Christian Special Religious Education currently covers more than 70 per cent of high and central schools in New South Wales. However students in many isolated rural schools have been missing out on the opportunity due to the lack of confident volunteer secondary SRE teachers, the scarcity of applicants for isolated paid positions and financial challenges.
The more things change, the more we need to work on staying connected.
The NSW/ACT Annual General Meeting held on 7 April was filled with encouragement.
BCA Field Staff Graeme and Susan Liersch have now arrived in Longreach and started ministry.
The South Australian/Northern Territory Annual General Meeting was a rousing success
Earlier this month, I attended the commissioning service at Beenleigh Parish for Peter and Joy Palmer. It marked the end (for the time being!) of fifteen years on the field with the Society.
2015 was the year of the visitor for us in Paraburdoo and Tom Price. Every one of those visits was a precious shot it the arm for us. But one particular visitor stands out from the crowd in a special way, and that is Priya’s cousin Joel who spent five months with us last year.
The effects of the mining downturn on communities in rural Western Australia and fostering relationships with link churches were on the agenda at this year’s Western Australian Annual General Meeting held in mid-March.
Over 100 BCA supporters attended the Queensland/Northern New South Wales Region Annual General Meeting and Bush and Bible Day on 12 March.
Twenty-two year old Willy Roberts-Wise has found a new home in Christ thanks to the witness and leading of a Salvation Army Corps Officer and BCA’s Rich Lanham.
Messages of congratulations, welcomes and farewells from across the BCA family.
BCA has been supporting ministry in mining communities across the country since the 1950s. A continued presence is vital because while the lure of the dollar brings in many people, the isolation can cause loneliness, and redundancies lead to loss of dignity and hope.
Ten years ago Graeme and Susan Liersch attended a BCA deputation in Wagga Wagga and heard former Field Staff Ian Forsyth speak about his time in Hay. It was then that they believed they would one day serve with BCA.
December last year saw the community of Gahini in Rwanda welcome a group of Year 12 Gippsland Grammar students who travelled to their country as an alternative to ‘schoolies’.
CMS Summer School has twice been the turning point in the lives of new BCA Field Staff Roger and Amanda Kyngdon. It is where they first met in the summer of 2009 and it’s where in 2015 Gary Nelson offered them a position in the Diocese of North West Australia.
Whenever I travel outside our major centres and see the number of bars on my mobile phone dwindle, I am reminded how easy it is to take everyday services for granted.
Collated by the Victorian Regional Officer The Revd Adrian Lane, these prayer notes allow you to pray around rural and regional Victoria for all communities and BCA Field Staff in the area.
Congratulations to Mr Allan Sauer on receiving a Medal (OAM) Of The Order Of Australia for service to the Anglican Church in the Australia Day Honours in 2016.
BCA Field Staff Neville Naden was interviewed on Sydney radio station 2CH on Sunday evening ahead of the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) Convention being held in Port Augusta this week.
In August this year ABC News reported that BHP Billiton would axe about 380 jobs, mostly from the Olympic Dam mine in Roxby Downs. Also in August, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Beyond Bank would shut its Roxby Downs branch by October.