We farewelled our minister, Rev. Claire Wright, on Sunday 31 May 2020 (Pentecost Sunday) – sending her on, with our thanks and blessing, to a new ministry with the Mid North Coast Presbytery of NSW.
We will be seeking to call a new Minister of the Word in due course.
In the meantime:
- Worship services will continue under our capable Lay Worship Leaders – click here
- Pastoral care and support will continue to be offered through our Elders and Pastoral Partners. If you require emergency pastoral care, please email BUCconnect@gmail.com and we will put you in contact.
- Funeral and baptism services will continue to be offered through designated Lay Presiders, and weddings will be considered on request. Please email BUCconnect@gmail.com for details.
The Reverend Claire Wright commenced as the Minister of the Word at the Bathurst Uniting Church in February 2017. Her commencement service was held on Saturday 18 February 2017.
Claire trained at the United Theological College, Parramatta, graduated with a Bachelor of Theology degree from Charles Sturt University, and was ordained as Minister of the Word in 2016. She has, however, been a worship leader in a number of denominations and ecumenical ministries (such as the Walk to Emmaus and Kairos Outside prison ministry) over many years, and has served as lay pastor of Neutral Bay Uniting Church and Gereja Kristen Indonesia (2010–2013); student minister at West Epping Uniting Church (2014-2015); and Supply Minister at Greystanes Uniting Church (2016). In her ‘previous life’, she has also worn several other professional hats, as a company director, marketing consultant, writer and musician. She enjoyed using her varied gifts in worship and pastoral ministry – but even more so, developing and releasing the gifts of others. Claire felt a strong calling to regional and rural ministry and enjoys serving the communities of Bathurst and Perthville.