|The 2019 ABM National Auxiliary at Christ Church St Laurence. © Vivienne For/ABM, 2019.|
The Auxiliary of ABM celebrated its centenary in 2010.
It began in Sydney in July 1910, starting off as the Women's Auxiliary of ABM for the purpose of keeping church women informed about ABM, its aims and plans, and also to enlist their support. This first meeting was presided over by the wife of the Governor, Lady Chelmsford.
The ABM Auxiliary prays for, promotes and supports the work of ABM. Membership of the Auxiliary is open to all members of the Anglican Church.
In 1965 the Central Council established “Special Projects”, where a project would be the focus of prayer and fundraising for the following year. Over the years the Auxiliary has raised over one million dollars! Today this tradition continues to be the Auxiliary’s major activity in supporting ABM.
This year's National Auxiliary Project is the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Project in the Philippines.
The Auxiliary will be focusing on Social Investment, a new and exciting component of the ABCD project. This new component is the brainchild of ABM’s E-CARE partner and is part of assisting in a transition from E-CARE receiving funds from overseas church organisations like ABM, to becoming a funder of development in the Philippines and elsewhere, in its own right.
The ABM Auxiliary’s support of this project will help ensure that the many communities and families across the Philippines that E-CARE has trained and assisted to develop viable businesses, will be able to be sustained into the future.
ABM's Auxiliary has groups in most dioceses and it is a great way to meet people whilst also helping the church to further its work in mission. If you would like to become a member, please contact us to find out who your nearest Auxiliary Representative is.
Eternal and loving God, your Son Jesus Christ has taught us that it is in giving our life in service for the Gospel that we find it. Bless all members of the Auxiliary: inspire us by your spirit, fill us with your love, that we may serve your people and work for the extension of your kingdom. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
History of the ABM Auxiliary
Reference: “Workers Together - the Story of the Women’s Auxiliary to the Australian Board of Missions 1910-1985” by Doris M. Mitchell, B.A.)
A Bloomin' Miracle: A History of the ABM Auxiliary 1980-2010
This history of the ABM Auxiliary by Moya M. Holle is now available at $10 a copy. Contact the office to order your copy.
A Reflection on the Centenary of the ABM Auxiliary by Moya Holle