This Week Around the Diocese

Christmas Festivities

The Christmas festivities have begun at Anglican Care, celebrating their volunteers and staff.

Raymond Terrace Carols by Candlelight

Carols under, what the National register of tall trees describes as, the tallest Christmas tree in the southern hemisphere has been a tradition in the Old Rectory Grounds at St John’s since the 1960’s. St John’s parish band “Noah’s Wife” supplied the lead to community carols singing and Fr Chris Freestone gave a blessing to the crowd following a short address on  the true meaning of Christmas. The new owners of the site, the Bowling club and Port Stephens Council generously supported the event.

Saint Peter’s Church, East Maitland Opens Op Shop

Saint Peter’s Church at East Maitland recently opened its own Op Shop to much acclaim on 23 November. The Grand Opening was attended by the Mayor of Maitland, Loretta Baker, who joined with others in checking out the many bargains on offer. Funds from the Op Shop will be channeled into outreach programs such as Emergency Relief. Under the leadership of Mrs Bev Steggles, a group of tireless volunteers has worked to sort through the donated items and set them out in the shop. As well as clothes, books, and various bric-a-brac, the shop has a Christmas section, all priced to appeal to the less fortunate in the community. Open from 9am to 4pm on Thursday and Friday and from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, we look forward to welcoming shoppers to Saint Peter’s as they search out bargains.

Celtic Evensong at Dungog

A quiet place at the Parish of Dungog’s Celtic Evensong and Communion on Saturday.


The Sights and Sounds of Advent

Saint John the Evangelist, Stroud shared these great photos of the sights and sounds of Advent – a wonderful season of preparation and anticipation.

Farewell to Jess and Scott

The Sung Mass at 9.30 am on November 26 (the Feast of Christ the King) provided an opportunity for the Saint Peter’s East Maitland community to pray for Jesse Poole, together with Scott and Melissa Mudd on their final day in the Parish. The Mass was followed by a Parish lunch in the Parish Hall, where farewells were said and the work done by Jesse and Scott was recognised and applauded. Jesse, Scott and Melissa will be moving to South Australia, where Jesse and Scott will be made Deacons on December 9 at the Church of Christ the King, Mount Barker and then commence ministry in their new parishes. Jesse will be ministering as the Deacon Assistant within the Parish of Victor Harbor, and Scott will be serving as the Deacon Assistant in the Pastoral District of the Riverlands. “We will miss them greatly, and we pray God’s blessing upon them as they commence ministry as Deacons in God’s Church.”

Advent and End of Year at Terrigal

A great photo from the Terrigal Women’s fellowship end of year lunch plus the first Sunday of Advent.

Open Door Cafe at Nelson Bay

Friday saw the last day for the year of the Open Door Cafe at All Saints, Nelson Bay.

Anglican Care Chaplains

The Anglican Care Hunter Auxiliary recently held a lovely function where President, Beryl Brownlow, presented Chalice, paten and breadbox to Rev’d Jenny Foley, one of the Anglican Care Chaplains, for use at Kilpatrick Court Toronto. Rev’d Andrew Harrison blessed the chalice, etc. during the Auxiliary’s annual service at The Chapel, Booragul.

Carols at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College

Amazing performances by the students of Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College at their carols night.

Students cleaning up our beaches

A special thank you to the year 8 students of Manning Valley Anglican College who spent an afternoon picking up rubbish from the beaches of Forster. Despite learning about the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans in science and geography, students were still shocked at the amount of plastic littering the environment.

RAW Challenge for Students

The Year 9 students of Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School had an absolute blast at RAW Challenge this week. The smiles on their faces tells the story.

Forster Tuncurry

Another splendiferous bbq lunch at Forster Tuncurry. Plus the kids loved creating animal footprint and star paintings to remember how the animals followed the star to see baby Jesus that first Christmas.

Wallsend Parish

Saint Luke’s looking resplendent for Advent 1, plus some photos from St Luke’s Men’s and Women’s groups combined (early) Christmas Dinner this week.


Advent – The waiting begins.