Samaritans Welcome New CEO

The President of the Samaritans Foundation, Bishop Greg Thompson, is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Peter Gardiner as the new Chief Executive Officer, who has last week. “The Board led an extensive recruitment process attracting high calibre applicants from Australia and New Zealand. Peter was chosen because of his extensive experience in the

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Merewether: Giving Hope for the Future

As families we love to give to others at Christmas time. At St Augustine’s Merewether we wanted the children from our Sunday School to think about others. Throughout the year, their offering has been amalgamated into church funds and we wanted them to have a greater understanding of where their money was going. So we

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Samaritans Christmas Appeal Wraps Up

Samaritans Christmas Appeal 2015 showcased the generosity and willingness of the Diocese to support those in need at Christmas. Christmas Lunch in the Park saw the community come together so that no one had to celebrate Christmas alone or go without. The annual event hosted by Samaritans began 15 years ago as a simple lunch

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Give Us A Sign: Peace

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” (John 14:27) Jesus spoke these words to his troubled friends on the night before he died. The troubles of our times can appear overwhelming. In our daily news we are bombarded with stories of war, terrorism, civil unrest and violence. The world is crying

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New Chief Executive Officer Appointed For Samaritans

The President of the Samaritans Foundation, Bishop Greg Thompson, is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Peter Gardiner as the new Chief Executive Officer. He will take up this role on 1 February next year. Bishop Thompson said, “The Board led an extensive recruitment process attracting high calibre applicants from Australia and New Zealand.

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From Gravel to Grass for Afghani Refugees

For Afghani refugees, playing soccer on gravel is a thing of the past thanks to the ongoing and generous support of the Belmont North/Redhead Anglican Church. The church has been sponsoring a team of young refugee men to play soccer in the Jesmond Football Club, allowing them to play one of the most popular sports

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Messy Carols Unite Religions

On December 5, The Anglican Parish of Belmont North/Redhead will celebrate the joy of Christmas with new Australian refugees. Following on from the success of the event in 2014, as well as their ongoing Welcome picnics, the Redhead church have invited Muslim refugees from Afghanistan to celebrate Christmas through song and community. The event will

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Introducing an Ecumenical Initiative

Parish solidarity with persecuted Christians Amidst the hope-filled expectation and joy of the seasons of Advent and Christmas, the liturgy reminds us that the Christ-child was born into a world of struggle and violence, into a vulnerable family coping with many uncertainties, and into a religious community under great pressure. As we ponder this mystery,

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Give the Gift of Joy this Christmas

Donate a gift to the Samaritans Christmas Warehouse and give joy to someone in need this Christmas. A small donation of food, cash or gifts this Christmas can make a massive difference… You can drop in your un-wrapped gift to the Anglican Diocese Office, 134 King Street Newcastle before Wednesday December 16, 2016. Or download

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Messy Gathering at Toronto

On Saturday 14th November, CEY Ministries held a Messy Church Gathering in Toronto.  The Messy Church leaders around the diocese had not met together as a group since Lucy Moore held two Messy Conferences in the Diocese in 2012.  The idea behind this day was twofold, firstly as a way of sharing information, stories and

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