The Community Chaplain project, partly funded by Anglican Aid since 2012, at Break The Cycle Glenquarie, Inc. (BTCG) offers support and pastoral care to ex-offenders and others, often from a low-socioeconomic background or disadvantaged community, to assist them to ‘break the cycle’ of poor choices.
BTCG is located in South West Sydney on the grounds of Glenquarie Anglican church (Macquarie Fields, NSW) and serves one of the largest public housing estates in NSW.
This project sits within the church's aims to assist those living in the community to provide people with resources to empower them to help themselves and restore a sense of self worth and dignity.
BTCG is a not-for-profit organisation with a large number of services for their clients including community chaplaincy (focussing on anti-recidivism and domestic violence prevention), holistic life skills courses, emergency relief, a community pantry, a community garden group, Men’s shed, counselling, no interest loans, free legal assistance and a community café. BTCG chairs the local interagency group and is well integrated with local governmental services.
The Community Chaplain facilitates ‘Sorted!’ a holistic life skills course for men. Subjects include: understanding your emotions, self-compassion, anger management, healthy communication skills, healthy relationships, abusive relationships, shame and guilt, addictions, fatherhood, and values. It also includes a Bible study. Sorted! runs weekly in two locations: Break the Cycle (Glenquarie Anglican) and St Luke’s Liverpool.
The Chaplain also runs a ‘bridge’ church service called WaYout Fellowship Church providing a ‘softer entry’ into church and introducing people to Jesus. WaYout runs monthly in two locations: Glenquarie & St Luke’s Liverpool.
BTCG aims to help people three ways: 1- Practically, 2 - Challenge their existing thinking, and 3 - Introduce people to God.
Please consider giving generously to this Community Chaplaincy project. Much fruit is being produced. Lives are seen to genuinely change, families being restored, men stepping up and becoming better fathers, leaving their old ways behind them. Some are now attending their local church with their families. Others are employed and no longer dependent on Government assistance.
All donations are tax deductible.
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- Praise God for the model of engagement with the local community developed at Glenquarie and the lessons other parishes can learn from their experience in community development.
- Give thanks for the Men’s Shed, the food pantry, and other associated ministries developed by Break the Cycle Glenquarie.
- Pray for the Rev. Joe Wiltshire and the BTCG Board as they consider ways to maintain this project with additional resources from within the community and other churches.
- Praise God for his faithful resourcing of Community Chaplaincy
- Please pray for the Rev. Stu Woods (BTCG Community Chaplain) for wisdom, insight, and understanding in all his dealings with the men and women he comes in contact with.
- Please pray for BTCG Manager Cherrine Jarrett who currently facilitates Break the Cycle’s Empower holistic life skills course for women, and for more resourcing to see this essential ministry to women continue.
- Praise God for the ever growing network of relationships between the Community Chaplain, other local Anglican churches, Justice NSW: Parole/Drug Court, Legal Aid NSW, Anglicare and other NGOs.
These are the latest 'Sorted!' holistic life course attendees. Please give generously to see this fruitful ministry continue into the future.