MEDIA RELEASE | Bushfire Emergency: Church declares Day of Prayer, launches appeal

The Uniting Church NSW/ACT has declared a state-wide Day of Prayer in response to the bushfire emergency that has gripped NSW.

The Church has also launched The Moderator’s Bushfire Appeal and is asking for special collections across churches on the day, 1 December.

The Church - which is responsible for coordinating more than 300 chaplains working in fire evacuation centres across affected regions - has pledged to do whatever is at its disposal to help communities that have been devastated by bushfires. 

The Moderator of the Uniting Church NSW/ACT, Rev. Simon Hansford, said the Church was also planning a series of events over the summer to support local communities, as well as to acknowledge the work of the emergency services in affected areas.

“These bushfires have devastated many communities and our emergency services are working tirelessly and sacrificially to save homes. We want to support them in prayer but to back that up with critically needed money, supplies and support for people who have lost so much,” Rev Hansford said.

December 1 is the first day of Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, and the first day of summer, traditionally the peak of bushfire season.

“This day of prayer will give communities affected by the fires the opportunity to reflect, to support those in need and to prepare for a potentially dire fire season ahead of us.”

“We encourage all Congregations to continue prayers for affected communities and emergency services throughout Advent, commencing 1 December.” 

Events planning is under way for community events, after the bush fire season, to share thanks with community members, Emergency Services and volunteers.

 

NSW ACT Moderator Simon Hansford is available for comment.

For media enquiries, contact Steph O’Connell, 0439 600 312 or contact media@nswact.uca.org.au