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Tuckshops, carols and a pub raffle

“A common question asked in churches these days is, ‘Where are the children and their families?’ The answer in the BMF-supported Parish of Brisbane Valley is, ‘In the local state schools.’ All schools need caring and faithful volunteers from the wider community to support their important work,” says The Rev’d Loretta Tyler-Moss

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Bush generosity and a pub wake

“Towards the end of the parishioner’s funeral, I said that, ‘We will see all of you at the pub after the service.’ It meant something to her family and friends that I was part of the group of loved ones grieving her loss. Her son subsequently shouted me a beer, later commenting how much he appreciated my care for his mum…Our parish can only afford a full-time priest because of the Bush Ministry Fund, which is overseen by Bishop Cam Venables,” says The Rev’d Matthew Skelton from The Parish of Allora Clifton

BMF deacon The Rev'd Loretta Tyler-Moss and St Agnes' parishioner Jocelyn Cameron at a Bush Bashers event on 23 September 2022
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Oh, the Places You'll Go (in a 4x4)!

“In our Meals on Wheels group there is a dearth of four-wheel-drives, so my Meals on Wheels partner and I were allocated the difficult delivery in question. My first delivery was very challenging. The road access was narrow, rough, awkward and definitely unsuited to conventional vehicles,” says BMF deacon The Rev’d Loretta Tyler-Moss from The Parish of Brisbane Valley

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"Will you tie it up with wire, just to keep the show on the road?"

“But the Guild and the canteen keep running and keep serving. As Australian singer John Williamson would put it, we “tie it up with wire, just to keep the show on the road”. I don’t know what we, or the wider community, would do without the Ladies’ Guild. It’s been part of the saleyards and part of people’s lives and memories for so long. We’ll find a way to keep it going,” says The Rev’d Sue Barker from The Parish of Goonaneman

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Dispatch from a dusty new deacon

“What a wonderful beginning I am experiencing in my new deacon role. Conversations, especially incidental chats, have been a highlight of my ministry so far, as they teach me much about the unique blessings and challenges of rural life and foster a critical sense of belonging,” says BMF deacon The Rev’d Loretta Tyler-Moss from the Parish of Brisbane Valley