Bush Church Aid (BCA)
Peter & Joy Palmer of Coober Pedy.
When Peter and Joy Palmer went to Coober Pedy as BCA Field Staff they went with the intention of serving the community of Coober Pedy and providing ministry for the many tourists that include Coober Pedy on their touring calendar. Shortly after beginning his ministry in this opal mining centre he made contact with the mine management of nearby Prominent Hill . Peter became aware of the need to provide chaplaincy to the men in these mines who are away from their families for long periods of time and so began to include visits to the mine to provide “church’ and pastoral care. Other nearby mines in South Australia were keen to have a chaplain visit their mine so Peter began talks with the Bishop of Willochra, the Archbishop of Adelaide and BCA. A proposal came before the Dioceses of Adelaide and Willochra and BCA which allowed Peter to relinquish the role as Rector of Coober Pedy and develop the role of chaplain for the mines in a full time capacity. Peter and Joy have moved to live in Adelaide and has begun to visit 3 mines and has worked out a pattern for visiting the mines as well as visiting and helping families back home. Peter assists with services at St Barbaras’ Anglican Church, Parafield Gardens and undertakes deputations for BCA. Peter and Joy can be contacted at 3 Walker Street, Parafield gardens SA 5107 , phone 0402 062 842.Keep up to date with Peter and Joy by reading their regular Palmers Progress and their monthly prayer points
Parishioners can support BCA financially by taking a Mission Box and placing their spare change in it. The boxes are collected in March and September and forwarded to BCA. Special appeals are made to BCA members and churches. Alternatively you can make a regular commitment and have it debited from your bank account. Click for further enquiries
BCA members receive “The Real Australian” 4 times a year and read interesting stories of contributed by the Field Staff. A BCA for Kids supplement is also included. Prayer Notes are also sent quarterly with prayer requests from Field Staff.