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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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Mt Mee ramps up access

Built in 1922 the modest timber Mt Mee Community Church was to serve all Protestant denominations and this early ecumenical position was extended later to include Catholic services. As a six-year-old girl Olive Bass was one of the early members of the Sunday school and she continued to attend until church records minute her apology from a church committee meeting ...

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Travelling to make a difference

Tour group Uniting Church Safaris don’t just travel through outback Queensland, they make an important contribution to struggling Uniting Church Congregations in remote areas. Chairperson of the UC Safaris management team Mr Doug Fergusson said that while tours are budgeted to break even on costs a strong response to the tours has provided an excess of funds to give back ...

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Celebrating 40 years of ordination

Several Ministers and their spouses gathered at the home of Trevor and Dawn Foote in October to celebrate 40 years of ordination. They remembered how hot the Monday night 17 October 1966 was in the Albert Street Methodist Church when they were ordained. A long sermon was delivered by the Ex-President of the Conference the Rev. C. L. Williams while ...

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