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Bishop Greg shares a message to the Diocesan community

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is holding a public hearing into the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle at Newcastle from Tuesday, 2 August 2016. Bishop Greg Thompson shares a message with the Diocesan community about working together through what will be a confronting time as we face the past to help

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Shaping a Healthy Future – Catherine Govan shares her support

Catherine Govan, a coordinator of ministries with children and families in the Anglican Parish of Nelson Bay and a mother of four children, speaks out about her support of Bishop Greg and the diocesan’s journey to shaping a healthy future to ensure that children can feel safe in our churches again. Shaping a Healthy Future

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Anglican women Annual Service: a time of joy and fellowship

Held at the beautiful, historic St Peter’s Church, East Maitland on June 7, we were made most welcome by the Rector, the Ven. Canon David Battrick. On a day that was fine, though very windy, about 120 people attended from 37 parishes. Bishop Peter Stuart celebrated and preached on the anxiety of searching and the

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Taree: NAIDOC Week Service

A Service of Repentance and Reconciliation was held at St John’s, Taree on Sunday, July 3, marking the beginning of NAIDOC Week. The service was led by The Reverend Chris Beal and Pastor Russell Saunders, a proud Biripi elder preached and shared culture. Members of the parish and the Biripi community enjoyed brunch and fellowship

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Fun, Food and Faith Arvo

The inaugural Fun, Food and Faith Arvo was held at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Coopernook on March 19. The various games and activities were conducted by Manning Valley Anglican School (MVAC) teachers Greg Anderson, Tamara Bean and Anne Randall. Following the activities and a hearty country hospitality style afternoon tea the MVAC families joined other

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MVAC Students participate at St Matthew’s Wingham

Despite the fact that it was a cold , wet winter’s evening 45 people gathered at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Wingham for the regular 4pm Contemporary Service on June 19. 26 members of the congregation came from Manning Valley Anglican College (MVAC) including two members of the music team; Mrs Lauren Baker and Mr Todd

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Singleton: Quiet Day at the Old Monastery at Stroud

On June 11 we took time out of our busy schedules to have a quiet day. We had morning tea on arrival followed by a tour of the monastery. The resident priest, Pirrial Clift, led us in a session called “Why be Quiet?” We incorporated the Mothers’ Union wave of prayer into the morning office

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