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Aboriginal Ministry

Programmes

Alice Springs

Waterhole - Monday - Friday 9am - 2pm
Painting Program includes small gallery, cuppa and food, DVD's, computers

Faith Matters Tuesday 12 noon
Watch a video followed by lunch and discussion. (mainly Indigenous) Free program all welcome.

Showering and Washing Machine Service Monday - Friday 9am - 12 noon

Emergency Relief Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 2:30pm
By Appointment

Service Mission Statement:

“To honour God by bringing lives into harmony with him and one another through social action, fellowship, discipleship and evangelism”

The Salvation Army Alice Springs Corps has a unique opportunity to minister and work with Aboriginal Australians. The Salvation Army Alice Springs attempts to provide a holistic approach to meeting peoples’ needs  - with a focus on physical, practical emotional and spiritual needs.

For about 15 years now there has been an indigenous specific Church Service , Sunday at 10am – which has gone through many changes over the years in an attempt to ensure it is culturally appropriate and relevant to those who attend.

The past 5-6 years has also seen an increasing number of indigenous people joining in our morning service, and this service has been adapted to try to make it more relevant – with indigenous language songs and bible readings.

Aboriginal people have commented that they feel comfortable at the church because they feel welcome and because they can sing songs in their own languages.

The Salvation Army, through its Aboriginal program which operates during the week, runs a painting program, where people have the opportunity to come to the Waterhole to paint, and then sell their paintings.

The Aboriginal Program also runs a weekly video morning "Faith Matters" and oversees a showering/washing machine service. Underlying all of these programs is the desire to journey with people and to develop relationships with them

The painting above

The painting above was painted by Alma Robinson and presented to the Church on August 6 1995, signifying the good faith between the Aboriginal people and the Church. It is displayed permanently on the Church lectern.