Frontier Services is an historical part of the Christian church, established over 100 years ago by Rev John Flynn under the name “Australian Inland Mission” (AIM). When the Uniting Church came into being in 1977, the AIM changed its name to “Frontier Services”.
Rev John Flynn’s aim was to serve the people living in isolation on the stations, mining camps, and townships of inland Australia. In order to do this he established a series of Patrol Padres (Patrol Ministers), hospitals in isolated areas, staffed by two nurses, flying doctors (Aerial Medical Service), a simple radio network and radio bases for communication depicted on the back of $20 note. These latter two services are now part of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).
From this early beginning, Frontier Services has also developed student accommodation, aged and disabled residential care, health clinics, migrant settlement assistance, and short term help, through volunteers, to assist in family care and early childhood education. This “mantle of safety” is offered to people in inland Australia irrespective of ethnic background or belief.
The Indooroopilly Uniting Church supports this great movement: through prayer and information; a retiring offering after Communion Service once each year; proceeds from stalls and BBQ’s; the selling of Christmas cards; and the supply of a quarterly publication “Frontier News”, free of charge, which informs people on the current work of Frontier Services.
Contact: Rev Wally Thomson
Ph: 07 3378 5911