Plea to beef up hymn book stocks

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Though you may think King Island Uniting Church members could seek comfort in a ripe brie, a prime steak or a dollop of double cream, it’s not fine food but books they’re searching for.

The King Island congregation loves to sing, particularly as they celebrate the growth in their numbers.

And that’s where the problem is. They have run out of Together in Song books after missing the notice that the books were about to be discontinued.

“Had we seen the notice, we would have made sure we bought extra copies,” explained Beth Vellekoop, treasurer and member of the church council.

“Our congregation was very small and steady in numbers. Nobody anticipated that we might need some extra books.

“Now our congregation has grown which couldn’t be better and while we might still be considered ‘small’ by some standards, we have a lovely committed bunch of Christians who attend regularly.”

Congregation members have trawled the internet searching for even one or two books.They have looked at second-hand sales sites without any luck, they have turned their cupboards upside down and now they’re asking for help from Crosslight readers.

Beth said that the church is happy to pay for postage if people find an extra Together in Song tucked in the pews.

“We thought there might be spare copies from some of the churches who have amalgamated or closed, or perhaps churches that don’t use that particular book anymore,” she said.

Can you help the King Island congregation in their quest? Contact Beth at who would love to hear from you.

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