Celebrating together in Canberra
Members of the Uniting Church in Australia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia came together to celebrate their shared history of support for people in remote areas at a joint Centenary service in Canberra on October 21.
More than 100 people attended the service jointly hosted by the Wesley Uniting Church and St Andrews Presbyterian Church.
Canberra Central Uniting Parish Minister Rev David Thiem, former Associate National Director of Frontier Services, said the service was a wonderful opportunity for sharing between the churches.
Last weekend, the Canberra Central Uniting Church also hosted a Centenary Breakfast at
the Mint Café at Forrest, with funds raised going to Frontier Services.
Frontier Services National Director Rosemary Young spoke at the Breakfast to more than 60 people who attended the function. On the following day, Broken Hill Patrol Minister Jorge Rebolledo spoke to congregation members at both Sunday services, sharing stories about his work visiting isolated families and communities across the far west of NSW.
Each year the Canberra Central Uniting Church makes a significant contribution to the Broken Hill Patrol as well as supporting the wider work of Frontier Services.
“The Congregation is very supportive of the work Frontier Services does to support people in remote Australia. It was fantastic to hear some of the stories about the work being done,” Mr Thiem said.
Top: Leaders Rev Robert Benn, past Moderator-General of the Presbyterian Church, Rev David Thiem, Minister at Canberra Central Uniting Parish, Rosemary Young, Frontier Services, Rev Joy Bartholomew, Minister at St Andrews and Rev Gregor Henderson, Minister at Canberra Central Uniting Parish at the joint service.