June 5-8: Anglican Women Australia State Conference 2017
From 5-8th June 2017, Anglican Women Australia will hold their bi-annual State Conference, hosted by Anglican Women, Diocese of Newcastle.
It will take place at Club Macquarie, 458 Lake Road, Argenton, a suburb of the City of Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle NSW. The theme of the conference is ‘Thanksgiving for the ministry of women’.
It is shaping up to be a most interesting time of worship, fellowship and learning with a range of very interesting speakers. They include Lisa Towle, President of Episcopal Church Women of the USA; Lucille Henniker President of Anglican Church Women of Southern Africa, Jan Malpas of the Diocese of The Murray, who has served with the World Council of Churches, Lifeline, Mothers’ Union; the Rev’d Lu Piper, and Members of MOWatch (Movement for the Ordination of Women). The evening programmes will include Bush Poet Bob Bush, a Sing Australia Choir, and Policewoman Sergeant Debra Rowe.
Conference Chaplain will be The Venerable Sonia Roulston, Archdeacon of Newcastle. Women from the dioceses of Sydney, Bathurst, Canberra & Goulburn and Riverina are expected, as well as ‘locals’ from the Diocese of Newcastle.
Cathedral Service & speaker
The Annual Newcastle Diocesan Anglican Women’s service on Tuesday, 6th June at 10.30 am (morning tea from 9.45), will be part of the conference. It is open to anyone who would like to come, at no cost. Bishop Peter Stuart will celebrate and Adn Sonia will preach. It will open with a colourful procession of symbols of the ministry of women in its many diverse ways. The Rt Rev’d Kay Goldsworthy, Bishop of Gippsland Diocese, will be the guest speaker following the service.
After lunch participants of the conference will travel to The Mission to Seafarers Centre at Wickham, where they will view the facilities, hear about its ministry and enjoy afternoon tea, before returning to the conference venue at Argenton.
The cost to attend the full conference (Monday 5th to Thursday 8th June) is $275 (plus your accommodation). Day only: Wednesday, 9am to 5pm $50 (incl. lunch, m/ & a/teas).
You will need to make your own arrangements directly with the motel/hotel of choice, mentioning the AWA Conference. We also hope to offer the option of billeting with parishioners in the area, or you might like to stay with family or friends if you do not live nearby.
Some of the options include:- The Macquarie Inn, Argenton, which is connected to the Conference Venue; and The Esplanade Motel, Warners Bay about 10 mins. drive from the venue.