RESIDENTS, staff and friends gathered in the Southern Cross Currawarna Apartments for the blessing of the chapel on Wednesday, February 12.
Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, Bishop Stuart Robinson, arrived from Goulburn and, after a welcome from care team manager, Karen Brownlie, led the dedication service.
The service included well-known hymns and readings that appealed to the large gathering.
Bishop Stuart, drawing on Psalm 84, spoke of his delight at the welcoming and bright atmosphere of Currawarna as a space of peace and prayer where God was always present for everyone.
Reverend Judy Holdsworth, as pastoral care team leader, led responses and later Sister Theresa and other friends led prayers including thanks to the firefighters working in the local region.
Karen emphasised that the ecumenical chapel was always open to residents, relatives and friends, both from Currawarna and from the hospital for private prayer and solace.
Chair of the management committee of Currawarna Apartments, John Adamson, thanked Bishop Stuart and all those concerned with the service and invited everyone to a light lunch.
This memorable occasion marked the fourth visit of Bishop Stuart to Bombala this year in support of the Anglican Parish while Reverend Denise Channon is on leave until her retirement in mid-March.