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The first weekend in February saw the Parish of South Wagga Wagga celebrate in style. On the Saturday night, more than 150 people attended a special anniversary dinner, where founding members shared memories and prayer and joyful singing featured throughout the night. Keynote speakers included Dr Ian Grant (founding member of The Riverina Anglican College), The Reverend John Cohen (long serving honorary priest), Mrs Susan Moi (representing the Sudanese-Australian community), and The Reverend Scott Goode (current Rector).

The Parish was inaugurated in 1968, and although for many decades the parishes of Kooringal and Turvey Park were subsequently independent of one another, they re-united in late 2015. Currently, between St Alban’s Kooringal and St Paul’s Turvey Park, there are five worshipping communities and many more in the retirement villages throughout the parish.

The celebration on Sunday continued with Bishop Stuart Robinson preaching at two morning services. Our theme was ‘Celebrating 50 years of partnership in the Gospel’. Items were placed into time capsules for future generations and the children of the parish were invited to symbolically place their footprint alongside many others to represent our desire to take the gospel forward for the next 50 years.

We completed our weekend by launching our new evening worship service as we commissioned Ms Amy Warren as our new Ministry Training Strategy apprentice with a focus on children and youth. Across these three Sunday services almost 300 people gathered to give thanks, celebrate, remember, pray and commission!

by Reverend Scott Godde