Pathways – Synod grass roots planning project

Last year at Canberra Region’s July Presbytery meeting we learnt about the NSW.ACT Synod’s Pathways project. The project was being piloted in two NSW Presbyteries prior to the Synod meeting in September 2017 when a report was presented. Since all Presbyteries and Congregations in NSW and ACT will be involved, perhaps now is a good time for us to be reminded of what was in the report. You can find out more or give feedback to Synod at

The Pathways Project is a grass roots planning project that seeks to explore how the mission of God is lived out in Congregations and Presbyteries, and to discover how we [NSW/ACT Synod] can empower, resource and support this mission. Pathways is developing processes that will enable us to listen, value each other and bring to light the exciting possibilities for sharing Christ’s story of love in the world. This will then be mapped out in a long term plan. (The Executive Summary  from the Pathways Project Report to Synod)

Pathways report to Synod 2017

The Pathways team presented at Synod after many months of hundreds of conversations with members of Congregations across two very different Presbyteries about the life of the church and how it is expressed at the grassroots.

  • Read more about the Pathways report to Synod here
  • Read the report in full here
  • Watch the Telling Our Story video here or above

The Pathways process and the pilot Presbyteries. “The process has been warmly received and there has been good engagement across the pilot Presbyteries. The process has evolved to consist of 3 workshops each of about 2 hours’ duration occurring 4-6 weeks apart. The first workshop invites participants to share something of how they see themselves and the church they are a part of. The second workshop feeds back what has been shared alongside what others in their Presbytery have shared. After the second session, information about the congregation and its local community is collected and collated. The third session takes all the information gathered and prompts conversation and planning for the ‘what next?'” Extracted from the Pathways report to Synod available here

Have you got questions, feedback? Go to this link and scroll down to find answers or give feedback. There is also a recent article in Synod’s magazine, Insights called Pathways: Setting a course for the future (1 Feb 2018)  available here.

2018 – new Ministers for Canberra Region congregations

Rev. Paul Chalson and Rev. Miriam Parker-Lacey at their respective inductions. Photos by Jenny Rowland and Campbell Macknight.

Canberra City and Toe Talatalanoa (Tongan) Congregations are giving thanks for the inductions of Rev. Dr Paul Chalson and Rev. Miriam Parker-Lacey. Miriam is also the new deacon for the St Columba’s Congregation in Braddon.

Canberra Central    Congregations welcomed Rev Sarah Agnew in January 2018. Sarah joins Rev Ockert Meyer and brings particular skills as a storyteller and poet – read more here. Sarah is being inducted on Saturday the 10th February at 2pm at Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest.

We warmly welcome back to this Presbytery, Darren Wright, who will be commissioned as Pastor of  Gungahlin Uniting Church on Saturday 17 March at 3pm. Darren along with Holly and their children Theo and new baby will be moving to Canberra from Wagga.

Community Pantry for Eden

On 17 January 2018, the Eden newspaper, “Magnet” , ran the following story:

Ever heard of the community pantry movement?  The exciting thing is that one’s coming to Eden.

A community pantry is planned for St Georges Uniting Church Hall, Chandos St, Eden. The aim is to have construction completed and ready for operation mid-2018. The pantry will provide a limited range of basic grocery items for free or at minimal cost.

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Alpine Op Shop Wins Award

Accepting our Community Service Award from our local State Government member John Barilaro. So honoured and humbled…..

Posted by The OP SHOP Jindabyne on Sunday, 19 November 2017

The news of the Award arrived at Presbytery Office just as the latest issue of the magazine, Perspective, was going to print. Fortunately  there was enough room on page 2 to squeeze in a last minute ‘stop press’ report. Now we have included below some photos from Presbytery’s Co-Chair, John Williams, who visited Alpine last weekend and says,  “I enjoyed a lovely visit to folk at Alpine and saw some good work and fellowship. Opshop is impressive as is the Wednesday lunch program. Real connection to community.”  [Alpine’s OpShop Facebook page – see picture above – has more.]

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Welcome to Janise

Canberra Region Presbytery Office

Transitional Operations Manager

Rev Kevin Dilks, Presbytery Minister – Presbytery Wellbeing, writes:

It is my pleasure to introduce Janise Wood who began working with the Canberra Region Presbytery Office as the Transitional Operations Manager commencing 26th September through to March 2018.

The Transitional Operations Manager (T.O.M) will be working with the Presbytery Staff to put in place operations, systems and practices that will enable the Presbytery to better manage its business and then move to the employment of a permanent Operations Manager. The permanent Operations Manager will then be responsible to assist Presbytery, staff committees and live out the Presbytery Vision Statement by providing support, guidance and leadership in areas of business management including financial, human resources, property and all areas of compliance.

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