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Wesley’s first female minister feels blessed

Tuesday, 7th July, 2015

Reverend Deacon Sharon Cutts is the new minister for the Wesley Uniting Church. Reverend Deacon Sharon Cutts is the new minister for the Wesley Uniting Church.

The Wesley Uniting Church will welcome a new minister to the fold on Sunday.

Reverend Deacon Sharon Cutts has made the long trek from Sydney to Broken Hill to begin as minister at the local Uniting Church.

Rev. Cutts has been ordained for five years and spent her time working in Parramatta, Sydney.

“After many years of study and a year internship I became ordained,” she said.

“It’s a calling in a person’s life. It can take a long time to answer the call, like with myself.

“I didn’t start my studies until I was in my 40s. I was a mother and had been busy bringing up children.”

Rev. Cutts said ministers were able to choose where they worked.

“The Uniting Church processes profiles of individuals and the churches. They put the two profiles that will work well together,” she said.

“I chose to come out to Broken Hill and, again, it comes down to the call.”

Rev. Cutts is the first female minister at Wesley Uniting Church.

“The congregation I came from, I was the third female minister,” she said.

“I have what the Church calls ‘limited placement’ for five years, so I’m not sure what will happen after that.

“I am hopeful while I am here I will be able to grow the congregation’s faith and community so it is self-supporting.”

There will be an induction service on Sunday at the Wesley Uniting Church from 11am.

“Then I will have my first worship service that I will lead on July 19,” Rev. Cutts said. 

“Everyone is welcome to come on Sunday. 

“I’m finding that Broken Hill is a lovely, friendly place. Everyone is very helpful. I’m so blessed and I don’t anticipate that will change.”

The Church office hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 1pm.

The bookshop is open from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and Saturday morning 10am to noon. There is also a drop-in centre for people in need.

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