This Week Around the Diocese

Book Week at Lakes Grammar

Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School enjoyed a fabulous Book Week parade this week… check out some of the amazing costumes.

Bishop Charlie Visits Forster Tuncurry

The Parish of Forster Tuncurry had an encouraging time together this week as Bishop Charlie visited the parish.

Banjos at Bulahdelah? Well, no Guitars actually!

The Parish of Bulahdelah Tea Gardens has been alive with the sound of music recently as fellow congregation members have come together to learn the guitar. “A congregation member told me a lady in Buladelah wanted to learn to play the guitar so we met and, Kaye, being a real community connector, rounded up a group of budding Jimmy Page’s from the local community,” Peter Adkins said. “What a joy to see the group grow in leaps and bounds and confidence, with songs like Achy Breaky Heart (two chords), Sweet Caroline (3 chords), To Her Door (4 chords) and many other smash Rock/ Folk /Gospel hits from the 60’s -90’s.”

“We are having great fun, and they think I’m joking when I say we are going to perform at Christmas! Next week we are going to learn Amazing Grace and we’re praying that with this lovely group of people we will indeed all come to know more of God’s Amazing Grace in the years ahead.”

Anglican Women Sunday at Kotara Parish

As a recognition of the contribution of the women to the parish, Anglican Women Sunday was celebrated at The Church of the Good Shepherd Kotara. The church was decorated with the handiwork of parishioners, and 25 pew banners, each representing a way women of the parish contribute to the life of the Anglican Church. Each person attending was given a gift of a small packet of home-made biscuits in appreciation of their attendance on this happy day. We had a special Liturgy the format of which was planned by Fr Gary Harman & Dorothy Harman and celebrated by our Rector Fr Fergus King. It was great to see so many respond to personal card invitations which were given to ladies throughout the Parish area.

Food fun and friendship at Gloucester

The Parish of Gloucester came together for a scrumptious BBQ and fun activities this week.

Anglican Womens Sunday

The Parish of Terrigal celebrated Anglican Womens Sunday recently, plus recently confirmed lads presented the elements this week.

St Mark’s Aberdeen parade of the flags service ‘Kirking the Tarton’

On Sunday 8th July St Marks held one of its annual services of ‘Kirking the Tarton’ or parade of the flags serving the community. The previous day the annual Highland Games and fair was held in Aberdeen where usually several thousand people attend. This was followed by the service on Sunday and then luncheon was served by St Mark’s congregation in the hall for the full church of many Scottish descendants of the area in multi-clan kilts and dress especially for the flag blessing.

Christmas in July

All Saints, Nelson Bay came together for a special Christmas in July celebration. Check out some of the photos from the event.

Toronto Tots n Tunes

The Parish of Toronto had a great time at Tots n Tunes recently as they welcomed back term 3.

Flamenco Anyone?

Love these great pics from Anglican Care’s Jesmond Grove of a recent Latin Dance Demonstration by Ruedisima Latin Dance Company. Unable to stay seated, many residents joined in the fun and danced the afternoon away!

Mainly Music at Stockton

Stockton Men’s Breakfast

Rick De Sousa was an engaging guest speaker at St Paul’s, Stockton, July Men’s Breakfast this week.

Young Adults Thriving at East Maitland

The 18-35’s community of East Maitland Parish joined Fr David for a group photo after church this week. Most of the community served at morning teas.

628 Crew Sharing Together

The 628 Crew of Lakes Anglican came together this week to share together campfire communion. This amazing group of tweens and teens come together in common union to laugh and share together because of Jesus.

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention at Samaritans

Samaritans Domestic and Family Violence Prevention and Awareness Committee have been working hard to lead community engagement and action through collaborative influence this week. Members of the Committee held conversations this weekend to recognise #whiteribbonnight and the need to continue to stand up and speak out against violence.

Fun and Fellowship at Cardiff

The Parish of Cardiff had an afternoon of fun and fellowship at a special lunch this week.