This Week Around the Diocese

Bishop Peter visits Woy Woy

Seven of the Parish of Woy Woy kids were presented as communicant members of the Anglican Church, and two were also baptised, when Bishop Peter visited the church last week.

Messy Church at Kotara

A sweetener for the teaching of the prodigal son at Messy Church at the Church of the Good Shepherd Kotara. Working with the pigs – a sty, the earth a chocolate cake, the feed green icing, the pig pink moulding icing and a fence from wafers! Our God is a loving and forgiving God. Working across the generations is also vital to Messy Church. This photo from Kotara on Sunday is an example of the shared wisdom that is so vital in proclaiming God’s good news. God’s love at work!

Saint Peter’s Welcomes Parish Ministry Apprentice, Angela Peverell

Angela Peverell has joined the Ministry Team at Saint Peter’s Church, East Maitland in the role of Parish Ministry Apprentice.  Angela moved from Sydney to take up her new role and will continue studying towards her Bachelor of Theology. Angela was commissioned at Saint Peter’s Church on Sunday 4th February as she starts her two year placement as a student intern in the Parish and as an Ordinand within the Diocese of Newcastle.  Many of Angela’s family and friends from her previous parish of Christ Church St Laurence travelled from Sydney to East Maitland to support Angela on this special occasion and join with the East Maitland community in celebrating Angela’s appointment. Angela is a welcome addition to the team at Saint Peter’s and we look forward to her ongoing involvement.

Music Time at Gloucester

What a wonderful start to Music Time! Great to see so many new little people learning new musical skills on the new sandpaper blocks.

All Saints Men’s Dinner

The Parish of Nelson Bay held a Men’s Dinner with Dr Martin White this week. A great turn out!

Hunter Prayer Connection at Church of Good Shepherd Kotara

The Parish of the Good Shepherd was very pleased to host The Hunter Prayer Connection last week. This group, drawn from across the churches and affiliated with the Australian Prayer Network (APN), is committed to praying for Newcastle and the Hunter Region. They move their meetings around the churches to emphasise their non-denominational approach. The APN, amongst other activities, conducts courses designed to help people explore their prayer lives. Further information is available on

Reflection Day at Manning Valley Anglican College

MVAC’s Year 8 students are back in class this week after a very positive and engaging Reflection Day. Students were involved in some group and individual activities, looking to set themselves on the right path for 2018 with Rev’d Brian. Rev’d Brian then provided a delicious sausage sandwich for lunch!

Bishop Ian Palmer visits New Lambton

Bishop Ian Palmer and his wife Liz joined the Parish of New Lambton for service this week. Bishop Ian is the Bishop of the Bathurst diocese. It was over 20 years since he spent 9 months as the Rector at All Saints, doing an exchange with Rev’d Paul Robertson. Paul spent that time in England.

Morning Tea at New Lambton

The parish of New Lambton came together for Sunday Church morning tea.

Waitangi Day

Archdeacon Rod Bower joined Abbess Manshin and Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy at Fo Guang Shan Temple in Auckland last week to celebrated Waitangi Day and Reunion Dinner.

Toddler Time

The ToddlerTime mothers and little-ones loved helping construct part of the new sensory path at the Parish of Forster Tuncurry. Plus the toddlers experimented with paint and collage this week.

Baptism at Wallsend

St Luke’s Wallsend came together for the baptism of Violet, joining three generations of the family being married or baptised at St Luke’s. Plus Fr Andrew became a member of the Sodality of Mary, Mother of Priests.