This Week Around the Diocese: Biodiversity Day & Intensive Formation

Biodiversity Day with Anglican EcoCare

For the second year running, Anglican EcoCare held a vibrant and busy stall at Biodiversity Day over the recent school holidays. Children made Australian native ‘seed-bombs’, collected icons of St Francis, and engaging conversations were had with individuals and other community groups. This year’s estimates put attendance at over 1300 people and, in combination with the beautiful weather, made the day an excellent opportunity for our Diocese to showcase the Christian faith as an integral part of restoring the natural environment we all share.

Follow Anglican EcoCare Newcastle (@AngEcoCare) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or email ecocare@newcastleanglican.org.au to find out how you can get involved!


Ordinands Complete Intensive Formation

Last week, 7-10 October, the Intensive Formation cohort completed four days on ‘Sacraments and Services’. On Tuesday, they began at Christ Church Cathedral with Very Rev’d Dean Katherine Bowyer and Bishop Sonia Roulston to learn about Communion and Episcopal Sacraments. Bishop Peter Stuart and Bishop Charlie Murray joined them on Wednesday to discuss baptisms and marriage. As part of the formation course they also visited a Funeral Directors service.

Among the group were Rev’d Angela Peverell, Rev’d Zeb McKrell, Rev’d Melanie Whalley & Rev’d Jesse Baker who have now completed their intensive formation and will – God willing – be ordained as priests on November 30. We join them in celebrating this accomplishment.