Mrs Evelyn Mill, Convenor – Home Mission
Note from Evelyn -: The text for this year was; “COME NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL COME NEAR TO YOU” James 4:8. The Annual General Meeting was held and all positions were filled. We thank God for the way He had led us throughout 2020 and for the diligence of Secretary Mrs. Helen Hill and Treasurer Mrs. Sylvia Johnson. The General and Planning Meeting was also held for the year ahead. Allocation of funds were distributed to Ministry & Mission Committee, Southern Cross Presbyterian Church, Wauchope Presbyterian Church and West Wyalong Presbyterian Church. Book or Computer software funds were also sent to First year Theological Students, Graduating Students and Home Missionaries. During the year as needs arise money is sent to assist congregations. Ceilidh was organised for 2020 to go to Anna Bay Presbyterian Church in May, visiting churches at The Entrance, and Dungog. Unfortunately the COVID-19 Pandemic changed everything. Our plans were cancelled. Proverbs 16:9 certainly came to our minds. “In his heart, a man plans his course but the Lord determines his steps.”
Evelyn Mill – Home Mission Convenor (June 2021)
HOME MISSION CHURCH EXTENSION COMMITTEE
THEME: “Come near to God and He will come near to you” James 4:8
PROJECT: To aid stricken Parishes.
The Home Mission Committee prayerfully cares for Churches, Home Mission Stations, Church planting situations and Revitalised Churches. When there is a need we help financially.
We are also prayerful for all ministers, Home Missionaries, serving Deaconesses and Theological Students.
Book or Computer Tokens are given to Home Missionaries, serving Deaconesses and Theological Students each year.
A Uniform allowance is given to the children of Graduating Students starting school in a different area.
We work closely with the Ministry & Mission Assembly Committee, and give a report at each of their meetings.
Each year in May we organise a Coach Trip, men & women into country areas for three days, visiting congregations to see first hand how the Lord is working His purposes out in that part of His vineyard, gain prayer points and see if we can assist in any way. We call this trip a CEILIDH which is a Gaelic word for gathering of verse and song which is exactly what we do. Hear from the folk, Pray and sing.
We trust our visits encourage the country congregations and assure them they are not forgotten and we are Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.
Over the 30 years of going on Ceilidh we city folk always come back so encouraged.
(22nd November 2020)