Sunday, 07 April 2019

Solidarity with Armenia

Uniting Church leaders have joined the Armenian community at a special ecumenical service and luncheon in Sydney.

The Armenian Missionary Association of Australia Sunday Worship and Praise Service was held at the Armenian Evangelical Church of Sydney in Willoughby on Sunday 31 March.

Many dignitaries, UCA clergy, politicians and representatives of Armenian organisations were present.

The Service was led by Rev. Hagop Sarkissian, Church Minister. AMA-Australia President.

The Minister at St Andrew's Uniting Church Longueville, Rev. Dr. Krikor Youmshajekian, who is also Executive Director of AMA-Australia offered prayers and brought greetings on behalf of the Association.

AMAA Representative in Armenia Mr Harout Nercessian brought the message based on Luke 12:13-21 "The Parable of the Rich Fool."

He also gave a report on the inspiring charitable work that is done for children in the "Shogh" Centres (day care centres for underpriveleged children) in Armenia.

During the Service, opera singer Natalie Aroyan performed an aria by Puccini, accompanied by pianist Alex Sahagian.

At the conclusion of the Service, UCA President Dr. Deidre Palmer offered prayers, led the Lord's Prayer and gave the benediction.

Following the Service, the AMA-Australia Annual Luncheon was held at St. Andrew’s Uniting Church War Memorial Hall.

Entertainment was provided by the Lane Cove Delta Jazz Band, led by David Cant, a member of St. Andrew’s Uniting Church.

Rev. Dr. Youmshajekian presented a brief audio-visual report about last year’s AMAA Centenary Fundraising for the Artsakh Kindergartens and the completion of the renovations.

He appealed to all those present to continue their generous support to the AMAA’s projects, especially fundraising for Shogh Day Centres.