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Srving h Lord in h souhws On November 30 the Rev Manoj Chacko will retire from the parish for this purpose each year). of Liverpool South, where he’s been the rector for the past 15 years. Mr Chacko also to ok Mr He has spent all his ordained ministry in the southwest, having S tephe n s to a n u mb e r o f served Moorebank as assistant minister from 2001 until he was churches to speak about the called to Liverpool South in 2007. work of the IGL. One of these “God led us here,” he says simply. “And when you look back, you was Miranda and, as they think, ‘Amazing – how did we do this or that?’ We can only say God, arrived, the then rector Glenn and the way he has opened avenues for us.” Davies had just received news The greatest joy of his ministry has “definitely been to see someone of the death of a staff member come to faith and have their lives transformed by the gospel – and in a freak accident. I mean really transformed, in a holistic way. In church we see that “He told Sam to keep on with the preaching he had planned, which the young people, for example, are keen on outreach ministries, the was, ‘What would you give your life for?’” Mr Chacko recalls. “For refugee work, community work – that kind of thing – so that is me, that was the turning point. I had come here [to Australia] for really encouraging.” my selfish purposes, but from then on I was thinking in terms of Mr Chacko migrated to Australia from India with his family in ‘What can I do?’. So, I went to college. I had no idea what I should be 1991 with the plan “to make money, to have a good education for my doing when I came out, I just knew that’s where I should be going!” children and really help them”. God, however, had his own plans. He wanted to teach people about Jesus, but didn’t want to do that The family soon linked up with the parish of Moorebank, where in an exclusively Indian church – having seen how this tended to Mr Chacko was struck by the depth of biblical understanding in reinforce the old caste system. “I believe that you look at Revelation the preaching. He had become a Christian at school in Malaysia, 5-7 and see multiethnic worshippers together... the gospel changes and took faith seriously from his time at university in Chennai, but the heart for salvation,” he says. says, “I was amazed at how the Old and New testaments were linked. Now, Mr Chacko leads a multiethnic, intergenerational church “In India we were taught in terms of individual stories where you in faith, discipleship and caring ministries. This has focused apply faith and good ethical teaching and grow in faith. I knew in particularly on refugees and asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, Africa my head that the Old Testament pointed to Jesus but not in the way and, in more recent years, Syria and Iraq, with the assistance of that we learn here in Moore College.” Anglican Aid and Anglicare. “This was something the church Excited, he sent Graeme Goldsworthy’s trilogy to the president of collectively took up,” he says. “Everyone wanted to do something the India Gospel League, Samuel Stephens, who was enthusiastic to reach out to these people. I think there are going to be a lot more enough to come to Sydney for a visit. It was during this time that refugees coming here in the future and we need to be prepared. everything changed for Mr Chacko. “I’m really praying that more people in the southwest will be First, there were discussions with the external studies department concerned about disciple making – not just evangelism but disciple at Moore College, which led to the Preliminary Theological Certificate making and being involved in growing the kingdom of God, guarding being taught in India (teams from several churches now travel there the gospel and passing it on. That is so important.” FOR BOOKING INFORMATION FOR ANY TIME OF THE YEAR THROUGH TO OCTOBER 2022
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The Rev John Stanley became re c to r o f P a d d i n g to n o n September 30, moving from the northern Hobart parish of New Town and Lenah Valley.
The Rev John Reid is retiring this month from St John’s, Mona Vale after 21 years, and will take up a part-time assistant minister role in the parish of Austinmer. The rector of Panania since 2007, the Rev David Milne, will retire from the parish at the end of the year. The Rev Tim Booker will leave Guildford with Villawood at the end of December after 14 years, becoming the rector of Liverpool in late January 2022.
VACANT PARISHES List of parishes and provisional parishes, vacant or becoming vacant, as at October 29, 2021: • Ashbury* • Balmain*
• Liverpool South
• Mona Vale
• Cronulla** • Eagle Vale
• Huskisson • Keiraville
• Wahroonga, St Paul’s**
*denotes provisional parishes or Archbishop’s appointments **right of nomination suspended/ on hold