ON 31 JULY South Rockhampton Uniting Church hosted Uniting Church President, Rev Alistair Macrae, as he spent the weekend in Rockhampton, speaking at a Saturday night dinner and again during worship on Sunday.
Minister, Rev Jennifer Roberts, said Mr Macrae’s visit caused great excitement for the congregation.
“As I spoke with people after Alistair’s visit it became clear that a strong sense of encouragement and inspiration to ‘be the voice of the missional church’, along with a strong sense of connection with the wider Uniting Church was experienced by many,” she said.
One parishioner, Aurilea Augustine, said she was excited to have shared a meal with “a most likeable, down-to-earth President”.
“It was great to discuss a range of issues from how do we attract/ keep young people within the church, to which way forward and lots in between,” said Ms Augustine.
Mr Macrae spoke about the advocacy work of the Church in regard to asylum seekers and gambling.
“This was wonderful as I feel that as individuals we have opinions on such topics but we often tend to shy away from discussing them as a church community,” said Ms Augustine.
“I came away from our weekend with the President feeling thankful and a little bit proud of belonging to the Uniting Church!”
Photo : Rev Jennifer Roberts, Rev Alistair Macrae, Molly and Grace Roberts. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Roberts