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Vale Samiuela Toa Finau

11 September 1934 – 5 January 2007 Samiuela Toa Finau was born on 11 September, 1934 at Hihifo, Ha’apai. He grew up there with his parents, ‘Elina and Kisina Finau, and attended Primary School in Ha’apai and then attended Tonga College from 1948 to 1953. In 1961 he studied at the Sia’atoutai Theological College and from 1962 to 1963 he ...

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Vale Elizabeth Craigie McChesney-Clark (Nee Williams)

Born 21.11.1918  Died 26.11.2006 Elizabeth Craigie McChesney-Clark was born in Swinton, Scotland, the eldest child of clergyman Benjamin Scott Williams and Helen Wallace Craigie Aitchison. After spending her school days in Leeds, Elizabeth won a scholarship to attend Cambridge University. She graduated with a Master of Arts in 1940 and completed her Cambridge Teacher’s Certificate at Selly Oak College, Birmingham ...

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Mental health brings churches together

You may never see them, but they are there, people living by themselves, depressed, anxious or confused – people battling a mental illness. A group called Group 61 has formed on Brisbane’s north-side as a multi-denominational response to mental health issues. The group supports 30 people with a team of 40 volunteers, a number of whom come from Chermside-Kedron Community Church, ...

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Synod forms multi-cross cultural committee

A new multi-cross cultural committee has been set up within the Queensland Synod. Chairperson Rev Dr Apichart Branjerdporn thanked Moderator Rev Dr David Pitman for his support in the creation of the committee. “The establishment of the committee brings joy, enlightenment and hope to the culturally and linguistically diverse people and other overseas church ministers or workers coming into our ...

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Vale Rev Rob Saunders

Minister at the Queensland Synod’s most southern congregation Banora Point Rev Robert Eric Saunders died tragically just days before his retirement in November. Born in South Australia in 1943 and brought up in the Methodist Church Rob trained to be a primary school teacher before entering the ministry. He was an effective minister who knew how to grow congregations and ...

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Vale Rev O.J. Dale

The death of Ossie Dale on Sunday, 12 November, brought to an end a vigorous and varied ministry that spanned over fifty years in first of all the Methodist Church and then in the Uniting Church. Ossie worked in the church for two years after completing his schooling at Ipswich Grammar, testing his call before he offered as a candidate ...

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Margaret Merefield remembered

Margaret Merefield, one of the district’s most active community workers, devoted much of her life to nursing and the care of others, Mrs Merefield died suddenly on 22 July at her home at Mowbray Rd, Herberton, aged 81. The service was held at the Atherton Uniting Church with a eulogy by Rev Shayne Blackman. In 1990, she began as health ...

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Camping out in NQ

Spread over two weekends in two locations over a hundred excited children from across North Queensland attended this years Kids Camp Out in Townsville and Cairns. A non-stop program included crafts, playing games and rides with a special worship service organised and led by children on Sunday morning. Youth and Children’s Ministry Unit (YACMU) Regional Worker and Camp Out organiser ...

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Birdsville backing children’s ministry

Head straight down the road for 200 kilometres, take the turn to the right just after you hit the gravel, follow the gravel road for about 300 kilometres and when you pass through the randomly placed tents and caravans, you’re at Birdsville. It sounds like something out of a bush ballad, but they were the directions given to Youth and ...

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Jean celebrates 104 years

Granite Belt Parish member Jean Pidgeon celebrated her 104th birthday in October with the help of relatives, staff and friends at Carramar, a hostel for senior citizens, in Stanthorpe. A remarkable woman, Mrs Pidgeon was the first president of the Dalveen CWA, ran a farm with her husband Stan during World War II to produce food for the war effort ...

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