Samaritans Parish Links

Samaritans works closely with the Diocese in many ways, from assistance with our Disaster Recovery and supporting the Emergency Relief centres, to providing a safe space for many of our services. Samaritans is grateful for the dedication of many members of our parishes who volunteer their time to support our services. A key way in

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Journeying together in complex times

Clergy to meet and reflect following the National Bishops’ Meeting and General Synod Bishop Peter has invited all licensed clergy from the Diocese to gather for conversation and deep listening in the light of the 2019 Diocesan Synod. The clergy will meet for prayer and engagement using a structure based on “open space technology”. The

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A Service of Prayer for Recovery in Time of Drought and Bushfire

Last Monday evening 100 or so people from across the Diocese of Newcastle and our partner churches gathered in our Cathedral for “A Service of Prayer for Recovery in this Time of Drought and Bushfire”.  We have been very aware of people across the country, including in our Diocese, whose lives have been impacted by

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Who will turn up this Christmas?

A Christmas Message from the Anglican Bishop of Newcastle – Dr Peter Stuart There is expectation in the air. Christmas is near and people have begun their travels. Children are excitedly anticipating gifts from Father Christmas. Parents are wondering who might join them in church or around the dinner table. The good news which Christians

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New Professional Standards Poster

We have updated the Professional Standards Poster to ensure that people know how to contact the Police and the Child Protection Helpline. We encourage anyone who has been harmed to come forward to speak about their experience. Parishes should print the revised poster and ensure that a copy is placed on the main notice board

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Mandatory Reporting in NSW

From 1 March 2020 reporting child abuse will be a legal requirement for clergy and church workers in NSW. This follows amendments to the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (Care Act) which expand mandatory reporter groups and also provides greater protections for reporters. The Parish Safety Policy has been updated to

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This Week Around the Diocese: Christmas Donations & Markets, Maitland Sculpture Unveiled & Commissioning Cathedral Sub-Dean

Christmas Donations Fr Andrew and Monica Eaton from St Luke’s Wallsend, with Sonia Hornery MP, donating to the Share the Dignity campaign through Sonia’s Wallsend office. New Sculpture Unveiled at Maitland The newly installed Sculpture by local sculptor Julie Squires & inspired by Jacob Epstein’s Madonna & Child (1952) was blessed by Bishop Sonia Roulston

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Priestly Ordinations a Great Celebration

Last Saturday, 30 November, the Diocese celebrated the ordination of Reverends Jesse Baker, Melanie Whalley, Zeb McKrell and Angela Peverell. Bishop Peter shared the following words: “It was wonderful to have people from the length and breadth of the Diocese in the Cathedral on Saturday to celebrate the ordination of Jesse, Melanie, Zeb and Angela.

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This Week Around the Diocese: Two Bishops & Commissioning

Two Bishops’ Dialogue Last Thursday 21 November, Newcastle Anglican Bishop Peter Stuart and Newcastle-Maitland Catholic Bishop Bill Wright held an ecumenical discussion on the topic of ‘religious freedom’. Photos by Grant Killen, Bishop Peter Stuart, Bishop Bill Wright and Dean of Newcastle Katherine Bowyer. East Maitland Commissioning Service The Reverend Scott Dulley was commissioned as

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Christmas in the Diocese: Events and Services

Christmas Services Beresfield/Thornton, St Paul’s Church, Beresfield & St Michael’s Church, Thornton 8 December, 6pm – Blue Christmas Eucharist at Beresfield Christmas Eve 5.30pm – Pageant and Family Eucharist at Thornton 11.30pm – Midnight Mass at Beresfield Christmas Day 8am – Parish Christmas Eucharist at Thornton Boolaroo, All Saints (76 Main Street) Christmas Eve 5.00pm

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