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A story from Bateman's Bay to encourage and inspire!

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Our magazine Perspective is now focussed specifically on the theme of each Presbytery meeting and the presentations given there each quarter. 

To allow for other stories of what God is doing around the Presbytery to be shared for our encouragement, Glimpses of the Spirit will be circulated monthly or as soon as we have a couple of pages. 

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And it came to pass

Story and photos
from Kay Killick (left) 
Bateman's Bay Uniting Church


After years of dreaming and praying, months of planning and arranging, and weeks of rehearsing, the Jazz Gospel service finally happened on 27th July in Bateman's Bay Uniting Church.

It was almost like the Birth of the Blues! And nearly as good.

Several of our church members are Jazz Lovers, and when Peter Poole, an accomplished musician, joined our church, it was the answer to our prayers. We had the ideas, and the contacts, but who could arrange the music?

Peter could – and did. He organised a gospel choir, gathered up his musical mates and offered tuition to anyone else who wanted to participate, and started rehearsals.

On Sunday afternoon, after as much publicity as we could get, the crowd came. Not all were regular church attendees. Many were jazz fans, and others were looking for a lively way to spend a wintery Sunday.

How wonderful that they found it in church! There was of course fabulous music from the band, and marvellous singing from the choir, but there was much more than that. The congregation quickly got into the swing of things and clapped and sang along. The energy was electric.

Of course we did not neglect the usual elements of a church service. There were prayers of course, and a short sermon, but instead of an ordinary bible reading, we dramatized a passage from the gospel of Luke. Two members of the congregation dressed in Middle Eastern garb to bring the story to life – much to the amusement of the congregation. An 81 year old Scot playing the role of Jesus was enough to amuse the dourest among us.

While enjoying a cuppa after the service, bowls were left out for a retiring offering. These quickly filled  and we are now in a position to donate $577 to Frontier Services Drought Appeal.

Flushed with success, we are looking forward to our next Jazz Gospel Service early next year. - Kay Killick
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