THE parish of Holy Trinity has a new rector, the Reverend Malcolm Dunnett, who has taken over from retiring Archdeacon Frank Hetherington.
Reverend Dunnett comes to Holy Trinity from the Parish of Kooringal in Wagga Wagga.
He says he and his family have made the right decision in coming to Orange, despite the Anglican Diocese of Bathurst’s financial problems.
He says the future of Holy Trinity lies in the hands of building strong ties with young families, injecting enthusiasm into youth activities, introducing contemporary services where appropriate and encouraging parishioners to look to third world countries such as the Solomon Islands, who desperately need help.
“Sometimes when we look too much at what is happening internally in our church we don’t see how much third world communities need us,” he said.
“We have to look outside and keep an open mind.”
Reverend Dunnett and his wife Rosemary have a passion for missionary work in the Solomon Islands and he would like to encourage Holy Trinity parish to build strong ties to the nation.
He says Holy Trinity needs to serve its parishoners and the wider community, which is why he wants to take a close look at contemporary services.
“We have some wonderful traditional services here, which we do very well,” he said.
“Encouraging more families is the key to continuing our ministry here.”
Reverend Dunnett says he and his wife have a concept of introducing Wi-Fi to the church so children at services can download a Holy Trinity app related to the service on a smart phone or tablet.
Bishop Ian Palmeris thrilled Reverend Dunnett has taken the posting to Orange.
“He comes to Orange with a great deal of experience and I am sure he will come with fresh ways of delivering the ministry with his parishioners a priority,” he said.
He said he and Reverend Dunnett would work at building close co-operation with Orange’s second Anglican Parish, St Barnabas.
Bishop Palmer said he had a deep and abiding respect for the retiring Archdeacon Hetherington.
“Frank was an amazing rector, which is why I presented him with a commendation when he retired,” he said.
Reverend Dunnett will officially take up duties in Orange when he is commissioned at a special church service to be held at Holy Trinity on Tuesday, November 25.