Cowra Presbyterian Church farewells Reverend Stephen Moore

Hannah, Stephen, Nathaniel, Grace and Jay Moore. Photo supplied and taken prior to COVID restrictions.

Hannah, Stephen, Nathaniel, Grace and Jay Moore. Photo supplied and taken prior to COVID restrictions.

Reverend Stephen Moore will be finishing up as the minister of St Peter's Presbyterian Church, and next year will take up an appointment in the Australian Defence Force as an army chaplain.

The Moore family arrived at the end of 2014, making it almost seven years here in Cowra.

Rev Moore said he is very appreciate of his time in Cowra, as his family grew and grew up:

"When we first arrived in Cowra, we had a two-year-old and a six-month-old, and then our third child was born right here in Cowra," he said.

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"Our kids have been blessed to have such a great school to learn at, and have made some great friends. We're all quite sad to be leaving."

Rev Moore said he is grateful for the ways he's been able to serve over the years.

"It's been a privilege to serve the church family at Cowra Presbyterian, who are a just lovely and supportive bunch of people," he said.

"It's also been a privilege to serve the community in many other ways.

"I've done many funerals, and a few weddings over the years, and when a family entrusts you to do the funeral of their loved one, it's an immeasurable privilege."

The history of Cowra, particularly with regards to war and reconciliation, has been helpful for Rev Moore, as now heads off to serve as an ADF Chaplain.

"Cowra's focus each year on peace and reconciliation has been quite fitting, because my job as a Christian is likewise, to tell people about God's great act of reconciliation, in sending Jesus," he said.

Rev. Moore's last service as Minister was Sunday, October 3, which was streamed on Cowra Presbyterian's YouTube Channel.

There will be a farewell morning tea at a later date when restrictions ease.

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