The Induction of the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith
A loud “Woof” greeted me from the manse side fence, then Annetia introduced this writer to Jaeger the German Shepherd. He has a special place in the Goldsmith family; he is a Search and Rescue Dog, ready to go to work.
Amongst the boxes being unpacked, I asked about Annetia’s faith journey towards ministry in the Uniting Church.
“Where do I start? I remember Sunday School when I stayed on weekends with my grandpa, at Bealiba near Dunolly. We sang “Hear the pennies dropping...every one for Jesus…”
“My mother was a seeker. She took me with her to Anglican, Catholic and Pentecostal churches, and Baptist Sunday School, so I imbibed a broad religious experience!”
“We lived in Castlemaine, and I became a leader in the Uniting Youth Group; at age 18, when our youth band led worship services in the small outlying country churches, I was preacher! I had a feeling that God was calling me, but I was not ready to respond.”
“For me, a most formative experience in faith was participating in five National Christian Youth Conventions (NCYCs). With a large group of Uniting Church young people from every state, I shared in joyful community life. I learned about Jesus’ gospel of love, freedom and the justice of God. And at Ballarat NCYC I received a hug from Archbishop Desmond Tutu! “(He was Chairperson of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission)
“I was baptized at age 27 at Keilor Road Uniting Church, North Essendon. Steve and I met first at NCYC, and then again at the Keilor Road church. While I was studying Middle Eastern Archeology at Melbourne University about that time, I was still ignoring God’s call to ministry.”
“Steve and I married in 1999. I started Bachelor of Theology at United Faculty of Theology, as a private student, and got half-way through, when Steve became very ill with cancer.”
“We moved to South Australia, to be near to Steve’s parents. After 10 years of his recovery, and with our three children, Gus, Kez and Tiggy, Steve’s work took us to Launceston, Tasmania. That’s where I responded to God’s call to candidate for ministry, and I began the Uniting Church’s ‘period of discernment.’”
The Vision and Mission of Crossroads
Vision: We see Crossroads Uniting Church as a relevant, growing spiritual presence in the community, nurturing and encouraging each other, and reaching out to spread the good news of Christ to all.
Mission: The mission of the Crossroads Uniting Church is to live as an intergenerational and intercultural open community, faithful to the gospel and sent out to share the love of God in our lives within the wider community, serving the kingdom of God through our ministries and activities.
“Now, I see my lifelong growth in faith still continuing; ‘We are pilgrims on a journey…’ is a favourite hymn of mine,” says Annetia.
Welcome to Crossroads Uniting congregation, Annetia and your family!
(Interview with Neil Tolliday)
THE MISSION PLAN
Crossroads Mission Planning for 2020
- Worship and Preaching: a commitment to equipping the people of God to become disciples through vital, transforming worship.
To strengthen our commitment to developing lay ministry gifts by establishing a worship team which would explore creative ways of shaping worship experiences that intentionally draw upon the various aspects of life at Crossroads and from the tradition, that connect with the rhythm of the church year, and that develop the use of different media.
To develop a greater focus on music, especially involving children, and including new songs, and encouraging the development and use of choirs.
To strengthen our relationship with the Lisu and Sudanese congregations and to seek more opportunities for joint activities, including worship.
- A life-giving ministry with children and families.
To keep up-to-date the Child Safe policy and practice at Crossroads.
To further develop our ministry to children and families through new programs and leadership, ensuring that the programs are adequately resourced.
To investigate the possibility of running Easter and Advent programs and workshops for children.
The further development of the home or small group life of the congregation.
To build opportunities for the children of Crossroads, Lisu and Sudanese congregations to enjoy each other’s company and to learn together.
To investigate the possibility of holding a congregational camp in 2020.
To support the continuing development of the young adults study group.
- Pastoral Care
To continue developing the approach to pastoral care that involves the minister, the pastoral care worker, and members of the congregation, and which ensures that newcomers are given an appropriate introduction and welcome to the congregation’s life.
To continue to raise awareness of social and environmental through regular input to worship times via Connection and invited speakers.
To develop further the social justice library which covers Indigenous, environmental, asylum seeker and other matters.
To keep the covenantal relationship with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress alive and focused.
Other areas of mission:
We’re conscious of the need to keep ourselves focused on good communication and the continuing development of the stewardship of our resources.
The Church Council believes it is important that we allow for the growth of new ideas and thinking in the Spirit of God, especially as we welcome our new minister and seek to respond to her hopes and the shape of her ministry as it develops.
(Above: Rev. Caro Field presents the certificate to Annetia Goldsmith)
Welcome also to the doggy member of the Goldsmith family…
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton. We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten. If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.