The old Methodist church building, now the Uniting church hall, was opened for worship on Saturday 26th June 1920 at a cost of 200 pounds. It was built of weatherboard and was 30ft by 20ft and was the first church built in the Entrance district. In the early 1960’s the old church was moved to the back of the block to make way for a new church. The old church was renovated early in the 1970’s with larger windows and a new floor. The external walls were also covered with fibro. In 1981 the new kitchen and adjoining room were added.
Funds were raised by the Ladies Church Aid and the men’s working party, which had commenced the collection of newspapers for sale and this has continued until recently. Chairs to replace the old pews were purchased after the Billy Graham Crusade.
The new shell shaped church was opened on 26th August 1964. The design was very modern for its day and it was thought that it blended in with the seaside district of The Entrance. This church was named “Peace Memorial Church”. Many churches at that time (after the war) were called memorial churches. Donations towards the cost of the building were tax-deductable. The architect was Mrs Turner, who died before the building was completed. The opening was a big affair with many visiting ministers. It was officially opened by Rev N S Pardy Lth, superintendent of the N S W Methodist Conference. The shell shaped roof was the only one of its kind in Australia. Rev. Best was the minister at the time.
The Ladies Church Aid (as it was called at the time) worked very hard to help pay for the church. One of the ways for making money was to give members 5 pounds to see to see how much they could make out of 5 pounds (using their various talents etc.) Another way of raising money was to hold the Annual Spring Fair over three days in what was known as The Carnival Hall in The Entrance. The men of the church went out to Kulnura onto private property to gather rock lilies, waratahs, and ferns etc. The public used to be waiting outside the Catholic Church Hall for the truck to return with the load of ferns etc. They hardly hit the floor before they were all gone. There were many competitions for cooking, flower arrangements, children’s entries as well as for fruit and vegetables. There were many stalls and morning teas and lunches were served.
During the early 1970’s the Rev Walter Whitbread, a retired Methodist Minister in our congregation, commenced the long Jetty Ladies Choir, which later became the Tuggerah Lakes Circuit Choir. This was a most successful choir, winning Eisteddfods etc. The choir is now known as the Tuggerah Lakes Choral Society. They practised in our church for several years and now practise in the Templeman Lounge at Nareen Gardens.
Fund raising by the Women’s Fellowship began in earnest when the decision was made to build the foyer onto the church at a cost of $29,000. The dedication service was held on 24th August 1984 by the minister Rev Barry Shepley and Mr Hilton Scott, chairman of the property trust. It is hard to imagine how they managed for 20 years without this facility.