In Stanley River

The Stanley River Ecumenical Pastoral Council has once again had a busy year. This group represents the four churches, Anglican, Lutheran, Roman Catholic and Uniting, which are in covenant in the Kilcoy/Woodford area.

World Day of Prayer services were held in both towns and were well attended despite the heavy rain. The church at Kilcoy was decorated with butterflies and fish as a reminder of Panama, and an international Pot Luck Supper was enjoyed at Woodford following a presentation by Stacey Kennedy. With the help of a James Warner Memorial Trust grant from QCT, materials for a Pastoral Care training program were purchased and members of the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting communities worked through the course.

There was a high degree of satisfaction with the material and the intention is to do a follow up program in 2005. Participants are involved in visitation within the local community, especially of families and young mothers in need of support. It is hoped that the experience may encourage others to take the course in future years.

The church communities continue to support a Brekky Program at Woodford State School where 90 children are provided with a meal of a sausage on bread, fruit juice and/or fruit. Members are always looking for ways to raise funds for this ministry. The Pastoral Council also funds resources for the RE teachers in the State Schools, the latest being a guided meditation CD for use in class.

The Covenant was renewed once again at a special service in June and Rev. Don Whebell, Acting General Secretary of Queensland Churches Together was guest preacher.

Several members of the community attended the workshop on ecumenism given by Dr Paul McPartlan in July and were very positive in their comments. A group also participated in the ecumenical study program “Church as Communion” in late September/early October.

A busy time is planned just before Christmas with Carol Services in both towns. In Kilcoy this will take place on Sunday, 19 December and Woodford will commence with a sausage sizzle at 6:00pm Monday, 20 December, followed by a service.

Special guest at an Advent Service on Friday, 26 November was Jeff Lawrence, The Storycatcher, delivering the Nativity Narrative from Luke’s Gospel as well as the story of John the Baptist. It was an outdoor setting with braziers instead of campfire (because of the fire bans) so an atmosphere of telling stories around a campfire was created.