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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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Dawson Valley farmers lose crops and livestock

The lower Dawson River, which is fed by the Mimosa Creek south of Baralaba, and the Don River feeding flood waters from the Callide Valley, caused some severe inundation of properties in the Lower Dawson. Large stream flows and flooding wreaked havoc on irrigation infrastructure along with some machinery, including a 485 hp tractor submerged. A number of stock were ...

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Flood damage high in Central Burnett region

The morning of Australia Day saw the people of North Burnett enjoying gentle soaking rain. By evening it was constant, heavy rain with the rivers and streams becoming a destructive force which was totally unexpected. Sunday morning worship services in Mundubbera and Gayndah were cancelled and it was "all hands on deck" to evacuate over 100 homes and businesses in ...

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Survival against the odds at Stanwell

Dozens of homes were inundated in Stanwell, near Rockhampton, when flash floods ripped through the community on January 25. The water roared past. Never before had it risen to this height; at least a 1.5 m higher than any previous flood. Vegetation, branches, logs, silt, fences, and household belongings were all swept along by a torrent hundreds of metres wide ...

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Towns evacuated and properties inundated in Banana Shire

Some members of the congregation are on farming land which was affected by floodwaters. Fences have been damaged, cattle had to be located and topsoil was washed away. Parts of Banana Shire were inundated with fast-flowing, rapidly rising water. The township of Jambin was evacuated to the school a few kilometres away on higher ground; parts of Goovigen, Dululu and ...

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