Samaritans Launch Christmas Appeal

Christmas Appeal 2015 Launch Samaritans Christmas Appeal 2015 has kicked off with a great start! Samaritans are so thankful to those who have already donated and to individuals stepping forward to volunteer. Each year the Christmas Appeal raises over $100,000 to bring joy to local families and individuals in need. The annual Christmas Lunch in

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Taking a stance against domestic violence

Samaritans is taking active and effective steps forward to end violence against women by becoming an accredited White Ribbon Workplace. Senior male staff have embraced Samaritans stance against domestic violence by becoming White Ribbon Ambassadors. Samaritans Director of Community Services and White Ribbon Ambassador, Rob Dawson, is horrified by statistics that show one woman a

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Anglican Care CEO, Colin Osborne, takes out National Award

In some exciting news, our CEO, Colin Osborne, has recently been announced as the ‘Most Outstanding Chief Executive Officer in the Care Sector in Australasia in 2015’ at the Australasian Over 50s Housing Awards 2015. The awards celebrate and reward excellence in the over 50s housing sector throughout Australia and New Zealand. The philosophy behind

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The Second Session of the Fifty-First Synod

The Second Session of the Fifty-First Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle took place over the weekend October 23-24 at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College. To read Bishop Greg Thompson’s Charge to Synod, and the Response to the Bishop, visit the Bishop’s Writings page.

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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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