September 4-8: Anglican Women’s Spring Celebrations

The Annual AW’s Spring Celebrations are on again this year!

The first week of September always sees the Spring Celebrations organised by Anglican Women in the various Deaneries of the Diocese of Newcastle for everyone who would like to come.

AW to hear about Ahli Arab Hospital, Gaza

Guest speaker at the Spring Celebration services around the Diocese, Brian Holmes from Anglican Oversea Aid, will be talking about Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza. This is an Anglican-owned hospital, and the work that they fund is all to do with their breast cancer work. It involves awareness-raising, screening and medical intervention.

AOA has supported the hospital’s work, in a variety of different areas, for many years, and the context of Gaza also brings many challenges to their work. The Director of the hospital was recently recognised by the Archbishop of Canterbury with the The Langton Award for Community Service.

Brian visited the hospital last year, and has seen their work first hand, and will share his experiences, stories and photographs. It will be the focus of AW’s Thank You Box collection from 9/2017 to 31/8/2018.

Anglican Overseas Aid’s partnership with Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza began in 1988. This Anglican hospital, run by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, offers health care to 32,000 outpatients and 2,100 inpatients each year, regardless of ethnicity, religion, political affiliation or economic status.

Al Ahli Arab Hospital established the Women’s Health, Women’s Rights project in 2009, after female community leaders campaigned for action on the suffering that women were experiencing due to breast cancer.

Through this project we aim to improve the survival rate of women with breast cancer through earlier detection, appropriate treatment referrals, and advocacy for improved access to medical treatment outside Gaza.

An important aspect of this work is addressing stigma related to breast cancer, through a program for male community leaders and men with family members with breast cancer.

The hospital runs a free breast screening clinic and works with more than 30 community-based organisations to raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of screening and early detection.

Along with the breast cancer project at Al Ahli Arab Hospital, we also help fund the Diocese of Jerusalem’s Program Development Co-ordinator, who supports programs in Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories.

(From their website)


  • Monday 4 September: Tuncurry – St Nicholas’ Anglican Church, Cnr Lake & Bent Streets
  • Tuesday 5 September: Cardiff – St Thomas’ Anglican Church, 5 Thomas Street
  • Wednesday 6 September: Merriwa – Holy Trinity, 40 Bow Street
  • Thursday 7 September: Branxton – St John the Divine, Cessnock Road
  • Friday 8 September: Wyoming –  Holy Family Anglican Church, 2 Ronald Ave

The program:

  • 10am: Morning Tea
  • 10.30am:  Holy Communion Service (taken by the parish priest)
  • 11.45am: uest Speaker:  Brian Holmes from Anglican Overseas Aid
  • 12.30pm: Lunch – (BYO or Bring & share)
  • 1.15pm: Most have a lighter item after lunch, eg a musician or a time of fellowship (at Tuncurry the afternoon speaker will be Bea Weekes, a former missionary).
  • 2pm-2.30pm: Finish

Everyone is most welcome to attend these events!

For further information contact your parish or