Dear Friends ,
I am at the moment looking for a place to say Mass on Sundays in Bendigo and then have a cup of coffee with the faithful afterwards. ( See my blog on the 8th Sacrament ). Some one kindly tweeted to me that there is a Church on the corner of Forrest and Mckenzie streets Bendigo, which rents out their Church Hall.
Last Thursday, coming from a doctor’s appointment we drove up to this spot and low and behold on this street corner, there are about three Churches and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Bendigo, which is a magnificence building can be seen further down the road. I did not have too much time , but wondered down the path of the Church of the True Light, which is Anglican , used for contemporary worship on Sunday morning and by the Anglican Community of the Chinese in the afternoon. Next to the Church is the op shop in a hall and I called in to say hello to the ladies working there. A very kind reception I had. But… one needs to bear in mind that the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo has sold the land , which has been marked as industrial. I wont go into the reason of selling , but can only remark that another historic part of Bendigo will undergo some changes. Pity in many ways.
Having said all that , I have a feeling that the Presbyterian Church across the road has the Church Hall , so must follow that up.
In the times we live in it is sad to note how many Churches we have , which are only used once or twice a week. It is also sad to note , that a lot of them in their Christian Charity could not to see fit to give me the use of their Church for an hour, for which I pay, so that we can do the Lord’s work as well.
We talk so often about Church Unity , we go a step forward, then we go some steps backward and yet this Church Union is one of our Lord’s dearest wishes.
Food for thought ?
Father Ed Bakker