South Toowoomba Baptist Church provides breakfast for the school’s students on Wednesday mornings.
The church’s breakfast coordinator Owen Ford said there is some opportunity to mingle and chat with the teens in this ministry, but it could make more impact.
“If we had a few more people there, who weren’t serving, then it could happen.” Mr Ford said.
“I’d like more churches to be involved, so that you’ve got a bigger pool of volunteers.” he said.
Mr Ford said it would be great to use this ministry alongside the chaplain to connect with the students.
Harristown State High has one chaplain who is at the school two days a week.
“It’s a big school,” Mr Ford said. “It’s 1,650 kids, plus 200 teachers, plus probably 1,100 parent units, which puts you over the 2,000 mark.” he said.
The school would need about $60,000 a year to have the chaplain there five days a week.
At the moment the government funds about $20,000 a year for chaplaincy, with the remaining $40,000 needed coming from donations and church fund-raising events.
At breakfasts earlier in the year, the volunteers were able to talk to students, parents, and teachers –which is the purpose of this ministry.
Mr Ford said the main reasons the students come to breakfasts at the school is to either chat with their friends, or because they did not have a chance to eat before leaving for school.
South Toowoomba Baptist Church provides Milo, fruit, and toast to the students.
The milo is donated by members of the congregation, and bread provided by a local bakery at no charge. Jam, Vegemite, and margarine for toast is provided through New Hope Church’s school breakfast fund.
To volunteer your time please contact South Toowoomba Baptist Church on 4635 7510