This Week Around the Diocese

Bishop Charlie Visits Lymington Village

On Thursday 30 August members of All Saints Boolaroo joined with members of their congregation who are residents of Lymington Village Warners Bay as they celebrated 10 years of “Church” at the Village. When the Gellert and Bowdler households relocated from Kotara to Lymington Village in 2009, they generously accepted an offer from their parish priest at Kotara to open their houses for a monthly eucharist.  Initially, numbers were small, with about 4-5 people gathering. However, word of mouth and invitations to folk moving into the Village over the years saw numbers grow. The group became too large to meet in the average sitting room, so the community hall was booked. On average, about 15-20 gather for the monthly eucharist to which all villagers and their extended families are invited. The group includes Christians from a number of different traditions and backgrounds. Prayers are regularly offered for folk in the village and their families. ANZAC Day and Christmas see a larger attendance, and the eucharist is followed by an afternoon tea. The “church group” is now a visible and appreciated fixture on the Village calendar, and extended communion can be taken to those unable, for whatever reason, to attend the service in the hall.

To celebrate 10 years of this ministry Bishop Charlie Murry came to preach and celebrate, and the musical accompaniment was upped to a guitar and drum combo. 36 folk from the Village and neighbouring parishes attended to mark the celebration. If there’s a moral here, it is that growing a local Christian community can start simply with an invitation of space and hospitality. It’s as easy as that…..

Daffodil Day at Toronto

On August 24 approximately 100 people came together at the Parish of Toronto to share in an event to express their care and concern for all whose lives have been affected by cancer. Through music (provided by the U3A Choir and Orchestra), prayers, candle lighting and life stories of cancer journeys we expressed our support and solidarity with all who have been touched by cancer. A light supper was served and we raised in excess of $650 for the Cancer Council.

Tots ‘n’ Tunes

Lots of fun at Tots ‘n’ Tunes at Toronto this week!

Mindfulness at Anglican Care

Great photos from Anglican Care’s Jesmond Grove “Mindfulness- Colour Therapy” group. With some relaxing music and a cuppa, the ladies indulge in some adult colouring-in which has proven benefits of reducing stress and increasing emotional calmness.

New Organ Scholar

The Choirs at Christ Church Cathedral announced their new Organ Scholar, Marlowe Fitzpatrick. Marlowe was organ scholar at St Paul’s College at the University of Sydney, and recently completed his French degree on exchange at the Sorbonne. He is a fine instrumentalist, singer and composer, and we look forward to welcoming him to the musical life of the Cathedral. Marlowe’s first liturgies at the Cathedral will be on Sunday 14th October. He will present a short organ recital following the 9:30am Eucharist the following Sunday, 21st October. Welcome, Marlowe!

Singleton Church Fete

Singleton held their church fete on September 1 – check out the great photos.

Prayer for Rain

St Matthews, Mt Dangar in the Parish of Denman came together this week for a night of prayer and community.

Pretzel Party at Wallsend

The Wallsend Anglican Sunday school kids made prayer pretzels (in honour of Saint Monica) this weekend. Yum! Plus, another carload of goods for Samaritans.

Bring Your Bills Day

This week, Samaritans partnered with the Energy and Water Ombudsman and Hunter Water for a free consultation day to help people to resolve outstanding financial issues. Here are a few photos of other partners who came along to Bring Your Bills Day held at Samaritans Information and Neighbourhood Centre, Cessnock.

Lunch Club Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Parish of Cardiff had a wonderful 10th Birthday celebration at lunch club this week. Guests were treated to entertainment by Welsh Dancers in the morning and a guest speaker from Camp Quality after lunch. There was birthday cake and prizes too!

All Saints Celebrate Fathers

All Saints, Nelson Bay came together for a special Father’s Day Celebration on Sunday

Fathers Day Shenanigans at Stockton

The St Paul’s, Stockton community came together for some fun and games to show their love and appreciation for all the dads of the congregation.

MVAC Celebrate Fathers

There were many happy faces from the Manning Valley Anglican College community as they enjoyed a delicious breakfast to celebrate Fathers Day.

Fathers Day Breakfast at Lakes Grammar

Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School had a great morning welcoming their dads and special friends to their Fathers’ Day breakfast this week. “We were overwhelmed with the turnout and our male role models don’t always get to come to school quite as often as our Mums so it is always wonderful to have them here. Thank you to our P&F Committee and all the helpers for making the morning possible.”

Celebrating Mainly Music Dads

The Parish of New Lambton organised a wonderful night for the Mainly Music Dads. At the Fathers Day Special BBQ, they had a great family celebration and there was lots of fun and dancing.