4,759 refugees were settled in the Fairfield area in 2016 and 22% of Fairfield suburb residents were born in Iraq.* We want to love and care for refugees through long term Gospel ministry.
We are seeking to do this practically through the Anglicare Mobile Community Pantry (beginning August 2017) and by sharing the life saving Word of God through Easy English Bible Study, Playgroup and translating our Sunday sermons into Arabic. Our facilities are also used by Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish and Slavic language groups throughout the week.
However, our Fairfield halls are quite run down and we have very limited facilities for children's ministry. Renovating our children's facilities will allow us to connect with the families moving into Fairfield by providing safe, welcoming and attractive spaces for children to play and learn, as well as helping parents to be involved in our ministries while their children play.
For example, we are partnering with Anglicare to run a Mobile Fresh Food Pantry to offer a bag or 2 of fresh food for the price of a gold coin. A children's playground and BBQ facilities will allow us to create a welcoming and inviting environment giving more opportunities for us to build relationships with the people using this service. We will also have an Arabic speaker at the Mobile Pantry to speak to refugees and invite them to our other ministries.
We are planning three projects to support our outreach ministries:
- Renovating our small hall for children's ministry by painting the walls, installing cupboard space for toys and craft and installing a back door so children can safely access the toilet block without passing a main road.
- Installing a children's playground as we have no safe and contained child play area.
- Installing a BBQ area so that we can more easily run community outreach BBQs during events such as the Anglicare Mobile Community Pantry and after church.
To donate towards these projects, please click the "donate now" button below and follow the prompts on the next page.
This project is being undertaken in conjunction with St Paul's Castle Hill. Information about this project was communicated at a Refugee Night on 13 July 2017. If you need further information, please contact us.
Photos: Top: The small hall to be renovated as a children's and small group space. Bottom: The back area of the church. The playground will be placed in the grassed area in the centre of the photo, the BBQ area against the wall on the right.
* Statistics from the Anglicare Syrian Iraqi Refugee Response (SIRR) Communications April 2017 Update and 2016 Census QuickStats data.