HISTORY | Little Church on the Hill turned 124 in style

West Hoxton Community Church celebrated 124 years of continuous service to the community last month -- on March 3, the same date of the first church service back in 1895.

About 50 parishioners and visitors attended the anniversary service and stayed afterwards for morning tea and the cutting of the birthday cake.

In the congregation were several members of the Kirkpatrick family, long-time parishioners and after whom nearby Kirkpatrick Avenue just down from the church was named.

The Kirkpatrick family name is listed three times on the church honour board through the brothers, JamesLeitch (born 1884), Samuel (1885) and Robert (1894). All three enlisted in World War I.

Samuel was an ambulance stretcher-bearer in the 3rd AIF Battalion. His two brothers were in the AIF Field Artillery Battalion. They survived but Samuel was killed on October 4 between Polygon Wood and Honeybee in Belgium on Anzac Ridge. He was hit by a German shell, lingered for a few minutes and died.

The surviving brothers back in Australia lived on for many years. James died in 1953 and Robert in 1970. Their parents originally came here from County Antrim in Northern Ireland.

Pastor John Keane was pleased with the attendance and is looking forward to the 125th anniversary in 12 months' time. His sermon, Things to Discard and Things to Retain, gave rise to many chuckles but had a great message.

The Moorebank Heritage Group was represented by VickiAndrews and MikeDavis at the anniversary.