Tea Gardens Anglican Church to host post-COVID reunification day

Reverend Richard Goscombe (right) with several members of the St Andrews congregation and Op Shop.

SPRING is a season for refreshment and new beginnings, and the Tea Gardens Anglican Church is hosting a ‘Back to Church Sunday’ on 24 September to give people a chance to reconnect.

The lockdowns and unprecedented isolation precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated things, with many struggling to ‘return to normal’.

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“There are many demands upon us in the busy-ness of life, and the ever-increasing change of pace in our world has taken a toll on everyone,” Reverend Richard Goscombe of St Andrew’s in Tea Gardens told NOTA.

“Back to Church Sunday is an opportunity to reconnect with your local church, and with God.”

Reverend Goscombe remarked on how quickly fears and anxiety tend to multiply as hope erodes, and he is encouraging everyone to take the time out to ‘put something back’.

“Several people have spoken to me about the need to ‘reconnect’; that they need ‘something more’, so it is time to feed our souls, gladden our hearts and reconnect with things that build us up rather than break us down,” Rev.
Goscombe said.

Months of artificially imposed isolation was hardly healthy for anyone, and, aside from the pandemic, fires, floods and more have ravaged communities near and afar.

Spring in paradise presents a great opportunity to positively reconnect with the world around us, and ‘Back to Church Sunday’ is one welcome-back event that sees the time as just right for a new chapter to begin.

“No prior knowledge is required, and you won’t be asked to sign up for anything!” Rev. Goscombe said.

“Everyone, including the kids, is welcome, and the service will be about one and a quarter hours, with everyone invited for Morning Tea afterwards, then head off whenever they like.

“In Bulahdelah, with all the difficulties they have faced this past couple of years, October 1 will see an opportunity for Back To Church Sunday at St Johns, where all are equally welcome,” Rev. Goscombe added.

For further information, contact Richard on 0407 990 099.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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