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Riverina Bishop visits Broken Hill and local Anglican Church

Tuesday, 24th September, 2019

The Right Reverend Donald Kirk, Bishop of Riverina, with the Reverend Helen Ferguson. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson The Right Reverend Donald Kirk, Bishop of Riverina, with the Reverend Helen Ferguson. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Broken Hill’s Anglican Church has welcomed the new Bishop of Riverina, Donald Kirk, who visited the city last weekend. 

“I was consecrated as Bishop three months ago and I’m starting to do the rounds of the diocese, and this is my first visit as Bishop through Broken Hill,” Bishop Kirk said yesterday.

“I’m the leader of the diocese of Riverina, so leader of the Anglican Church in this part of NSW, and a large part of that means I’m responsible to care for all the clergy and the people in the parishes in the diocese and I provide leadership and support.”

Bishop Kirk said he was very much looking forward to getting to know the people and enjoying the good things that we have here.

“This parish of Broken Hill is actually quite a vibrant parish and doing quite well, so it’s a good thing.

“It’s an ongoing thing for the church to provide ministry and sometimes it can be quite difficult, particularly when we look beyond where we are now.

“Helen, in this parish, not only looks after Broken Hill; she’s also responsible for Menindee, Wilcannia right through to Tibooburra.

“That’s quite a large area and resources can be spread a bit thin trying to do all of that. 

“Sometimes people assume the church is always going to be there for them but without support the church can’t continue to survive; can’t turn up in a vacuum and just happen to have everything there in case someone wants a baptism a wedding or a funeral.

“There needs to be ongoing support from the community so that the church can keep being there for those special occasions.”

On Sunday, the church will take part in “Seasons of Creation”, a worldwide movement. The Reverend Helen Ferguson said they will be focusing on prayer and the drought, river systems and inland waterways, and that the whole service would be about that. 

The services will take place at St Peter’s Church at 8.30am and at St James Church at 10.30am.

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