Members of Kangaroo Island’s Uniting Church congregations met at Acacia Apartments on Sunday, September 30 to celebrate some significant events.
Clive Colenso and Trish Handley were baptised by Pastor Louise Davis. Both have been attending the Kingscote Uniting Church for some time and wanted to make a public declaration of their faith through baptism.
Their baptisms followed a café style service that focused on the activities of Frontier Services.
Frontier Services grew out of the Australian Inland Mission established by the Reverend John Flynn, who appears on the $20 note and who had a vision to establish a ‘mantle of safety’ over the people who live in the remotest parts of Australia.
Flynn could see the pressing need for medical services and the mission set up nursing posts and hospitals.
Later he introduced “Patrol Padres”, now known as “Bush Chaplains”, to provide pastoral care and counselling services to people throughout the outback.
In 1928 he formed the AIM Aerial Medical Service which later became the separate organisation, The Royal Flying Doctor Service that is much appreciated by KI residents.
In 1977 with the establishment of the Uniting Church the inland missions of the Presbyterian, Congregational and Methodist Churches combined to form Frontier Services.
Frontier Services ministers in remote areas in two main ways; Outback Links and Bush Chaplains. Outback Links connects skilled volunteers with people in remote Australia who could use a helping hand.
More than 1200 volunteers have donated their skills to do repairs and maintenance on farm equipment, homes and for community organisations.
Currently volunteers are providing practical support and respite to farmers affected by the drought.
Bush chaplains visit people in remote properties and communities and are often on the frontline for identifying issues.
They travel thousands of kilometres every year providing practical, pastoral and spiritual support to those in need.
Frontier Services’ Bush Chaplains are found in every state from the tropics of Queensland, to the high country of Victoria. Flynn’s vision of a “mantle of safety” continues to drive Frontier Services today.
On Sunday, the KI Uniting Church congregations raised $461 for Frontier Services through a barbecue lunch and auction. – Bev Maxwell