Welcome to the website of the Anglican Parish of Numurkah-Nathalia
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The Parish of Numurkah-Nathalia is located on the Broken Creek, North Central plains in the State of Victoria, Australia. The Parish has congregations in the townships of Numurkah, Nathalia, and Barmah and district of Wakiti Creek. Established 120 years ago we offer worship in the Anglo-Catholic tradition based on a liberal-progressive understanding of the Christian faith.
Our Vision: To be a joyous, worshipping, accepting, loving community of caring people.
Our Mission: To joyously proclaim God’s love for all, with compassionate outreach to those in need.
Inside this site you can look around at the four centres which make up the Parish of Numurkah-Nathalia, find a service you might like to attend and be assured of a warm welcome. We hope you will find this site useful – leave a comment if you feel inclined.
Our “What’s on” button takes you to forthcoming events and opportunities for participate in the life of the parish. Here you will find dates and times and places of events that are planned.
“Events” reviews some of the activities that have already happened.
“Strategic Plan” provides an overview of our strategic directions for ministry.
“Education” will lead to the Faith Enhancement program that is being offered including seasonal studies and ongoing themes.
“Parish Groups” lists the opportunities for involvement in ongoing parish life.
Click on the “Contact” for addresses, phones, email, fax.
Bishop John Farewelled
Bishop John visited the Numurkah-Nathalia Parish to say farewell before retiring after 11 years as Bishop of the Diocese of Wangaratta.
Fr. Gunnar Rippon retires.
On Sunday 26th May Fr Gunnar Rippon celebrated his final Eucharist in the Parish of Numurkah-Nathalia at St George’s Church, Numurkah after nearly 12 months as locum in the parish.
The parish has indeed been blessed by his presence. Parishioners have appreciated his thoughtful sermons and his fine singing voice on Sundays. And during his part-time ministry he made a point to visit many parishioners in their homes and he also took regular services in the four aged care facilities within the parish.
He introduced new services to the parish – a ‘Spring’ Service to give thanks for the promise of new life, a solemn and thought-provoking Service of Reproach on Good Friday and a ‘Blue Christmas’ held in the week before Christmas – a simple service to give people for whom Christmas can be difficult or associated with sad memories an opportunity to pray, reflect on their sorrow, and to find hope and some comfort. It was much appreciated by many in the Numurkah community, with a number of people from other denominations attending.
However, one of Fr Gunnar’s greatest achievements was to ensure that Parish Council meetings did not go beyond 60 minutes duration; quite a feat!
His wife Margaret also encouraged the parish to support ‘A Dollar a Day for Lent’ to raise money for swags for the homeless. As a result of this outward focus, $540 was raised to supplement the funds raised by the Parish of Shepparton.
As a celebration of his time with us, Fr Gunnar was farewelled at a light lunch by the parishioners of St George’s.
After the lunch Warden Lou Hamon presented Fr Gunnar with a painting of the Broken Creek footbridge near St George’s church. The painting was kindly donated by a local artist Geoff Lugg, husband of Parish Councillor Carol Lugg.
The parish has been very fortunate to have had Fr Gunnar as a locum priest and we give thanks for his ministry among us.
REV’D GUNNAR RIPPON
The Anglican Parish of Numurkah-Nathalia welcome the appointment of Rev’d Gunnar Rippon as Locum Priest for the next six months.
Since the retirement of Rev’d Sally Boothey the parish has relied on retired priest Rev’s Geoffrey Poliness to conduct Sunday services and maintain parish life and are grateful for his devoted service.
Rev’s Gunnar Rippon will spend three days each week within the parish not only conducting Sunday services but undertaking pastoral care within the parish.
Gunner Rippon was born in Amble, Northumberland in north east England and in 1965 married Margaret and have three children and 10 grandchildren.
Gunner migrated to Australia in 1968 and worked as a mine surveyor in Queensland, Tasmania, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Accepting retrenchment in 1998, Gunner answered the call of our Lord and was ordained as Deacon in 2001 and as Priest in 2002 in Bunbury W.A. serving in two parishes then Dean of Cathedral in 2004.
In 2009 Gunnar retired to South Australia but answering the Bishop’s invitation to become district priest in Claire for three years.
Retiring again 2012 Gunnar and Margaret enjoyed caravanning around the country, doing locums in Port Fairy, Ararat, Ballarat, and Canon in Residence in Goulburn for 18 months.
In 2016 Gunnar and Margaret returned to Shepparton to a part time ministry.
Gunnar & Margaret will continue to live in Shepparton, whist working three days each week in the Parish of Numurkah-Nathalia.
The Parish are planning a Parish Dinner on 10th August, and a Film Night on Wednesday 15th August in Shepparton for the screening of the film “The Book Shop”.
Rev’d Sally Boothey’s last service and retirement.
Rev’d Sally Boothey celebrated her last service in St Georges on 15th April before her retirement.
At a luncheon after the service Sally was presented with a Joan Harding painting and flowers.
Pictures Sally with husband Dennis and Rectors Wardens Lou Hamon and Mary Muntz.
Holy Week & Easter Service Times
8.40am Palm Procession, Nathalia
9.00am Holy Trinity (UCA to Combine)
10.30am Sung Eucharist, St George’s
7.30pm Foot Washing & Sung Eucharist St George’s
9am Nathalia at Uniting Church
10.30am St George’s Numurkah
11.30am Ecumenical Procession of the Cross, Numurkah
9.00am Holy Communion, Holy Trinity
10.30am Sung Eucharist, St George’s
De-consecration of Holy Nativity and All Saints Barmah.
The Rt. Rev’s John Parkes, Bishop of Wangaratta de-consecrated Holy Nativity and All Saints Barmah at a well attended service on Saturday 15th July 2017.
The Barmah church was the town’s first, and now the town’s last, place of worship, after it originally began as a wooden structure that was brought over from Picola in 1913.
The original timber building had to be eventually pulled down in 1966 when it was ravaged by termites.
The existing building designed to be a multi-purpose space was built in 1966.
The new church was fitted out with locally sourced red gum and the fence was made out of the cable from the old Murray River punt.
Services stopped last year and the power cut off, the building is sound and will be put up for sale.
Rev’d Sally Boothey, rector of Numurkah-Nathalia Parish said “It is a time of sadness, to contemplate the closure of this, or any church, and it seems that an era when traditional Christian worship and teaching centered around church buildings is passing”.