In July 24 year 11 students plus 16 staff with their families arrived on two buses in Cootamundra to serve our community
on the Bush Church Aid ‘Dusty Boots Program’. This Program sees young people connect with and serve in rural and remote
communities These trips open students’ eyes to the needs of rural communities, while also challenging them about their Creator through time in God’s word.
The students and staff have been coming to Cootamundra for the past 10 years from Penrith Anglican College. They have had a profound impact in our community as well as in the school community from where they come. Each year they go home and share their stories in chapel and the younger students are encouraged and inspired and keen to sign up as soon as they are old enough.
They started their week assisting with our 11.15am all-age family service. They then spent the week at Bimbadeen campsite where they also dug out stumps, worked in the garden and did simple maintenance. The students and staff have worked hard, at community centres and also in homes of elderly people who just needed a helping hand, gardening and cleaning windows. They assisted with delivering meals on wheels, entertaining residents at the retirement village, nursing home and Elouera Day centre for the disabled. The students demonstrated their ability to cook by baking delicious morning tea for our 9am service as well as for the retirement village. They served at the aviation museum, Bethungra Tea House and taught card making at the Nursing Home.
It was a week of hard work, with lots of laughs and conversations and the forming of new friendships. Thanks to Penrith Anglican College for serving. Thanks to BCA for partnering with us, and for The Reverend Lyn Forsyth for organising the program. We were richly blessed and can’t wait till the students return next year!
Cootamundra Anglican Church