Society News

BRISBANE AND SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

The offer to buy our Church building mentioned in the last New Age has been accepted and we will vacate the building by June 30th. The last service in our present Church building will fittingly be the New Church Day Celebrations on June 21st. Currently there is much packing up in progress but much more to accomplish. We will be conducting our services at the Trinity College Chapel not far from our present location while we find alternative premises.

In May Mrs. Joyce Robinson passed into the spiritual world in her 88th year. Joyce was well known to the New Church family Australia wide, as the Brisbane Church’s long standing member, Organist and Treasurer and was the daughter of Mr J Leech, the Brisbane Leader for more than 30 years, and his wife Lillian. Joyce, with her husband Howard as President of the Society were instrumental in the administration of the Church in Brisbane being kept on a stable footing.

Long time friend of Hector and Margaret Haines, Mrs Edna Irwin also passed into the spiritual world in March just a few months short of her 99th birthday. Whilst not a member Edna was a regular attendee at our services together with Margaret.

With every good wish
Diane Thompson

ADELAIDE

It has been a quiet time at the Adelaide Society as June Johnson, who is the main organiser has just returned from the UK having spent six weeks with her sister and very ill brother in law.

Michael Delbridge attended the N.C.I.A.’s AGM recently as an interested party.

Ken Johnson is looking after the Church grounds these days and doing a very good job, thanks Ken.

It was with sadness that we learned of the passing of Joan Bowley, a former long time and well loved member of the Adelaide Society, she was back living here after some years at Hervey Bay with daughter Ruth, our condolences to Ruth, Hannah and family.

At the AGM in March the committee changed only in that David and Yvonne Bell came off for a break and were replaced by Ian Brock and Pauline Merritt.

The Millars have relocated and the manse has been re-let by our agent. It will be good when the NCIA is in a position to purchase a building to house the College with the space to hold seminars.

Randall Rabone

SYDNEY

Our church building reached 100 years of being there in April this year and we marked this in a service followed by a special morning tea. Seven people joined us who were part of the Congregational Church which built (1915) and used the building until the New Church acquired it in 1983. They were happy to be with us and spoke about past times.

We were deeply sorry that our very dear friend Judy Probert passed into heaven on April 16th after six years with developing cancer. The celebration service was attended by 250 people. Judy will be remembered by everybody for her open love, and by us for her lovely lively interest in everybody, and her practical skills in the kitchen and with gorgeous flowers. Judy’s beloved husband Dave has been an inspiration on several fronts.

A recent and rewarding event has been the College Seminar which was held over the weekend of June 13th and 14th at the Swedenborg Centre. There were well over 20 people at it, some for both, and some

there for the first time, but quickly being part. I believe everybody went home glad to have been, and our thanks are given to those who organised it.

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