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There to unveil the painting was special guest, Uncle Robby Bell, Wiradjuri man, Aboriginal elder, artist and poet. He is one of six Christian Aboriginal artists who collaborated on the piece.

Dedication Services acknowledge First Nation’s People

Hearts and hands were united through reconciliation at BaptistCare in February 2019, with the unveiling of a new piece of artwork created by the ministry team from Macarthur Indigenous Church, led by Pastor Michael Duckett.

Commissioned by BaptistCare, ‘Hope’ is an original Aboriginal artwork combining traditional symbols and contemporary elements.

A print of the finished piece was provided to all BaptistCare sites for unveiling at our annual Staff & Volunteer Dedication Services, where our local teams come together to commit the year ahead to Jesus, to our customers and to each other.

Inspired by the BaptistCare purpose of transforming lives through expressing the love of Christ, the painting also symbolises God’s sovereignty and the hope for reconciliation for all His children. It shares the message of inclusiveness and welcome to all who seek refuge and support through BaptistCare services.

“We do our paintings to bring glory to God,” said Pastor Michael Duckett. “When any of our mob walk into BaptistCare and see this painting, they will know they are welcome, and what excites me is that they also have a chance to see what God is about,” he shared.

The painting and an Acknowledgement plaque are now displayed at all BaptistCare sites as a symbol of reconciliation and a message of welcome to all First Nation’s People.

The original group training model saw participants attend sessions facilitated and led by a BaptistCare Chaplain in local communities.  We are now partnering with local Baptist Churches, enabling trained local pastoral care practitioners to run the program.  We have also developed an online option for volunteers who are keen to complete the training but do not have a local program available close by.

We now have 139 Pastoral Care Volunteers who have been trained, have graduated and are now active BaptistCare volunteers in our aged care communities.