This Week Around the Diocese

Messy Church at All Saints

All Saints, Singleton came together for Messy Church this week. They heard a story about Temptation and played some fun games to help reflect on the theme. They enjoyed a lovely cool dinner on a very hot day with about 45 people.

Fun Food and Faith

Enjoyment for all at St Peter’s Harrington with fun, food and faith.

Mission to Seafarers

The team at Mission to Seafarers really enjoyed the “Light Up Newcastle” Lantern Walk last Saturday. “Thank you to Rotary, their sponsors, and all the people of Newcastle who made this such a successful event. It was a fun evening! And thank you to Mick Ross – FLOW for the use of his wonderful photos, and Madaha Lund for her great photo of the fireworks.”

Harvest/Patronal Festival

The Parish of Denman celebrated their Harvest/Patronal Festival on February 25, with special guest Archdeacon Charlie Murry and his family. The day was enjoyed by many. After the service guests were entertained by Mr Norm Jones with a harvest auction, as well as a lunch.

Art, craft and gardening at Forster

The kids at Forster Tuncurry have been enjoying some art and craft, including tracing around their feet, drawing, collage and painting. Plus they loved watering the garden and experimenting with rocks, leaves and water. “Thank you God for gardens!”

Time to Play at Wallsend

Great photos of the new play equipment at Wallsend, including a new swing set and see-saw. Tested and ready to go!

Happy Birthday Melash

Melash the Samaritans Headspace therapy pup is ONE! Check out the great photos from the birthday celebrations.

Australasian Messy Church Conference

“Messy” champions from all denominations and all parts of Australia and NZ came together for the Australasian Messy Church Conference held in Melbourne.

Farewell Mother Moira

The Parish of Telarah-Rutherford bid farewell to Mother Moira this week. Mother Moira is moving to be Priest in Charge of St Mark’s, Buderim (on the Sunshine Coast).

CPE Graduation

Fr Roger Zohrab, Nicole Baldwin, Amanda Brockwell, Jacqueline Drewe, Zeb, McKrell, Akshun Ghotane Gurung (Sydney) and Rev’d Dr Barbara Howard celebrated at their Clinical Pastoral Education graduation day recently. The Ordinands completed 400 hours at John Hunter Hospital. The photo is their graduation ceremony held at St John the Baptist Anglican Church Lambton.

Rosary Making Workshop

On Saturday 17th February about 20 members of the Parish of East Maitland, of all ages and varying levels of understanding about the Rosary and Rosary prayers, participated in an activity led by Parish Ministry Apprentice, Angela Peverell, to understand a little more about the Rosary and how we can use the Rosary to pray both together and in our private, silent prayers, particularly during Lent.

With somewhere between 1000 and 2000 beads and small jewels on hand to choose from (many donated by a generous parishioner), the group set out to make their own individual Rosary beads, one knot and one bead at a time. The completed Rosary Beads were then blessed by Fr David Battrick.

The Rosary provides a structured way of praying, using repetition and method and the tactile use of the beads to move from one prayer to another. For many of the people present this was the first time they had ever held a Rosary in their hands. The fact that they had made their own is extra special as they learn to pray with the rosary, feeling each bead as they progress through the prayers.