Not the town for churches

Last service was held on 22 September.

Eumundi township’s last remaining church packed up the pews and hymnals in late September, ending a 66-year tradition at the old Presbyterian church site on Memorial Drive.

The final service was held on 22 September, after a special 18-month effort to increase numbers.

It seems the church has fun foul of a growing trend in the 2200-strong town to drop all forms of faith, with the 2016 census revealing over 43 per cent of residents now had no religious affiliation.

The Presbyterian church had held out the longest, with the former Catholic and Anglican congregations gone and their buildings now used as private residences, with the old Methodist church building used as the Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre.

The writing has been on the wall for the local Presbyterian flock, which has more recently run as an offshoot of the Maroochydore Presbyterian Church.

The Sunday faithful can still choose to make the trip down the Bruce Highway there, or attend the closer Tewantin Presbyterian Church across the hills.

The Eumundi building will be retained and used as a local hall, and stands ready to re-open in the event of a resurgence at some time down the track.

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