A RUSTY roof will be replaced and stained-glass windows repaired at Corowa’s oldest church — if, God willing, $250,000 can be raised.
A campaign to raise the money for St John’s Anglican Church, which opened in 1880, will be launched this month.
Canon Rex Everett said a check of the windows found they urgently needed restoring.
“They get very heavy and begin to drop and bulge because the lead in them can soften,” he said.
“They could fall and break.”
Rust has also corroded the galvanised roof.
It is estimated $250,000 will be needed to replace the roof and repair the windows and the work would be done over five years.
Vision 1880-2120 will be kick started on February 18 with the Bishop of Wang- aratta, John Parkes, guest at an evensong service from 7pm.
Father Everett said it was hoped supporters would donate $20 a month for five years — amounting to $1200 — for the works.
The church has an average weekly congregation of 40.
“Something stirred people in 1880 to build a church and we’ve received that gift,” Father Everett said.
“Now it’s our turn to use that energy to pass on the church to others for the next 150 years.”
A building fund of $24,000 has allowed one of the windows to be taken off-site for repairs.
“We are confident of being able to raise the money because people are starting to get interested,” Father Everett said. “Support is beginning to grow.”