Back in 1964, when the Yokine Uniting Church was young, they had a large Sunday School with the juniors and intermediates meeting in the hall and the kindergarten children meeting in the kindergarten building across the road.
The minister at the time was Rev Syd Saggers and his wife, Jessie, noticed that most of the young women would dash across the road straight after church to pick up their children from the kindergarten building without getting a chance to know one another. There was an afternoon fellowship but many of the women couldn’t attend at this time. Jessie decided to start an evening group so the young women could meet, worship and socialise together whilst husbands were on babysitting duties.
Thus on Wednesday 5 August 1964 the first meeting was held and from then on they met on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Over time as the members grew older this became once a month until in latter times it has become Monday morning. Some of the members shifted to the country for a time but returned to the group. As they grew older many have moved away from the area and since the closing of the Yokine Uniting Church five years ago some have spread further afield. However, the bond was strong and the group continues to meet to this day.
To celebrate 50 years of the Yokine Uniting Church Evening Fellowship a special service is to be held at St Peter Emmaus Church, Joondanna, on Sunday 10 August commencing at 9.30am. Any past members are most welcome. For any further details contact Shirley Munro on 9271 9503.