Last month, sixty people from Catholic, Uniting, Lutheran, Anglican and Presbyterian churches got together for a “Churches Progressive Dinner by bus”.
“Sixty people was the catered for number because that was all the bus could carry as it ferried people from Church to Church,” said Rev Lionel Rohrlarch, pastor of the Lutheran Church.
Each course – entre, main, dessert, and supper – was served at a different church, and catered by a different congregation.
“The theme was ‘What do you see?’ – as participants were asked to reflect upon what they noticed of the various Christians Churches – their hosts,” said Rev. Lionel.
“This resulted in some very open, forthright and caring observations as the evening progressed.”
During the concluding devotion, Rev. Lionel, one of the few clergy present, reminded the gathering that this gift of loving togetherness was a special gift to be treasured, nurtured, and expounded.
“The Christians who are part of the Millmerran Church community share something quite special,” he said.
“It is something talked about by and yearned for by people in other communities, but not necessarily seen in action.
“Over time there has grown an openness to each other and unity of purpose in what the Christian community stands for in the town. Generally, the different ‘churches’ are not seen as a threat or enemy. Instead, there is a spirit of support, encouragement and friendliness toward each other.”
The proceeds of the progressive dinner – $1230 – were in aid of the local state school Chaplain, Mandee Anderson.