POSITION VACANT: Children’s Ministry Worker – All Saints Cathedral Bathurst – 2 days per week. Applications close 20 December 2023.
OUR VACANT PARISHES SEEKING RECTORS IN 2024:
Twelve wonderful parishes. Patiently praying that the Lord will raise up workers for his harvest field!
We long for the day when each parish has a minister to shepherd you, love you and
nurture you and help you to get on with the privileged work of SHARING JESUS FOR LIFE.
If you are interested in serving in the Bathurst Diocese, please contact Bishop Mark Calder.
I am in awe and wonder at the way our parishes without rectors show their perseverance and patience. Many
licenced lay ministers, visiting clergy, churchwardens and parish council members, carry an extraordinary load.
Thank you! God is at work through you, to bring new life.
1. Bourke-Brewarrina – thank you for continuing to meet every week, faithfully worshipping God and
gathering for fellowship and encouragement after the service. 100% of those attending, stay for after church
fellowship! Thank you for welcoming newly arrived Indonesian meat workers who have discovered warm
fellowship – and scones with jam and cream!
2. Condobolin – thank you for your example of keeping going, and for your beautiful heart for one another and
for Jesus. Thank you for your work to improve drainage and disability access and your support of people
through the floods.
3. Coolah-Dunedoo – thank you for having the courage to try new things with a new service for families once a
month at Coolah! You do amazingly well with a priest just one day a week and a visiting lay minister one
weekend each month!
4. Coonamble – thank you for your obvious joy in the Lord; for your work to obtain grants to renovate the hall
and for your warm welcome to those who visited from Cursillo.
5. Cumnock – thank you to those who will take on leading the services and other ministry after November
when Archdeacon Frank will step back from his fortnightly visits. Your joy in the Lord is palpable.
6. Gilgandra – though your church building has major structural issues, your church (as in, the body of Christ), is
sound and strong. Thank you for your example of love and unity as you meet regularly with the Uniting
Church. Thank you for the honour I have of preaching in your church regularly through the weekly videos.
7. Kelso – thank you for hanging in there and coping with so much administration – especially as it relates to
the cemetery. Thank you for all your hard work in your high teas and catering and market days and for those
who have served as locum.
8. Narromine – you’ve lost some key leaders through sad circumstances, yet you have continued to meet and
worship and build one another up with loving support from outside. Thank you for new Bible studies and
9. Nyngan – we all feel the sadness that currently you are only able to meet for church once a month. Yet
thank you for keeping on, witnessing to God’s love and generous heart through the ministry of the Op Shop.
10. Trundle – amazing hard work by one particular LLM has meant this church – with multiple centres – has kept
going through another tough year. We praise God for the help of a locum these past few months.
11. Warren – we praise God for you and your heart to support one another with the Lord’s strength and
presence. Thanks for those who work so hard to keep things going.
12. Coonabarabran – we rejoice in all that the Lord has done for his glory through the Thornhill family, moving to serve at Dubbo Anglican in early 2024. We
pray the Lord will raise up the right person to carry on His vital work in Coonabarabran.
So, in all these parishes, we praise God for the new life we see in you, despite the challenges and hardships of not
having a permanent shepherd! We praise God for the example of your perseverance and sheer hard work.
We praise God for your trust in the Lord and the way you wait on him in prayer.