Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries3The Gippsland Anglican
AFTER the October AWA Rallyheld in Sale last year, many peoplein Gippsland thought the local An-glican Women of Australia (AWA)group would no longer exist or beable to run its annual programsacross the diocese. This is NOT so!The Deanery Rallies will go on asthey have for many years, underthe organisation of an AWA work-ing group.This year, guest speaker, Mrseth Hookey, from the overseasaid organisation, Anglicord, willattend all five Deanery Rallies.eth (right) will speak about inspi-rational women she has come toknow through her work.These women are making ex-traordinary decisions to live outtheir faith in action. These womenwork across the world in suchcountries as Africa and Israel. Theyare reaching out to their neighboursin refugee camps in conflict zonesand with people who have lived forgenerations with extreme poverty.They are women who are livingand working in cities, in rural areasand with desert nomads. Beth willalso be speaking from her own ex-perience about how her work hastaken her beyond the comfort zonethrough her work with Anglicord.The Rallies will start in the eastof the diocese at Metung, on Mon-day, February 28, beginning 10 am.The next Rally is in the parish of Yarram on Tuesday, March 1, be-ginning 10 am. In the evening of March 1 is the evening rally, atNewborough from 7pm.On Wednesday, March 2, atten-dees will meet at Korumburra at10am.On Thursday, March 3, womenwill gather in the far west of thediocese, at Bunyip, from 10am.All the Deanery Rallies beginwith a refreshment, then attendeescelebrate the Eucharist together.There will be a meeting after eachservice to find out what AWA isdoing this year and to plan for thefuture. This meeting will includeinformation on AWA’s missionproject for the year. After lunch,the guest speaker will deliver an in-spirational address before the dayfinishes with more refreshments!All Anglican women are auto-matically members of AWA andthe Rallies are normally very wellattended. Women are encouragedto put these dates in your diariesand come together in worship,service and fellowship.For further information, contactCarolyn Raymond, telephone 035191 9343.
BETH Hookey is the AnglicordSmall Grants Manager and hertopic for the AWA Deanery Ralliesis ‘Beyond the comfort zone: inspi-rational Anglican women today’.Beth’s experience has led her tobelieve that around the world, An-glican women are taking bravesteps beyond their comfort zone toshow the love of Christ to theirneighbours in refugee camps, con-flict zones, and poverty.An Anglican overseas aid worker,Beth has met some inspirational‘ordinary women’ making extraor-dinary choices to put faith into ac-tion in love. Beth will also speak of her own unexpected journey be-yond her comfort zone, through herwork over 20 years with Anglicord,an Australian Anglican overseasaid organisation.
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Communitysupports theinner journey
THE Anam Cara Community is adiocesan ministry that seeks tosupport and care for those who feelcalled to make the inner journeyinto God. The diocesan strategicplan encourages all members of thediocesan family to pay attention toboth their inner and outward jour-neys.The Anam Cara Community pro-vides events (quiet days, retreatsand workshops), resources (web-site, newsletters, library), support(spiritual direction or soul care andteaching) and fellowship to thosewho feel led to follow Jesus’ callto lives of deep prayer.Some people are a little uncertainabout the Anam Cara Community.Some mistakenly think it is onlyfor those interested in mysticalideas or even an expression of ‘newage’ thinking. Nothing could befurther from the truth. A carefulreading of the brochure titled‘Anam Cara Community State-ment’ (available from parish clergyand the diocesan registry office)shows this.The Anam Cara Community is agroup of people in Gippsland, andthe wider Australian church, whoseek to live prayerful lives, re-sponding to Jesus’ call to love Goddeeply and expansively and to de-vote themselves to service of theirneighbour. The Anam Cara Com-munity understands itself to have aspecial ministry to those who feeldistant from the church, or ‘on theoutside’ and seeks to provide a safespace for everyone to explore theinner journey. The Community iscommitted to ministry to the Dio-cese, one part of which is to holdthe diocesan family before God inprayer.The Community is led by the Ser-vant Leaders, who in 2011 areAnne Turner, Jane Macqueen,Marion White, Jo Inglis, KateCampbell, Carolyn Raymond, JanHuggins, Sue Hopkins, BrianTurner and Colin Thornby. TheCommunity commissioned theServant Leaders in late November,at the Annual Thanksgiving Eu-charist, held at St Paul’s Cathedralin Sale. At the Eucharist the Com-munity also welcomed and af-firmed new associates, andrededicated itself to the journey.Everyone is welcome to attendAnam Cara Community events,and to access the resources andservices. The Community gener-ally holds Quiet Days each month,between February to November.The best way to keep up to datewith Anam Cara Community hap-penings is to visit the websitewww.anamcara-gippsland.org. Youcan view the calendar, find outmore about ACC, read newsletters,access resources, and contact Com-munity members.The first Quiet Day for the yearwill be hosted by the Sale MeetingPlace on Saturday, February 26,with the theme ‘The creative Spiritof God in you’, led by Kate Camp-bell.Contributed by Anne Turner, andColin Thornby.ABOVE: Servant Leader AnneTurner speaks about the AnamCara Community.