Fr Paul Devenport, the Anglican Priest for the Riverland, has asked Riverland Wine to help raise awareness of an ecumenical service to support those who have lost so much as a result of the hail storm on November 11. For those who were unaffected it’s easy to get on with the day to day routines and to forget that single event will have a lasting impact on many families across the region.
The Anglican Church in conjunction with the other churches in the Berri, Barmera and Monash area is holding a service for all those who have been affected in one way or another by the hail storm in the Riverland. The service will be held at the Berri Rowing Club located at Draper Road on Sunday, February 5, at 5.30 pm. The service aims to offer care and support for all grape growers, orchardists, farmers and those in the related industries in the Riverland who have suffered from the hailstorm and the ongoing impact it may have for the coming year. The service is timed as the grape harvest in the Riverland is about the get underway and to offer support to those who will not be able to harvest anything this season.
The ecumenical gathering will be an opportunity to share each other’s burdens and pray for those who are suffering and provide them comfort. We will pray for favourable weather and a good season in 2017 in a bid to recoup the losses in the hailstorm. Industry representatives along with PIRSA management and those involved in the Disaster and Recovery Team and local MP, Tim Whetstone and Liberal Senator, Anne Ruston will be invited. The service will also be open to anyone who wishes to support the farming community in the Riverland and those particularly affected in the Berri, Barmera, Monash, Lyrup and Taylorville areas. At the conclusion of the service, you will be invited to attend the Berri Club for further fellowship.
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