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90th Anniversary Celebrations
To celebrate and mark our 90th year, three of our buildings will be renamed (and two renovated). Busy Bees Hall is being opened today at 11am by the Attorney General, Mark Speakman and Joan Thompson. This building has been renovated as a multipurpose hall with a kitchenette and decking and will be renamed “Thompson Hall” in honour of the long ministry in this Parish of the late Keith Thompson and Joan, in recognition of their services to hospital and gospel work in Australia and internationally.
On Sunday 9th July at 11am, Bishop Reg & Dorothy Piper will open the soon to be renovated Piper Cottage (133 Gymea Bay Road). As well as being our former Regional Bishop & Senior Pastor, Reg had a significant role in supporting our first refugee hosted family — The Martins from Iraq.
On Sunday 22nd October at 11.15am, Archbishop Glen Davies will open “Derrett House” (129 Gymea Bay Road) in honour of the long and faithful ministries of Rev Jack and Bev Derrett, at Gymea Parish and across the Diocese.
Update From Parish Council
On Thursday night our Parish Council held their monthly business meeting.
¨ The purchase of another container for storage.
¨ Details of the lease of 133 Gymea Bay Road to Anglicare for Syrian refugee hosting, from 1st August.
¨ The imminent arrival of our defibrillator.
¨ Resurfacing with safer material, the children’s playground & expanding the fencing.
¨ Possible employment of a women’s pastor.
Council decided to:
¨ Create a coffee nook in the rear corner of the church.
¨ Reinstall the 2nd bedroom to 133 Gymea Bay Road to accommodate the refugee family.
¨ Install large screen TV’s, that we already have in the Thompson and David Crawford Halls.
Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew
Update from Our Mission Partners—The Donaldsons
“We’ve been so encouraged by those who have offered to pray for us and generously increased their support or given towards our need. A number of people have commented at how they think moving closer to (the university) campus is a wonderful idea. So that has been much appreciated affirmation.
Our goal was to raise (an extra) $200/week, and so far we’ve had $60/week pledged already!
We’ve still got a couple more weeks before we will need to make a final decision, so if you would still like to give towards it, we’d love to hear from you! Perhaps you’ve been on our prayer list for a while, but are now in a position to partner financially. Or perhaps your financial position has changed and you have the capacity to increase the amount you already give towards our ministry. Whatever the case, we’d love to encourage you to pray about whether God might be prompting you to partner with us in this move. And please continue to pray for us too, that we would have wisdom as we make these significant decisions.
Andy Donaldson (Campus Strategy National Office)