The Light on the Hill

Emergency Relief Centre

(An extension of the Gifts ‘n Goodies Ministry)

Last month, Brougham Place UC was approached by UnitingCare to consider helping distribute some form of food relief as a UnitingCare Emergency Relief Centre (ERC). A Steering Committee was formed, led by Rev Rob Brown and included Gill Brown, Jan Oliver, Anne Hall and Alex Sims. After prayerful consideration and research, the group recommended that “the formation of an ERC was a suitable missional opportunity for Brougham Place and that it was one way of supporting marginalised people within the community. It was also expressed that as we move through the Covid-19 period it is likely that an increasing number of people would be negatively impacted and so the need for such a service would escalate into the future. This will mean that even as other volunteer organisations resume their services there would still be a need to provide such support into the community.”

The proposal for this exciting new ministry was adopted by Church Council. 

We are calling for expressions of interest from people who may wish to serve on the ERC Coordinating Team and/or as volunteers within the program. The Coordinating Team of 3 people will initially set up the program and have ongoing management of the ERC ministry. Volunteers will help to pack and hand out the food parcels. It is envisaged that the program will be run once a week or fortnight, during a morning or afternoon. Food packs will be sourced from outside organisations and the program is seen to be an extension of the Gifts ‘n Goodies ministry.

Are you interested in being part of the ERC Coordinating team or a volunteer? Then please email the office for a copy of the job descriptions

Once you have read the job description please forward your expression of interest (indicating why you are interested and any relevant experience you may have had) to A member of the Steering Committee will then contact you to discuss your expression of interest.

Members of the Steering Committee are also happy to be contacted if you would like to know more about this new initiative. 

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