Jindabyne church runs Easter camp with Figtree.
videos and got The Village Church to do some content to start building a connection. And then earlier this year we had a cake stall and raised money for the mission, which was very successful – we had it at all three services, and everyone was really into it! “We took two families with us to Jindabyne and the kids were involved in the camp. The Village Church did the administration, and we brought a lot of resources such as craft... and Rachel in her role at BCA wrote the [camp] program.”
community that the 2½ day camp was a Christian event, but locals were very willing to send their kids. “It’s exactly what we wanted,” Mr McGrath says. “I was up at school dropping something off to my daughter and a teacher I came across said, ‘I know you – I see you on YouTube every week!’ She doesn’t come to church but watches our livestream, and she sent her kids. “What we’ve found is that there’s not a lot on for primaryaged kids in the school holidays, but there is still a need for somewhere to send your kids. MAKING LOCAL There’s a [local] wariness of CONNECTIONS the ‘new thing’ so longevity Because Jindabyne sits on the is important, consistency is shores of a lake, the camp used important. water as its theme and Jesus’ “If this grows, and we trust it interactions with people around will, hopefully our public witness water. It was made clear to the will help overcome the wariness SouthernCross
people have so that, in the future, more will come and meet Jesus through Easter Camp.” Both Figtree and Jindabyne want their mission partnership meantime, we to b e fo r t he l o n g all squeeze in!” he says. term, and Mr McGrath is also “We are seeing God at work, grateful for the active support people are responding to the of parishes such as Narrabeen gospel and are growing in their and St Marys in Sydney, and love for the community and the Gungahlin in Canberra. church, and it’s absolutely sweet He is thankful that Jindabyne’s to see the Holy Spirit changing church building is starting to people’s lives that way. feel full, but the congregation “We’d love to hear from has no hall and that makes any other people who care that the growth plans tricky. mission of Jesus is going out in There are hopes that one day Jindabyne. If you want to know there will be enough funds to about us, come and visit us!” SC build a multipurpose centre To keep in touch with the McGraths’ next door to the church building ministry see www.bushchurchaid. to bless the congregation and c o m . a u / m i s s i o n - p r o f i l e s . wider community, “but in the php?id=2159 11