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New Family Gathering in St Leonards

17 August 2010

On Tuesday the 17th August 2010 The Salvation Army officially commenced it's work in St Leonards on The Bellarine Peninsula, holding a Family Gathering from 3:30 - 5pm at St Leonards Primary School.

As part of The Salvation Army's commitment to offering holistic care on the Bellarine, this new Family Gathering looks to meet a whole range of needs.

"For many Australians the family meal together around the dinner table has been lost." said Lt. Peter Hobbs. "We see so much value in bringing families together to share in food, fun, faith and fellowship."

Lt's Peter and Diane Hobbs recognise that not only will it give families an opportunity to spend time with each other sharing over a meal, it also encourages them to look at Jesus Christ and to see what role he plays in reconciling, re-uniting, restoring and transforming family and community.

"Aussies love family barbecues, infact it's the most natural place for Aussies to meet and share" says Lt. Diane Hobbs. "So we simply decided to use this natural meeting place for a gathering (church) which was safe, loving and positive".

"For the first gathering we shared (the kids acted out) the story of Zaccheus. As a group we talked about how Jesus wanted to be friends with people who thought themselves unpopular, unworthy and disgraced. How Jesus sees worth in everybody. It was amazing to look into the kids and parents eyes and tell them how much God cares for and values each one." said Lt. Peter Hobbs

Local businesses are supporting the ministry volunteering to donate food (Rolling Pin Bakery) and drink (Sungold Milk) to the gathering. "We are grateful to the local businesses who are supporting us" says Lt. Peter Hobbs. "But we are also grateful to the Principal Natalie Jenkins and staff of the St Leonards Primary school for opening their facilities to us". 

The Salvation Army Bellarine Peninsula hopes this positive loving and authentic community will develop, and the gospel message of hope hand in hand will transform individual lives, families, community in St Leonards and the Bellarine.

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