Church Annual Big Weekend Away

We are deeply grateful to the team who has organised Weekend Away at Port Hacking –  over 150 people will be attending thru the weekend.  Both the Weekend Away and our Church will be following our theme “Finishing Strong”.

Today’s Opening of Piper Cottage

Today at 11am we opening the renamed Piper Cottage in honour of the ministry of Bishop Reg and Dorothy Piper in this Parish and our Diocese. Renovations are still in progress but will be finished in time for our first Syrian Refugee family to take up residence.

Update On Our Hosting Syrian Refugees

This week Steve Leitch met with Anglican Property Trust over on going delays over the lease arrangement.  They will meet again in 3 weeks time, this time with Anglicare.  Please pray that the red tape issues would be resolved.  Everyone wants this to go ahead but technical issues are slowing the process.

The expectation is that we will host families over a two year period and then reconsider the arrangement.  We can end the program then or renew it.  No family has yet been chosen, but they will be a mum and dad with children probably from Syria and Christian.  Our Parish Council is happy for a family of any religion to be cared for here but Anglicare has decided that being on church property it would be best to start with a Christian family, most likely Syrian Orthodox.  They may or may not choose to worship with us. The family could be highly educated, speak perfect English & find work quickly or none of these.  Anglicare will supply up to $3,000 worth of new electrical goods for the house.  We have received a grant of $4100 from ADM for renovations.  If we need to spend more than this then Parish Council will use some of the Wylie Estate money to cover it.  No budget money is involved.  Anglicare will rent the property from us for a proposed $575pw and then they will lease it to the refugee family.  They will have full government benefits, Medicare etc and will be seeking employment asap. Anglicare will also supply a weekly case worker, trauma & financial counselling.  Our job will be to love them.  We still don’t know the make up of the family so we won’t be asking for donated goods till we know who is coming and what their needs are. Thank you for your prayers and patience.

Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew