Events for the Heart and Mind

In this issue: NCCA Finance Director Vacancy; PeaceChurch; WA’s links with St Benedict stay strong; Perth Prayer Meeting

Vacancy: NCCA Finance Director

Applications are invited: The National Council of Churches in Australia is seeking a Finance Director to have senior responsibility for the business functions of the organisation.

Based in the Sydney CBD, the position heads up a dedicated section of 5 staff people and supports national work being done in Indigenous Reconciliation, International Development, and a broad range of issues in contemporary Australian society.

The Council is an expression by 17 national Christian Churches of their commitment to closer co-operation and unity.

We are looking for someone with a will to make a difference, qualified in accounting, and with management experience. You will need to have demonstrated leadership capacity and willingness to work as part of a team. This position offers a unique opportunity to use financial and management skills to work nationally with a range of Australian Christian communities.

For more information, visit the NCCA Website.


Sunday, July 4th, 7.00pm at the Church of Christ, Wembley Downs.

Developing a Reconciliation Action Plan

Reconciliation Australia helps large corporations, small businesses, schools, and faith and community groups develop strategies for strengthening bonds with local indigenous people. These partnerships are known as Reconciliation Action Plans and comprise deliberate and accountable steps suited to local needs and capacities.

Is your organisation looking for the next practical step on the reconciliation journey? Together we will see what a RAP is and how it might work. Come and join us for another PeaceChurch event – Sunday, July 4th, 7.00pm at the Church of Christ, Wembley Downs.

WA’s links with St Benedict stay strong

Each year St George’s Cathedral hosts a gathering for laypeople who follow the Rule of St Benedict. All are invited and welcome to come along to this service, which is held in the spirit of hospitality that is such a feature of Benedictine life.

The Benedictine way of life is often associated with religious orders. But St Benedict never intended to found a monastic order at all. He wrote a ‘guide’ for individual communities, known as the Rule of St Benedict, and in fact there are not only thousands of monks and nuns around the world living the Benedictine life, but also many ordinary folk who follow the Rule today, as closely as their circumstances allow.

Western Australia has historical links with St Benedict, who was born in Norcia, Italy, in 480, and subsequently founded 12 communities for monks in Subiaco, a town to the east of Rome.

Both names are familiar to West Australians, as the Benedictine Community of New Norcia was established in 1847, and the Perth suburb of Subiaco was originally the site of the New Subiaco monastery, founded by Benedictine monks in 1851.

The annual gathering at St George’s takes the form of Choral Evensong, and this year’s address will be given by the Dean of Perth, who will speak about the life, example, influence and inspiration of St Benedict.

The service will begin at 5.00pm on Sunday 11 July in the Cathedral. Wine, cheese and refreshments will be served afterwards in the Burt Memorial Hall.

For catering purposes, please register your interest with the Cathedral Office by Wednesday 7 July: (08) 9325 5766 –

Perth Prayer Gathering

The Perth Prayer Gathering is celebrating their First Anniversary today, and last week had their largest attendance to date. This Christian gathering is characterized by:

  • Focus on personal testimony and prayer. The “agenda” consist of the work and fruits of the Holy Spirit: particularly praise, comfort, healing and blessing.
  • Christian and Multi-Denominations.
  • Spontaneity
  • Promptness. The meeting starts promptly at noon and closes by one.
  • Commitment to Christian Love, Unity and Humility

All are invited to join in the weekly lunchtime meetings currently held in spacious Tranby Hall within the Wesley Quarter on Wednesdays starting promptly at 1pm.
For more information, contact David Sibley on or 0414455326 or download the flyer.

The community have also sent through a video of the recent Perth Prayer Networks day. Check it out, it looks like it was a fantastic day.