The Home Mission Lunch held on the 8th June was just part of a special day at St Peter’s East Maitland. Thank you for attending our Luncheon. 104 people sat down to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our parish caterers.
The generosity of many parishioners and friends not only made the luncheon a success financially but helped to create in the Parish Hall a caring and happy atmosphere. An amount of $3,300 (including an anonymous gift of $1,000 specifically for the Outback Fund) was raised and will be added to our mission funds to be shared with our Mission Partners – Anglican Home Mission (Outback) Fund, Gaza Al-Ahli Hospital (through the Anglican Board of Mission) and the Mission to Seafarers.
Thank you to all who so willingly helped and thank you to those who made generous donations. The St. Egwin’s Guild ladies took care of the Trading Table which was covered with donated goods and which raised over $500 (included in the total). Rosalea Sellers, Margaret Dunn, Nola Wheadon and Marilyn Seccombe were the lucky winners of our raffle.
It was a delight to have Bishop Greg and Mrs Thompson attend our Luncheon. Bishop Greg spoke to us about some of his work in the Northern Territory. He told us of some of the problems created because of the long distances between the numerous centres, the frequent changes of personnel which slowed the building of trust within the communities, the lack of resources and the many and sometimes sweeping changes made by governments. However, the communities appreciated the opportunities to celebrate and share their faith with many whenever visits were made by Christian leaders or clergy. There continues to be a great need for education in the outback.
Our thanks to Bishop Greg for giving us the opportunity to be aware of some of the conditions in the Outback and to learn about the ministry there.