Weekend of Prayer for SRE a Success

October 17 and 18 was the Weekend of Prayer for SRE. Hunter SRE joined together with Hunter Prayer Connection at Belair Baptist Church to have a Day of Prayer on Saturday October 17. A number of SRE teachers and supporters came during the day to pray for SRE teachers, and schools across the Hunter. Some

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Two Bishops Dialogue 2015

Last night [October 1] a crowd of 50 gathered as an ecumenical and interfaith community at the Therry Centre, East Maitland, to hear our Anglican and Catholic bishops discuss health and wholeness. The serving bishops of the Catholic and Anglican dioceses have met annually since the tri-diocesan covenant was signed in 2008. The Two Bishops’ Dialogue

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The Encounter wins three awards for excellence

The 2015 Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) held their annual Awards for Excellence during August in which publications from the year 2014 were judged in categories for publishing, writing, and design and creativity. The Encounter was recognised for three categories including Silver for Best Regional Publication, Bronze for Best Feature (Multiple Authors) and Highly Commended

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Poppy Ladies now Rugrats

The ladies of the Parish of Forster Tuncurry were the driving force in making over 17,000 poppies for the 100th Anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli this year. With such a motivated and friendly group, the thinking caps were put on and the craft ladies are now making useful items to help those in the

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Harrington-Coopernook Fathers’ Day Memorial

The Anglican Parish of Harrington/Coopernook hosted its annual Fathers’ Day Memorial Service on August 23. Manning Valley Anglican College (MVAC) students Zade & Harmony Bean, Justin & Gordon Rose and Benny & Mandy Wu helped with the leading of the prayers and the Gospel reading before the congregation of approximately 60 parishioners and visitors. Parish

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St James’ Morpeth Celebrates 175 Years

The main celebrations for St James’ Church anniversary were held on the weekend July 25-26 with a dinner on the Saturday evening and a service in the Church the following morning. 130 guests attended the celebration dinner at East Maitland Bowling Club; 30 of those were descendants of the founder, Edward Close, many of whom

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Christ Church Cathedral Annual Flower Festival

The Annual Flower Festival at Christ Church Cathedral launched with huge success last month an event which marked the centenary of the ANZAC for 2015. 350 people gathered at the Cathedral to enjoy the offical opening cocktail party, commencing a successful and memorable weekend of festivities. St Michael’s “Warrior” Chapel was transformed into a haven

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School Scripture – It’s a good thing

Many would indeed agree that School Scripture (SRE) – is a good thing! Hunter Christian SRE are working on a fresh, positive media campaign to get the word out to parents about the benefits of SRE to kids. Educating kids in the Christian faith has many benefits, but unfortunately parents aren’t hearing about these. Hunter

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Samaritans CEO, Cec Shevels announces retirement

Cec Shevels, well-known social justice commentator and advocate, has announced his retirement plans. During his 25 years with Samaritans, Cec’s passion and wealth of knowledge has seen the organisation grow significantly. Today a thriving Samaritans operates over 100 support services across six regions throughout NSW and employs some 700 staff. The Right Rev’d Dr Peter

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