We were thrilled to welcome Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy and around 80 guests to St Bart’s Thanksgiving Service for our Anglican supporters on Sunday, 6 May 2018.
Hosted at Hale School in Wembley Downs, it was a chance for us to give back to a community that has greatly given to us and backed our mission ‘to assist the homeless of today to rebuild their lives, and act to prevent the homelessness of tomorrow’.
Representatives from parishes all over Perth joined in Hale’s chapel to hear the Archbishop’s message on Luke 17:11-19 about Jesus healing 10 lepers.
Archbishop Goldsworthy explained how one leper turned back to praise God with a loud voice when he saw that he was healed, which she compared to St Bart’s intention of ‘turning back’ to thank a community involved in the healing process of those experiencing homelessness.
The Archbishop also tied in the Perth Diocese’s recently launched Say ‘G’day’ or ‘Kaya’ (in Noongar) initiative (see video below), emphasising the importance of greeting people you pass each day – especially those experiencing homelessness and those who are lost, lonely and afraid – as the foundation for building a stronger community.
The Service gave us the perfect opportunity to personally thank some of those who have contributed financial support, and provided countless hours of volunteering for events such as: St Bart’s Day, Women’s Service Market Day, visiting James Watson Hostel aged care, and contributing to our Winter Appeal, Christmas Hampers and donation drives – just to name a few.
Year 10 Hale School student Lachlan Ross also honoured guests with a rendition of Pie Jesu during a time of reflection (head over to our Instagram to hear his incredible voice), before everyone enjoyed High Tea in the Dining Hall.
Hale School staff and students generously supported the Service, which the St Bart’s team was incredibly grateful for and look forward to growing the partnership.
We hope to host more events that thank those of you who give your money and time to make a difference in the lives of more than 9,000 West Australians who experience homelessness on any given night.