Minister and family settle in to Newman

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph

Newman parishioners welcomed a new minister of the Newman Anglican Church last week.

Community members gathered for the commissioning of Roger Kyngdon as rector of NAC by Bishop Gary Nelson last Thursday.

Mr Kyngdon, wife Amanda and their children — Eliza, 3, Ada, 5, and Benjamin, 2 — were previously ministers in Geraldton before making the switch to the East Pilbara town for its family lifestyle on December 12.

“We are really loving living in Newman, it’s a great little town — we are slowly getting used to the heat but it was expected,” he said.

“Loving being close to all the shops and especially now the kids have been back at school, they have been getting involved in things after school and getting to know more people.

“It’s great for families with small kids and people getting involved in the community.”

Mr Kyngdon said he was enjoying getting to know people.

“One of the biggest roles is teaching people of the Bible on Sundays, the good news and sins forgiven — that’s a big part of what I do,” he said. “But also getting to know people at the church and helping them with difficulties that are happening in their lives and enjoying what they enjoy.

“With three young kids I haven’t had a chance to explore many hobbies around town but I’m excited to join in local community things — it’s definitely on my to-do list.”

Mr Kyngdon said he would split his time between teaching the Bible, spreading the good news and helping residents with issues they faced — while also having a go at four-wheel-driving and camping.

“My role is just getting a good name for the church in Newman,” he said. “The church has a little op shop which we can use to connect with people as well.

“Being a light in the community for Jesus, shining a light and helping people through difficult times, that’s what I want to be a part of.”

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