A Parish of Warwick churchwarden has won the recently drawn anglican focus ‘Chance to win an iPad for you and your priest or chaplain’ competition.
St Mark’s, Warwick churchwarden Lewis von Stieglitz’s name was randomly selected from the pool of ‘anglican focus e-news’ subscribers in December last year.
Lewis said that he was thrilled to win the competition and to nominate The Rev’d Lizzie Gaitskell, rector of his parish, as the second prize recipient.
“I am absolutely delighted. I have the enthusiasm of a seven year old for winning such competitions. It was a wonderful surprise to actually do so,” Lewis said.
“Lizzie is an excellent rector and a very nice person, doing a top job at this trying time. It is great to be able to do something that will assist her, particularly as technology is playing an even larger part in the life of the parish.”
The competition was launched in October to celebrate the second birthday of anglican focus going online and to thank our readers.
Lewis and The Rev’d Lizzie were each sent an Apple Store Gift Card worth $600 to purchase an iPad, or other Apple item, following the draw.
The Rev’d Lizzie said that she feels blessed to be nominated as the second prize recipient and finds encouragement in our Diocesan community’s news site.
“I was so amazed and humbled to be the recipient of this wonderful gift card – it’s very generous of Lewis to share his good fortune,” The Rev’d Lizzie said.
“My children, especially, are very keen to tell me how to spend it!
“anglican focus offers an unusual platform that enables a large Diocese to share stories, connecting different people, ministries and Regions – it’s an encouragement and inspiration to read those stories and messages.”
anglican focus’ 390 individual contributors have submitted over 1140 published items since the news site was launched in October 2018.
The mission of anglican focus is “to deliver a free community-owned news site for diverse ACSQ members to proclaim the Gospel, reflect, inform, advocate and resource in order to nourish spirituality and unite community.”
Director of Parishes and other Mission Agencies Commission (PMC) Dr Stephen Harrison said that he is grateful for the way our Diocesan community has supported the publication’s mission and collectively embraced its unique reader-contributor model.
“Diverse community members submitting content for publication on our Diocesan news site is an important part of being Church,” Stephen said.
“By participating and engaging through the sharing of stories, insights, resources and reviews, our Church is unified and connected across a very large geographical area.”
Stephen said that he and his team were delighted that a dedicated Western Region warden had won the competition and nominated his rector to receive the additional prize.
”The PMC team, of which the anglican focus Editor is a part, was thrilled to find out that a Western Region churchwarden and priest were the prize recipients.
“The Parish of Warwick encompasses five churches and we have incredible respect for the parish’s wardens and rector who work so diligently to serve these churches and the wider Warwick community.”
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