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The Leichhardt Patrol is not a “congregation” in the traditional sense, but rather an initiative of the Presbytery of the Downs that provides pastoral care to rural properties as well as regional congregational bodies. Rohan Salmond spoke with patrol minister Rev Graham Slaughter. What is the Leichhardt Patrol? The Patrol covers part of the area known as the Surat Basin ...

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Mission alive in Townsville

What is your mission? Townsville Central City Mission is a strategic city church committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and ministering to human need by providing personal and family care through the ministry of word and deed. What’s happening in your church? At the moment a Joint Nomination Committee is being selected to call a minister to the ...

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Coorparoo sews seeds for mission

Some congregations look at a large grassy block and worry about the mowing roster. Others, like the members of Coorparoo Uniting Church, think about the possibilities. Dianne Jensen reports. Coorparoo is one of Brisbane’s oldest suburbs. Its central location and traditional housing are prime targets for redevelopment, and green space is precious. Four years ago the congregation (then led by ...

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Mackay making links

Northside Uniting Church is located in Mackay, central Queensland, and its sister congregation is Seaforth, in a coastal village. The congregations have strong links with the community. Tara Burton spoke with congregation member Rod Kirkpatrick. How are you enriching your community? We play significant roles in local schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Hospital and nursing home visitation, including conducting chapel ...

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Faith in action: Aitkenvale inspired by Kiribati

The view from a back deck can be inspirational, as Aitkenvale Uniting Church Deck Dwellers convener Scott Heron and minister Mark Dewar told Dianne Jensen. When Aitkenvale Uniting Church members felt called to connect with a Christian congregation overseas, they sat out on a back deck and talked and prayed about it. The new group, the Deck Dwellers, was formed ...

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Chinchilla/Brigalow Uniting Church: organised for mission

The progressive and dynamic town of Chinchilla is located in the Darling Downs region of Queensland. The Chinchilla/BrigalowUniting Church enriches its local community in a variety of ways. Tara Burton spoke with congregation member Jill Covington. Who makes up your congregation? We have an ageing congregation, between 50 and 90 years old. There are a few young families starting to ...

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Gold Coast congregation focuses on outreach

Burleigh Heads Uniting Church is known locally as 'the church on the hill' and is situated on the outskirts of the busy Gold Coast region. Tara Burton spoke to co-founder of the Burleigh Heads Never Alone Friendship Centre, Neville Free. Who makes up your congregation? Burleigh Heads Uniting Church is a worshipping and caring congregation of 260 members. It is ...

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Proserpine project ticks all the boxes for mission

Dianne Jensen reports on a central Queensland congregation that is shining a light on effective home-grown mission. The congregation at Proserpine Whitsunday Uniting Church are firm believers that when local folk get inspired, they can undertake mission projects which will transform themselves, their local community, and the world. This is the home of Compassion candles and Chappy sticks (lip balm), ...

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Prayer and praise are central at Mt Louisa, Townsville

Mt Louisa House of Praise is located in Townsville, North Queensland. The congregation has strong links with local churches and engages with the community through a range of outreach ministries. Tara Burton spoke to minister Anne Harley. How are you enriching your community? We play a significant role in Stable on the Strand, a Christmas event put on by the ...

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