Southern Cross MAY-JUNE 2022

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Colleges celebrate graduations in person again.

Graduaing wih gra joy “It’s an amazing thing to have done”: Jane Rummey speaks to the Rev Dr Keith Condie at the MAC graduation.

Judy Adamson Rejoicing has been the order member the Rev Dr Keith Condie, it down to little children’s level.

of the day as in-person Bible college graduations returned after two COVID-affected years. The students from Moore College, Youthworks College and Mary Andrews College were of all ages and received a range of certificates, diplomas and degrees, but the joy in their achievements – and the fellowship and learning for Jesus’ sake – was the same. “It’s an amazing thing to have done and I’m so thankful I did it,” said MAC graduate Jane Rummey, who received her Diploma of Christian Studies at the college’s ceremony in St Andrew’s Cathedral. In her interview with faculty 16

attendees heard how 71-year-old “[MAC] gave me confidence Mrs Rummey, who had done no and it’s a wonderful thing... I am study since secretarial college in incredibly thankful yet remain her youth, had been encouraged surprised by my success and and prayed for by friends, staff achievement. Who would have and fellow students as she thought this would happen to learned and discovered at MAC. me!” “This is what helps you to keep Almost 200 students going,” she said. “These people graduated from the three were the ones who inspired me. colleges at their individual “I have increased confidence e v e n t s . T h e p r i n c i p a l o f in lea din g a group a s we Youthworks College, the Rev study God’s word and pray Mike Dicker, spoke on Proverbs 1 together, supporting each other to those gathered at last month’s pastorally... [I have] confidence to graduation, encouraging the fear write stories for little children, to of the Lord and true wisdom by teach the kindergarten children trusting Jesus and seeking his SRE, to know how to make the glory above personal fame and stories simpler. To understand honour. the bigger picture and then bring “It was such an encouraging

night to see the room full to the brim of graduands and their supporters,” he said. “Being gathered together in person for graduation is such a gracious gift from God – not only because we’ve missed so many opportunities to gather du rin g the pandemi c, but also because it’s a physical manifestation of the harvest workers who are hea din g out into the world, equipped for ministering the gospel to children and young people.” Some graduates studied to improve their biblical knowledge and understanding. Others prepared for a life of ordained ministry or missionary service, spent time in research or simply SouthernCross

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