Anglican Women: Spring: a week of joy and fellowship around the Diocese
One of the delights of travelling around the Diocese for the Anglican Women’s Spring Celebrations has been the beautiful and uplifting worship and fellowship in a variety of churches, and excellent homilies given by their clergy, each with its own special message and challenge.
They were off to a flying start at Tea Gardens on September 7; about 50 ladies from the Manning Deanery attended. Michaela Sorensen, a member of the AW Executive and parishioner at Raymond Terrace, was the speaker at all five gatherings. She gave a most interesting and moving talk on her faith journey.
Michaela held her audience spellbound with her story of a childhood growing up in the rich traditions of a “High Church” in London; dark times, some rebellion in those teenage years, followed by travel, a rewarding and exciting career, then a life-changing experience.
Michaela moved to Australia in 2011 and settled near Raymond Terrace where she was told to come and look at St John’s, “God, what do you want me to do?” Now Michaela is in her year of discernment for the priestly ministry in this Diocese.
At Tea Gardens we also heard from Billie Bailey of Tea Gardens who spoke of her experiences with Kairos Outside, a remarkable Christian ministry for women with a relative or friend who is a current or former prison inmate.
This pattern continued on through the week, with gatherings at Wallsend (Newcastle/Ncle West & Lake Macquarie Deaneries), Singleton, Maitland and Woy Woy.
This was truly a blessed week – the numbers may be down, as congregations age and the younger women are faced with work commitments, but it was a time of learning and challenge as we all endeavour to “bloom where we are planted”.
By Marion Willey
President, Anglican Women