The North Coast
“EMBRACING THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN OUR TIME”
The Newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Grafton, New South Wales, Australia
http://graftondiocese.org.au August / September Issue No. 04: 2012
Two teas for charity - a community connects
empsey parish recently
held two morning teas for
the benefit of two nation-
The Opportunity Shop with
the assistance of the Catering
Group and under the careful
guidance of Penelope Richards
opened the doors to a Biggest
Morning Tea with a difference. The Sangoma, Pheasant pertinant questions regarding the
There had been much admira- Hunter and Short black and contents of the Queens handbag
tion within the community when one, among the auctioned but was only able to reveal that
a number of the tea cosies that tea-cosies. she had spent the penny that had
Penelope had knitted, appeared Photograph used with permission been in her handbag.
at the local show advertising the A large number of people
event. over $50 and all cosies were attended from around the extend-
The tea cosies, some twenty sold, there were many disap- ed parish.
seven, in a variety of styles, sizes pointed gasps as the final bidder They were served a sumptu-
and extravagance were lined up was announced for each pot and ous tea provided by the catering
at the top end of the hall with cosy. group and helped raise some
bidding sheets in front of them. Father Peter, the Rector, was $500 which was given to the
As the attendees entered they present standing in for Penelope Westpac Helicopter service.
were given a bidding number whose hard work had created the The attendees were told of the
and told that they could bid for day. She was in hospital in difficulties faced by the local
any pot and cosy they wished, so Sydney keeping an ever watchful fund raising group and the result-
long as the bid put down was eye on proceedings via SMS. ant likelihood of the group’s
greater than the one before. Fr. Peter stated that the event major fundraiser being dropped
There was a slow start to the was held in honour of Lyn from the Kempsey social scene.
bidding but as those present Comben who had died of breast Nancy Fuller, the Chairperson
enjoyed tea and chat with neigh- cancer. of the Catering Group, thanked
bours friends and people from This innovative fun filled day those who had come and Luke
outside the local community. raised over $1000 for Cancer Lady Buckingham and Gentleman in waiting being introduced Hartsuyker for providing the
However, as the time for the Research. by Nancy Fuller parish with some updated photo-
bidding came to a close, so the Another fun filled tea was Photograph: Jeffery Maude graphs of Her Majesty to replace
temperature at the sheets rose held at the parish by the Catering the older ones in the Church
and frenzy broke out as each per- group. was to raise funds for the Campbell were in attendance Hall.
son tried to outbid the other for The tea, a Royal garden party, Westpac Helicopter service. when Lady Buckingham arrived Congratulations to both teams
their favourite cosy. which was held inside as a result Local MP, Luke Hartsuyker to give the affair a royal touch. in bringing the community
Final bids ranged from $6 to of the typically English weather, and Mayor of Kempsey, Liz Lady Buckingham was asked together.
Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia church to debate nature of marriage
s Church we need to talk getting married in Anglican and these evolve with the cul- He claimed, finally, that ‘het-
about marriage. That’s churches. ture.” erosexuals do not have a monop-
what the General Synod The resolution includes the Glynn pointed, for example, oly on Christ-like love, on the
decided in Fiji on the afternoon request that dioceses and hui to Peter who commended “the love we hold up as an ideal in
of 11th of July. amorangi “explore how the holy women” of former times – matrimony.
Without dissent, and after a Church might theologically and including Sarah, who obeyed ‘So, we need to have a korero
debate that at times included dis- liturgically respond to gay and Abraham, calling him Lord (1 about this.’
plays of raw emotion, the synod lesbian Anglican couples who Peter 3: 5-6). Synod members queued up at
passed a resolution that “asks request this rite.” ‘Since this is the biblical the microphones to affirm the
Episcopal Units to hold conver- Much of Glynn’s speech model to which Peter turns, we motion – and none was more
sations in our church and with turned on his claim that “mar- might benefit from looking at it moving that Bishop Apimeleki
the wider community about the riage in the Bible is not restricted ourselves. Qiliho.
nature of marriage.” to one man and one woman – or ‘Sarah was Abraham’s half- He and his wife are caregivers
It’s clear that the mover of the in fact to any one model.” sister (Genesis 20:12). to victims of HIV/AIDS, and
resolution, the Reverend Glynn He quoted a number of exam- ‘“Well, that’s not the point”, Bishop Api is also the chairper-
Cardy, of St Matthew-in-the- ples, from both testaments, as one might say. son of Fiji’s AIDS association.
City, in Auckland, hopes this will proof that “the Biblical models ‘Exactly: who the two parties And his voice cracked, and he
lead, eventually, to the possibili- for marriage include a range of Reverend Glynn Cardy were in relation to one another
ty of gay and lesbian couples relationships and combinations, Photograph: Stmatthews.org.nz was not Peter’s point.’ continued on page 3
The Grafton Diocese Investment Fund
A great investment in the future See page 8
The Diocesan Commission for the Environment
Youth Embassy for intergenerational climate justice
n response to the chaotic generation a planet in worse con- won’t reduce our emissions, but
public debate over how dition than what you inherited.’ just that the reduction isn’t worth
much a price on carbon Devastating climate change is much in global terms.
will cost us, young people con- not some future possibility for ‘This is not a sound moral
verged on Canberra in the week Casey Bawden, an 18-year-old position.
leading up to July 1st. Christian. ‘As a society need to be able
Their aim was to bring the After a trip to Kenya she has to look our own grandchildren in
focus back to the real cost of seen how livelihoods have been the eye one day as Australians
inaction on climate change – lost, and believes high consump- and say that we did what we
their futures. tion carbon-intensive lifestyles could.’
They set up a “Youth in rich countries are a major ARRCC believes that, for
Embassy” on Capital Hill for cause. religious people, the argument
four days, standing up for inter- ‘My lifestyle could be causing that implementing the legislation
generational justice in view of others to suffer in future. could cost us something should
climate change. ‘My vision for the future is a be the least persuasive of all.
The event was organised by world where my lifestyle does By far the more important
the multi-faith Australian not contribute to the suffering of question is: what quality of life
Religious Response to Climate others.’ could our children and grand-
Change (ARRCC). The call to take responsibility children have in thirty years’
The Embassy drew attention for the impact of our actions is time if we don’t act now?
back to the imperative to act now one that is also supported by What further injustices will
for the sake of our grandchildren leaders in various faith tradi- people in developing countries
and future generations. tions. face?
Young people from a range of ‘There are those who claim It’s worth us making some
religious faiths and of none Parrys Raines aka “Climate Girl” and Suchita Pota at the the costs are too high, given that changes now to help avert the
spoke up. Embassy there will be ‘no environmental possibility of runaway climate
Seventeen year-old Parrys Photograph:Pamela Philips benefit to a Price on Pollution,’ change.
Raines, aka “Climate Girl”, sees said ARRCC spokesperson This includes lifestyle
the Price on Pollution as a step in ‘I keep hearing about the cost ‘Adults today are making Reverend Professor James Haire changes for individuals and
the right direction. of action. choices that will ultimately of the Uniting Church. structural changes as a society.
She attends Our Lady Star of ‘The cost of not doing enough decide our future,’ said Parrys. ‘They are not saying that Thea Ormerod
the Sea in Wollongong. will be too high. ‘Please don’t hand me and my implementing the legislation President, ARRCC
Protect future generations NOW says CofE Myna scourge
n the eve of the United lenge. “Indeed, some of us recognise
ndian Mynas were intro-
Nations Rio+20 “We remind ourselves of the that our Christian communities duced into Australia in the
Conference (June 20-22) need to act humbly but fairly in are called to be ‘counter cultural late 1860s to control insects
church leaders were calling for living more lightly on the earth in our challenge to the current in market gardens but have
action on sustainable develop- as we face increasing poverty, creed of everlasting growth’ become a huge problem in cities
ment now to protect future gen- inequality and environmental (Bishop James Jones) that and urban centres.
erations. destruction. prompts the greed which is driv- Mynas have more recently
The Archbishop of “These days we recall the ing untold harm to the Earth’s invaded open woodland areas on
Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, huge pressures on the planet – resource base. the NSW Central and North
recorded a video message in climate change, growing popula- “We cannot sustain current Coasts, threatening native birds
advance of the conference on tion linked to unsustainable eco- aspirations to infinite economic and hollow-dwelling animals.
Sustainable Development and nomic growth, damage to gain on a finite planet. A number of projects have
asks “What kind of world do we ecosystems and loss of biodiver- “It is clear that vulnerable been developed to counter the
want to leave to our children?” sity, amongst others – and re- communities are already experi- invasion of Indian Mynas on the
http://www.archbishopofcanter- affirm that our biblical heritage encing displacement and death Mid North Coast through an
bury.org/articles.php/2523/arch- pushes us towards radical action and future generations will be education program and by trap-
bishop-what-gift-do-we-leave- to care about the whole created facing immense challenges. ping Mynas and humanely
our-children world and to share more equi- “It is vital that world leaders euthanising them.
The CofE’s diocesan environ- tably the resources God offers to at Rio take action now if the A range of traps designed for
ment officers (DEOs) issued a all life. growing threats to the planet’s different urban and rural condi-
public statement “at a time of “We echo the recent words of ecology are to be halted and tions are used.
immense and grave challenge” the Ecumenical Patriarch, that reversed and we move towards a Traps are most successful
following their national confer- ‘the world is a sacred place, as more environmentally sustain- when located where the birds
ence in Bristol. well as our home’ and urge the able society.” feed.
“We urge the church to re- church to develop partnerships David Shreeve, national envi- David Shreeve, the Church of
engage with God’s Creation at a of action with others to continue ronment advisor England’s national environment
time of immense and grave chal- to address these pressing issues. Photograph:conservationfoundation.co.uk adviser said: ‘Our DEOs are at
the front line putting the Church
of England’s environmental
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U.S. bishops and deputies affirm continuing Indaba
he House of Bishops con- Covenant in its present form.” Anglican Communion.’ and reaffirm our historic com- covenant.
curred with the deputies on B005 expresses the conven- Deputy Josephine Hicks from mitment to and constituent mem- The Episcopal Church in the
July 10 to affirm their tion’s gratitude to “those who so North Carolina, a member of bership in the Anglican Philippines bishops also have
commitment to building relation- faithfully worked at producing convention’s World Mission Communion” as expressed in the rejected the covenant.
ships across the Anglican and responding to the proposed Committee, endorsed the preamble of the church’s consti- In March, it became clear that
Communion, especially through Anglican Covenant.” Resolution Continuing Indaba program, tution, and that it would “main- the Church of England could not
the Continuing Indaba program, B005 initially was submitted by which is facilitating ways of tain and reinforce strong links adopt the covenant in its current
and to decline to take a position enabling Anglicans to learn from across the communion” commit- form when a majority of its dio-
on the Anglican Covenant. one another and communicate ting itself to continued participa- ceses voted the document down.
After considering eight reso- across different contexts. tion in its councils. The Anglican Church of
lutions, the General ‘We heard on the committee a Douglas told the bishops that Southern Africa has adopted the
Convention’s committee on resounding support for maintain- the resolution ‘gives gratitude document pending ratification at
world mission recommended ing relationships in the Anglican for diversity of churches, cele- its next synod meeting later this
adoption of two resolutions on Communion,’ she said. brates relationships across differ- year.
Anglican Communion relation- Hicks, who serves as the ences, reaffirms our membership The Church in Wales last
ships and the Anglican Episcopal Church’s lay member in the Anglican Communion, April gave the covenant “an
Covenant, a document that ini- on the Anglican Consultative promises ongoing participation amber light, rather than a green
tially had been intended as a way Council, the communion’s main in the councils of the commun- light.”
to bind Anglicans globally across policy-making body, said that it’s ion, and also lifts up and sup- The church’s governing body
cultural and theological differ- important for the Episcopal ports the good work that our said it feared the recent rejection
ences. Church to continue to be a part of church and other churches have of the covenant by the Church of
Connecticut Bishop Ian the various councils of the been doing in the Continuing England jeopardized its future
Douglas, chair of the World Anglican Communion because Indaba and commits us to edu- and clarifications about that were
Mission Committee, told the that is “where relationships are cating our own so that we can now needed before a decision
Episcopal News Service (ENS) forged, where our voice can be deeper support the Anglican could be made.
following the vote that the reso- heard, and where we have the Communion.’ It sent questions on the matter
lutions are ‘a genuine pastoral chance to dispel inaccurate per- to the Anglican Consultative
response because we are not of ceptions.” Communion-wide considera- Council, the church’s main poli-
one mind, and to push a decision Bishop Ian Douglas Some deputies said that the tion cy-making body, which meets
at this time would cause hurt and Photograph: www.ctepiscopal.org Episcopal Church does not need Throughout the Anglican later this year.
alienation in our church on both pieces of paper, such as the Communion, seven provinces
sides and instead we chose to Douglas. Anglican Covenant, to be in rela- have approved or subscribed to Matthew Davies
stay in the conversation.’ The original language encour- tionship. the Anglican Covenant. Mary Frances Schjonberg
Resolution B005 portrays the aged the church to embrace the The resolution celebrates “the They are Ireland, Mexico, ENS
decision not to take a position on preamble and first three sections great blessing of the Anglican Myanmar, Papua New Guinea,
the covenant as “a pastoral of the four-section Anglican Communion in its diversity with- South East Asia, Southern Cone
response to The Episcopal Covenant. in community as autonomous of America, and the West Indies. Let us gather together and
Church.” This, Douglas told ENS prior churches in relationship bound Two provinces – the Scottish
The resolution acknowledges to convention, would ensure that together in our differences in Episcopal Church and the remember that Christ died
that, following extensive study the church does not remove itself service to God’s mission.” Anglican Church in Aotearoa,
and prayerful consideration of from the ongoing covenant It also states that the New Zealand and Polynesia – for us
the Anglican Covenant, there process. Episcopal Church will “hold fast have voted against adopting the
remains “a wide variety of opin- The document’s fourth sec-
ions and ecclesiological posi- tion, which outlines a discipli-
tions in The Episcopal Church.” nary method for resolving dis- ...Church to debate nature of marriage (cont)
The Reverend Mark Harris, putes in the communion, has
deputy from Delaware and a been the covenant’s main stick- continued from page 1
World Mission Committee mem- ing point.
ber, told the deputies that he Resolution D008, also pro-
came to convention wanting to posed by world mission, has had to pause and regather him-
say no to the covenant. been revised from the original self as he talked about how peo-
‘[But] this is not about our legislation proposed by the ple living with HIV/AIDs felt
wants but what we need … We Reverend Tobias Haller, a deputy rejected by the church.
need a place where we can con- from New York. ‘This is not theology.
tinue to listen to the wide divides Neither Haller’s nor the cur- ‘This is not liturgy.
across the Anglican rent version specifically men- ‘This is humanity we are talk-
Communion,’ he said. tions the covenant, but the origi- ing about… and this is what
‘Why must we provide an nal was modeled on legislation hurts me the most.’
answer now…when we are in a adopted by several Church of But even some of those in the
massive effort to re-envision and England dioceses that have Synod who are not normally
restructure the church? opposed adopting the covenant. seen as standard bearers for gay Bishop Apimeleki Qiliho
‘We don’t need more divi- The resolution calls on the rights welcomed a back-to-first- Photograph: www.aglicantaonga.org.nz
sion.’ church to “deepen its involve- principles look at the Church’s
Deputy Jack Tull of Florida, a ment with communion ministries involvement in marriage. business – but confused about it. ‘I’m profoundly aware of
member of the World Mission and networks using where appli- Mr Fei Tevi, from the Diocese ‘What are we doing here? pain.
Committee, had submitted an cable the Continuing Indaba of Polynesia, was one of those. ‘We need to have a look again ‘Just pain.
earlier resolution (D006) that process: conversations across ‘I’m not giving you an opin- at what marriage is.’ ‘It’s enormously painful.’
called on the church to decline to differences to strengthen rela- ion,’ he said. So everyone, it seems, was ‘People do matter, people
adopt the covenant ‘as I did not tionships in God’s mission” and ‘But I support this, because it willing for the church to begin matter enormously.’
want to see us expend any more encourage dioceses, congrega- provides us with a process, and a this conversation. At times, he said, ‘every sin-
energy on this. tions and individual way forward to discuss issues of But a number suggested lines gle one of us is caught up on a
‘But coming here has shown Episcopalians to educate them- great importance to us as a in the sand that they would not most challenging, painful,
me and other committee mem- selves about the Communion and church.’ cross. exceptionally difficult journey –
bers the proper approach to take. “promote and support the Bishop Kelvin Wright Archdeacon Tim Mora, of with a God who does not let us
‘That insight is reflected in Anglican Communion and its recalled the days of his curacy at Greymouth, took issue with go.
this resolution.’ work.” St Mary'sMerivale. Glynn Cardy’s exegesis. ‘To talk deeply about being
Council has been studying the Haller serves on the Not a Saturday would pass ‘Let’s have a deeper reading human is necessary – but the talk
covenant progress for the last six Continuing Indaba reference without two weddings being of the texts,’ he said, ‘and see can’t stop there,’ he said.
years, most recently through its group alongside representatives held in the church. what they really say.’ ‘Experience is not simply
D020 Task Force (called for in from Africa and the United But society had drastically The Reverend Dr Andrew experience, beyond any ques-
Resolution D020 from the 2009 Kingdom. He said the program changed since then. Burgess, of Nelson, said he tioning or interpretation.
meeting of convention). is ‘catching fire and inspiring Christendom was dying, and hoped that the discussion would ‘The experience of pain is
That task force recommended, people around the communion. the church was no longer “the not ‘remain around the issue of real, but how I understand that
and council agreed, in October ‘It’s now being explored as a moral wing of the Empire.” same gender sexuality.’ pain can change.
2011 to submit a resolution way for parishes within dioceses ‘I can’t remember the last But it’s clear, too, from his ‘To do theology is to locate
(A126) to this meeting of con- to spend time with one another time I had a couple come for remarks that liberal theologians our experience in the story of
vention that would have conven- and to learn from one another. marriage who had different don’t have a monopoly on com- God, the God who is with us,
tion state that the church is ‘Continuing Indaba will be addresses. passion where sexuality is con- around us, within us – but also
“unable to adopt the Anglican the lifeblood and breath of the ‘We are still in the wedding cerned. against us.’
August / September 2012 The North Coast Anglican Page 3
To the followers of the way Bishop’s Appeal
Daily the words we use shape expectation that we are about onations to the Bishop's Office which allows you to
and form our thinking. God's work. Appeal are now tax claim the donation as a tax
In the new Diocesan Mission We are seeking to discern the deductible. deduction.
Structure the word "mission" is Spirit of God moving among us. By making your donation via the All proper records will be
used very intentionally. Come with a desire to hear Clarence Valley Anglican kept and receipts will be given.
In the establishment of the the other, and to respect the School's Building Fund, your Contact the Registry Office
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the Archdeaconry in the South There will be sharing of the deduction.
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Likewise in the establishing of springboards from which deeper tus with the Australian Tax
four Regions of the Diocese conversation can emerge.
these are styled as "Mission" and Ask ourselves the questions
Ministry Regions to which have like: What is it that enables this
been appointed four "Mission" to be a Good News story?
Support Officers. What are the principles that
I encourage us to use the lan- may be helpful in another loca-
ear Companions on the guage of our missional venture. tion and context?
Way , The primary role of these And of course, ask the ques-
Blessings in Christ. new appointments is to consis- tion yet again: How is God's mis-
As of the 1 July a new tently focus our attention upon sion being served through this
Diocesan Mission Structure has God's mission in the world. particular action?
come into being. In other words to challenge The Diocesan Mission struc-
This is the result of our us again and again to ask the ture is like a mosaic - a mission
agreed Mission Statement at question: In what way is what we mosaic.
Synod 2011. Bishop-in-Council are planning/doing serving God's In a mosaic the artist starts
has agreed to a transitional peri- mission? with a range of unconnected
od of moving into this new struc- The Mission Archdeacons, the pieces of pottery, and then
ture through to Synod 2013. Mission Support Officers, along places them in relation to each
The liturgical launch of the with the Diocesan Leadership other so that together they
new structure took place recent- Team, create a network of mis- form the one work of art.
ly on 28 July at which a new sional focus across the Diocese, Our Diocesan Mission
Archdeacon and two new exciting and animating and envi- Structure has many pieces - in
Mission Archdeacons were col- sioning clergy and laity for our fact all the Ministry Units
lated and commissioned and missional undertaking. (Parishes, Schools, Chaplaincies,
four Mission Support Officers This is about establishing a Agencies) throughout the
were commissioned. critical mass of people who are Diocese.
The following is an extract working together to serve With the new Diocesan
from my address reflecting upon God's mission. Mission Structures we are plac-
the new Mission Structure: Serving God is our common ing all of these Ministry Units in
mission which will be given relationship together focusing
What makes it different? unique shape and form by the upon mission.
The primary difference is: It is particular location and context. In other words we share a
generated by a mission impera- What will a Mission and common goal of serving God's
tive. Ministry Regional meeting look mission in the world which is
Our Mission Statement like? given its own unique shape and
emanated out of our Synod last Well, that will depend - form by the location and con-
year, stating: depend upon each person who text in which we are situated.
"We will connect to the is a Ministry Unit representative.
wider community intentionally It will depend upon how we Sisters and brothers, I encour- Thanks
and meaningfully seeking to come to these gatherings - what age us to engage in God's mis-
bring transformation of life mindset we bring. sion connecting with the wider
through faith in Jesus Christ." If we come primarily to air community in a multiplicity of Reverends Eron Perry, Canon Robert Ireland, Lenore
The Mission Statement is an our issues and grievances, or to ways. Moules, Vivian Hoskins, Peter Richards - as the last Regional
initial expression of our thanks- be competitive in the sharing of I encourage us to walk as Ministry Coordinators,
giving for the life-line which God the good things which are hap- companions within our commu-
has given us in the face of our pening 'on our patch', then our nities making Christ known and
financial challenge. gatherings have a strong likeli- loved everywhere. Resignations
The new Diocesan Mission hood of being superficial and of
Structure is the intentional little value. Blessings,
structural implementation of the So come with an openness to Reverend Canon Sally Miller - Rector Sawtell/Bonville end
Mission Statement. share of ourselves and with an Bishop Keith December 2012.
Reverend Carol Palmer - Rector Parish Mid Richmond end of
July to Parish of Munduddera, Eidsvold, Monto, Brisbane
Mr Greg Nelson - Fund Manager, GDIF from 27th July
Reverend Canon Sally Miller - Chaplain to Emmanuel
Anglican College from January 2013.
Reverend Eron Perry - Northern Mission Support Officer
Reverend Canon Ireland - Richmond MSO until Easter 2013 Your continued prayers are asked for:
then Reverend Canon Sally Miller.
Penelope Richards and the family - as they move into a time NCA Deadline
Reverend Margaret Beach - Central MSO of transition in Penelope’s health and an unknown space for the
medical team caring for her. Day is:
Reverend Lisa Williamson - Southern MSO
Reverend Glen Loughrey and his wife Gaye for their contin-
Reverend Lee Shirvill - Mission Archdeacon North uing journey with Gaye’s ill health .
Reverend John West - Mission Archdeacon South Reverend George Chambers as he continues his journey with
Reverend Canon Gail Hagon - Archdeacon at the retirement
of Archdeacon Greg Ezzy later in the year. Camryn Kirk and the family as they grieve the death of
Reverend Chris Duff Rector parish of Lower Macleay.
Commissioning service will be 28th September at 7.00pm. Reverend Bruce Sligo as he recovers from his operation.
August / September 2012 The North Coast Anglican Page 4
Around the Diocese
Church family fun day Beef week display
ollowing what was deemed thirty children. long time.
asino’s main employer is ding dresses to add to the floral
to be a successful Cafe Following church, people Lots of pre-conceived ideas the local abattoir and con- display.
Church at Holy Trinity, continued to arrive with an esti- about the church were allayed sequently its main indus- It was a small beginning
South West Rocks in April, the mated attendance with parish- and interest was shown in try is beef. seven years ago with just a few
Locum Rector, Michael Bain Casino claims to be the Beef people involved in the prepara-
woke up the next morning with a capital of Australia and so cele- tions but this year saw eighteen
blueprint for a Church Family brates with the annual staging of men and women actively taking
Fun Day for Pentecost, the birth- Beef Week to mark its important part in some way.
day of the Church. roll in this industry. The church was open to the
With just one month to organ- For the first part of the week public on Friday and Saturday
ise such an event and with some various functions are held lead- with visitors arriving from sur-
tentativeness, the day evolved ing up to the main weekend of rounding districts of the
into what became a most encour- street events and internal dis- Northern Rivers as well as from
aging and successful outreach plays and markets. Brisbane.
into the local community. This year was the thirtieth Several coach loads of people
This of course would not have such celebration in the town. came to see this display as well
happened without the amazing
support and work of many mem-
bers of the congregation.
Attractions included a
Jumping Castle, face painters
and balloon tiers as well as a
There was a sausage sizzle Fun in the sun at South West Rocks
and other free food. Photograph used with permission
The morning kicked off with
an informal service for those ioners of between 100 and 150. attending the family service.
who wished to attend followed Most people remained in the Above all, bridges were built
by the day’s activities. church grounds until after 1pm and seeds of love were sown.
Many in the congregation and with numerous comments With the success of the
were blown away with the and thanks and encouragement, Pentecost Family Fun Day,
response as around eighty people the day for all intents and pur- another such day is envisaged
attended church (the average poses was the most successful before the end of this year
congregation at 10am is around outreach the church in South
twenty) including more than West Rocks had seen in a very Sanctuary wedding display at St Mark’s
Photograph used with permission
What’s in a name? For the seventh year in a row as the Casino Orchid Society’s
St Mark’s church was set ablaze Autumn Show in the parish hall.
t John the Baptist Anglican being a journey where some- that he announced to the people with colour as the beautiful People were able to stop for a
Church, Lennox Head cele- times God has been very evident of Israel that Jesus would be sacred place came alive with flo- while and be still with the
brated its Patron Saint – St like a train moving along the coming soon and that they ral displays. blooms and gentle music in the
John the Baptist with a Patronal train line, whilst at others it has should ‘repent and be baptised’. Each year the flower artists quiet beauty of St Mark’s where,
Festival Luncheon on Sunday been as if the train has been in a He did not hide his message have a chosen theme and this combined with the Orchid Show,
24th June in the Anglican tunnel, seemingly not clearly in a tunnel, but openly year the theme was “weddings”. the beauty of the Casino area
Church on Byron Street. announced the truth of the Parishioners offered old wed- was offered.
The theme was, ‘what would gospel message to those around
we, the present congregation, him.
have called the church if it was The guest Speaker was Diocese of Grafton
our task to name it’. Gabriel, a Sudanese refugee,
This allowed parishioners to who spoke of how St Andrew’s Anglican Church of Australia
contemplate what may have Lismore members had been the
been going through the minds of “hands and feet” of Christ for
the original congregation who him and his sister when he first Can you remember the Church in
established the Church in arrived in Australia in 2004. your Will?
Lennox Head. Now he helps others like him-
We were then lead to think self who have settled in Lismore Our diocese has been blessed by the generosity of benefactors
about what attributes St John the as part of the Sanctuary Australia in times past.
Baptist offered to us as his exam- Foundation.
As we seek to expand Christ’s Mission in the 21st century, can
ple. It was agreed that most of Gabriel and his sister along
us did not want to wear camel with others of a similar age had you think how you might contribute?
clothing and eat locusts, but we left his homeland Southern
admired his austerity and mini- Sudan, when he was nine, walk- You should get legal advice before making your will.
malism, which contrasts so much ing thousands of kilometres to You may wish to consider the activities of the Anglican Diocese
with today’s consumerist out- safety. of Grafton as the recipient of either a specific gift or the residue
look. They feared for their lives as of your estate.
We also admired his outspo- they fled from war and wild ani-
kenness, announcing that Jesus mals, such as hyena and lions, The following wording may be useful for you
was coming and his determina- Speaker Gabriel the refugee through Ethiopia and into and your legal advisor when making your will:
tion to spread the news that peo- from the Sudan Kenya, where they lived for
ple needed to ‘repent’ or ‘turn to Photograph used with permission many, many years in a refugee I bequeath to The Corporate Trustees of the Diocese of Grafton in the
the Lord’ and ‘be baptised’. camp. He hopes eventually to State of New South Wales the sum of . . . . . to be used for the general
The Parishioners probably evident to the people looking study theology and return to purposes of the Diocese of Grafton in such manner as the said Trustees
also hope they will not be about for evidence that God is at Sudan to spread the gospel. may approve.
imprisoned and have their heads work, but then the train is once The whole service and lunch
chopped off like John did, if they again in sight. with soup, sandwiches and slices
are being Jesus hands and feet in He then challenged each supplied by members was very
Lennox Head. member of the congregation to inspiring.
The highlight of John’s sacri- be the “body of Christ“, in
ficial life may have been when Lennox Head and part of the Some refugee statistics from the Refugee Council of Australia
he baptised the Lord Jesus as the “visible train” on its journey.
‘one’ who would bring the truth We were encouraged as we 2010-2011 1983-1984 Top ranked country of
of salvation, “For God so loved move about in our daily lives to
the world that he sent his only make Jesus message real to the Total Humanitarian Intake Total Humanitarian Intake origen for refugee seekers
son, that whoever believes in me people of Lennox Head, who
shall have everlasting life” (John may not know Jesus or even why
3:16). The Rector, Reverend his message is still relevant 7.2% of annual 21.5% of annual Afghanistan
Canon Dr Robert Ireland, spoke today.
of the story of Christianity as St John the Baptist did just settler intake settler intake (Sudan = No. 7)
August / September 2012 The North Coast Anglican Page 5
Around the Diocese
Bollywood comes to Nambucca Lismore hymnfest on a theme of “Love”
he June event was billed as Nambucca Heads Anglican com- Tery Young became Tan
ome and lift your voices those who want to buy one,
"An Indian Experience". munities and friends entered the Singh, a Bombay taxi driver, and join in the singing of fundraising for people who need
They dressed up the large "palace" for a night to remember. with his wife, Robin, as Tan San, some of your favourite one, and giving them away to
rear hall of St James' at Jeff Bailey turned up as a his Indian missus. hymns. those who can't afford one!
Bowraville like an Indian palace colonialist in a three-piece suit With a Bollywood movie A wide variety of hymns will On the programme will be
with gaudy cellophane trans- with collar and tie and won the screening as background, the be presented from the grand old congregational hymn singing
forming windows and an out- prize as best-dressed gentleman. gathering tucked into an entree hymns of long ago to the con- interspersed with choral items all
door courtyard setting further There were two hostesses at of Pakorhas and Samosas, fol- temporary items of today. on the theme of ‘love’.
'indiafied' with satin cushions. the dinner - Marj Ellison as lowed by mains of either St Andrews Anglican Church The program has been organ-
More than 50 people from "Bolly" and Yvonne Patman as Chicken Korma, Beef Madras or Choir, Lismore, will present an ised and rehearsed by organist
both the Bowraville and "Wood" (get it?) Vegetarian Curry. Hymnfest. and musical director of St
In the kitchen, Rector, This is being presented in Andrews, Warren Whitney.
Reverend Lisa Williamson, association with the Bible All welcome.
cooked up a spicy Halwa while Society – who’s object is to put This is a non-denominational
husband, Mark, prepared a the Bible into people's hands. event.
dessert of dumplings cooked in This means selling a Bible to
The evening raised more than Venues
$1000 for both churches mainte- St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Zadoc St, Lismore, 2:00pm
nance funds. Sunday 29 July, 2012
Entry free, but there will be a collection
taken up for the Bible Society.
An Inte re s ting Fa ct Songs of Praise, incorporating much of the same music, will be pre-
sented by the choir:
The Ma -Thoma church is in
communion with the St Mary’s Anglican Church, Norton St, Ballina, 2:00pm Sunday
Anglica n Communion a nd 12 August, 2012
Parishioners enjoying an “Indian Experience” wa s founde d in India by S t
Photograph used with permission. Thoma s the Apos tle . All Saint’s Anglican Church, Murwillumbah, 2:00pm Sunday 26
Car Rally A sweet success raises funds
at the T
here was anticipation,
excitement and a flurry of
activity to prepare for the
Food Technology Teacher
Mrs Cooke said ‘I am very
proud of this talented group of
Bellinger annual Australia’s Biggest
Morning Tea on Monday 4th
students who helped to raise
$518 for the Cancer Council.
‘The contribution by all stu-
The Year 10 Food dents this morning is making a
otices appeared in the Technology Students from positive difference to the lives of
Anglican Roundabout Lindisfarne Grammar were people affected by cancer and
(Parish New Letter) that
Mike and Wendy Summerill
from Prince of Peace, Raleigh
were arranging a car rally.
Participants were to meet at It was great!
Prince of Peace to start at 10am We travelled on all the old
followed by a BYO BBQ lunch roads that we used to navigate Above: Raleigh rally partici-
to share at St Barnabas, Urunga before the new highway was pants at lunch
after the rally. opened.
It rained heavily all week We answered over 50 or so Photographs used with permission
before but we woke to a lovely questions and discovered lots of
day on Saturday. interesting things we always Right: Food technology fun at
We arrived an hour early by took for granted when travelling fundraiser tea
not reading the notices proper- the old highway through
ly!! Bonville, Repton, Mylestom, Bruce Turner arrived at church
At 10am four cars, full of par- Raleigh and finally arrived at St in a sparkling clean car after
ticipants, left at 5 minute inter- Barnabas’s for a BBQ lunch and using his prize from the rally.
vals to start looking for all the good company. assigned the challenge of plan- helping to fund Cancer
clues. The following day Reverend Jenny Green ning, preparing and serving deli- Council’s vital research, preven-
cious sweet and savoury treats tion programs and support serv-
for the event. ices’ said Mrs Cooke.
Marion McCall, OAM to speak at M.U. AGM Many staff and students thor- This year’s fundraising was
oughly enjoyed the array of dedicated to the memory of for-
e are delighted that Competition twice. beautifully presented delights on mer Lindisfarne teacher Pam
Marion McCall, OAM It has been running since offer during the morning tea Cooper.
has accepted an invita- 1964 and invites competitors break.
tion by the Mother’s Union from all over the globe to choose
(MU) Executive to be the “Guest their flying challenge. Recently Marion raised President of “Australian Church
Speaker” on Thursday 25th The flying must be planned $10,000 to help disadvantaged Women in SA”.
October 2012. with precision and flown during children, by once again partici- She is very involved in many
Marion learnt to fly when she a particular time of year. pating in the challenge. community endeavours, and in
was 50 years old, and in the This award is presented in Between dawn and dusk she particular in the encouragement
Queen’s Birthday Honours List Piccadilly House London. flew from Port Pirie to Port of young girls to reach their
in 2011, she was awarded the Entries are judged on origi- Lincoln via Port Augusta, the potential.
“The Medal of the Order of nality, research, flight planning, Flinders Ranges, Mount I encourage all MU Branches
Australia” for services to avia- airmanship and a difficulty of the Hopeless, Lake Eyre, Pelican to make a special effort to attend.
tion through the Women’s Pilot’s challenge itself. Point, William Creek, Port It will be a very worthwhile
Association”. A minimum of eight hours Augusta and Whyalla. day with the delight of having
As the wife of David, the then must be spent in the air. All between dawn and dusk. Marion amuse and educate us
Bishop of Willochra, she piloted On the first occasion she won, Marion with her beloved Marion began her working with her experience and knowl-
him around all the events that in 2004, she “beat the bounds” of Cessna VH JCS career as a primary school edge.
were scheduled around South the Diocese of Bunbury to cele- Photograph used with permission teacher and has been married to God Bless
Australia, removing him of the brate its centenary. Bishop David for over 40 years.
burden of regular seven or eight She was the first Australian to between Kalgoorlie and Port They have 5 children and Yvonne
hour drives. win the award. Augusta. “many” grandchildren. Turner
Marion has won the presti- On the second occasion in A very isolated journey with She is a Past Australian
gious “Dawn to Dusk” Flying 2007, she crossed the Nullarbor difficult communications. President of MU and is currently
August / September 2012 The North Coast Anglican Page 6
Around the Diocese
Pilgrimage to Solomon Islands Are you Ready?
small group mission pil- The Cost will be between
his is an invitation to She attends a church in her children love and serve the
grimage is being planned $2000 and S2350, depending on dance at the BUTTER- Sydney with Bible – based Lord.
by the ABM Auxilary to available air fares and group FLY KISSES CONFER- teaching and world class praise Sue will talk from her heart
visit the Solomon Islands. composition. ENCE music. how God has put flesh on her dry
The pilgrimage will take Accommodation will be in At St. Thomas’s Church, Port There she and her husband bones.
place between September 21st Church Rest Houses and vil- Macquarie. are involved in many of the com- We begin our conference with
and October 7th this year. lages. munity outreach endeavors’ run dinner on Friday 14th,
It will include: Twin share and self-contained Ezekiel 37. v5 by the church. September, continuing on
A visit to Mission Partners on in Honiara, otherwise, village Thus says God to these bones; As a mother Sue considers it Saturday 15th .
the islands of Guadalcanal and accommodation, including tradi- I will cause breath to enter an incredible blessing that both Cost is $60 early bird regis-
Malaita, including the tional leaf houses. you, trations till end of July then $65.
And you shall live.” Registrations close after 10th
September, for organizational
Take time out for space and and catering purposes.
reflection. That’s value girls, dinner,
Feeling hollow dead and morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea
empty, wanting more? and supper included.
COME. Don’t wait to hear about it!
Come and be changed, feel
Its always about ladies gath- the love and acceptance, the pure
ering fellowshipping, laughing, joy of Sisterhood.
crying, singing and of course This is a generous invitation
enjoying food together. to pause, renew, and surrender to
Our speaker is Sue Mitchell, a a God who has some wonderful
vivacious, soft, gentle, energetic new steps to teach us.
woman who is incredibly in love Contact for more information
Bishop Richard Naramana and Archbishop David Vunagi lead a with the Lord Jesus. and registrations forms.
procession at Selwyn College She is married with two chil- Pauline, 65820297 Cilla
Photograph used with permission dren, a 22 yr old son and a 19 yr Sue Mitchell. 65820188 Valmai 65836265
old girl. Photograph used with permission.
Melanesian Brothers and Sisters, Some meals are included.
Sisters of the Church and Honiara accommodation
Franciscan Brothers, Selwyn includes a kitchen, so the group Re-imaging EfM training
College, Christian Care Centre, will shop for and cook meals
Mothers Union, GFS, Fouabu together at local markets and
he Reverend Kevin He is also Director of Studies and we all enjoyed the great
Clinic and Airahu Training shops. Bourke from St Cuthbert’s for ordinands in the Diocese of sense of community engendered
Centre. If you are interested please Anglican Church, Tweed Chester. by these dedicated EfM mentors.
You will be able to explore contact Helen Newton, hnew- Heads, and Mrs Norma Gary is taking the opportunity ‘I was energised to take back
the island of Malaita, including firstname.lastname@example.org, 0428 Anderson from St John’s to research the re-imaging of to my local EfM group insights
the legendary Artificial Islands 606647, PO Box 6229, South Anglican Church Coffs Harbour EfM for his PhD and has con- from this experience.’
of the Lau Lagoon, sharing the Lismore, 2480 were invited to take part in an ducted training events in
local lifestyle. EfM residential training event at Auckland and Melbourne as well
the Brookfield Centre for as visiting the University of the
Maclean Op shop Christian Spirituality, Kenmore
The guest leader was the
South, USA, the originators of
the EfM program.
The Brookfield Centre with
vandalised Reverend Gary O’Neill, who
was supported by Trevor Smith
the National Director of EfM
its relaxed and tranquil ambience
was conducive to an effective
time of worship and study.
ime and again we are Macquarie, Bangalow, Ballina, Australia. Norma said: ‘The ten partici-
called by the Master to Alstonville, Woolgoolga and Gary is the National Director pants invited to share this event
serve and to show compas- South Grafton. of EfM in the UK. found it creative and stimulating
sion and the will to help others. The St James Church commu-
Time and again in our com- nity wishes to thank these
munities we find open-hearted, churches for their wonderful Macksville reports in
selfless people obeying the response.
Master's call. Marie also indicates that
n Monday 21st May we unable to be there for Marjory’s our bird expert Jock told us about
We have just been provided many local people and organisa- had a Bible Study Group birthday. the Sacred Kingfisher which is
with a fresh manifestation of this tions not directly linked to St get together at Joy and On Saturday the 30th June often confused with the Azure
'compassion' and 'will to help James have also been generous Hilton Beauchamp’s with a bring Macksville Anglican Parish host- and Mangrove Kingfisher.
others' in our Parish of Maclean. in their gifts of time and energy and share meal to wish our good ed a Cursillo and information Bible study continues at Holy
Since the publication of the in helping the Op-Shop return to friend Bob luck for his surgery afternoon and the guest speaker Trinity on Wednesdays and at
last edition of the North Coast its former glory. the following day. was Geoff Duffy. Judith Thomson’s on Tuesday
Anglican the Maclean Anglican Generous donations have The Church at Scott’s Head on Our July lunch was held at afternoons and the singing group
Op- Shop was broken into by been gratefully received from the Day of Pentecost was beauti- Macksville RSL and 18 church also meet on Wednesday after-
some seriously disturbed souls the Presbyterian R. E. Serve and fully decorated with red friends enjoyed a great meal and noons at Holy Trinity.
who used the shop's fire extin- the Salvation Army Op-Shops of Poinsettias and red balloons thanks go to Moyna Allen who A big thank you to everyone
guisher to destroy all that was Maclean and the Yamba thanks to Pat Elphick and organises these monthly lunches. who has so generously con-
housed therein. Presbyterian Church, from Nick Reverend Jilleen. After the service at Scotts tributed to our Parish pantry and
Given the importance of the Clark at Maclean's Home Our monthly lunch at Scotts Head on the 8th July, ten of us to David Allen who has volun-
Op Shop's place in the life of the Hardware business and the Head Bowling Club was a happy were invited to Bev and Tony teered to act as co-ordinator for
Church and the local community, Gulmarrad Rural Fire Service time with 19 church friends Chamber’s home to enjoy a tasty this project.
members of St James, the local workers who used their fire truck enjoying good food and fellow- breakfast cooked by Tony and
Anglican Church, under the resource to collect additional ship and each Thursday morning
inspired leadership of the clothing and other items for the several of us meet at Marilyn’s
Reverend Alan Lambert, quickly Op-Shop. for an hour to enjoy coffee and
set about to bring it back into full A final word from Marie: great company.
operation. ‘The Parish Op-Shop has been On Saturday the 16th June we
Word of the shop's losses also blessed in many ways and we were once again at Joy and
quickly spread around the dio- give thanks and praise to our Hilton’s to help celebrate
cese and in no time offers of help Lord.’ Marjory’s, Joy’s Mum, 96th
to replace the spoiled items were birthday where many family and
flooding in from various church Bob Field, friends enjoyed a delicious lunch
communities. Maclean Parish. and fun together.
Marie Young and the leader- The following afternoon sev-
ship team at the St James Op eral church friends were once
Shop were thrilled to receive again at Joy and Hilton’s to share
generous gifts of items from the afternoon tea with Reverends
Anglican communities of Port Jilleen and George who were Discussing the Sacred Kingfisher after breakfast
Photograph used with permission
August / September 2012 The North Coast Anglican Page 7
Grafton Diocese Investment Fund
And it’s goodbye from me
“Oh this old world keeps aged by the then Registrar and equivalent of gigabytes of corpo- GDIF makes from its surpluses
spinning round, it’s a won- Financial Accountant. rate knowledge and information. which assists the Church in its
der tall trees ain’t laying Whilst that was a mildly Strategically for the GDIF, it role of mission to the people.
down, there comes a time”. workable solution in the short is imperative that as much of this It’s worth highlighting that
term, it did not allow any band- information as possible is each year, the GDIF has made a
usic fans out there will width to move the Fund forward. retained within the organisation. financial contribution and has
instantly recognise Additionally, the GDIF Board To that end, the Diocese has always met on time all interest
those words as the cho- sought to expand the size of the kindly asked me to remain with- payments and redemptions to its
rus from Neil Young’s 1978 clas- Fund significantly, thereby in the team for a short period to investors, despite the economic
sic song “There Comes A Time”. enabling the Diocese to under- facilitate a smooth transition downturns caused by the Global
“There Comes A Time” con- take its mission more effectively. onto the new Fund Manager. Financial Crisis.
tains meaningful & powerful Knowing that importance of In return, I have given my It really is a rewarding feeling GDIF manager, Greg Nelson
lyrics, particularly the first & that goal, the Board made the commitment that to remain for knowing that I’ve been part of a
second verses. strategic decision to create the that period. team, a Diocese wide team with might go wrong, while others
The melody is extremely cap- dedicated position of Fund many different members over 14 will climb through and welcome
tivating, as is the distinctive Manager. Down memories lane years that have pulled together the new challenges that await
sound of Mr Young’s voice. This was an act of faith by the Without doubt, the fondest for the greater good. them.
Briefly, the song is all about Diocese and the GDIF Board, memories of my time with the So to everyone who has What this future challenge is
how quickly life passes us by, the faith that the parishes and the Diocese after all the work, played their part – big or small – that awaits me is unknown.
frenetic pace preventing us from people would see the many efforts, sweat and yes some a very big and sincere thank you I can say that assisting people
enjoying the simple things in opportunities that would be tears, is seeing the results put for your support and kindness to make their lives better and
life. opened up for the future. into tangible reality. shown to me over that time. imparting useful knowledge to
But regardless of where we The rest as they say is history, Whether it be the GDIF assist- I’ve made many dear friends others to facilitate a better life is
are on the timescale of life or with deposits in the GDIF grow- ing the parishes by providing over this time and also discov- something that holds increasing
what we are doing, “this old ing from $5M in 1998 to $35M funding for rectories, ministry ered I do have a spiritual dimen- interest for me.
world keeps spinning round”. in June 2012. centres, halls and property exten- sion too, both have been quite We will wait and see.
And so it is. That is a seven-fold increase sions, for the clergy with min- enabling. “Oh this old world keeps
Recently, many of you would over 14 years, something that we istry related car loans and the spinning round, it’s a won-
have read via Bishop Keith’s collectively can be extremely development of Anglican based Into the ether I go forth der tall trees ain’t laying
“Ad Clerum” or hear at Sunday proud. schooling in our Diocese. With the melodic chorus of down, there comes a time”.
Services, that I have tendered my The use of the word “collec- I realise that the latter is a Neil Young’s song bouncing And so it is.
resignation as Fund Manager and tively” is deliberate – meaning contentious issue for some but around my head, there does Greg Nelson
will finish in that role from both you, me and everyone else the answer is for everybody to indeed come a time. Fund Manager
Friday 27 July 2012. that has been involved in this visit the Anglican school near A time when we intrinsically
Our Registrar Mr Anthony tremendous expansion and suc- you on their annual open day. know that we must make a sig-
Newby will take on the role of cess of the GDIF – it’s all about You will see the eager looks nificant change in our lives,
Acting Fund Manager in the teamwork, shared ideals and an on the students’ faces, witness career path or direction.
meantime. unshakable faith that we can first hand their thirst for learning That time for me has arrived. The next Deadline
make things better. and proudly admire the dedica- Whether it is The Lord calling
But let’s rewind the present Together as a team we tion of the teaching and admin me to a fresh challenge, a gut Day is the:
As we all know too well, time walked to the mountain, willing- staff of each school. feeling or even little voices
passes us by very quickly. ly accepted the challenge and are These students are not only inside my head (my unkind 15th
Fourteen years ago this now standing firmly on the sum- receiving an Anglican based edu- friends would say it’s definitely
August, yes it was 1998 (last mit. cation but they are the future the latter), you simply know
century); I was appointed to the generations of our nation and what you need to do. September
role of Manager of the Grafton Back to the future just as importantly, the future Another analogy; the window
Diocese Investment Fund. As a member of the Diocese faces of the parishes. of opportunity opens, some peo- 2012
Prior to my appointment, the team for the past 14 years, my Last but not least, is the year- ple will gaze through the win-
Investment Fund was co-man- grey matter is filled with the PC ly GDIF contribution that the dow and wonder about what
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Around the Diocese
Farewell to the changing face of Greg Nelson NCA says farewell to Greg
t is with more than a little accomplished and the extraordi- Typically, he has indicated he
he North Coast Anglican Not only was the article of
sadness that the Diocese has nary legacy he is leaving us. is willing to assist in the transi- has been financially sup- use and often related to things
seen the resignation of Mr A Fund that has not only tion process leading to the ported in many ways by happening in the financial world
Greg Nelson as Fund Manager grown dramatically but is a safe appointment of a replacement. the GDIF. at the time...they were always
for the GDIF. and secure place for depositors We wish Greg every success During much of his time at there.
Greg has held this position for throughout the Diocese and a and happiness in his future the GDIF the paper has received Yes, we have on occasions
the last 14 years and has become Fund that has provided enor- endeavours and life beyond the articles from Greg Nelson as had to chase the Fund Manager
a well-known and trusted face mous financial resources for GDIF. Fund Manager of the GDIF to for his article but it always
throughout the Diocese and an diocesan ministry. Well done, Greg. Our special explain, monetary policy, the arrived.
integral part of life at the In fact Greg leaves us with a thanks to you. GDIF’s position and many other The current editor wishes
Registry. Fund that is now strongly posi- And may God bless you in the topics. Greg well in his future direction
For these reasons his depar- tioned to allow for future growth new paths you take from here. The editors (past and present) and trusts that he will take time
ture represents much more than a and prosperity. are not sure how much he to relax with family and friends
member of staff “moving on”. Greg’s last day as Fund (Extracted from Clergy Update enjoyed writing the articles but around Australia.
During his time as Fund Manager was on July 27. 3 by Archdeacon Ezzy) were and are grateful for the fact
Manager and with Joanne along- that he has written them and Blessings on your future
side and more recently with filled a space in the paper. mate.
Annette as well, the GDIF has
Many of us are familiar with Rector welcomed home
his well-illustrated reports to
Diocesan Synod each year,
n Sunday afternoon (July singing a group of Australian
invariably showing a rise in total 8th) a welcome home patriotic songs – a reminder,
investments or children’s party was held for St. announced the organist Rosina
accounts or in some other aspect Thomas’ Anglican Church, Dyer, that however attractive
of the Fund. Rector Reverend John West and some cities doubtless were, that
For many investors across the his wife Susan, who had just there was no place like home,
Diocese, Greg represented a returned from a well-earned 6 Australia.
friendly, supportive and relaxed
face at the GDIF, always ready
to make time to assist in their
Greg was very much a part of
day-to-day life in the Registry
where his contribution and
expertise extended well beyond
As a Diocese, we are very
grateful for all that Greg has
Foundation stone layed 100yrs ago
Reverend John West talks about his European holiday
n Sunday 3 June eighty through attendance, family bap- life to the occasion. Photograph:used with permission
people attended the festal tisms, weddings and funerals. In The singing of The Church’s
Eucharist at the Anglican contrast to candidates for some one Foundation, Christ Be our week holiday in Europe – reward Susan West sang a beautiful
Church of St. Mary Magdalene confirmations, all three request- Light, I, the Lord of Sea and Sky for long service. Hebrew lament capturing some
in Coraki to celebrate the cente- ed to be confirmed. and To God Be the Glory was Over a hundred people attend- of the painful history of Europe.
nary of the laying of the founda- It was a joyous rite of passage sung with vigour and accompa- ed the afternoon tea, during Afternoon tea was provided at
tion stone by Bishop Henry for all three as well as their fam- nied capably by Marie Mills of which John showed/displayed no charge other than that every-
Edward Cooper on 29 May ily, their friends and the congre- Casino. photos of their journey through one should bring their own deco-
1912. gation, which also resulted in Bishop Keith’s sermon spoke Europe. rated cup and saucer – meaning
to our young people as well as The rafters in the Church hall little washing up for the helpers.
the adults. rang with music as the Choir A good time was had by all!
It was about the ‘nowness’ of joined in with the crowd in
Christ, about commitment and
love as well as about the church
in history and its relevance
Following the Eucharist a
delicious lunch was served in GDIF STUDENT BANKING
Brandon Hall by Canon Brian
Müller, the Brandon Hall Join Saving Sal & friends as they
Committee and friends.
Reverend Geoffrey Foley a discover banking with GDIF!
church historian and former rec-
tor, Reverend Ernest Horner, a Competitive Interest Rates
deacon with an association with Access Accounts
the parish and Reverend Carol, Term Investments
the parish priest all spoke during School Banking
the luncheon. Direct Giving
Placemats made by Canon No Account Fees
Brian were a generous gift to No TransactionFees
It featured an oval coloured Open an account today
photo of the church with a glori-
ous red hibiscus in the fore- I
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Tables were decorated cre-
atively, adding to the sense of
The Centenary cake occasion.
Photograph: used with permission The table service was gra- r vider
During the service, Jake healing and reconciliation. The parish anticipates a cele-
Haynes was baptised by Bishop The Spirit of Christ was truly bration of the ‘true’ centenary of
Keith then Jake, his sister Sophie present among us! the consecration of the Anglican the into the future.
Carrying the tradition of giving i future.
Haynes and Alexander Robson- Fresh flowers arranged pro- Church of St. Mary Magdalene Par ish Provider
Parish Provider allows you to make co
Mortimer were confirmed. fessionally by a parishioner in Coraki in 2013. rch
a regular basis to your nominated chur community
All three confirmees have an adorned the monastic, gothic gh
throug the convenient and secure electronic
funds transfer (EFT) system
association with the parish church adding both beauty and The Reverend Carol Palmer
August / September 2012 The North Coast Anglican Page 9
ABM Celebrates its Indigenous Projects Name change for aid agency
BM works with ments of Aboriginal and Torres ABM works with staff at
ustralian Anglican Aid ‘We have innovative plans to
Indigenous Australians Strait Islander peoples. Nungalinya College and also Agency, Anglicord, on commit more resources to
through a number of proj- ABM's priorities in support- encourages clergy retreats and a May the 28th launched a emerging environmental areas
ects that aim to support ministry ing both Aboriginal and Torres new Bishop’s award program. transformation of its public
and whole communities. Strait Islander Anglicans are to ABM has recently committed identity with the announcement
support the ministry of to the implementation of a of a new name and logo.
Indigenous Australians with Reconciliation Action Plan ‘The decision to rename the
their own people and communi- (RAP). agency to Anglican Overseas
ties and to support programs of The RAP will guide ABM in Aid is in response to supporter
training and leadership develop- the process of furthering our feedback that our name needs to
ment. relationships with our Aboriginal better reflect what we do, which
The people and projects con- and Torres Strait Islander broth- is to work through Anglican
tribute to the development of ers and sisters. connections to reduce poverty in
Indigenous communities and the ABM hopes this process and some of the world’s poorest
Australian community as a the implementation of the RAP communities, in some of the
whole. will encourage parishes and dio- most difficult to reach locations’
The work of Reverend Gloria ceses across Australia to reflect explains Anglican Overseas
Shipp is one example. on their own process of reconcil- Aid’s CEO, Ms Misha Coleman.
She co-ordinates a ministry iation and to consider taking the ‘We accept that our name
team called ‘Walkabout step towards developing a RAP should say what we do,’ says Ms
Ministries’ in the Diocese of with their local Aboriginal and Coleman.
Bathurst and runs men’s and Torres Strait Islander communi- ‘To help communicate what Ms Misha Colemanr
women’s camps for Aboriginal ties. we do, we’ve been including the Photograph: www.anglicord.org.au
Reverend Gloria Shippr and non-Aboriginal people, giv- ABM primarily seeks to words Anglican Overseas Aid in
Photograph used with permission ing them opportunities to share encourage and support our logo and communications like solar lights for poor com-
their life experiences. Aborigines and Torres Strait for some time now. munities, and to assist communi-
The month of July, and Scholarships, funded partly Islanders to minister to their own ‘The other key reason to ties, Christian and non-
NAIDOC week, saw a spotlight through ABM’s fundraising, sup- people in Australia and is proud change our name was to remove Christian, who are being perse-
placed on such programs and port indigenous students at to be working with these the confusion between ourselves cuted.’
communities as events are held Gawura campus at St Andrew’s Indigenous projects. and other Anglican agencies, Ms Coleman assures support-
around Australia to celebrate the Cathedral School in Sydney. Find out more: which is an ongoing issue at the ers of Anglicord (now called
history, culture and achieve- In the Northern Territory, www.abmission.org.. broader public and government Australian Overseas Aid) that
levels. We are taking the oppor- the changes will not affect them
tunity with our move to a better in anyway.
Voices For Justice 2012 physical location to change the ‘We still have the same com-
name and revamp the logo, mitment to our vision of a world
oices for Justice is Micah last Voices for Justice before the 300 people, so get in quick! reflecting that we are a strong free of poverty and for justice
Challenge’s annual next federal election, and a sig- Early bird discounts end 20 and progressive Anglican organ- and peace for all.’
national gathering nificant opportunity to influence July, and final registrations close isation. The integration of the new
between the 15th and 18th government policy before the 17 August. ‘It is meant to help us move brand has already begun and
September in Canberra. 2015 Millennium Development For more details and to regis- into a new era of working will continue to be a gradual
Join together with hundreds of Goals’ target date to halve global ter online visit www.micahchal- smarter and creating leverage process to ensure a cost effective
Christians from all over the poverty. lenge.org.au/voices-justice through partnerships and joint transition from old to new mate-
country to pray, worship, learn The four day program ventures,’ she says. rials
and speak out for a world of jus- includes: advocacy training/ the-
tice and compassion. ological teaching/ worship/
Meet other like-minded advo- prayer/ lobbying/ events at par-
cates and meet your own local liament house/ workshops/ polit-
MP too! ical forums/ youth programme.
This year’s event will be the Registrations are limited to
No new start on inadequate
nglicare Australia’s income support is, or isn’t, and
Executive Director Kasy what in all fairness Government
Chambers described the should do.’ decide on those income levels,
Senate Committee Inquiry into National survey questions our national survey showed ZERO TOLERANCE FOR
the adequacy of income support, commissioned by Anglicare Australians had remarkably con-
announced on the 26th June, as a Australia last year found that sistent views. SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
vital opportunity for 80% of all Australians believed ‘More than 60% of those sur-
Government. government allowances should veyed agreed that welfare levels
‘Cost of living pressures such cover the increased costs of liv- should be set by an independent
as rent and power bills hurt peo- ing or be linked to the average body, at arm’s length from gov- Grafton Diocese
ple living on low incomes much wage, with only 3% supporting ernment, with only a quarter has established formal procedures
more than most of those on the the line that the level be set to believing it should stay a part of
average wage or better’ Ms help governments balance their the Government budget process. to deal with
‘And a number of allowances,
Anglicare Australia will draw
‘And so Anglicare Australia
will be calling for pensions and
such as Newstart and Youth on the considerable expertise of allowances to be set by an inde-
Allowance, have been falling its network, with more than 40 pendent body, a Fair Benefits Persons aggrieved by the sexual misconduct
further and further behind pen- member organisations in com- Commission perhaps, which can of a church worker – whether they are an
sions and wage rises for many munities right across the country, consider the real cost of living as ordained or lay person – should report it.
years now. to contribute to the inquiry. it affects people on low incomes’
‘Economists and business ‘We will argue that current Ms Chambers said.
leaders across the country share allowances such as Newstart, If you wish to speak to someone
Anglicare Australia’s view that through their inadequacy, do not about sexual abuse by a church worker
an inadequate income makes it
harder for people to find work, to
allow a new start at all, but rather
trap too many Australians in
Next NCA please phone 1800 774 945 at any time
for recorded information
connect into their communities,
or benefit from school or train-
poverty and ill health.’ said Ms
deadline of the names and telephone numbers
‘The Government must take
‘The question is not just about
the level of income support date: Contact Persons.
this Senate Inquiry seriously. today, but also how the level is
‘It is a vital opportunity to
learn just how adequate existing
‘When we asked who should 15 September
August / September 2012 The North Coast Anglican Page 10
Praying with the saints Managing the modern moral maze
The Martyrs of New Guinea Died. 1942 Alcohol fueled morality...
Feast Day 2nd September and other nefarious deeds being human rights and the rights of
perpetrated outside clubs, pubs young and old alike to do as they
hen Britain assumed Church elsewhere fared less and other venues of alcohol please.
sovereignty over south- well. abuse. It should be obvious that our
east New Guinea in In Anglican terminology the What happened to our moral moral stance must be to ensure
1888 and the General Synod of New Guinea Martyrs were eight authority? that people understand that they
the Church of England in Anglican clergy, teachers and When did the individual give have the moral and ethical
Australia (the Anglican Church medical missionaries killed by up her moral responsibility and authority to instil the discipline
of Australia) resolved that "...the the Japanese in 1942, the his respect for himself and oth- of “No”.
recent annexation of portion of Anglican Bishop of New Guinea ers? No you may not drink as a
New Guinea imposes direct obli- (then a diocese of the ecclesias- Common sense has certainly teenager.
gation upon the Church to pro- tical Province of Queensland) become moribund if this is the No you are not allowed to
vide for the spiritual welfare Philip Strong having instructed Fr Peter Richards way we act and think in drive your car if you are going
both of the natives and the set- Anglican missionaries to remain Australian society and as out.
tlers.” the Christian era in Papua at their posts despite the
have been astounded by the Christians on the Mid North No you may not hit, bully or
New Guinea began. Japanese invasion. rise in the moral stance of Coast / North Coast. abuse another person.
In 1889 the Reverend A. A. Three hundred thirty-three alcohol in the public domain. As Christians we are trans- If our Christian lives do not
Maclaren was appointed the first church workers of various Alcohol is taking the blame formed into the likeness of encourage self discipline and if
Anglican missionary to the denominations were killed dur- for the most violent of crimes Christ which includes an under- our leaders are unable to show
region and in 1890 visited with ing the Japanese occupation of and thus must be a moral force to standing that we are in a position discipline then we are not fol-
the Reverend Copland King. New Guinea. be grappled with. to make a moral stand and lead lowing Christ any more.
They purchased land at The missionaries were later At least that is my under- others into a better way of life. We have authority, we have
Samarai for a mission station captured and, May Hayman, the standing after listening to the We are informed, as never intellect and no alcohol is not to
and later established a mission nurse, and Mavis Parkinson the radio, the Police spokesman and before, on the effects that alco- blame, only ourselves.
house at Dogura and two South teacher, were killed. the politicians. hol has on the human body and
Sea Islands teachers joined him The priest, James Benson, At what point do we begin to thus if we are able to instil disci- “Be still and know that I am God.”
in 1893. was a prisoner of war and realise that alcohol has no pline in our lives we are able to Psalm 46:10
In the intervening years returned to Gona after the war. morality whatsoever and is not resist the temptation of over
schools and mission stations He was able to give full to blame for anything. indulging.
were established along 480km of details of that terrible time. It is an inert substance that But here is the crux. Fr Peter welcomes
coast. The Japanese troops moved has no moral standing or any The world has driven disci- your comments
The Cathedral of Saint Peter inland, and other missionaries other standing come to think of pline out of the everyday life of and questions.
and Saint Paul in Dogura, Milne lost their lives – priests Henry it. the human race. Please contact:
Bay Province, is the largest Holland and Bibian Bedich, Yet, the Australian public is It no longer has a place in our <email@example.com>
Anglican church in Papua New builder John Duffil, teacher Lilla led to believe that alcohol is to modern societies but is rather 0427 631383
Guinea. Lashmar, nurse Margery blame for the violence, crime considered to be an abuse of
It seats 800, was consecrated Brenchley and Papuan teacher
in 1939 three years before the
outbreak of war in the South
Pacific and survived the
Matthews Rector of Port
Henry Threads laid bare
with the Reverend Camellia Flanagan
Japanese occupation of Papua Moresby, accompanied by a
New Guinea during World War Papuan helper Leslie Gariadi Martyrs and Witnesses
art or crafts relating to the person ek tou hairmatos ton marturon
A Prayer For Us and Our Brothers And Sisters in PNG (the Wheel of St Catherine of Jesou.”
Almighty God, there is no greater love than to give our lives for Alexandria, the Pipe organ of St The word martur, although lit-
your friends. Grant us and the people of Papua New Guinea the Cecilia and the Money bag of St erally meaning “witness” came
courage to make our own sacrifice. And may we, in the company Matthew and the Spear and to be applied by the early Church
of your Martyrs, gaze with joy upon the face of Christ. Carpenters square representing to those who had given the ulti-
Amen St Thomas) mate witness to Jesus, their own
In Revelation 17:6 we read lives, hence our word “martyr”.
The Japanese had put ashore was taking a boatload of people “And I saw that the woman was The related verb is martureo,
troops in Papua near Gona by from Port Moresby to what was drunk with the blood of the which means “to be a witness.”
July 1942 with a view to taking intended to be a safe place along saints and the blood of the wit- Jesus speaks of his Father as
Lae and Salamaua. the coast when a Japanese plane nesses to Jesus” NRSV. marturounti, “witnessing” in
The Japanese did not harass bombed the launch, sinking it, When we look at the literal Acts 14:3 to Jesus in their evan-
or occupy Dogura mission itself and killing all but one survivor. Greek, this passage says “…kai gelistic ministry.
and services continued in the Looking at the transformed eidon ten gunaika methuousan One of the principal teachings
cathedral throughout the war, church in Papua New Guinea
here are many symbols ek tou haimatos ton hagion kai of the early Christian kerygma
with congregations amply today it is not difficult to see that used in ecclesiastical art as (kerugma ‘proclamation’) was
enlarged by visitors from the the grace of God and the influ- symbols of martyrs. that the Old Testament prophets
Australian and American armed ence of the martyrs have been Sometimes a symbol associat- served to marturousin (witness)
forces. transforming agents of the Love ed with a saint consists of a rep- to Jesus centuries before his
However, the Anglican of God in the community. resentation of an attribute of the coming (see Acts 10:43).
life or the person or the method Just as the Father gave wit-
Book Review of death or torture.
Some of these symbols are
arrows, (St Edmund of East
ness to Jesus through the mighty
works that Jesus did, and just as
the apostles continued to witness
SEXEGESIS. AN EVANGELICAL RESPONSE TO FIVE UNEASY PIECES ON Anglia, St Sebastian) to Jesus, so too all Christians are
crosses,(The Saltire cross of St called to be marturon Jesou,
Andrew or the Tau cross of St “Witnesses of Jesus” and in so
EDITOR: MICHAEL BIRD AND GORDON PREECE Antony of Egypt) and instru- doing become agents of
PUBLISHER: ANGLICAN PRESS AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY ments of torture, such as Transformation for the commu-
ISBN:9781922000491 nails,(St Joseph of Arimathea, or nities in which they live and
he last review I was privi- is similar to the former book St William of Norwich) and Symbol of St Thomas the work.
leged to undertake for the albeit with a sixth uneasy piece whips,(one of the symbols of the Apostle
NCA was the very same on creation and a post-script. Passion of Christ) or symbols of Photograph: www.heritagerd.com
Five Uneasy Pieces that this I was impressed with the clear
book responds to from the evan- academic writing and persuasive cussion on what is an already McGrath. not for what it says but because it
gelical perspective. manner in which some of the overheated debate. Although clearly written from demonstrates the current stale-
My initial thought was excel- writers responded to the Five A number of referencing an evangelical aspect it adds mate within the Church’s debate.
lent, there is something that will Uneasy Pieces but was left errors and the re-interpretation of nothing to the debate and in
contribute positively to the ongo- uneasy with regard to the gener- words for the author’s own bene- some respects highlights the rea- Maruti
ing debate in a similar way to its al tone of the essays and what fit gave the impression that the sons why the debate has become
counterpart. appeared to be deliberate “un- book was put together with haste so polarised within the Church NCA deadline day is:
Indeed, it is to the credit of the christian” responses in some of rather than with a listening and Theological circles.
contributors of this volume that the essays. aspect and attention to detail. I am clearly reminded of the
the evangelical side of the debate I was unconvinced of the sin- The best essay in the whole scriptural injunction not to argue
has been put in a similarly suc- cerity with which the book has book for this reader, was the over words which this book The 15th of
cinct style as Five Uneasy been put together in terms of postscript written with some sen- seems to go against.
Pieces. The lay out of the book making an attempt to further dis- sitivity to the issue by Barry I would recommend the book September!
August / September 2012 The North Coast Anglican Page 11
The ANGLICARE North Coast Connection
From Estelle... Anglicare North Coast
of Grafton, thus performing a Housing Foundation for Disadvantaged Households
vital mission on behalf of all
involved in the Diocese.
his is a call to Anglicare Community for the disadvan- people’s lives’.
In the last edition of the NCA, North Coast’s loyal sup- taged of our region. This is but following the com-
our Chair, Ann Helmrich, told porters and those who There are many people who, mand that Jesus Christ gave us,
you about a new Anglicare ini- want to ‘make a difference’. for no fault of their own, are to house the homeless.
tiative that involves the estab- As a member of the Anglicare homeless or are living in inap- All monies given to the
lishment of an Affordable Board I believe this welfare propriate housing who are des- Anglicare NC Housing
Housing Foundation that will organisation has the ability to perate for help. Foundation are received with the
help provide disadvantaged peo- ‘change lives’. The Anglicare Housing commitment of every Board
ple with affordable accommoda- The services we offer, with Foundation will enable the Member, that these funds will be
tion. the dedication of our caring staff Anglican Christian Community dedicated to the purposes for
Over coming months we will and the commitment of our loyal in our region to once again focus which they are given – to pro-
be telling you more about this supporters, are able to make a on one of our original aims ‘to vide housing for those in need.
Foundation and how you can be difference in lives of young fam- house the homeless’.
involved in it. ilies, single people on their own ‘The Foundation’ will provide Are you able to help?
This month, one of our Board and older people. the resources to make a differ-
Estelle Graham member, Reverend Brian I believe there is much more ence in the lives of those in need, Reverend Canon Brian Muller
Mueller, has shared some that can be done by our Christian old and young alike, ‘to change
e recently started the thoughts about the Foundation
process of developing a and other Board Members will
new strategic plan for
Anglicare North Coast to cover
also share with you in future edi-
Financial Romanian twinning study
the next 3 years. We believe that the
n February this year Migrant Citizenship (DIAC) and
As part of this process we’ve
reviewed our mission, our iden-
Foundation will be of great
assistance to many needy people
Counselling Services Coffs Harbour host- Anglicare North Coast (ANC) to
ed representatives from the travel to the Romanian capital,
tity and our values, which pro- in the future and that it will also Romanian Immigration Office Bucharest.
vided a wonderful opportunity provide a great opportunity for tip and the non-government sector, The representatives travelled
to reflect on who we are, why you, the people of the Diocese, who were visiting Australia as in June to meet with the
we exist and what we should be to assist us in our mission. part of a larger United Nations Romanian settlement sector and
on’t EVER roll your
Regardless of the words that
we ultimately decide to use in
our new plan, Anglicare exists to
follow the commands of Jesus in
As we read in Philippians
"Let each of you look not
only to his own interests, but
also to the interests of others."
D superannuation/s into
another super fund with-
out checking whether there is
Life Insurance, Total and
The Romanian delegation
provide training in case manage-
ment, as a follow on from their
visit to Australia.
The program has become
known as the Romanian
caring for those around us who We look forward to sharing Permanent Disability or Income Australian Twinning Study.
are in need. more with you as are plans for Replacement insurance I spent almost 2 weeks in the
We do this on behalf of the this exciting new venture are put attached. middle of June this year travel-
Anglican Church in the Diocese into place. Once rolled over you will ling to the Romanian capital
lose this cover completely. Bucharest, where in partnership
Patti, one of our Financial with DIAC, I assisted in the
Disaster recovery Counsellors, recently had a delivery of training in case man-
client who was advised by agement.
fter a wet couple of years, someone else to roll his super Lucky for us it was European
and resultant floods to into one (he had 15 different summer; temperatures were a
contend with here on the super funds). beautiful 32 degrees.
North Coast it is predicted that Patti checked and found that The trip was very short and
we will soon experience a run of he had over $300,000 Total and most of the time we were work-
drier weather, with the increased Permanent Disability insurance ing.
risk of bush fires. on a fund with a balance of a However, I was able to make
It is a reminder to us all that few hundred dollars. a stop in at one of the oldest
disasters can affect our commu- He is blind. churches in Bucharest dating
nities in a number of forms. He will now be paid that in Romanian church in back to 1558 for Sunday service.
The Anglican community, full, plus, he will still have his Bucharest The service was in Romanian
under the terms of the state super funds intact. Photograph used with permission but even without understanding
Disaster Plan (Displan), remains the language the sentiment was
ready to assist in outreach, evac- spent 4 days in Coffs Harbour clear, heralded with a traditional
uation and recovery centre experiencing life as newly set- choir which echoed throughout
efforts, if required. tling refugees in order to observe the fresco covered building.
We have 11 teams of trained Thought best practice in refugee settle- It was an honor to participate
volunteers based in parishes ment. in the study on behalf of ANC
from Port Macquarie to Tweed. Anne Dinham for the Acknowledging that Australia and I look forward to watching
Some are cross parish ven- Photograph used with permission is considered one of the most the Romanian settlement sector
tures and others include volun- day advanced settlement countries in come of age over the next few
teers from the wider community Please consider whether the world. years.
or other denominational groups, becoming a trained Disaster “Two are better than one, Romania, a new European
not specifically involved in the Recovery volunteer is some- Union inductee keen to advance Louise Carter
Displan. thing you could do. because they have a good their very young settlement sec- Manager Migrant Services
Training to become a Disaster There are no other require- tor, was able to negotiate for rep- Anglicare North Coast
Recovery volunteer is free of ments other than a heart for return for their work: If one resentatives from the
charge, and even includes lunch helping your community; roles Department of Immigration and
and morning tea, and the provi- are varied with tasks suitable for falls down, his friend can
sion for reimbursement of travel the not so agile.
costs incurred in attending. Please note this is not a help him up. But pity the Anglican Care and Social
If you have a minimum of 6 response service, like the SES, Justice on the North Coast
people interested, please contact and does not involve heavy lift- man who falls and has no
I wish to become a Friend of Anglicare North Coast and here is my gift in support of its work.
me at the Maclean office to ing or physically strenuous
arrange a suitable training date. activity. one to help him up!" $..... $20 $40 $50 $100 I’d prefer instead to make a regular gift
Refresher training is required of $ . . . . . charged to my credit card every month quarter six months
every three years to keep accred- Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
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