60th Anniversary – Sun 4th March 2012
West Pennant Hills Community Church’s history can be traced back to 1938 when a dear Christian lady, Mrs Hastings, felt concern for the spiritual needs of the children in the area. The first Sunday School was held on 16th July 1938 when fourteen children gathered in the back room/verandah of the Hastings’ home to sing and hear Bible stories. The numbers grew and soon the house was full to overflowing. Mrs Hastings generously donated a large block of land and in 1943 work began on building a church. Many volunteers contributed to the work and after seventeen long Saturdays the little 32ft by 16ft unlined boxlike structure was ready for occupation. The Hall was opened on 27th November 1943 with 120 people attending. However, the first worship service was not held until 5th March 1952.
At the end of the sixties the little old hall was becoming very crowded. The building was small, but the fellowship and love were close and great. It was obviously time to expand again. The main room of the new church was completed towards the end of 1973 and the new chapel was officially opened in March 1974 with much praise being given to the Lord for His goodness and provision. Mr Tom Carson was the speaker on the occasion. Over the years the building has had rooms added and the inside improved.
Today we celebrate the many blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us as a church. In 1982 shortly before he died Alec Walker wrote:
On Sunday March 5th, 1952, with the co-operation and support from the Waitara Assembly, with approximately 20 believers, the first Meeting of the West Pennant Hills assembly took place. It is with praise and thanks to the Lord that 30 years have passed and the Remembrance of the Lord has gone on continually. As we look back, it is with very tender memories that we remember the large number of beloved brethren and sisters who worshipped with us and have moved on or are now with the Lord. What of the future of the assembly at West Pennant Hills?, If the Lord does not come many of the older ones will be “missing’ and it will be over to you younger ones. The Lord grant you the joy and honour of serving Him, growing in Grace and His knowledge. The challenge is over to you. Until the Day dawns and the shadows flee away, may the presence and peace of the Lord be our daily experience. God bless you all. – Alec Walker
We believe that this is still the message for today.
Early in 2005 the facilities were made available to a local Korean Church who needed a place to worship. They have been worshipping here ever since. Still another extension was completed in front of the Education Centre, this large additional room provides space for Kids’ Church classes and seminars. The new room was named “The Hastings Room” in honour of Mrs. Hastings who was so visionary and generous in the early days of this Community Church. The Korean Church now uses the Hastings Room for it’s Sunday Services.