It was a very small gathering of members for the August meeting – there were several reasons for this – very cold weather, some not very well, and several away. Lillias was intending to tell us how very much she enjoyed her recent 18-day cruise, but following an injury to her leg was not able to be present. However, Norah Norris, who was Facilitator for the meeting, stepped into the breach with very little notice, and prepared an interesting programme!
Norah had that week seen on television Kevin McCloud presenting an episode of “Escape to the Wild” in which he visited an English family living on a remote island in Tonga, in the South Pacific. This reminded her of pictures of the recent coronation of the King of Tonga which she (and others of us) had seen on the news. With all the pomp and ceremony of Westminster Abbey, the new king was anointed and crowned, in the Free Wesleyan Centenary Church in Nuku'alofa. This brought back vivid memories of his father, King George Taufa'ahau Tupou IV (the son of Queen Salote Tupou III) whom Norah had met in 1977. She and some other members of the newly inaugurated Uniting Church in Australia had visited the leaders of several South Pacific Churches and had encountered the King in Tonga. In particular Norah and the Rev Bob Vawser had travelled to the small island of Eua where their arrival coincided with a formal visit from the King. They were included in some of the official events including the local agricultural show. We heard a number of stories about the king and their experiences in his kingdom, which we all found quite fascinating.
We spent a little time talking about our future, but will continue this when more members are present. The next meeting is Thursday 3rd September - everyone is welcome to join us – bring your own lunch at 12.00noon. We are delighted that Mrs Rosemary Sarre will be with us. Her husband, Mr. Donald Sarre is a Lay Minister, and recently was appointed as an Interim Minister in Norfolk Island for several months. We look forward to Rosemary sharing with us something of their time there, and anticipate an interesting afternoon. Margaret Morey is Facilitator, and Mary Thomas is responsible for the kitchen duties.
A reminder was given of the Royal Adelaide Show from 4th to 13th September. The Red Dove Cafe serves hot and cold meals, and their delicious scones are well-known – so drop in for a cup of tea or coffee, or for a meal. The Fellowship has donated $100 towards the Cafeteria – a monetary donation is most acceptable as they can purchase groceries and fruit and vegetables daily as needed. If anyone would like to give a donation please speak with any Fellowship Member.
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