From left: Captain Keith Atkinson, of the Salvation Army Church, Father Donald Kirk, Dean of the Anglican Cathedral, Reverend James Annesley, Minister of the Uniting Church, Pastor Greg Holder, of Riverside Church, and Major Christine Atkinson, of the Salvation Army Church. All will be gathering for an ecumenical service at Jacaranda time. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
From left: Captain Keith Atkinson, of the Salvation Army Church, Father Donald Kirk, Dean of the Anglican Cathedral, Reverend James Annesley, Minister of the Uniting Church, Pastor Greg Holder, of Riverside Church, and Major Christine Atkinson, of the Salvation Army Church. All will be gathering for an ecumenical service at Jacaranda time. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner

Ministry of mauve for Jacaranda Ecumenical church service

SECTARIANISM in Grafton will be delivered a blow on Sunday when clergy from all faiths host the Jacaranda Ecumenical Service.

The minister, the major, the pastor, the captain and the dean acknowledged all churches shared the same basic tenets of Christianity.

"We just want the people of Grafton to come to church and be together as one," said Major Christine Atkinson from the Grafton Salvation Army.

The ceremony will be hosted in the Christ Church Cathedral.

Asked which version of the Lord's Prayer would be used, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Father Donald Kirk said all versions came from the same Latin.

"They are all just different translations of the same words into English," said Fr Kirk.

Head of the Ministers' Association, Pastor Greg Holder, said the essential message was all Christian faiths acknowledged God as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

As they stood under a blooming Jacaranda for the photo, it was wonderful to hear them acknowledge the Ministers' Association was filled with unity.

St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Grafton will not be participating because of its traditional Jacaranda Church Service, which is in its 59th year.

Service times

The Ecumenical Church Service starts at 6.30pm, Sunday October 28, at Christ Church Cathedral, Duke St, Grafton.

St Andrew's Presbyterian Church is having its 59th Annual Jacaranda Church Service at 9.30am, Sunday October 28



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