In 1913, with a committee of eight people gathering at the Royal Melbourne hospital, the Nurse Christian Movement was first established. However during the First World War, due to the Pneumonic Influenza Epidemic of 1918 the work was put on hold. The recommencement of the work was accomplished in 1919. A position of a Traveling Secretary was launched in an endeavour to establish NCM’s in other Metropolitan and Country Hospitals. By August 1921 there were twenty one weekly Bible study groups. In November 1921 the traveling secretary of the time visited Sydney to explore the possibility of a work commencing there, and this came about in 1922. It was from this time that the national ministry among nurses began to develop. In 1970 the name was changed to Nurses Christian Fellowship.
Nurses have unique opportunities to provide compassion, justice and hope for people in great physical, emotional and spiritual need (Isaiah 61: 1-3. 42: 1-9. Luke 4: 18-19). NCF (Vic) seeks to glorify God (Romans 11.36) by meeting these needs, proclaiming Christ, and being a Christian voice in nursing.
· Encouraging Christian nurses in their personal faith and love of Jesus Christ.
· Equipping Christian nurses to uphold the truths of the gospel as applied to all areas of nursing practice.
· Promoting fellowship support and training amongst its members and leaders.
· Establishing networks with tertiary nursing students in conjunction with AFES.
· Godly use of financial resources in order to be financially solvent.
· MAIN ACTIVITIES
· Bi–Tri-monthly council meetings
· Production of quarterly newsletter (in conjunction with NSW).
· Aim to hold one seminar/workshop from a Christian perspective per annum.
· Annual Prayer Brunch.
· Annual General Meeting.
· Occasional varied fellowship gatherings.
· Ministry to nursing students (in conjunction with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students).
Full membership- $30.00($65.00 with JCN)
Students and Retired-$20.00(55.00 with JCN)
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NCFA IN VICTORIA