My first experience as a Bush Care volunteer introduced ‘soil seed banking’ to me. I was delighted to observe the spontaneous regeneration of beautiful ferns and other natives which occurred when intrusive weeds were carefully removed, over a period of time. The seeds of the original vegetation lay dormant in the soil, awaiting better conditions to flourish again. How rewarding to be a partner in allowing this to happen!
Bush regeneration provides a good parallel to my new role as Lane Cove Community Chaplain. Our lives tend to inherit ‘weeds’ that mar and mask our potential. They may be self- or other-inflicted, or merely a product of our new circumstances. We can stop believing in ourselves, when our talents become hidden below the surface of our current lives. As a tired, young mum of often sick children, I remember my self-belief and creativity being buried for a season. However, with the care and nurture of my supportive community, my hidden potential re-emerged over time.
As your Chaplain, I aim to provide opportunities for people to flourish in life. From building supportive communities, to providing personal support through life’s difficulties, I am here to serve this community.