Ark concept arrives in Young

Jesse Osborne, Shanae Osborne and Zaviar Weston-Pritchard and Adult Pastor Adrian Single. Photo supplied.

Jesse Osborne, Shanae Osborne and Zaviar Weston-Pritchard and Adult Pastor Adrian Single. Photo supplied.

A new Ark has arrived at the Young Uniting Church.

The Ark concept is a place for the children of the community to gather, create, learn, explore, interact and encourage Acts of Random Kindness.

Pastor Adrian Single said he was excited to see what young people were looking for in the way of being together.

“I’m terribly excited about the fact that there are young people in our community wanting to do something, wanting to be part of something, and we have this opportunity to allow them to do that,” he said.

“We in the church, and I include myself in this, are old fashioned, we have these old beliefs, these old dogmas and tenets that tend to push people away and churches are dying for that reason.

“The Ark stands for ‘Acts of Random Kindness’, that’s what we would like to build it off and that’s how the idea came about.

“We’re not going to say as the church, this is how it has to be done, we want it to be a space that when people are coming they feel free and alive.

“It’s about having all people think outside of themselves and give some thought to someone else and make their day brighter,” he said.

The Ark has already started on its first act of kindness with Jesse Osborne, Shanae Osborne and Zaviar Weston-Pritchard deciding to assist farmers struggling with the drought.

The children have already raised $2000 through collecting cans, bottles and vouchers, and donations from Mr Donges from IGA Young and the Uniting Church congregation.

Church members Jackie Osbourne and her sister Rachel said they were proud of the project.

“This is just the beginning of The Ark, and we’ve asked for feedback and ideas from the community, most of all from the children of the community,” they said.

“If you have any ideas please share so that we can pass them on. 

“The Ark is the beginning of what will be an amazing journey.

“Keep an eye on the ‘Uniting Church Young’ and ‘Donges IGA’ Facebook pages for ways you can help these children and the church to help our farmers.”