Celebration in Wollongong On 22nd July 2022 in the Wollongong area, we had a celebration for 50 years of KYB with about 45 ladies attending and sharing in the background of CWCI and KYB. Our speaker Dr Helen Rienits spoke on the ‘Relevance of the Bible in 2022 and how it can help with Mental Health’. At the end we celebrated with Joan Loane, Barbara Humphrey and Shirley Craven cutting the cake. Shirley has been attending KYB since the early 1980’s and has kept all her study books. The celebration concluded with a lovely morning tea and lots of talk, many people caught up after having lost contact for many years. God’s friendships last forever. Jennifer Bradfield, KYB Area Coordinator, Wollongong
Celebration in Canberra To mark 50 years of KYB, 40 ladies from Canberra, Goulburn, Queanbeyan and Yass gathered for a special morning tea. The ladies had an opportunity to share their KYB stories with others at their table. One lady from Canberra and one from each of the regional towns, shared the history of KYB in their location. The wider history of CWCI and KYB was presented, a video of Jean Raddon’s testimony was shown, and the morning concluded with singing ‘I Stand Amazed in the Presence of Jesus the Nazarene’ and praying the words from Ephesians 3:16-21. Margaret Knock, Eastern KYB Administrator
Batemans Bay KYB Group Lunch 10 of us were able to attend the celebration. Lorraine made little pin-on brooches for us all. Rose made silver tinsel party hats and Pam sorted the cake and decorated it beautifully. We all enjoyed a lovely meal at our local Chinese Restaurant followed by the scrumptious Cheese Cake. It was a fun way to celebrate such a great milestone for KYB.
Southern Highlands High Tea A committee was formed, roles and tasks allocated, and it all came together beautifully for our 50th KYB Anniversary High Tea on Saturday, 28th May. As children of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our theme colours were purple and gold – the colours of royalty. The room was decorated by faithful KYB members and the High Tea tables were a sight to behold. At the conclusion, the lovingly-decorated celebration cake (made by our own Debbie Thyrdd and cut by long-time KYB-er, Rita Brake, and newer KYB-er, Jenny Demkin) was sliced and distributed to all present. Jo de Ligt, Area Coordinator, most capably hosted our afternoon; two KYB-ers gave their testimonies -amid laughter and tears. The history of KYB, from its early beginnings until today, was given by Grace Avery – a KYB member of many years’ standing. Our great God was praised; KYB founder, Jean Raddon honoured and KYB blessed as the ladies of the Southern Highlands KYB groups renewed friendships over a delicious array of finger sandwiches and cakes. May God continue to bless KYB in our region. Lee Bettridge, KYB Leader
History of KYB in Batemans Bay Janet Scrivens and Rita Backhouse attended KYB in Moruya and decided to start a group in Batemans Bay some years ago, (the exact year is unknown). Jean Raddon visited on one occasion, the church hall was packed, so many ladies attended. This was a great opportunity to enjoy what the Bible revealed through Jean. As time passed Janet and Rita stepped down and Margaret Lloyd stepped in. KYB Groups spread into townships along the coast and Liz Maidler became the Area Coordinator. These groups met together sharing and praying. We also had occasional weekends away worshipping and sharing. Rose Petterson took over from Margaret and that’s when I joined KYB, I am now leading the group. Lesley Austin, KYB Leader
Jennifer Hore-Lacy’ s story
I was introduced to KYB by Jill Lees when we both lived in Holly Street, Bowral, in 1997. I moved back to Moss Vale in 2001 with my elderly parents and had 15 years not attending and missed it very much. I returned in 2015 when Sue Gleeson led her last conference at Fitzroy Falls.
What I love about KYB is that many denominations are represented. Churches combine to minister to women and learn more about the Bible in detail and Bible history.
The 50 years celebration was a great occasion to meet women we had not caught up with in our normal daily lives.
It has been good to hear what God is doing overseas as well as in our regions in Australia. And it is wonderful that the 50 years is being celebrated around the world continuously this year.