The Bush Church Aid Society
The Bush Church Aid Society assists in providing ministry to remote and rural Australia.
The Bush Church Aid Society currently supports ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo in the Parish of Sunraysia South and the Strathfieldsaye Community Church.
Anglicare Victoria is a state wide welfare organisation established in 1997 by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne to provide welfare services to children, families and young people. It has a regional office located in Bendigo with services also provided across the Diocese of Bendigo in Eaglehawk, Echuca, Kyneton, Maryborough and Swan Hill.
In 2014 Anglicare Victoria merged with St Luke’s Anglicare – a welfare organisation originally established by the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo as St Luke’s Toddler’s Home in 1939. This ensured the continuation of services offered by St Luke’s Anglicare throughout the Loddon Mallee Region.
The diocese and its parishes continue to have a good relationship with Anglicare Victoria in providing support to disadvantaged people within our communities, with Bishop Andrew Curnow representing the Loddon Mallee region on the board of Anglicare Victoria.
Benetas is an Anglican agency established to provide aged care services across the Province of Victoria. Through its partnership with Benetas, the diocese provides access to a considerable number of care options for older people.
Benetas now operates the two facilities for aged persons originally developed by the diocese: St Laurence Court (in Upper Road, California Gully) and the Wesley Street, Kangaroos Flat complex. The Rectors of Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat parishes provide chaplaincy ministry to the facilities in their respective parishes.
Other community aged persons services are operated by Benetas in the Shires of Buloke, Campaspe, and the City of Greater Shepparton.
Trinity College Theological School
The Anglican Diocese of Bendigo works with Trinity College Theological School to provide the academic training of ordained ministers in the diocese. Candidates seeking ordination as ordained Local Ministers in the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo undertake their training through the Trinity Certificate in Theology and Ministry.
The present bishop, Bishop Andrew Curnow, has also had a long association with Trinity College. Bishop Andrew is currently a committee member of the Trinity College Theological School and was made a fellow of Trinity College in 2015.