IN RESPONSE to the large numbers of Uniting Church people actively assisting their local communities to recover after floods Moderator, Rev Bruce Johnson, has initiated a Community Recovery Retreat for ministers and lay leaders.
The retreat will be held from 20-23 June at Mercy Place in Bardon, Brisbane.
Mr Johnson said the purpose of the retreat is to allow people who have been heavily involved in community recovery to “come aside” for a couple of days and find renewal and refreshment so they can return to their vital ministry in their communities.
“If we are to be alongside our community for the long haul we need to be sustained ourselves,” he said.
“Retreat leader, Rev Dr Ross Kingham, lost his house in a Canberra bushfire some years ago so knows from personal
experience what such an experience can do to people.
“Ross will provide us with the opportunity to refl ect upon our experience in the light of the Scriptures and to pray with the
hope that through this we find the refreshment of God’s Spirit.”
The Synod Disaster Relief Fund has provided a subsidy for this retreat.
All participants are asked to contribute $200 towards the costs and the Disaster Relief Fund will cover the rest.
Those who have to travel to Brisbane can be reimbursed for travel costs and day participation is encouraged by locals.
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Photo : Oxley Uniting Church members and ncyc11 volunteers distribute bread and ice during the fl oods. Photo by David MacGregor