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During November South Wagga Anglican celebrated the five-year anniversary of the amalgamation of St Alban’s Kooringal and St Paul’s Turvey Park. Bishop Mark and Monica joined us for the official opening of the newly refurbished St Paul’s hall and amenities – the result of a NSW Government Stronger Country Community Funds grant.

This updated our 1962 facilities to modern ground-access amenities and gave our hall a face-lift, including a new meeting room and storage cupboards.

During a speech, the Reverend Scott Goode spoke about our church buildings as our ‘family home’ in which we invest so we can see God grow His family.

No sooner had this event finished, and Bishop Mark began officiating at his first of four weekend services where we gave thanks and celebrated our five year anniversary.

The last five years have been a challenging but wonderful story of welcome, shared ministry, new initiatives and outreach.

The weekend finished with a Baptism and Confirmation service where six people publicly declared their faith in Christ. The theme of the weekend was from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians (1:2-3): ‘We always thank God for all of you …We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.’

by Reverend Scott Goode

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