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30 September, 2022

AEF Family Camp this weekend in Gilgandra

Welcoming everyone with open arms, the NSW Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) of Australia Family Camp will be held at Gilgandra Showground this coming weekend.

By Emily Middleton

“People can expect plenty of fellowship, all the mob are getting together across denominational structures,” said Anglican minister Neville Naden.

AEF are an organisation that facilitate a gathering of people regardless of their denomination and affiliation.

“Throughout the weekend there is plenty on. We have Reverend Dr Simon Gillham as out guest speaker one day, there’s barbeques, three services, worship and song, keynote speakers, a children’s program.

“We’re expecting between 200-300 people, could be more,” said Mr Naden.

Lois Towney of the Australian Indigenous Ministries has said she has been around to most of the churches over the last few weeks, and they are all looking forward to the event. “We want people to know it’s not just for Aboriginal people,” said Mrs Towney.

“It doesn’t matter who they are, come and join us. We want everyone to feel welcome if this is what you want to do.”

It’s a “come when you can, leave when you must” policy said Mr Naden.

He wants people to walk away from the camp feeling encouraged in their faith.

“We want people to come with the expectation that they’re coming to meet with other Christian people who want to build them up, and they themselves will build up others by being here,” he said.

“Going away from here knowing they met with God and their people here in Gilgandra.” This is the second family camp that has been held in Gilgandra, and the organisers are expecting an even bigger crowd.

“It would be great to get the participation from the other Gil churches. In the bush, a lot of churches struggle to maintain existence, and quite often when congregations and something like this come to town, they build each other up,” said Mr Naden.

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