Chap­laincy closer

New ser­vice is on of­fer two days a week dur­ing school year

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Sue Har­ris

A CHAP­LAINCY ser­vice in Mun­dub­bera schools is a step closer.

The State Government re­cently an­nounced it would pro­vide $5000 each year to­wards school chap­laincy pro­grams for schools with more than 100 stu­dents and Mun­dub­bera State School was suc­cess­ful in its ap­pli­ca­tion.

With this money and Boynewood State School’s Fed­eral Government fund­ing, the ser­vice can be pro­vided for two days each week dur­ing the school year.

“We are still work­ing to make a full-time po­si­tion avail­able so that all three of our schools – Mun­dub­bera, Boynewood and Eidsvold – can have ac­cess to this im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity,” said lo­cal chap­laincy com­mit­tee mem­ber Pas­tor Paul Dare.

At meet­ings with lo­cal prin­ci­pals and par­ent rep­re­sen­ta­tives last­week, the district co­or­di­na­tor Scrip­ture Union Wide Bay, Lisa Hardie said stu­dents’ lives had been trans­formed by car­ing sup­port from school chap­lains.

She said the Mun­dub­bera pro­gram would be un­der the di­rec­tion of Scrip­ture Union, which had a wealth of expe- ri­ence, 730 schools and an ex­cep­tional rep­u­ta­tion in the field.

“The chap­laincy ser­vice wants the com­mu­nity to have trust in it so the chap­lain al­ways ob­tains the con­sent of prin­ci­pal and par­ents,” Ms Hardie said.

“It’s about help­ing peo­ple and re­la­tion­ships.”

Eidsvold State School missed out on State Government funds be­cause it had fewer than 100 stu­dents, but the lo­cal chap­laincy com­mit­tee is work­ing to bring the ser­vice to this school com­mu­nity as well.

“Re­sponse from the Mun­dub­bera com­mu­nity to the let­ter about sup­port has been small and I would en­cour­age busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions to take se­ri­ously this op­por­tu­nity for the youth of our area,” Pas­tor Dare said.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

GET­TING THE FACTS: Scrip­ture Union's Lisa Hardie (sec­ond from right) was con­vinc­ing when she out­lined the ben­e­fits of hav­ing a school chap­laincy pro­gram to (from left) Pas­tor Paul Dare, Boynewood State School prin­ci­pal Vicki Rogers, Mun­dub­bera State School prin­ci­pal Peter Townsend and Boynewood's par­ent rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the chap­laincy com­mit­tee, Tracy Davies.

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