Fingal church marks 100 years
HEAVY rain didn't put a damper on activities of the Cave Point community at Fingal Heads 100 years ago.
In fact it was a blessing according to present pastor Lyle Browning
When a missionary had his journey by horse and cart cut short at Fingal Heads due to rain, the result was the birth of the Fingal Christian Fellowship.
"Around 1912 a missionary named Ogilvy, was travelling by horse and cart from Sydney to Queensland visiting Aboriginal communities," he said.
"He found a community of Aboriginal and South Sea Islanders living in simple houses by the beachside at what was then called Cave Point near to the present Fingal lighthouse.
"This community worked in local farms and in the fishing industry and were a mainstay of labour for these early local industry."
They were Aboriginals displaced due to white settlement from 1860s-80s and Islander families who had been brought to Queensland as cane cutters, a cheap labour force under what is now known as "blackbirding."
Mr Ogilvy stayed on at Fingal and from a simple tent the Christian Fellowship Church of Fingal was founded.
The little community on Letitia Road in the 1920s was a simple living, poor, yet hard working, happy and holy community strongly united around Fingal Church.
Going to the Gold Coast then entailed getting a row boat across the river.
"The Fingal Church has always been an outreach church and has sent many workers in Christ all over Australia and around the world," Pastor Browning said.
Every year the Fingal Easter Convention was held.
This year's theme was The Power of Christian Living and a team of 80 Korean evangelists were guests helping out over the convention.
Fingal Church is also a place for new friends to meet up.
Lord Day Service is at 10am each Sunday with Sunday school for the kids.
Phone 07 5523 3636 or 02 6680 1904 for more information and dates/times of regular as well as special events.