Winchelsea, Waurn Ponds, Anglesea and Torquay
2019 has been another exciting year at Mainly Music, and at the time of writing this the year is three quarters of the way through. As in previous years, one of the highlights of the year has been our celebration of Easter with our families. We gave each of our families a copy of the children’s book, ‘Did You Know?’ This book, amongst other things, tells the families, ‘Did you know…Jesus died just for us? He took on our shame without making a fuss. He went to the cross on a sad, lonely day. Believing that this was the very best way.’ Over the years Mainly Music has been running, we have been privileged to give families 8 separate books over Christmas’ and Easter’s. All the books have told the families the message of God’s love for them revealed in Jesus.
We currently have 121 families registered over our four sites: 30 at Winchelsea, 45 at Waurn Ponds, 20 at Anglesea, and 26 at Torquay mainly music.
Mainly Music couldn’t operate at our sites without the great work of our teams. We are co-ordinating 29 team members over our four sites. We would like to acknowledge; Rev. Wendy Gravolin, Jenny Bawker, Cassie McIntyre, Colleen Trewhella, Emmaleen Donovan and Denise Jewell from the Anglican church, Judy Staples from the Church of Christ, Zenny our student helper, and Rebekah Grinter from our church who, with Julie and myself, make up the Winchelsea Team. Thanks to Carol Willman, Jenny Muller, Aileen Gray, Flo Ramsay, Elham Lotfipour and Liz O’Brien from our church, plus our three Chinese team mums, Grace Sim, Rebecca Su, and Daisy Attard, who make up the team at our church. Under the Leadership of Kylie Fuller. Kylie, Naomi Bliss, and Jenny Muller from our church. Margaret Vise, Rosa Cullen from Anglesea Anglican, and Kaye Mackie from Torquay Anglican who make up our team at Anglesea. Julie, myself and Rebekah Grinter from our church, along with Lydia Erving, Roger Brown, Elizabeth Keucke and Helen Reed from Torquay Anglican make up our Torquay Team. Once again, I have to give a ‘big’ thank-you to all of the team members for all their hard work.
We would encourage you to keep praying for these outreaches. If you would like to know more about any aspect of this ministry, please ask me.
As in previous years, we are organizing the Christian Vocal Band Iron & Clay to perform in Winchelsea at the Neighbourhood Watch Day in November. This day is organized by the Winchelsea Police and they have used the band for the last 4 or 5 years. They have become a valued part of the Police’s work with the local Primary Schools. This was shown this year by the fact that the police had rebooked the band for this year before they left the venue of last years performance. The ministry of Iron & Clay has allowed us to develop relationships in the Winchelsea community that may lead to further opportunities to serve in the future. Let’s continue to encourage one another to have a ‘Missions Mindset’ as we continue through the rest of 2019.
Pastor Phil and Julie Shirley