This Week Around the Diocese

Bishop Sonia Farewells MVAC Students

It was with great pride that Manning Valley Anglican College said farewell to Year 12 2018. Bishop Sonia led us in worship for the Valedictory Service on Thursday, commemorating the years of dedication these wonderful students gave to the College as community ambassadors and exemplary leaders. Thursday night the students turned into stunning young women and handsome young men. It was a fitting finale to their studies at MVAC. “We wish you all the best in the weeks ahead. We are so very proud of you Year 12 and we will dearly miss you. Congratulations!”

Farewelling Year 12 at NGS

The Year 12 students of Newcastle Grammar School bid farewell this week as they prepare for the HSC. Congratulations!

Blue Gums Hills Biodiversity Day

Members of the Diocesan Environment Taskforce, Rev’d Robyn Fry, Rev’d Andrew Eaton and Mr Matthew Couch represented the diocese at the Hunter BioDiversity Day at BlueGum Hills Regional Park on October 4th. Photos of the beauty of Creation in our diocese were on display, along with scripture verses relating to God’s work and our responsibility for creation. There was a steady stream of children coming to plant native seeds in paper pots, and answering questions as part of a passport challenge. With the day falling on the feast of St Francis plenty of discussion of the patron saint of animals and ecotheology was had as well.

Finding Friendships at Anglican Care

The team at Anglican Care started a fantastic new “Friendship Group” on the Central Coast for people that receive a Home Care Package from Anglican Care. Held weekly on a Wednesday, pictured are some of the people that attended the inaugural meeting! Such a fantastic initiative with lots of games, exercises, singing, artwork, to name just a few things. The group also enjoy a bus outing once a month.

Breast Cancer Liturgy at the Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral hosted a beautiful liturgy for breast cancer awareness. Guests shared stories, lit candles and prayed together.

Singleton Supports Drought Relief

The Parish of Singleton presented a cheque for local drought relief. The Rev’d Ann Watson, locum, presented the cheque to Louise Gourley of Rural Aid.

Volunteers from the Parish of Forster Tuncurry went out into the community for the Bunnings BBQ.

Fun Day Out for Forster Families

This week Samaritans joined the Interagency Foster Care picnic for a fantastic day out for children and their carers. “Thank you to our Permanency Support team who worked together to provide a wonderful space for the children to enjoy- painting, mobile games, craft and more!”