Last week members of the Carey Middle School community had the privilege of listening to artist, storyteller and Baptist minister Lynton Allan speak about his experiences travelling to central Australia and visiting Uluru. Lynton reminded the audience that, like God, a rock can be a solid and beautiful presence in our lives. In Year 7 Chapel sessions, students and staff heard more about Lynton’s early years growing up on the Sunshine Coast. Lynton has had a long association with Carey and it was a fitting way to draw Middle School Chapels to a close for 2019. The William Carey Chapel is now undergoing renovation and will be operational again in Term 2 2020.
This week we held the first of three Middle School Christmas services. The others are scheduled for Wednesday 4 December for Year 7 and Monday 9 December for Year 9 in the IWA. Parents and members of the Carey community are warmly welcomed to attend and experience some of the wonderful musical items to be performed by students under the direction of Martin Arnold. Students at the Year 8 Christmas service shared the story of Jesus’s birth and spoke about the resilience displayed by Mary, Joseph, the travellers from the east and King Herod who ruled over Bethlehem at the time. Each of these people play prominent roles in the first Christmas and give us an insight into how to live with joy and love, and how to interact with others with hope and peace.
Each year, in the week after Remembrance Day, Christmas decorations reappear in my office. To celebrate the season, this year we are once again collecting food, clothing and toys for Baptcare and donations can be left in my office to help others in our community who are struggling.
Another highlight for the week was meeting some of the Donvale Year 6 students who are working with Helen Polymen as they prepare for Friday’s Transition Day. My wife and I are amazed at how quickly time passes, with another of our children about to enter the wonderful experience of life in Carey Middle School!
Finally, the following prayer is for those impacted by recent bushfires.
Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, at this time we remember all who are and continue to be affected by the devastation caused by past and present bushfires. We pray for those who grieve the loss of life and places of significance in New South Wales and Queensland over recent days. We give you thanks for all those who provide ongoing support and are trying to meet survivors’ needs. Help us always to remember the needs of others. Amen.
Middle School Chaplain