"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.
Waterloo Bay Parish offers Prayer support to the work of BCA on Norfolk Island.
And Recently parishioners Ian & Marg, and Merrilyn & Russell, on their Caravanning trip, spent a Sunday at St Andrew’s Church Cloncurry, where they met the young couple, Simon & Angela Owen, who had just begun their BCA Ministry in the town and surrounds. They were all very impressed by the energy and dedication of the Owens, who at that time had two young daughters, Grace, Esther, and have now added their son, Josiah, on 14th November.
Please hold them in your prayers. You can see a photo of the family, and read more at:
And their Newsletter:
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, Yvonne 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.