This Week Around the Diocese

Lawn Party at St John’s

The Parish of St John’s at Cooks Hill had an outrageous time at their first lawn party this week. Check out the great photos.


Saint Peter’s Church East End Restoration – The Big Reveal!

The East End of Saint Peter’s Church, East Maitland, has been shrouded in scaffolding for the past few months so there was a definite air of anticipation as the scaffolding was removed at the beginning of January. The work that was undertaken was replacement of the more than 100-year-old copper guttering that had disintegrated with resultant staining of the sandstone walls on the East End of the church. Both the guttering and the sandstone required master craftsmen to be employed to ensure that the work complied with Heritage Requirements and that it was done to the very highest standard.

The cost of the work was covered in part by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Major Works funding with the balance raised by the Saint Peter’s community. Built in 1888, the East End of the church has been transformed to its original condition and is now resplendent.


Focus on kids at Forster Tuncurry

The Parish of Forster Tuncurry have started a ToddlerTime sensory path, plus the kids love experimenting with paint and foil as they thought about Jonah’s under the sea adventures.


Samaritans support local women in need

As part of the “In the Bag” Campaign supported by “Share the Dignity” and “Wings and Strings”, Samaritans hosted an afternoon tea last week at the Hamilton South NSW Housing estate. The campaign sees people in the community fill handbags with ladies essential items and toiletries so that they can be given to women and young ladies who are needing them. 80 bags were ordered from Share the Dignity and all but 8 bags were filled by the end of the day. These bags went to women and girls ranging from 12 – 60 years of age. Many single mums and young ladies attended and stayed and chatted over afternoon tea. A great day was had by all!