The annual convention organised by the Adelaide committee was held this year in the auditorium in the beautiful grounds of Westminster School. A step in faith after much prayer and discussion, saw the move from Victor Harbor after 50 years on the South Coast. This move was vindicated when about 650 women came to be blessed by word and music, and it was good to see some whose advancing age had prevented them from making the journey south, but were now able to come again, as well as many new faces.
Naomi Reed was the speaker this year, well known for her books about her six years in Nepal with her family, serving with the INF, and for her speaking engagements, where she performs monologues of Biblical women.
Friday evening began as usual, with our preparation, as Chairman Sally Gray put it, for when we sing in Heaven! The music was glorious all weekend, led by JAC, and the band. Naomi, appropriately dressed, then told the story of Esther from Esther’s point of view, how she was chosen by God “for such a time as this”.
Saturday was the major part of the convention and Naomi spoke twice more, on
John 15:1-9, “A Time to Abide”, and on John 15:10-17, “A Time to Love”.
Saturday afternoon was very different. Narrator, Suzanne Stanley-Smith, led us on a walk through the Bible, from Creation to Crucifixion, illustrated by music, testimony, screen pictures and singing. It was a wonderful and moving experience. Thank you Kate, Belinda, Lee-Anne and Barbara, for your testimonies, to Nao Hisada and JAC for your music, and for leading us as we sang the Psalms of David.
The day, and the Convention, ended with a presentation by the choir of Westminster School, trained by Chris Gould, of JAC. There were many tears as they told the story of Easter through song, and it was a wonderful memory to take away with us.
Thank you Adelaide Committee for your hard work, to the caterers for the delicious morning tea and lunch and to the Strathalbyn Christian Bookshop, for the great range of tempting books and other items.
See you all there next year, same time, same place!
Pat Harden SRB Chairman