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47 years of camping

THE MARY Burnett Presbytery Adult Fellowship Camp was celebrated again in March. Starting 46 years ago with a Presbyterian group at Torquay, the camp was moved to Luther Heights, Coolum, and continued to provide a space for women of the Presbytery to meet and share in fellowship, fun, friendship, studies, concerts, and worship. Camp Committee secretary Eva Donaldson said the ...

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Celebrating 100 years

ON SUNDAY 5 June Queensland’s oldest living Uniting Church minister, Rev Ellis Bramley, will celebrate his 100th birthday with a special services at the Chermside- Kedron Community Church in Brisbane. Mr Bramley commenced his ministry as a Home Missionary in Chinchilla in 1932. After his Ordination at Albert Street Methodist Church in 1938 he served in Clermont, Longreach and then ...

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From Tassie to Tully with love

OTHER CONGREGATIONS sent money to help the people of Tully after Cyclone Yasi. The communities linked by Frontier Services’ Midlands Patrol in Tasmania sent Rev Meg Evans. Ms Evans candidated from Edmonton and served for some years in Far North Queensland, so she was on the phone to friends immediately after the cyclone wrecked Tully and the surrounding area. They ...

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Churches look beyond Easter eggs

ACROSS the region, churches and places of worship were packed at the weekend as visitors and members of the community recognised the occasion as more than just an opportunity to indulge in Easter eggs. High spirits and loud voices almost raised the roof at the Warwick Uniting Church on Sunday as the congregation enjoyed the special Easter service. There was ...

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Passions run high

THE SHOWBIZ term ‘break a leg’ became reality for Tony Barnes, this year’s Moogerah Passion Play director. In a fall from a roof he suffered multiple fractures, a cracked vertebra and a smashed heel. Yet if you visit the Lake Theatre at Lake Moogerah on a Saturday afternoon you will find him directing the cast of players and, while he ...

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Fakes to steal show at Elanora

THIS YEAR the Elanora Uniting Church Art Show is once again celebrating local Gold Coast art at its best. Publicity officer Janine Kinnear said the team is “working hard to make this year’s art show bigger and better than ever”. Held from 30 April to 2 May, with an opening night party on 29 April, entries are now open for ...

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Wesley Bible stand remembers Robin

AN EXQUISITE gold plated bible stand made from brass and Carrara marble was dedicated to the Wesley Hospital chapel, in Brisbane, in memory of Robin Slaughter on 14 February. Wesley Chaplain, Richard Lance, said Mrs Slaughter was a patient at the hospital, coming in regularly throughout her illness and enjoyed spending time in the chapel. “There is a bit of ...

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Finding room for May

ON SUNDAY 13 February the May Walker Room was dedicated at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Brisbane, honouring a woman of remarkable faith and outstanding character. Deaconess May Walker was invited by St Andrew’s in 1912 to be the “Lady Missionary” to work in Spring Hill. She answered the call with dedication, kindness and loyalty for nearly 40 years. Her work ...

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Theodore’s journey continues

MODERATOR REV Bruce Johnson travelled through flood-affected communities in the Dawson Valley in March hearing from farmers, townspeople and community leaders about the impact of the floods and the progress of the recovery so far. In Theodore, Mr Johnson, (pictured far left, with Bill Stevens and Kevin Tysoe) inspected a recently topdressed section of the church grounds that the floods ...

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Making waves in West End

BRISBANE-BASED Grammy Award winning band Wolfmother joined forces with Blackstar Coffee Roasters, Marty and Vonney Richards, and West End Community Association’s WECA) Darren Godwell to raise funds in a local Flood Benefit event in March. The impressive line-up of artists entertained over 500 people, young and old, in this alcohol-free event in a community that experienced Brisbane’s January floods firsthand. ...

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