The Exclusive Brethren members Susanna Eade and Anna Fooks enjoy the lifestyle their church in Gympie offers.
The Exclusive Brethren members Susanna Eade and Anna Fooks enjoy the lifestyle their church in Gympie offers. Renee Pilcher

Brethren church members speak out

JOB security is one advantage of being a member of The Exclusive Brethren church, but for Susanna Eade and Anna Fooks, the benefits are many and run far deeper than that.

Their way of life is based strictly on Bible teaching, which provides a firm moral framework and focuses on a strong family unit. The young women enjoy a warm, loving, family-centred way of life that they find “fulfilling and rewarding”.

Miss Eade and Miss Fooks work in accounts and administration for family business Scafclad, a supplier to the industrial and construction industries, of which non-members make up half the workforce.

Church elder Ken Baker said recent comments in the local media about The Exclusive Brethren in Gympie had been hurtful to members and asked for the record to be set straight.

Armed with testimonials from non-member neighbours about the existing place of worship on Exhibition Road, Mr Baker asked Southside residents to accept a second place of worship proposed for Groundwater Road.

In response to an article published in The Gympie Times (October 13), Mr Baker said The Exclusive Brethren’s subdivision of nine house blocks surrounding the controversial property were “almost at the point of going on the market” and were “unlikely” to be purchased by members.

Residents living next door to the Exhibition Road church felt compelled to give their written support to The Exclusive Brethren, whom they unanimously called “model neighbours”. Peter and Glenys Bosse have lived on Exhibition Road since before the church was built next door and told their Groundwater Road counterparts they could not find better neighbours.

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