E & J Nomads - Red Cliffs Vic - Week two


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August 8th 2014
Published: August 8th 2014
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After the cold weather on Friday, Saturday 2nd August presented us with a clear cold morning that turned into a warm sunny day. After breakfast we visited the library to check emails and as the system was very slow we headed to McDonald’s to update and issue last weeks Blog and of course enjoy a large flat white coffee.

After lunch we then headed to the banks of the mighty Murray River that flows past Red Cliffs and it's famous 'Red Cliffs'. Stunning scenery of the cliffs and the river from a newly built board-walk and lookout.

It was then back to St Marks to finish the rest of the weeding. Always good to finish a task for the Church we are at.

Sunday 3rd August was the first Sunday of the month and the Sunday when the Red Cliffs community market is held in the main streets and 'Barclay Square' the town square in the centre of Red Cliffs. We took a stroll through the many market stalls and shops that had set up along the footpaths before heading to St Mark's for the 10.30am Prayer, Praise & Proclamation service. During the service we were invited to the front to talk about our Journey of Faith and about our Journey to Christ.

The service was followed by St Mark's traditional Sunday lunch with the congregation and an opportunity to meet visitors from Adelaide as well as say goodbye to those members of the congregation we will not see before we leave on Wednesday morning.

Monday 4th August and we pause to remember those who have fought in all wars, past and present, especially those who fought in WW1 as today is 100 years since England declared war on Germany in 1914. The Red Cliffs RSL (Returned Serviceman’s League) along with St Mark's decided to commemorate this special day at 10.00am with the RSL lowering all flags in 'Barclay Square' to half mast and St Marks ringing it's Church bell for 15 minutes. We had volunteered to assist Revd. Dale with the ringing of the bell, so along with Revd. Dale, his wife Rachel and Patty from the congregation, we took our turn. It's not that easy to ring a bell consistently and 15 minutes is a long time even when shared amongst 5 people.

We then set about finishing our work in the Church gardens. Jim from the congregation arrived with his ute and we loaded up all of the green waste to be taken to the tip and spread the other leaves & soil around the mandarin trees at the back of Church. Job now finished and an opportunity to relax and enjoy the Red Cliffs sunshine for the afternoon.

A feature of the WW1 100 years commemoration was being able to watch the 7.00pm local TV news and see a feature story on how Red Cliffs commemorated the date. The story featured the lowering of the flags and the ringing of the bell at St Mark's plus an interview with Revd. Dale. The reason this is a big story in Red Cliffs is because a large number of returning service men from WW1 were given land grants in the Red Cliffs area enabling them to move forward with there lives that had been changed forever by this war.

Tuesday 5th August was our last day in Red Cliffs and it started with us listening to the local ABC station who also had a feature story on WW1 100 years. Again an interview with Revd. Dale at the ringing of the bell. Such a privilege for us as BCA Nomads and visitors to St Mark's to be included in this moving tribute, something we will always remember.

After breakfast it was back to St Mark's to undertake our final task, cleaning out the store room at the back of the Church.

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WW1 commemoration Revd. Dale ringing the bell
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WW1 Commemoration Rachel, Revd. Dale's wife rining the bell
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Rubbish into Jim's ute ready for the tip
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Side garden completed
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