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Turn your eyes towards 2056 No building yet: What church looks like for members of Hope Anglican at Leppington. photo Gabriel Lacoba

When Bishop Peter Lin spoke wisest decisions we can, under should be completed early 18 years – and Bishop Lin says


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next year. And, backed by the it is vital for Synod members Archbishop’s New Churches to see what is happening for 100 MORE PEOPLE EVERY for New Communities and the themselves. DAY, FOR 18 YEARS Anglican Growth Corporation, “I want p eople to see the The new city of Bradfield, the next project on the agenda vastness of the growth and located next to Sydney’s second is church facilities in the therefore the magnitude of airport, will be a city of 1.5 northwest at Marsden Park. gospel opportunity,” he says. million people. It is estimated that in the “I want people to see what we “There will be over 300,000 nor thwe st and southwe st have done and what we can do people moving into just the growth corridors of Sydney again as hundreds of thousands immediate area around the new more than 100 people every of people flood into the area. I’m airport,” Bishop Lin says. “We day will move in over the next sure people will be wowed!” SC currently have three churches for those people. Compare that with the fact that, for example, Join Anglicare’s team of we have three churches in Allied Health Professionals Lindfield alone, covering a population of 18,000 people.” This imbalance of church We’re looking for compassionate health professionals resources will be clear to Synod with a desire to make a difference in the lives of seniors. members next February when, • Use your clinical skills to provide personalised care that for the first day of sitting, the supports the autonomy and dignity of our residents members will meet at Oran Park • Transform lives with compassion High School. • Work with an amazing team who love what they do The op ening service and • Benefit from flexible hours and a supportive culture Archbishop Raffel’s presidential address will follow bus tours Allied Heath in Anglicare of the rapidly developing new For over 160 years, Anglicare has been serving people in need areas of Sydney. There will – providing care to seniors and services to the vulnerable. also be walking tours of Oran We are a dedicated provider of quality aged care services Park, where New Life Anglican throughout Sydney, the Blue Mountains, and Wollongong. We Church, as well as school and have a team of highly skilled physiotherapists, occupational Anglicare facilities, opened in therapists, registered nurses, nutritionists and speech 2015. pathologists working across Anglicare’s retirement villages, Stanhope Anglican Church the Castle Hill Therapy Centre and in the community. opened its own building in 2020 after the church had been meeting in a leisure centre in Find out more Stanhope Gardens for 10 years. 9421 5344 Con struction of the Hop e Anglican Church at Leppington ANG6729

to the Archbishop’s Election Synod this year, he shocked the audience with a series of big numbers. “It is no secret that the city is goin g through ma ssive infrastructural changes,” Bishop Lin said in the speech, noting the rapid population increase in the city’s west – which will see resident numbers in the Diocese grow to more than 8 million by the mid-2050s. “By 2056, it is forecast that the current Western Region alone will have a population two and half times that of the South Sydney Region or the Northern Region,” he said. The future sho ck of this speech prompted a move to bring Synod from the CBD to the so-called “greenfields” areas of southwestern Sydney. So, for the first time since 1866, the church parliament of the Diocese will not begin its meeting in the city centre. “The greenfields present one of the biggest challenges and one of the biggest opportunities our generation will see for many, many years,” Bishop Lin says. “There are important decisions we will need to make as a diocesan family that will have a gospel impact on many generations after us. “ I t is c r u c i al to s e e and understand what is happening in order to make the best and