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Synod 2019 Highlights

The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle has much to celebrate and give thanks for, plan and pray for, as it meets for its Third Session of the Fifty-Second Synod on 25 and 26 October at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. From its parishes, four Schools and two welfare agencies to its various mission and ministries in chaplaincy,

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This Week Around the Diocese: Biodiversity Day & Intensive Formation

Biodiversity Day with Anglican EcoCare For the second year running, Anglican EcoCare held a vibrant and busy stall at Biodiversity Day over the recent school holidays. Children made Australian native ‘seed-bombs’, collected icons of St Francis, and engaging conversations were had with individuals and other community groups. This year’s estimates put attendance at over 1300

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This Week Around the Diocese: Seasons of Creation, laser skirmish for Anglican youth, prayers for drought

Parishes conclude ‘Seasons of Creation’ Some of our parishes took part in ‘Seasons of Creation’ during the month of September. The combined churches of Stroud Anglican Parish included prayers for the environment in their weekly service. They collected and shared resources of art and scripture to promote spiritual reflections on creation. Stroud Anglican Church held

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Churches Offer Support for Communities in Drought

In Murrurundi, where the drought is affecting everybody, Anglican churches are playing a vital role of support in the community. “We’ve been on level six water restrictions since July 2018, which means three-minute showers, clothes washing twice a week, and no watering,” says local Murrurundi Priest, Rev’d Barbara Morgan. So many farmers have had to

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Bishop Peter Pilgrims through Israel and Palestine

Newcastle Bishop, Dr Peter Stuart, has just returned home from a 10 day study pilgrimage in Israel and Palestine, with St George’s College in Jerusalem. Bishop Peter reflected on this pilgrimage in daily Facebook posts, “there are already so many insights that make the scriptures come to life”. The group was a mix of Canadian,

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Celebrating and Caring for Creation

Written by Bishop Peter Stuart We have a beautiful gum tree in our back garden. It first took root long before rows of houses were built in our street. It dominates our suburban block. I like looking at the tree. I love the bark that falls of it. I enjoy seeing the birds in it,

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Festival Choir Service “Filled to the Brim” Renews Rural Parish

A choir service at St Columba’s Cassilis saw the rural church “filled to the brim” by people celebrating the local Harvest Festival. Mudgee’s Cudgegong Choir performed religious-type Mozarts, accompanied by an “earthy” liturgy, written specifically for the occasion. The service was followed by afternoon tea at Cassilis Bowling Club, and parishioners raved about the success

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This Week Around the Diocese

Belmont Op Shop Up-Sizes Belmont Op Shop moved recently to larger premises in Macquarie Street. A craft group started last week in a room separate to the trading section of the shop. It is planned that a Bible discussion group will commence in September. We welcome visitors, shoppers and those interested in joining one of

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