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South Wagga Anglican Church normally has significant links into their local community with a range of mums and bubs programs, children and youth ministries, interest groups and food-relief partnerships.

Like all parishes around our diocese, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, every one of these ministries had to be suddenly suspended – all except one, which has grown.

Our food and welfare ministry has morphed into something we are calling SWAC-care. Essentially, we have partnered with Carevan and Anglicare to provide food hampers to those who we know are in need. Donations are received from parishioners, through local council or from other welfare providers. Parishioners can then deliver them (to the porch) of someone they know who has need, or to those who are already known to us through our normal food-relief programs.

We have even had the opportunity to provide hampers to the Day Care Centre onsite who have had families lose their jobs.

Before the COVID-19 threat was realised we had undertaken a sermon series during term 1 in which we were exploring what it meant to promote the gospel through our words, deeds and godliness of life. Who would have thought that we would be interrupted with this incredible opportunity to do good to all, in the name of Jesus.

by Reverend Scott Goode