All One in Christ at Katherine Christian Convention

John Stennett, KCC Committee Member

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For over 50 years, Katherine Christian Convention has provided the opportunity for Christians from all over the Northern Territory and beyond to gather during the May Day long weekend for teaching, fellowship, sharing, and celebration.

This year the convention commenced with a celebration evening on Friday 3 May, followed by a variety of activities over the Saturday and Sunday. Scripture Union ran exciting activities for primary school age children, while everyone looks forward to the celebration evenings and the opportunity to share an item through music, song and testimony.

Ox Roberts of Darwin Baptist is the chair of the KCC Committee and is heavily involved in the planning and preparation of the convention each year. Ben van Gelderen, who is the current Principal of Nungalinya College, began the talks around ‘Jesus is the Living Water’, preaching alongside Indigenous speakers James Woods, Darryn Farrell, Craig Rodgers, and Edwin Rami.

There was a large team of volunteers from Casuarina Baptist who helped greet people at the front gate. Among this team were former Karen refugees and international students studying at Charles Darwin University.

Brian Gawler, a defence force chef, coordinated and planned the canteen operation with a bevy of support, while other volunteers helped to interact with the children and make sure everyone enjoyed KCC.

It was wonderful to have four volunteers from Katherine Baptist church, including Pastor Kevin and Christina Young, help greet people at the front gate, as well as register the people who came.

Mat and Shannon Anderson and their family, serving with Baptist Mission Australia, brought a large team of people from Kalkarindji. It was amazing that the bus made it to Katherine, giving Mat and others the opportunity to get some urgent repairs made to the bus.

Others came from Lajamanu – many of whom are studying at Nungalinya College in Darwin – and were able to join in the celebration with Christians from around the NT and other parts of Australia.

Katherine Christian Convention uses the tag line of “All One in Christ” and we look forward to people gathering as one again in 2025.

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