Wednesday, 5 February 2014

News Release: Celebrating 50 years through community service (Launceston)

Recognised for their clean-cut missionaries and Mormon Tabernacle Choir, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have been part of the Launceston community since the early 1900's.

On Saturday 8th February, they will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of their chapel at 189 Penquite Road, Norwood with an Open Day from 10am. Tours of the building will showcase some of the lesser-known aspects of this service-orientated Christian faith.

Family History consultants will also be at the chapel during the Open Day without charge to assist people with access to free tools and subscription services to research their family history.

Between 12.00pm and 2.00pm a BBQ will be provided free of charge.

During the commemoration service which commences at 6.00pm, a $2000 donation of non-perishable food items to prepare breakfast packs for the needy will be accepted by Ruth Chalk, Northern Area Manager for Children, Families and Community Service, Anglicare Tasmania Inc.

The church partners with local and international humanitarian organisations to serve the community. Other local projects have been achieved with Anglicare and City Mission in Burnie, Deloraine House in Deloraine and Karinya Women’s Service in Launceston.

Northern Tasmania church president Scott Prebble says that although the church is well known for its proselyting activities, the purpose of the open day is not to convert people to their beliefs.

“We just want the public to know who we are and that our people and facilities are here to serve the community in any way we can,” he said.

Members from the construction years who provided voluntary labour on the building will return to Launceston for the celebration.

For more information, contact Jason Barnett on 0408 354 195.