House Church Grows Out of Parish Closure
When Teralba Anglican Church closed in November last year, a group of members found themselves starting the “Cameron Park Anglican House Church”.
A core group from the congregation couldn’t find another place to worship, so Colin and Kay Walters started hosting the group in their lounge room.
“There are about a dozen of us, aged 12 to 75 years old,” says Rev’d Colin Walters, a retired minister, who now finds himself back leading a congregation.
“It’s empowering to see people from our congregation step up,” he says, “Members who didn’t volunteer in certain capacities have jumped in where needed. I’ve seen significant spiritual growth in the church which has been really inspiring.”
Cameron Park Anglican House Church has a weekly service and weekly fellowship group. They offer baptisms, funerals and weddings, as well as raising mission money for a local Mum’s Cottage that supports women generally and some who are coming out of jail.
Colin suggests that house churches might be an option for others as well. Their tag-line is: “there’s a place for you with us”. This is because of the many people they know who are disaffected by church.
“We want our church to be a space for anyone to come and find their place in community”.
Cameron Park Anglican House Church meets each Sunday at 10am, 3 Kippax Street, Cameron Park. For more information, visit their website: www.cameronparkanglican.org.au