The Bible Society Australia is celebrating its bicentenary.
The Bible Society Australia is celebrating its bicentenary. BrianAJackson

Bible Society Australia reaches 200-year milestone

THE Bible Society Australia is celebrating its 200-year anniversary.

And to mark the occasion locally, a praise/song/music celebration is planned for this Sunday, March 26, at 2pm in the Immanuel Centre in Paveways Dr, off Wises Rd, Maroochydore.

With the arrival of the First Fleet, Chaplain Richard Johnson came carrying a large leather bound King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.

The first Christian Worship Service was held on Sunday, February 3, 1788, at what is now known as the Circular Quay end of Castlereagh Street. Early in 1817, Elizabeth Macquarie suggested to the Governor that the new Colony urgently needed Bibles.

In March 1817, Governor Lachlan Macquarie signed the Bible Society Australia into existence and the society is the longest organisation in Australia that continues today.

It is estimated that 32,000,000 copies of the Bible have been distributed across the nation in that time.

On the to-do list this year are more than 20 projects: serving indigenous people in preserving language groups and identity; distribution of 100,000 copies to chaplains in front-line ministries; 13,000 Big Rescue Bibles for children and teachers across Australia.

Work is in progress among the Pitjantjatjara-speaking people south of Alice Springs to complete the translation project.

All are welcome at Sunday's concert, to be followed by afternoon tea and fellowship. Call 5443 6849 for more.


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