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Features St Bart's Kids on Table Top Mountain in August 2021 Features

Tips for writing and recording your own children’s ministry songs

“In one of our FOCUS camp sessions, the children were given the option to try something new – songwriting. A small group of interested children came forward and worked collaboratively to write both the lyrics and the catchy melody of a song they titled ‘God with us’,” says Bettrys Lowe from St Bart’s, Toowoomba, while inviting other parishes to use the YouTube song video in their services and providing songwriting and recording tips

A MWAMA meeting in Morven, with Lindy Sommerfield, Jenny Crichton, Christine McClean, The Rev'd Rick Gummow and The Rev'd Steffan van Munster on 2 March 2019
Reflections & Features

Maranoa Warrego Anglican Mission Area remembered

“We Anglicans in the Maranoa and Warrego Regions have learned much from the foundation of the first Mission District (later Mission Area) of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland. We have learnt that new ministry models need to be developed in an ongoing way, requiring flexibility as the needs of an area change,” says Jennifer Crocker from The Parish of Mitchell

Reflections

Helping people to find hope and peace as a hospital chaplain

“Towards the end of our conversation, the patient said that he felt as though his faith had been awakened. He also looked physically different – when I arrived he looked disengaged and down, but when I left his bedside he was relaxed and smiling. Before I left, he asked to pray for me, which was profound,” says hospital chaplain The Rev’d Peter Mayen

Reflections

The streets don’t shift, but what happens on them does

“And, like the streets, so many of the things I cherished about Toowoomba and Highfields from my childhood have not changed – the warmth, hospitality and pragmatism of country people; the fresh, peaceful environment; the ease of getting around; and, the sense, being on the edge of the country and the bush, that we humans are part of a much bigger expanse and plan for God’s good creation,” says newly ordained deacon The Rev’d Mel Conway from St Anne’s, Highfields

The Baru Beat

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