This Week Around the Diocese

Sydney Men’s Shed Chorale Concert

On June 24 the Parish of East Maitland were delighted to welcome the Sydney Men’s Shed Chorale for a return visit to the church.  The chorale performed a wonderful and energetic concert led by Musical Director, Keiren Brandt Sawdy, a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Guests were welcomed by Beth Wood, Church Warden together with members of our new Community Building Group. Favourites such as “Danny Boy” and “Amazing Grace” saw the audience humming along as they were treated to an afternoon of choral delights. There was even dancing in the aisle to some of the more up-tempo tunes! The 20 strong Chorale took full advantage of the amazing acoustics of our church building with a repertoire that included Sacred Songs, Welsh Hymns, Ballads, Popular and Musical Theatre – something for everyone! The Parish was delighted to welcome many guests from the local community for this special afternoon.

Newly Ordained Deacons Celebrate with Local Parishes

Newly ordained deacons Rev’d Nicole Baldwin (Cessnock), Rev’d Jacqueline Drewe (Christ Church Cathedral) and Rev’d Philip Morris (Wallsend) joined with their local church this weekend following their ordination on Saturday June 30.

Samaritans Emergency Relief

Samaritans is calling on the Hunter community to support its Winter Appeal by contributing to its Emergency Relief collection of non-perishable goods at Westfield Kotara on July 5 and 6. Samaritans volunteers and staff will be at Westfield Kotara outside Woolworths on July 5 and 6 to receive contributions to our Emergency Relief collection. You can visit the staff and volunteers from 9am-9pm on Thursday and 9am-5pm on Friday to support their Winter Appeal. Donations of non-perishable goods will be gratefully received. Acting CEO of Samaritans, Brad Webb said, “During winter we experience increased demand at our Emergency Relief centres as people in our local community struggle to put food on the table. This year we’re asking the community to make a small donation for big impact, helping Samaritans to offer more when people are in crisis.

A huge thanks to the parishioners of St Luke’s Wallsend who have generously donated another bootload of food for the Samaritans!

Ugg and Rug for a good cause

The Parish of Morpeth held their Annual Ugg & Rug Sunday this weekend. Parishioners are encouraged to bring along a rug to keep warm during the mass, and then donate it to bring warmth to those in need in our community. A great cause!

A Celebration of Love

Bishop Peter Stuart joined the Rev’d Kesh Govan and his wife Catherine for a celebration of love this week, as they renewed their marriage vows and celebrated 25 years of marriage. More than 50 people attended All Saints, Nelson Bay for the service.

Dementia Australia Memory Walk

Anglican Care staff in Taree who participated in this year’s Dementia Australia Memory Walk in Taree. A fantastic effort from the team!

MVAC Foundation Day

Manning Valley Anglican College marked its Foundation Day with a celebration of the Eucharist by Father Peter Tinney (of Saint John’s Anglican Church in Taree) and the Reverend Brian Ford (of Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church in Wingham). The whole College community, including a number of retired staff and former students who had graduated from the College, gathered together for this joyous occasion. Appropriately for Foundation Day, the College also celebrated the liturgical Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and the apostolic heritage of the Anglican Church. Acting Principal Andrew Jones presided over the assembly which followed the Eucharist and which rejoiced in the rich history of the College.

A Patronal Feast

Not just a liturgical feast, but a shared social feast, as the parish church of St Paul the Apostle celebrated its patronal festival at the Saturday Vigil Eucharist. Parishioners from the Parish of Mt Vincent and Weston joined in a hearty shared meal, as worshippers from all three parish centres joined in the festivities.

Sunday School Shenanigans

The Parish of Wallsend Sunday School had a great time with their make-your-own-pizza this weekend!