspiration, and is credited with founding many churches in Queensland centres including Mackay, Ayr (1930), Bowen (1936) and Proserpine (1943) as well as assisting with the foundation of a church in Townsville.

Her ministry and the message she carried was a vital foundation to many additional ministries along the Queensland coast.

In 1913 Annie travelled to a then wild city of Mackay.

The only way to get here was by boat. Passengers disembarked near Round Top and Flat Top islands, then were ferried into Mackay via smaller boats, along the Pioneer River.

Mackay at this time would have been a dirt-tracked town, with cane and cattle as its main industries, filled with hard-faced, hard-working, hard-talking people; which, in fact, is exactly the fabric that Annie Dennis was cut from.

She survived the devastating 1918 cyclone in Mackay and continued to bring a message of hope to Mackay and its surrounding districts.

Annie was highly instrumental in purchasing the first property of Mackay Christian Family in 1922 in Gregory St, where an old shop was converted into a manse upstairs with a prayer C[pounds sterling]tarrying roomC[yen] and the meeting venue downstairs.

Eventually Annie married a local man, John Dennis, and had one child, who sadly died at seven weeks.

Surprisingly this tragedy did not lead to a waning of effort, but into a new level of even greater vitality. …

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