Local Church News

The chaplain with two hats

Chaplain Neville Wilson, in his line of duty as a Royal Flying Doctor Service pilot, was tasked to transport a seriously ill prisoner from a northern jail to Brisbane for hospitalisation recently. He was able to make himself known to the prisoner and escorting officer as a chaplain at the Capricorn Correctional Centre before the flight commenced. He was encouraged by ...

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Elsie Gillbard turns 104

Elsie Gillbard (nee Dennis) was born in 1904 and lived in the Loganlea/Beenleigh area.  With her parents and younger sister, she attended the Loganlea Methodist Church as a young girl, and began playing the organ for services in her mid teens.  With very little tuition on the organ, she began by selecting hymns she could play.  After more experience she ...

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Historic gravestones in a new place

THE RELOCATION of headstones from a historic graveyard at Rosevale was marked by a thanksgiving service in June.  After extended conversations with descendants of the early white settlers in the area, the Church moved the headstones to a nearby park and established memorials to commemorate the pioneers. Bremer Brisbane Presbytery Minister Rev David Baker, who led the service at the ...

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Watoto choir hits a high note in Queensland

The Watoto Children’s Choir performed at churches all over Queensland in June. The choir performs to present Watoto’s vision and to give audiences the opportunity to respond to Africa’s HIV/AIDS and war crisis. Photo by Sarah Rothery Photo : Members of the Watoto Children’s Choir at Glebe Road Uniting Church

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Hervey Bay youth run for their lives

Relay for Life is an eighteen hour team event that is held annually around Australia to raise money and awareness for The Cancer Council. For the past four years, Hervey Bay Uniting Church have been a part of this event in their community and have worked hard in their fundraising efforts. This year their team held a cake stall, karaoke ...

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Hughenden celebrates 100 years

St Andrew’s Church in Hughenden celebrated 100 years on the 25 May 2008. The church was originally opened on 16 May 1908 with the first full time minister Rev A Hutson commencing in August after a long journey from Scotland to take up the post. Hugenden minister Pastor Peter Harvey said the centenary was celebrated with a service focused on ...

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A Cherbourg Saint

Aileen Brady born 4 August 1927, Barambah station (later Cherbourg Aboriginal reserve), died 23 March 2008, Cairns Aileen Brady was one of six children born to Henry Willis, of the Kalili people in South West Queensland and Eunice Willis who had come to Queensland from the Solomon Islands via the indentured labour scheme (‘blackbirding’). She was raised under the harsh ...

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Warwick goes to the head of the class

Warwick Uniting Church has received attention from their local newspaper with another innovative way of the church connecting with the community. With 26 school teachers and retired school teachers within the congregation, they have started an after school tutoring service.  Not only is the service available to all students, it is free. Warwick Uniting Church member and retired maths teacher ...

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A new day…for a new generation

Queenslanders are invited to March with thousands for the Easter Sunday marches across the nation. – Easter Sunday March 23rd 2008 Fusion Queensland who are coordinating local gatherings say Australia is at a pivotal moment for our nation….. generational change is on the agenda. "What will this chapter of our nation’s history bring to the younger generation and the communities ...

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70 years a minister – some kind of record

Queensland Uniting Church Minister Rev Ellis Bramley who is now 96 years old and still worships every Sunday at Chermside-Kedron Community Church will celebrate 70 years of ordination 28th February. Ordained in 1938 Mr Bramely is still in remarkably good health, and looking forward to this milestone.  The Chermside-Kedron congregation is celebrating his anniversary as the focus of morning worship ...

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