This Week Around the Diocese

Samaritans Launch Youth Complex Mental Health Services

This week Samaritans celebrated the launch of Youth Complex Mental Health services in the Hunter at Headspace Maitland. The new early intervention services will aim to meet the needs of young people with, or at risk of, severe mental illness. In the Hunter, Samaritans who operate headspace Maitland will be delivering services for the Muswellbrook, Upper Hunter and Liverpool Plains LGAs.

Teddy Bear Picnic

Both children and adults of All Saints, Belmont brought along their teddy bears for a special teddy bear picnic. All had a great time with games, stories and a light meal.

Give Us A Sign

The East Lake Ecumenical Youth Group got involved in Give Us A Sign, an ecumenical project from September 1 to October 4, 2018, focusing on Season of Creation.

Swansea MU celebrates 60th anniversary

On  August 10, 2018 members of Anglican Mothers Union Australia (AMUA) Swansea branch welcomed 50 guests to the celebration on their 60th year. Members from across the Lake Macquarie deanery, parishioners and representatives of other churches in the area attended. It was wonderful to see Denise Brown, Diocesan MU President, Elizabeth Bissaker, Lone Members, and Glenda Gronow considering the very busy week they had with the OS&NO events.

Celebrations began at 9.30am with a candle Liturgy and celebration of Holy Communion. Following the service, President Denise presented 50 year badge to member Shirley Larven and 30 year certificates to Lyn Taylor and Marion Willey.  Later in the morning President Denise also presented Fay Cupit with her 50 year badge.  Faye is currently a Lone member due to ill-health and it was a joy to see her daughter Chris bring her to the church for this very special presentation. All these women have given long and faithful service to Mothers’ Union, holding office, sharing their gifts and reaching out to others in love and service to share Christ’s love.

The Rev’d Robyn Fry who is currently Associate Priest at Swansea Parish was guest speaker for the day. She spoke of her life’s journey which has taken her to many parts of the world and through many doorways. A strong affinity with God’s earth was evident in her story as were the many lives that she has touched with her presence and love.

A scrumptious light lunch was served where many folk shared their own stories, renewed friendships and made new ones too! The beautifully decorated birthday cake was cut by long serving Swansea Branch member, Shirley Larven.

Anglican Care spend the day in their PJs

Nothing better than spending the day in your pj’s! And that’s exactly what the residents and staff at Anglican Care’s Bishop Tyrrell Place did to celebrate the last day of winter recently.

Lakes Grammar donate to Buy-A-Bale

It is with gracious hearts and enormous pride that Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School will be contributing $6,948 to Buy a Bale in support of our local farmers in the Hunter region. “Thank you to our generous K – 12 school community for raising $3,474 which has been matched dollar for dollar by our P&F Committee. We are thrilled with this result Lakes!”

A Day of Encouragement and Inspiration

The Parish of Denman came together for a day filled with encouragement and inspiration from the Gideon’s teaching about the power of testimony. Then a relaxed afternoon of lunch and St Mark community catch ups.

Bubs and Mums

The kids at Forster-Tuncurry loved learning alongside their beautiful mummies experimenting with paint and flowers.