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  PARTNERSHIP WITH WOOMELANG UNITING CHURCH

 

We at Pilgrim have a long standing (18 years) Country /City twinning partnership with the UC congregation at Woomelang in the Mallee region.

Pilgrim Uniting Church, Doncaster

Woomelang Uniting Church

                    
In 1992, one of the leading lay people from Pilgrim, Brenda Cooper, was ordained and her first appointment in 1993 was to Woomelang, a small town in the north of the Wimmera.  She conceived early in her ministry the idea of creating a relationship between her old congregation Pilgrim Uniting Church and her new one.
 
  Woomelang is a small town experiencing what many small Australian towns have been going through decline in services (banks, P.O. etc.), few jobs for young people, leading to population decline.  In such situations the Church declines as well. 
 

 

Rev Brenda Cooper & Rev Allan Thompson at Woomelang UC July 1995

 

Congregation at Woomelang UC
December 2004

 

  

The first activity, a visit from Pilgrim to Woomelang, occurred in July of 1995 and a number of new friendships between the two congregations were established, some of which are still strong today. 

Since the first activity, we have shared several visits to each others communities, our youth have led worship at Woomelang and, we have shared a combined Church Family Camp at Norval Lodge or Norval House, Hall's Gap 2003-2009. In 2010, we  met for a picnic at Bendigo.

 

  Our ongoing relationship with the people of Woomelang enables us to understand the difficulties our rural sister churches are experiencing and to support them with our prayers and our financial gifts to the Share Appeal. We have also made direct gifts to Woomelang to maintain this congregation's tenuous ministry capacity. In 2005, we assisted Woomelang with the purchase of a computer to support music in worship in the absence of an organist/pianist. A picture of the computer being set up by some Woomelang members and a video recording of it providing music can be seen by clicking here. More recently, the Pilgrim choir recorded hymns for use on the computer in worship at Woomelang.

It is a good thing to be connected with one of our struggling country congregations.

 

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