Veterans’ Faith and Well-being Support

Contemplative Worship for Veterans in Geelong

Based on Ignatian spirituality, this hour-long service has a theme focus for reflection on personal experience and a Bible text. The quiet reflection time is followed by sharing faith responses.

The service is at 10:30am on the third Thursday of every month, and afterwards there is a light lunch at a local restaurant. Inquiries:

john.phillips@cmn.unitingcare.org.au

All Saints Anglican Church Newtown, 113 Noble Street, Geelong

 

 A Retreat Gathering for Veterans and Spouses

The first Veterans Faith and Wellbeing Support retreat gathering was held at the Geelong Conference Centre in 2010. Seven veterans and five spouses attended.

Retreat participants

In the retreat gathering the good news of God’s love and mercy shone a light of healing grace on the sin and violence experienced by veterans through their training and participation in war. In faith, the veterans and their spouses were able to bring the whole of their lives before God through a well-planned program of contemplative reflection, shared story and faith, in table fellowship, a music workshop, and worship.

VFWS convened a small planning group, which met three times over the course of 12 months to plan the retreat. The planning provided part of the healing work of the retreat, as the group developed trust and confidence. This was especially fruitful in deciding to incorporate the work of a song-writing project with composer/song-writer Fay White.

The cost of our comfortable and supportive venue was subsidised by a grant from the Uniting Church Share Appeal.

Worship Resources pdf

Retreat Program pdf

Contemplative Worship pdf

 Annual Remembrance Dinner for Veterans, Supporters and Spouses

The Dinner will be held on the evening of Monday, 11 November 2013.  Inquiries john.phillips@cmn.unitingcare.org.au

 

Annual Memorial Service for Veterans

This service is held every year in August at St. George’s East St. Kilda Uniting Church, 4 Chapel Street St. Kilda.  All veterans and their families and supporters are welcome.  Download the history of the “Healing the Wounds of War” service.