Statement from St Saviour’s Church Council
The Church Council of one1seven church (also known as St Saviour’s Anglican Church) would like to express its appreciation to the management, employees and volunteers who have worked in the Redfern Centre to provide valuable services to our community.
Growth in church ministry has made it necessary for the church to reacquire the hall and office facilities of the centre. These ministries include the one4food soup kitchen, feeding on average 50 people every Friday night with provisions from OzHarvest and a growing youth ministry.
The original working relationship between the Parish of South Sydney and the Department of Ageing, Disabilities and Home Care (DADHC) included provision for termination upon agreement by both parties. The re-acquisition of the Redfern Centre has been carried out over a 12-month period, and in consultation with Redfern Centre management to ensure minimal disruption to services. We are encouraged that most of the government agencies providing services to the community have already found alternate premises to continue their work.
Minister of one1seven church, Matthew Johnson, says the church appreciates the professionalism with which all necessary parties undertook this process. “My hope is for one1seven church to be a base to reach out to the people in our community, to bring them together and to tell them about Jesus.”