One of the overwhelming impressions I have gained to date within ANGLICARE is the commitment to relationships, to building resilience and sustainability in the people we have the privilege to work with and care for.
ANGLICARE is an outward-facing organisation, a body of people who understand the need to seek the lost, to initiate the communication, to shelter the frail, to include the unloved. We know that God is the great initiator, who seeks us first – we seek to be imitators of his great, enduring compassion.
We work to connect and communicate and build community. This passion for reaching out, connecting and building community underlies our strategic work in Parish Partnerships, where ANGLICARE seeks to work with parishes in a spirit of true partnership – identifying need, sharing capability and resources and working together in bearing witness to the love of Christ. In my early weeks at ANGLICARE I have been greatly encouraged by the number of people who have told me that they have been praying for me and our work. Again, this is evidence of true partnership where brothers and sisters support us in prayer and with encouragement and also with giving. I am truly grateful for this wonderful spirit of cooperation and support.
The festive season brings with it joy for the birth of our Saviour. It should also bring a realisation of the grace, the mercy and the abundant blessings of our God and the wonders of his salvation. It is a season for sharing. But for many this season also brings great challenges. Young and old, there are families in need. Young and old, here will be hunger and despair. Things have not improved in the last year and for many, have indeed, became worse.
We rely on the generosity of you, our most loyal supporters, to make the services and support of ANGLICARE available to those for whom we care. It may be as simple as providing a proper meal at Christmas, to helping with the bills that keep a family in their home with essential services and possibly to making sure children receive even just a small gift at Christmas.
I sincerely ask of you that when you receive our Christmas appeal in a few weeks time, that you do everything you can to help those in need. I thank you all in advance for your kindness and generosity to those who need it most.
ANGLICARE Chief Executive Officer.