Category Archives: Mission
Each the Mission to Seafarers prepares Christmas Care Packs for each crew member visiting the Port of Newcastle at Christmas time. This means so much to seafarers who are away from home at Christmas time and missing their loved ones.
This year we are aiming to prepare 1000 Christmas Care packs.
Donations can be delivered to the Mission any day of the week, and we would appreciate delivery by 6th December so that we can begin putting the care packs together.
Suggested items for a care pack include:
- – Prayer cards
- – Religious Icons
- – Words of encouragement
- – Small Bibles
- – Religious tracts or booklets
- – Pictures of Australia
- – Toothpaste
- – Tooth brushes
- – Hair combs
- – Nail clippers
- – Razors
- – Shaving cream
- – Deodorant
- – Soap
- – Aftershave
- – Lip balm
- – Antiseptic cream
- – Sunblock
- – New Socks
- – New men’s underwear
- – Magnetic photo frame
- – Fun toys such as stress balls, small puzzles
- – Decks of playing cards
- – Batteries
- – Little torches
- – Beanies
- – Sealed lollies – nothing that melts or attract ants
- – Small head phones
- – Let your imagination take over and have fun.
Some groups or individuals donate presents for the whole vessel crew, such as:- Basket balls – Dart bard and darts – Jigsaw puzzles – Christmas cake.
MU Overseas & Northern Outreach Luncheon
Over 20 MU groups from around the Diocese of Newcastle, including Swansea, attended the annual Northern & Overseas Outreach Luncheon at New Lambton on 8th August 2017, raising $1,500 towards its projects in Africa, the N.T. and Northern Queensland.
Archdeacon Sonia Roulston celebrated the opening Eucharist. Her challenging sermon focused on Jesus’ words, “Do not be afraid! I am with you…”. How often do we splash in the shallows, rather than walk on water, failing to do those things which require us to step out in faith? asked Sonia.
The day was chaired by Vice President, Jeanette Johnson, though President Laurel Brook, who has been ill, was present and was warmly applauded.
Denise Brown introduced the Guest Speaker, Dr Julianne Stewart, who has been the Director of Community Program Development at ABM for nine years. Her husband, The Revd Martin Davies, is the Priest-in-Charge of Stroud, so Julianne shuttles between Stroud and Sydney. She also chairs the ACT Alliance.
She used a Power Point presentation to describe the structure of ABM and her role. The Australian Board of Mission began in 1850 and has been continually evolving over the years. Now, rather than ‘sending missionaries’ to serve overseas, they support local Churches and work with them. ABM exists to educate the Anglican Church about mission and to support it. Its aims are grounded on the ‘Five Marks of Mission’.
Julianne went on to describe some of the work which ABM supports in the Pacific, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She spoke of the importance of literacy programs in PNG, Vanuatu and The Philippines, as the ability to read can transform the way of thinking, helping people out of poverty. Girls are often kept at home for safety, as rape is common. There is education about water, sanitation and hygiene. In the Solomons the MU project encouraging positive parenting is supported. In The Philippines economic empowerment is helped by supporting small crafts such as making and marketing shell sculptures.
In Kenya men would often leave their small farms, moving to towns to get work, and may be too ashamed to return home when they fail. Women have been taught how to improve their crops, and are now growing enough, not just to survive, but with extra to sell. This has enabled them to send their children to school, improve their houses and gain some sense of dignity. They have started a Credit Union where they can invest money and borrow for new projects, such as chicken raising. Communities are helped to overcome the lack of water by building small dams and wells, enabling irrigation.
Advocacy programs help disempowered and marginalised people to speak out, supporting peace and reconciliation in areas affected by violence. MU especially supports women and children in areas where there has been fighting.
In the Lui River area in Zambia, a very poor and remote area, there is a program to help where there is much family based violence and child marriage. In many areas in Africa if the husband dies, nothing goes to the wife and children – they lose their house and any possessions. Gender action groups for men and women are being established.
In Gaza in the Diocese of Jerusalem, an area of constant conflict and difficulties in entering or leaving, of water, electricity, food and medical supplies, malnutrition is a great problem which especially impact on women and children. A common diet of bread dipped in tea does not provide much nutritional value. The lack of electricity has lead to the use of charcoal fires, with many children suffering burns. ABM has assisted a hospital in Gaza develop community outreach programs.
ABM projects also assist areas affected by floods, rising sea levels, and erosion exacerbated by deforestation. In Nepal relief was provided after a massive earthquake, and East Africa where there have been major droughts.
After lunch, Julianne went on to talk about NATSIAC (National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council) and its role in reconciliation. Many indigenous clergy work are in remote areas and great difficulty is experienced in funding their ministry. We saw a DVD in which members shared their stories and discussed many issues.
She went on to talk about some of the ‘Church to Church’ programs. In Myanmar ABM has helped the vibrant but small minority local Church produce a Children’s Activity Book. There are six dioceses with 67,000 members, including 6,500 children aged 4-14 years who attend Sunday School classes. Although not persecuted they are restricted from evangelising amongst the Buddhists.
In Zambia a Theological College, which was established by an Australian priest, Charles Helm, is supported.
Hospital Chaplain, The Revd Roger Zohrab, expressed his thanks for the MU members who do hospital visiting. Some have been doing this for 20-30 years, visiting about six people once a month. MU also provides some money for small books and holding crosses which can be handed out.
Each morning Fr Roger receives a list of patients who have registered as Anglicans – usually about 100 a day. He asked that if you are a patient or know someone who is and would like to speak to a chaplain, to please let him or hospital staff know.
More volunteers are needed. These days there are many regulations, including a 40 hour training program over six weeks. The aim of this is to see that patients are well cared for. You need to be a good listener – not a talker, or there to ‘fix’ their problems. Contact Kate Dornan if you can help with this.
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cloncurry Qld - 22nd June 2017 firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a very busy time of the year here in Cloncurry- including the Cloncurry and District Show. Rod and I are on the committee and after 2 years we are being trusted with more work. Christene was given the job of media coordinator and the time was a steep learning curve for her. The show is now done and dusted for us for another year, some may still be slogging away on the books.
The Show provided an opportunity for us to showcase 'Mainly Music'. We had a half hour slot on the Saturday in the pavilion, just before the Governor General opened it. It was well attended by the team, mums and children. The appreciation of the audience was obvious, they joined into the Five Little Horses song by shouting 'neigh' as each horse escaped by jumping the fence. Jill had the opportunity to inform the audience that 'Mainly Music' was a collaboration between the Anglican, Uniting and Catholic churches of Cloncurry. Everything worked in very well as we followed the Catholic school performance, which also included Christian themed songs.
Our Maundy Thursday community tea was less well attended, as many people used the opportunity of the Easter break to leave town. Since then Table Tennis Tuesday has morphed into Friday Fun Food and Fellowship. T.T.T. wasn't working as the guys expected so they are trying a more family orientated night. Our first F.F.F.F was a great success. Games for all, a bible story and fellowship over a scrumptious meal. The idea is to invite friends to enjoy the night as well, our next one is August the 4th. It will begin our parish weekend, where we are going to look at where we are going as a church in the Cloncurry community.
By the time you read this newsletter we will be in Townsville for our Synod. Our granddaughters are joining us for six days. We are also doing a deputation to Ross River Anglican Church on 2nd of July. They are prayer partners with us. Rod was to attend the Clergy conference but this has been cancelled, God obviously thought he needed more face to face time with the granddaughters. The girls fly home the day Synod starts. Christene has also been lucky enough to arrange a medical appointment while in Townsville.
We arrive home from Synod in time to get ready for the BCA bus tour arriving the 15th July and joining us for worship on the 16th. Looking forward to meeting these dedicated travelers.
Thank you for your support with much Christian love,
Rodney and Christene Oldfield
(BCA - Bush Church Aid staff supported by Swansea parish)
The Mission to Seafarers is getting a little low on clothes for the seafarers. Their free clothing is very popular and appreciated by the seafarers. The racks are looking a little bare! So if you have some clothing to donate, take it over (or give to Marion). Located at 96 Hannell Street, Wickham, they are open 10am to 10pm.
They are also getting low on the beanies that they provide for the seafarers, especially as the winter chill sets in, so they are calling out to their wonderful volunteer knitters!
Seafarers’ Sunday will be celebrated in Swansea Parish on 10th July. There will be a special Retiring Collection to aid their ministry.
On 17th July there will be a special service at the Cathedral in Newcastle at 6pm.
Swansea Parish, especially the Mothers’ Union, supports the Leprosy Hospital at Naini in India, through knitting cotton bandages for the patients. See the pattern below if you would like to help with this project.
Nick and Heather Smith from East Maitland, gave a most interesting and informative talk, supplemented by a power point presentation, about the Leprosy bandages project for The Leprosy Mission Hospital at Naini, Allahabad, India; plus a short video from the Leprosy Mission, Australia.
Factual information was interspersed with stories of their life in India, their faith, and involvement with a Children’s Home which they support and have taught at, and the TLM Hospital at Naini in the north-west of India. A large hospital run by Christians, it demonstrates the love of Jesus in a practical way, in an area where Christians comprise 5%, Hindus 75%, & Muslims 20% of the population. As well as long-term residential treatment and a range of surgery and rehabilitation, there is a large outpatients’ department, provision for long-term accommodation, outreach into surrounding villages, and it is a teaching hospital.
The Smiths encourage people to knit colourful cotton bandages, which can be sterilised and re-used. These are greatly appreciated by staff and patients. Currently they send 2x20kg packs, each containing 550 bandages, to Naini a year. Our group was able to present them with 131 knitted by our members and friends! A Pattern is available for this very simple item – available at Church or from Shirley or Marion. See Shirley for the pure cotton which she buys from a mill in Bendigo.
What is The Leprosy Mission?
In 1874, an Irish missionary & teacher Wellesley Bailey was moved by the plight of leprosy sufferers in Ambala, India. He promised to raise money to help these patients and thus ‘The Mission to Lepers’ was born. What began then as a little known society has grown into a worldwide mission, bring healing to the leprosy affected in 28 countries. The aim of the Mission is to meet the total needs (physical, spiritual, social and psychological) of people affected by leprosy and work towards the eradication of the disease. Those “affected” can include children, families and the whole community.
How does The Mission Work?
TLM works in partnerships with individuals and communities in 29 countries worldwide, where people have been affected by leprosy, in order to restore and enhance human dignity, self-reliance and quality of life. Approximately 2000 national staff, and 100 expatriate medical and administrative staff, work together to provide appropriate medical and other services to meet the many needs of people affected by leprosy. TLM concentrates its focus of work within South Asia, South East Asia and Africa where they maintain some hospitals and centers but also work in conjunction with churches and other mission agencies where possible.
Pattern Leprosy Bandages
8 ply knitting cotton (must be pure cotton, so that they can be boiled and re-used) (love colours – can be a combination of colours)
Cast on 16 stitches using 4 mm needles. OR 4 ply knitting cotton.
Cast on 18 stitches using 3.25 needles.
Instructions for both sizes:
First crotchet a length of chain, 3/4m long.
Then cast on stitches and continue plain knitting until 1 metre long.
Form a point by knitting 2 stitches together at end of each row until one stitch is left…. End off.
Push the chain through the point, as this ties the bandage to the limb.