by Jocelyn Ross OAM
‘Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One’ goes one of the lovely songs we sing often. At the start of a New Year it is great to give thanks to our holy and loving God for all He has given us. This often leads us to think of those who have been faithful servants, great examples for us who follow on.
A number of saints who have moved on to glory since New Year include The Revd Peter Harris (honorary assistant minister in Northampton Parish), The Revd Dennis Reynolds, Dean of Geraldton’s Holy Cross Cathedral (1989-92), and Penny Ashton, a recent parishioner of Holy Cross Cathedral. We do indeed thank our God for them. Peter Harris lived in Northampton from the time he arrived from England about the age of 18. He met and married his wife Dot and with her had an amazing ministry in Scouts as a leader, his trade as a butcher, a farmer, in St John Ambulance, parenting five children, and in the Anglican Church right up to the end (he was ordained as a Local Priest by Bishop Ged Muston in the 1980s), a well as conducting services in most of the churches in the Midwest.
Our Diocese welcomes Matthew and Leonie Morrison from Sydney, to Dongara Parish, where Matt will serve as assistant minister under Bishop Gary Nelson. Matt’s ordination as deacon will be conducted in Holy Cross Cathedral at 10am on 9 February.
Several youngsters from Geraldton featured well at Junior Cricket Country Week Carnival in Perth in January: Mim Grice and her brother Eddie, Luke Harris, and two grandsons of former Bishop Howell Witt, Thomas and Anthony Witt. The boys in the U14 development team were champions and the Midwest girls also won their final.
Regular leaders in January at Scripture Union’s Jurien Bay SU Beach Mission are The Revd Paul and Melinda Spackman and their daughters, Gabrielle and Anneka. Meanwhile Eugenie Harris and some of the family were down south at Denmark where they participate in that Beach Mission every year.
Bishop Gary and Christine Nelson, Nigel Vaux and Daniel Faricy (Kununurra senior minister) are preparing for a mission trip to Karamoja and Lango in April, Karamoja is our link Diocese in Uganda. They are seeking to raise funding to bring Christian families to the diocesan centre, to provide accommodation and meals and resources for training. There will be intensive teaching for clergy and lay evangelists, and they plan to conduct a children’s mission. In Lango, Northern Uganda, Bishop Gary will lead preaching workshops.
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