Anglican groups become trinity
By LYNDAL GAWEN ? LOW parishioner numbers and a desire to be able to diversify ministry services have resulted in the merger of three North Rockhampton Anglican parishes into one.
Reverend Cameron Venables who is responsible for the three merging Anglican parishes, Park Avenue, Frenchville and North Rockhampton, said together they make a congregation of about 180 people. With the change being five years in the making, Rev Venables said: "It's very exciting in lots of ways, the vision is to free people from worrying about maintenance and debts and getting on with ministery.''
In the past, there were more people attending the parishes, but numbers have decreased through people moving, dying and the loss of their critical mass.
"If you have a young family come to church and there are only two other young families they tend to feel out of place,'' Rev Venables said.
It is hoped by bringing the smaller parishes together it will create new life and a greater opportunity to diversify worship and ministry.
"At the moment all services are much the same but held in five different churches.
"Coming together offers us an opportunity to experience diverse worship styles other than just the same,'' Rev Venables said.
The hope is that there will be a traditional-style service held at 7.30am with about 80 to 90 people attending.
This will be followed by a more contemporary service geared towards the younger generation at 9.30am.
The new parish is planning to launch a Friday evening of activities and worship starting with a meal together.