Friday, 25 November 2016

Pinery Fire Commemoration

It’s just over a year since a bushfire raged through Pinery just north of Adelaide resulting in two deaths and extensive losses of crop, stock and property.

The communities and the disaster chaplains who served them have been taking part in anniversary commemoration services and events.

On 20 November SA Moderator Rev. Sue Ellis joined Rev. Dr Phil Marshall of the Plains Community Churches in Owen for a community thanksgiving event at the Owen Institute.

SA Country Fire Service volunteers, musicians and disaster chaplains took part in the commemoration that opened with a prayer and closed with a blessing.

The event was the initiative of the Owen congregation with the support of the Owen town committee, local and state governments.

Owen is a township of 350 people and 100 people attended the event.

After the Pinery fire Uniting Church SA Synod commissioned Rev Dr Marshall as a Recovery Liaison Partner in the area for one day a week.

His work involves providing active pastoral care, liaising with organisations and families in the community, and representing churches in the wider community during the recovery process.

The Assembly’s Disaster Recovery Officer Rev Dr Stephen Robinson worked with Rev Dr Marshall and Wendy Perkins from the SA Synod/Presbytery to assist them in establishing the roles in response to the Pinery fire.

“It has been a very effective and timely ministry of the church in these districts.,” said Rev Dr Robinson.

(Pictured - Back row - Emma Christian, Recovery Project officer. Plain Community Churches, Kirsty Dudley, Community Development Officer, Local Recovery Officer, Rev Sue Ellis, Moderator, SA Synod
Front row - Graham Duncan, Chairperson, Owen Community Committee, Mayor Rodney Reid, Wakefield Regional Council, Holly Cowan, Community Development Officer. Wakefield Regional Council, Rev Dr Phil Marshall, Plains Community Churches, Owen)