This Week Around the Diocese

Blessing of the Animals

A lovely Blessing of the Animals Service was held at Christ Church, Mount Vincent on 21 October. Blessing of the Animals Services are held in October to celebrate Saint Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of animals and birds. He is often pictured with birds, who he used to call his little sisters. The service at Mount Vincent was held later in the month so that children would be back from school holidays. Fifteen animals attended the service. There were 11 dogs, 1 horse, 1 rabbit, 1 hen and 1 lorikeet.  And 34 animal lovers attended too. The church grounds are perfect for such an event. There are wide grassy areas bordered on one side by paddocks and on the other by a quiet country road and country village houses. It is a safe venue for children and there is plenty of space for animals. Nine horses live in the bordering paddock and three border collies next door and the beautiful, old trees all about are home to birds and beetles and insects. After the service the people enjoyed time together and talking as they had morning tea. And all the animals were very well behaved as they waited.

Peter Pan Pre School Wangi Wangi

A total of 12 volunteers from Christ the King Toronto attended City Serve 2018, assisted by a number of staff and parents from the Peter Pan Pre School, Wangi Wangi. It was a fine day, with a few clouds and not too hot. A number of tasks were completed including the gardens at the rear of the Pre School which required revitalizing; an addition of a covering of pine bark; oiling of the back veranda and a number of timber decks in the outdoor play area and all garden surrounds. By the end of the morning a transformation had occurred. A very nice and welcomed morning tea was provided by the staff of Peter Pan. All the workers advised they enjoyed the day, had a great time and wished to thank the staff of Peter Pan for the way they looked after us.

Lakes Grammar Hosts Successful Spring Fair

Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School hosted a very successful Spring Fair Open Day recently. This is a wonderful event not only for the school families but also for the wider community. “We were proud to have our school showcased in such a wonderful way and this would not have been possible without the support leading up to and on the day from our own school community. What a day it was. Our wonderful school community spirit was on show for all to see.”

Mental Health Vigil

Christ Church Cathedral held a very special Mental Health Vigil on Sunday 28 October. Beautiful photos.

Blessing of Samaritan’s Purse Boxes

The congregation at Old Bar in the Parish of Taree shared these great photos of the Blessing of the Samaritan’s Purse Boxes recently.

Harvest Festival

Holy Trinity Terrigal enjoyed a Harvest Festival Service on 21 October. All perishable goods went to Coast Shelter Kitchen while non-perishable goods were taken to Samaritans Wyoming.

Scone Grammar School Founders’ Day

Scone Grammar School came together as a whole P to Year 11 school on October 18 to celebrate Founders’ Day. The day is a time to stop and consider Scone Grammar School’s history and give thanks for all that has been achieved over the last 29 years. They were honoured to have special guest Rev’d Paul Robertson who was the rector of St Luke’s over the period of the School’s commencement and was instrumental in seeing the vision of the School come together.

Today is a gift

The team at St Matthew’s, Georgetown has been expressing gratitude with their gift box. At their spring fete this week, people were invited to write or draw a thank you note for something they were thankful for and use it decorate this beautiful gift-box! “Thank you God for all the good gifts you give.”

Art and Craft at Anglican Care

The much anticipated Anglican Care Auxillary Art & Craft Fair was held over the weekend October 19-21.  A fantastic assortment of crafts, yummy food and wonderful artworks were on display for visitors! Pictured are some of the hardworking Auxiliary ladies and artist Jean Hurley with one of her artworks.

Togetherness at Terrigal

The congregation at Holy Trinity, Terrigal came together for birthday blessings, wedding anniversaries and a friendly cuppa, all on the Feast of St Simon and St Jude Apostles and Martyrs.

Messy Blessing

October 21 saw a happy group meet together to celebrate the Singleton Parish Annual Messy Church Blessing of the Animals. Under the large leafy tree between All Saints and the hall proved to be a good gathering space, although it might have been a little noisy for the tawny frogmouth who left during proceedings. A number of dogs, Ginger the chicken and Critter the crayfish attended, along with their owners. No cats this time – maybe next year. A delicious high tea followed.

Forster Fete Day

The Parish of Forster held a fabulous fete day recently, supporting the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter.

Baptismal Weekend

New Lambton Parish held a Baptismal weekend recently lead by Archdeacon Arthur Copeman and ably assisted by Beck Bishop and lots of Anew helpers. Check out the amazing photos.

Curry With A Twist!

Lakes Anglican hosted Curry With A Twist recently. Jane from Compassion Australia shared his life story and Curry master class with the parish. Not only did they learn about his life and cooking skills, but ten children have also been given life-changing opportunities through sponsorships on the night.

World Teachers Day

Scone Grammar School celebrated World Teachers Day this week. Students from P to Year 12 joined forces to welcome the dedicated and passionate teachers to school. Beautiful handmade posters at the ready, bunches of flowers and chocolates on offer for all their wonderful staff… “just a simple way of saying thank you for all you do!”