Churches burnt in bush fires

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12 February 2009

by Muriel Porter, Australia correspondent

Help needed: Archdeacon Ray McInnes examines donations at the Wallan township, north of Melbourne ANGLICAN MEDIA MELBOURNE

Help needed: Archdeacon Ray McInnes examines donations at the Wallan township, north of Melbourne ANGLICAN MEDIA MELBOURNE

AT LEAST two Anglican churches have been destroyed in the devastating bush fires that swept Victoria last weekend. The churches, with clergy houses and parish halls, have been destroyed in Marysville and Kinglake, two towns virtually wiped out by the fires. Some parishioners are likely to be among the dead or injured, writes .

Church buildings owned by the Roman Catholic and Uniting Churches have also been lost in these towns.

The Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, has visited the worst affected areas. He said that he prayed that “in the midst of the blackness and grief, God’s healing presence will sustain those caught up in the firefighting, the recovery, the identification, all emer­gency services personnel — from front-line fire­fighters to the police, paramedics, ambulance and medical staff, volunteers, aid agencies, and chaplains, all of whom give so courageously and self-sacrificially”.

Dr Freier said that Anglican clergy, parishes, and agencies were being mobilised across the state, offering counselling and practical support. He has established a bush-fire appeal, and welcomed the launch of a similar fund by the Arch­bishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, “to support the ministry that will be needed in these devastated areas for the weeks and months ahead”.

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