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The Lakes Anglican Church parish priest Father Dan Berris said that if he gets enough votes to win a $10,000 Westfield Local Hero grant for his church that he will employ facilitators to expand the church's emergency food pantry (pictured) and the Music Box kids’ programme

Let's get behind Fr Dan’s Westfield Local Hero nomination

“Father Dan Berris from The Lakes Anglican Church stands out for his gentle-giant stature, sense of humour, love of motorcycles and tattoos, and most of all for the good he does in his parish and the wider community,” says anglican focus Editor Michelle McDonald


The need for new songs…

“Many of the songs we sing in church look forward ‘one day’ to resurrection and eternal life, but I wonder if there are enough songs which express longing and hope for this life,” reflects Bishop Cam Venables


Music that heals the soul

The local Rotary Club of Toowoomba kindly raised $1600 which went towards purchasing 40 wireless headsets for Anglicare Southern Queensland Symes Thorpe residents living with dementia and high needs so residents can reconnect with treasured memories through personalised playlists


Developing worship in children's ministry

“I invite you to look at the children in your worship ministry. What are their hobbies and interests? How can you engage them in God’s presence?” asks primary school teacher, mum and kids’ worship ministry leader Penny Howchin from Resource Church St Andrew’s, Springfield