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Homily – The Family

Luke 2:41 -52 “….Jesus went back to Nazareth with his parents and lived under their authority . He grew in wisdom and strength and God was pleased with him….”. We come together today to celebrate the holy family of Jesus Mary and Joseph but also to celebrate the human families that we live in and the sacredness of family life. We are mindful that not all families experience joy and peace at Christmas time, as some will be concerned about what s missing in their family experience. But drawing on the scriptures,  tradition and lived experience,  I would hope to […]

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Christmas Message

We wish you all have a joyous and happy Christmas , particularly remembering the reason for the season – that God became one of us in the person of Jesus. The work of VCA in raising the health of the Veteran community is a compassionate ministry of love that is grounded in the love of God that inspires us to love our neighbours in distress.

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Nov 2015: Update on Veterans Activities

This last quarter of the year has seen us involved in a wide range of engagement. It has also been a period where we have become aware of how wide and complex the needs of our veterans and their families are. We have had numerous requests for assistance as well as many people suggesting additional things that we could be involved in. Our Raison d’etre has been to provide spiritually based pastoral care as well as education in holistic health. In working with veterans and their families we have tried to encourage people to take self-responsibility in building resilience in their lives once they are empowered with the information to do this.

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Post Traumatic Healing & Growth – a Matter of life or Death

From the experiences of Chaplain Gary Stone Synopsis: If we can better understand health and disease, and choose to be proactive in a holistic health programme, we can counter distress, develop resilience, and maintain wellbeing in the longer term. The experiences of life are great teachers Over many years as a Chaplain to the Royal Australian Regiment Association and as a member of the RSL , I have received too many notices of the death of veterans, dying in their 40s , 50s and 60s, mostly from cancer , but dying well before the age that they should have the lived to. Like my other brethren […]

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President’s Report Nov 2015

Written by President: Gary Stone A little over a year ago at a Man Alive breakfast I shared the complex health challenges that faced many veterans and their families. I explained that there had been neither formal church response to the situation nor any church funding likely, but that I was committed to introducing some spiritual response to the situation. Geoff Fry spoke up and said that he thought some people from the St Johns Wood The Gap parish would like to support a response. Rob Vicary added that some governance structures could be put in place along the lines […]

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Discover your total level of Stress

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened or overwhelmed, your nervous system response by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol which rouse the body into emergency action. Occasional Situational Stress is normal – we need it to protect ourselves from dangerous situations. But if you’re suffering from ongoing, continual or extreme stress – it may be time to seek help. Complete the stress questionnaire to discover your true level of stress.

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God’s words for Post Traumatic Healing and Growth

Through my study and own life experiences, I have found the following passages to be of comfort to me. I hope that they bring you comfort and reassurance as well. Gary.   Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to determine what God’s will is – his good pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2 God has given us a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts and control your thoughts.   Colossians 3:15 Be still and know that I […]

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Aug 2015: Update on Veterans Support

Peace be with you! So many good developments have occurred in recent months. I hope that this news will bring joy to your hearts and satisfaction knowing that we are improving the lives of veterans, their families and those who support them. Progress is being made in all our objective areas. Our membership base is increasing. Our sphere of influence is growing across the range of provider groups in the Veterans. But best of all Veterans and their family members are being encouraged, growing in hope and empowered to take steps to improve their lives though education in holistic health. Despite invitations to broaden our work […]

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Feb 2015: Update on Veterans Support

Activity has continued on a number of fronts. Direct pastoral care to veterans and their families has continued on a daily basis. I have been receiving more requests from family members across Australia, to help them understand what’s happening in their loved ones. Realistically there are more calls for support than I can follow through on, but I can but offer a listening ear, some spiritual triage, affirmation, and recommend them to a support person in their own area. This is very well received. Visiting vets in hospital has continued, and I have done several funerals. I have also initiated […]

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