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In October, Mission of the Month giving is devoted to our Anglican Regional Indigenous Ministries. Its two key ministries are up in the Macarthur and down around Nowra.
For reasons of entrenched indigenous disadvantage, it may be a long time before such ministries can be self-sustaining. There are big challenges, but positive signs. Regardless, I believe we owe a special debt of encouragement to those ministering to the first custodians of Australia, all the more so, given the poor treatment many Aboriginal people received at the hands of later arrivals. Here’s a bit of info about each church.
Macarthur Indigenous Church’s pastor is Michael Duckett. They have a Youth Gathering on Monday evenings in the St Peter’s grounds Campbelltown. They have an Aboriginal Men’s gathering on Wednesday mornings, a prayer meeting at lunchtime and ‘Bible yarning time”, Wednesday evenings. On Sunday their church meets at 10am at St Peter’s.
Shoalhaven Aboriginal Community Church (ShACC) is coordinated by Phil Miles. ShACC has a Sunday morning church meeting, am informal Sunday afternoon home church meeting for those who can’t get to church in the morning because of work. As well as our Sunday meetings, they continue with a Men’s Bible Study and Phil Miles meets with a couple of the guys during the week. A number of regular members continue in poor health or in hospital, so numbers have been down, and sadly, this month a member passed away (after 17 year’s dialysis as a result of diabetes).