The St. John’s Anglican congregation were joined by representatives of other Bingara Churches at the Commissioning Service for the Rev. Brian Darbyshire to the Parish of Bingara on Monday night.
Brian and Jenny Darbyshire arrived in Australia from the Isle of Man last week.
The service was conducted by The right Rev. Dr. Peter Brain, Bishop of Armidale, with representatives from surrounding parishes in attendance.
The Rev. Professor Gerald Bray, whom Brian Darbyshire described as tutor, mentor and friend, travelled to England to attend the service, and delivered the address.
Bishop of Armidale, The Right Reverend Dr. Peter Brain, Archdeacon Darrell Parker of Tenterfield, Rev. Professor Gerald Bray, and Jenny and The Rev. Brian Darbyshire after the Commissioning Service on Monday night.
Brian and Jenny were officially welcomed to Bingara by Gwydir Mayor Peter Caskey, Archdeacon Darrell Parker, Major Rosemary Darby representing the churches in Bingara, and members of the Bingara congregation.
Monday night was also the last official duty in Bingara for the Rev John Foran, who also took part in the service. He and his wife Fay left Bingara on Tuesday morning, making their way back to Perth, visiting family members on the way.