Samaritans staff and volunteers preparing for Christmas day lunch

Christmas is underway at Samaritans with staff and volunteers busily preparing for the return of Christmas Lunch in Singleton. With the support and generosity of the local parish, volunteers, sponsors and supporters, Christmas Lunch in Singleton will be held at the Senior Citizens Centre from 11am-2pm on Christmas Day. Already on board are Mt Owen

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This Week Around the Diocese

Nativity at Gloucester St Paul’s Gloucester is thankful for the clever people who made this fantastic Nativity scene out the front of the Parish Hall. You can head to Hume St to have a look at stage 1 of the project. End of Year Fun at Wingham The Wingham Church Youth Group gathered at Wingham

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Gingerbread House Making Across the Diocese

Stockton St Paul’s Stockon held a Gingerbread House making event on November 17. It was so much fun they cannot wait for next year. Cooks Hill St John’s, Cooks Hill held their 1st Annual Gingerbread House making event this week. The fun, creative and sugar-filled day was a huge success. Everyone will knead to wait

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Journey to Priesthood

On Saturday 1 December, Nicole Baldwin, Jacqueline Drewe, Philip Morris and John Quilter will be ordained to the priesthood in Christ Church Cathedral at 10am. The Ordinands gathered at Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday for a rehearsal. Please pray for and with them as they prepare for their ordination: Great Shepherd of your people, bless those

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This Week Around the Diocese

Special Nativity performance at Scone Grammar School The Year 1 Gold at Scone Grammar School did a wonderful job in performing “The Nativity” at assembly this week. They had a real baby Jesus (aka baby Maxwell Hunt), two poddy lambs and a fantastic cast of Mary and Joseph, Wise Men, angels and shepherds all sharing

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Update from the Diocesan Office

Supercars – Diocesan Office Closure The Newcastle 500 – Supercars event commences on Friday 23 November 2018, and due to the expected 70,000+ people attending each day; access to the office and car parking will prove difficult; therefore the Diocesan Office will be closed on Friday 23 November 2018. Christmas – Diocesan Office Closure We

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Christ Church Cathedral #KidsOffNauru Vigil

Christ Church Cathedral hosted a #KidsOffNauru Vigil on Friday 2 November as part of a nationwide call to prayer and action for children on Nauru. At midday, Cathedrals across Australia united together to remind ourselves, our leaders, and our nation that followers of Jesus will not remain silent about the gross injustices that have been

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#RefugeeBell

Anglican Churches across Newcastle and the Hunter joined the nationwide #RefugeeBell campaign on Friday 2 November to bring #KidsOffNauru. Every Friday, churches across the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle will join churches across Australia to ring bells for each of the children remaining on Nauru. St Eanswythe’s Anglican Church in Altona, in Melbourne’s west, five weeks

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This Week Around the Diocese

Halloween Outreach The Parish of Belmont North Redhead held a Halloween Outreach event. It was a warm, ghoulish spring evening, and preparations for the party had been going on for days. Food had been bought and prepared, gourds had been grown and harvested by The Gourdfather, bought, drilled, cleaned and prepared for decoration. Sand art,

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#KidsOffNauru

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me…” – Jesus in Matthew 18:5a Dozens of children and their families continue to be subjected to the cruel effects of detention on Nauru. Recently there have been repeated incidents of suicide attempts, including children dousing themselves in petrol. Some children have given up eating, and

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