High Tea Remembering Ev

An afternoon high tea was held at Dawn’s home on 5th May to remember our dear friend Ev  and to share stories of her life and work as part of the GFS family. On arrival we were welcomed by “Mary the Maid” (Phillippa dressed as a maid) serving cold drinks in Dawn’s spacious lounge which had seats for all of us. Lyn welcomed us on behalf of Dawn which was followed by a prayer by Lynne then Deidree began with her special memories of Ev with whom she had had a long and loving friendship even being co-opted as Ev’s secretary for a time and helping with Ev’s many commitments as a GFS Australian Chairman. Deidree recalled hearing of Ev’s years as a ballerina working at many venues; she was a very talented lady doing something she really loved. Ev gave so much of herself to GFS in various roles being Australian Chairperson which involved overseas travel where she made many friends and in turn she was always ready to welcome travellers to her home with husband Norm by her side. Ev was an avid letter writer (no computers then) making cards and encouraging many. Her artistic ability is remembered by many including her delicate china painting, craft and cards. Many of those present brought along gifts that she had given them over the years which she had made. Of the 30 plus people present many happy memories of Ev were shared and maybe a few tears but all with happy hearts to remember such a remarkable lady and her dedication to GFS, doing as our Saviour led her and being a wonderful witness for us all.

Following on from all these memories we moved into the dining room and shared a special afternoon tea. The high tea was prepared by Dawn and her helpers and we were treated to tables laden with 3 tiers of savouries, sandwiches, petit fours and many other treats. Tea and coffee were served in Dawn’s best china cups by her very willing granddaughters. It was all delicious and a rare treat to be seated with so many people from the GFS family. When it was time to leave, Jennie  presented all of us with a specially engraved tea spoon as a
memory to the beautiful time we had shared.

A special thank you to Dawn and all her wonderful helpers for a very memorable afternoon in tribute to an amazing member of the GFS family, Ev.

AGM 2018

Firstly many thanks to GFS Berowra leaders and the MU ladies from St Mark’s for hosting the AGM and providing a wonderful lunch.

At the AGM the annual report was presented. Some office bearers spoke to their individual reports contained in the Annual Report.

The budget was presented and accepted.

Under General Business the Constitution was discussed. The meeting decided to accept Option C for Clause 15 also two clauses (20 and 39) were added to cater for Use of Technology at Board  Meetings and at General Meetings. Also many minor changes have been included in the revision of the constitution. All these changes were accepted.

Next the elections were held and those nominated were elected unopposed to the Board.

At the end of the meeting Lyn presented 2 members with a Filigree Brooch for more than 5 years outstanding service to GFS.

Finally a Re-Dedication Service was held where we were able to offer ourselves to the work of Jesus Christ for the coming year.

Training Workshop

Thirteen people attended the “Ministry with Children” training workshop presented by Mava in the morning before the AGM. We learnt about stages of development, learning
styles, appropriate language, working with large and small groups and behaviour management. We discussed setting up the room, the programme, teaching the bible, teaching prayer, telling stories, using visual aids, games and age appropriate music.

Discover the Hawkesbury

On Saturday the 3rd March, 9 members met at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church Windsor. After a delicious morning tea supplied by the Women’s ministry group, we had a tour of this very  historic church and cemetery in Windsor. It is a lovely church with a very unique interior. Well worth a visit. Built in 1825 by Francis Greenway. Then we walked down the street to the Catholic Church also St. Matthew’s and built in 1840. It is the oldest Catholic Church on mainland Australia and a very pretty church. After these visits we had a walk around Windsor admiring some of the very old homes and their beautiful gardens. We had a chat to a couple of locals and then went to the local leagues club for a very enjoyable lunch and a cool drink which was very welcome. Then time to depart for home. We all had a very nice day, good weather and lovely company.