From Anne with love
Approaching my final week in the church office, I am grateful for this opportunity to reflect on the last seven years working at Anglican Church Robina.
As a teacher for over twenty years, both in England and here on the Gold Coast, it was with excitement that I could branch out into something completely new as Admin Assistant in our church. After a sharp learning curve of new systems and computer programmes, I settled into and began to relish, the diversity of my new position.
Through my day to day contact and communication with parishioners, I soon realised the value of conversation and connection and the importance of relationships within our parish community. Pastoral care became an integral part of my daily duties, a role that I have cherished and found to be incredibly enriching and rewarding.
As a Pastoral Team, we have developed strategies and systems in an effort to ensure that we are best able to meet the needs of our church community. Care Cards and information passed on to us by parishioners, retired clergy and members of the larger community are all invaluable in assisting us to connect with those who may be in any need of pastoral care. This may involve one, all or a number of the following: prayer; phone calls; visits at home, hospital or care facilities and administering of the Holy Sacraments. I work closely with Glynda Hoogsteden who tirelessly volunteers her time to support those in need and also with Norma Edwards, a dedicated member of our church community, who facilitates the abundant flow of nutritious meals to be distributed as we feel prompted.
It is a vital element of our growing church community that parishioners feel valued and cared for, especially as our church grows. The Pastoral Care team endeavours to enable parishioners to continue to connect, grow and serve within our church.
Pastoral Care is a passion of mine which has been able to thrive in my time at Anglican Church Robina.
It has been a privilege and a source of great enjoyment to me, to be able to serve others and to offer care and support within our community. I am so thankful to God for the immeasurable blessings of the connections made, and wisdom and love of so many in this time.
As well as this having been a season of great professional learning and growth for me, I have discovered so much about myself and God’s plan for me and I have experienced great personal and spiritual growth. After seven years, it’s with sadness, but also a sense of excitement to be continuing my journey and facing new challenges within my new role with Dementia Australia.
I would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support over the last seven years and thank you also for all the lovely messages, cards and flowers, that I have received.
To everyone that was able to come to the morning tea on Thursday, thank you! I really appreciate it and it was so lovely to see you all.
I will see you all at church
Love and best wishes