Thank You Glenmore Park: John and Karen Lavender to Retire


After 23 years of Ministry at Glenmore Park Anglican Church, Karen and I, on January 31st, 2020 will be retiring.

It was a Friday morning, back in December 1996 that our family first arrived at our new Glenmore Park home. On the same block, construction had begun on our new church building. In the meantime, Sunday church services happened in our garage!

It was an exciting time, meeting with the 80 adults and children, the people of Glenmore Park Anglican Church. There were still many open fields with cows, horses and dams, although the sounds of construction of new homes were all around us.

We arrived with the goal of sharing the love and good news of Jesus with Glenmore Park and the real difference he makes in people’s lives. With a great team, we soon began making connections with people around us.

In May 1997, we moved into our new Church building. Our new building meant more space for our growing numbers.

We had space for kids and youth groups. We were able to have groups for women and men. We could have activities for families. Over time, our one Sunday church service has become four weekly Sunday services in a newly extended building with around 600 people coming. It has been a great joy to see people coming to know Jesus for themselves.

As the suburb of Glenmore Park continued to grow, the shopping centre was built, more schools were built, and our connections with people grew. Karen and I were able to have great conversations with so many of you – in your homes, at the shopping centre, at Carols in the Park, at our Christmas Gingerbread Extravaganza events, Junior Jivers playgroup, our parenting course, or at activities and services at our church, talking about Jesus, with thousands of you over many years.

It has been a great privilege to be involved in the life of so many of you in our community. We have loved our time at Glenmore Park. Thank you Glenmore Park for so many good and happy memories.

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