This Week Around the Diocese

Advent Procession at St James’ Morpeth

St James’ Morpeth held their annual Advent Procession on Sunday December 3. This is the 17th year that the Advent Procession has been held at St James’, under the musical direction of Margaret Nichol. The St James’ Choir was augmented by people from the local community and other choirs. The service included many hymns, some sung by the choir, others by all who gathered.  Readings from the scriptures, and writers such as D H Lawrence, all helping us to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Christ.

Messy Christmas

The Parish of Kotara held their last Messy Church for the year on December 3 with the theme the “Messiness of Christmas”. The Messy Church team came together for a celebration of Christmas with activities, songs and teaching reflecting the significance of the birth of Jesus for us. One of the activities involved making “Christingles”, and the Christingle song was part of the music. Rector Fr Fergus is shown explaining the idea behind a Christingle as the children made them. The parish has been encouraged to see the connection between families attending Mainly Music who are now coming to Messy Church. “We have emphasised the “all-age” approach and suitability of Messy Church; and at our last gathering we had 40 people, half of whom were children,” Chris Bullock said. “We are fortunate that we have some gifted people to work with the activities and other aspects of Messy Church.”

Gloucester Christmas Carnival

The Gloucester Parish kids had a wonderful time at the Gloucester Community Christmas Carnival this week!

Nelson Bay Parish Supports Locals in Need

This is what 50 hampers looks like. Made up with donations from the congregation at All Saints Anglican Church Nelson Bay. Bags donated by the Manager, Tim , from Cole at Salamander Bay. These will go to needy families at Anna Bay and the Yacaaba Centre. The true spirit of giving and Christmas .

Saint Peter’s East Maitland end restoration

Anyone driving down William Street, East Maitland in recent weeks would have noticed that the East End of Saint Peter’s Church is covered by scaffolding and boarding. Extensive work is currently being undertaken to replace the guttering and restore the stonework on the East End of the Church, drawing on the expertise of local craftsmen to repair the damage sustained over recent years. The restoration is expected to be completed by the end of the year with much anticipation for the big reveal when the scaffold comes down and the East End can once again be seen in pristine fashion.

Charity Donations

In appreciation of the generous support given by the local community to the Tea Gardens Anglican Church Opshop, it has been the practice over recent years to donate all proceeds from their Myall River Festival stall and their Opshop Santa’s Christmas Toy Shop to local charities. The parish is pleased to advise that this year’s proceeds of over $4000 was shared equally between; Pindimar/Tea Gardens Rural Fire Service, Tea Gardens Clinic Bus, Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest Surf Life Savings Club and the Tea Gardens Public School through cheques presented to representatives at the morning church service on the 10th December. L-R:  Don O’Brien, Rev Peter Adkins, Carol Andrews, Ron Conaghan & Ian Dunlop

Christmas Fun at Anglican Care

Four of Anglican Care’s dynamic, fabulous Residential Care Managers having some well-deservced Christmas fun! Pictured are Debbie Ryan from Kilpatrick Court, Karen Best our GM of Residential Care Services, Fiona McIntosh from Toronto Nursing Home and Joanne Teerman from Jesmond Grove.

MICA Mainly Music

The crew at Mainly Music at MICA Anglican farewell Ash after 3 years. “You will be missed. Best of luck in your work at the Uni.”

Family Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral

John the Baptist came to the Family Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral on the second weekend in Advent, to remind us to repent and be ready for Jesus.

A Season of Waiting

The season of Advent is a season of waiting, but also a season of joy as the prospect of Christmas draws nearer. Parishioners of the Anglican Parish of Mt Vincent and Weston are planning to share that joy through two new events.

End of Year Celebrations at Wallsend

St Luke’s Wallsend held their Parish Council end of year dinner this week, cooked by Rev’d Andrew Eaton.

Love Wins

The Parish of Branxton Greta Lochinvar changed their church sign last week to celebrate the times.

Samaritans Disability Services Christmas Party

Some snaps from Samaritans Disability Services Christmas Party yesterday. It was a great afternoon celebrating the festive season with staff, people we support and their families!

Celebrations at Cardiff

The Parish of Cardiff have been busy this week with the December Lunch Club plus a fun time with Father Gary at mass and meal.

Commissioning Service of Fr Stephen Niland

Check out some more photos from the Commissioning Service of Fr Stephen Niland in the parish of Raymond Terrace.