Hope and peace for all who seek

Saskia AdystiAlbany Advertiser
St John’s Anglican Church assistant priest, Helen Barnard will be delivering the Easter message in Albany this weekend.
Camera IconSt John’s Anglican Church assistant priest, Helen Barnard will be delivering the Easter message in Albany this weekend. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

For Albany Anglican assistant priest Helen Barnard, the message of Easter is simple: There is hope and peace for everyone who seeks Christ, as he died for our sins and gave humanity a second chance at life.

But with the latest Census revealing almost 30 per cent of the WA population identify as non-believers, church leaders could struggle to get the Easter message across.

“I think that’s where the church needs to reinvent itself and look at different ways to get the Gospel message across to people,” she said.

“People these days are looking for that peace in their life — and they look everywhere, in all sorts of things.

“But with so many different pressures put in our society today, no one has the time to go to church any more and find that comfort that Jesus has given us.”

She said many people in Albany had an appreciation of the history and role St John’s Church played in the community, but some were sceptical about the religious aspect.

“People who haven’t been inside a church before, they tend to feel intimated because they don’t know what it all means,” she said. “With a church like St John’s, it’s a beautiful old church and I think a lot of people love the tradition, but they’re not sure what being a Christian is.

“But once they do come to understand what it means, there’s a real appreciation for what is there.” Ms Barnard said she would like to see Christians spending more time outside church getting to know peo-ple outside of their faith circle.

“It’s the only way to get the message across,” she said.

“We need to get more people to listen to Christ’s message.”

St John’s Anglican Church would like to invite everyone to attend its Good Friday and Easter services this weekend.

Visit anglicanchurchalbany. org.au.

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