"I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains
Of ragged mountain ranges
Of drought, and flooding rains"
And who is it that cares for the spirituality of Australians in our rural and remote communities?
One answer to this is BCA (Bush Church Aid).
How BCA Serves
In partnership with Anglican Dioceses across the country, Bush Church Aid places committed and gifted Christians in a variety of rural and remote locations to help people connect with the grace of God revealed in Jesus.
BCA Field Staff and Regional Officers make Christ known across Australia.
Click HERE and see the map that shows where in Australia BCA serves.
In 2023, Waterloo Bay Parish is partnering with Natalie Wilson in her work in the Northern Territory.
Natalie is the new Women’s Pastoral Ministry Worker for the Diocese of the Northern Territory. She comes with a wealth of experience working with families going through difficult situations, having spent 13years as a co-worker with her husband Jim in Kunnurra, while looking after a growing family. Jim’s ministry work was often with at-risk youth, particularly boys and young men. The family then moved to Darwin, where Jim was again supported by BCA where he took up a position at Nungalinya College for four years. (Nungalinya is a Combined Churches Training College for Indigenous Australians. The College is formally supported by the Anglican, Uniting and Catholic churches of the Northern Territory).
Bush Church Aid, along with the Anglican Diocese, is employing Natalie to help women across the NT.
As Women’s Pastoral Ministry Worker, Natalie visits women in prison, pastorally supports women who are victims of domestic violence, and participates in Trauma Healing Workshops.
Natalie and Jim have four teen kids; Jesse (2004), Matthew (2005), Luke (2007), Isabel (2010).
Please pray for Natalie and family, and for the work that she has been called to within the Northern Territory.
Want to know more. Have a read of the "Top Center News Publication" From the NT Diocese (See Page 16).
Mission & Outreach Team
The BCA Prayer
Prayer Support is so important in the work of the Church. Below is a prayer for the work of BCA that you can lend your voice to.
Lord our God, help us to remember those who live in isolated and remote parts of our land.
We ask you to strengthen and encourage all whose ministries are supported by The Bush Church Aid Society. Refresh them in times of discouragement and loneliness and call others to stand with them in the task of making Christ known.
Grant that, through the ministry of the Word and Sacraments, through caring service and by support for young people, the message of your redeeming love may be proclaimed and accepted by the people of our land. We ask these things through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Donate to BCA
In many parishes, Waterloo Bay Parish included, parishioners support BCA through the BCA Boxes. Parishioners are given a money box, and regularly add their loose change, and other money they can spare. The boxes are collected twice a year, in March / April, and in August / September. In our Parish, Charmaine co-ordinates the collection.
To demonstrate our Parish support, using the BCA boxes, or donating through the plate in an envelope marked "BCA" is our preference, however, you can also donate directly on the BCA website.