Minister farewells Ocean Grove

Minister farewells Ocean Grove

POPULAR Ocean Grove minister Rev James Douglas has moved from the area to take up a new challenge on the other side of the bay.
James, who is popular for his relaxed and friendly demeanour, was farewelled by his flock at Ocean Grove Uniting Church at the end of December.
He has been Ocean Grove and district Uniting Church minister, which also includes Barwon Heads and Wallington, for 10 years.
James will be taking over as minister for St Lukes Uniting Church in Mount Waverley.
“We arrived (James and his wife Susan) arrived on a motorbike with a dog. We are leaving with two children and an older dog.
“I remember the first day I arrived the congregation had left a basket of goodies – including a tin of dog food. They were very kind from the onset.”
James said he was lucky to have a great relationship with the local RSL.
“I remember fondly singing during the ANZAC Day services. That’s one of the things we will miss.”
“Susan and I have really enjoyed the strong sense of community that is there (Ocean Grove).
“It is summed up by the way that people support things that are going on and rally to help others.”
James, Susan and their two young daughters Charlotte and Lily moved after Christmas. At present no replacement has been selected.

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