Rev. Dr. Avril Hannah-Jones is the minister for The Uniting Churches of Mount
Macedon, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Lancefield.
Avril began her placement in 2007 and lives in the Uniting Church manse in Romsey.
This is Avril's first ministry placement. Previously, she spent many years
at the University of Melbourne as student, tutor and occasional lecturer,
and lived for four years at Janet Clarke Hall, one of the University of Melbourne's
residential colleges, as tutor and chaplain.
As part of her ministry training Avril had placements in the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Department of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and at Uniting Churches in Brunswick and Melbourne.
In 2006 Avril was given a scholarship by the Uniting Church to spend a semester at the Ecumenical Institute run by the World Council of Churches in Switzerland. There Avril was part of an international community, made up of more than thirty students from all round the world.
Avril takes two services each Sunday, alternating between the Riddells Creek Mount Macedon and the Romsey - Lancefield pair. The many talented lay preachers in the area, as well as retired and student ministers, take the services on the other weeks.
Avril believes that the church still has an important part to play in the world. I think everyone needs faith in something bigger than themselves, everyone needs a sense that there is a meaning to life. Christianity has been offering that for two thousand years, and continues to offer it today. Avril also believes that churches can be wonderful places of community. God's love is universal, offered to everyone. Churches are called to be communities that live out that love by welcoming everyone. My hope is that as a minister I can play a part in offering that welcome.