100 years of outback support and care


Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest will be celebrating the AIM/Frontier Services centenary with a joint celebratory service with St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on the 21st October, a fund-raising breakfast for Frontier Services on the 27th October and with guest preacher, Rev Jorge Rebolledo, the flying patrol minister based out of Broken Hill, at both services Sunday 28th October.

A century ago Australian legend, John Flynn, presented a report to the Assembly of the Presbyterian Church which resulted in the establishment of the Australian Inland Mission (AIM) on 26 September 1912, the first step in realising Flynn’s dream to create a mantle of safety for people living in the outback, despite the challenges of distance and isolation. Frontier Services, the successor in the Uniting Church to the AIM, continues to provide the support and care needed to build strong and resilient communities across remote Australia. A thousand staff provide 120 vital services, including aged and community care, children’s services, health care, community support, volunteer assistance and patrol ministry.

Combined service: On Sunday evening 21st October 2012 at Wesley Uniting Church (National Circuit, Forrest) at 6.30pm there will be a combined service with St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church to celebrate the centenary of the work of the AIM/Frontier Services. It is a joy that we can share our joint heritage in this wonderful ministry. An open invitation to the congregations of the Presbytery to share in this event is extended. A light supper will follow the service.

Fundraising breakfast: On Saturday 27th October, at the Mint Café from 8-10am, a fundraising Breakfast for Frontier Services will be held. Guest speaker is Rosemary Young AM, National Director, Frontier Services. For $30 you will get a cooked buffet breakfast, a great Speaker, good coffee, support for Frontier Services and no dishes to do. The Mint Café is directly opposite Wesley Uniting Church in the Minter Ellison Building on National Circuit. Park in the church car-park and walk across the road. Bookings essential by phoning the Parish Office on 62953680 (Mon-Frid 10-3) or emailing: wesleyuc at bigpond.net.au. There is limited seating so the first 100 is all that can be catered for.

Frontier Services Sunday at Wesley: Sunday the 28th October at both the 9am and 10.30am services. The Rev Jorge Rebolledo, the flying patrol minister based out of Broken Hill, will be the guest preacher at both services.

Click HERE to read about the National Library exhibition to mark the centenary.