A HUGE influx of visitors was welcomed over the weekend when Gunnedah hosted the 2013 Anglican Diocesan Christian Women’s Conference last Friday and Saturday.
Women from throughout northern NSW converged on the Town Hall to hear keynote speakers, inspirational music and share fellowship in the theme of Songs for Life.
Gunnedah was selected from towns throughout the Armidale Anglican Diocese to host this important women’s conference that is staged annually.
The Women’s Ministry Committee at Gunnedah Anglican Church worked hard over the past 12 months, planning the conference and received an outstanding 585 registrations from as far away as Moree, Gilgandra, Emmaville, Glen Innes, Lightning Ridge, Warialda, Wee Waa and Newcastle.
Women’s Ministry Committee member Jo Dunlop said it was a highly successful event.
“The conference went so well, all the ladies had a fabulous time and were able to hear God’s word through the amazing speakers and music that was so inspirational,” she said.
“Some people remarked it was better than the much bigger, statewide conference at Katoomba.
“It was great, however, that people recognised the wonderful opportunity to attend a conference in their own region with fantastic speakers providing sound biblical teaching.
“The Women’s Conference Committee worked really hard and we were thrilled to host such great numbers of visitors,” Mrs Dunlop said.
“Many locals were able to meet other Christian women and be inspired by Songs for Life, with women from throughout the region.”
The keynote speakers were Christine Jensen, wife of the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, and Rick Lewers, the recently appointed Anglican Bishop of Armidale.
“Both Christine and Rick spoke on Bible readings from the Psalms,” Mrs Dunlop said.
“The speeches were very well received with Rick telling the crowd they are “just one decision away from true peace and joy through God’s gift of forgiveness”.
For those who weren’t able to attend, the audio of the conference will soon be available for download from the Gunnedah Anglican Church website www.gunnedahanglican.org.au