This Week Around the Diocese
National Youth Week
A few of the highlights from Samaritans’ Youth Week celebrations in Hamilton South last week.
Special Farewell Service
All Saints Nelson Bay have held a special retirement service this week to farewell the Rev’d Les Forester. See the photos below.
The kids at Gloucester had a wonderful morning creating, playing games and learning about the greatest treasure in the world, peace with God. Plus the working bee has been busy working around the church.
All Saints in Partnership with their Community
All Saints Anglican, in partnership with St Philip’s Christian College, has provided Dignity Bags for women in their community this week. What a great cause!
A Visit to Holy Land
Earlier this year Kimbalee Hodges, Ministry Assistant at Saint Peter’s Church, East Maitland, visited the Holy Land as part of a pilgrimage group. Kim walked the same road where Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and visited the church built at the place where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Kim says that praying at the Garden of Gethsemane was one of the highlights of her pilgrimage, bringing alive the reality of betrayal and terror that Jesus would have faced.
Kim walked the way of the Cross that leads right into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the crucifixion site of Jesus. The pilgrims knelt to feel the actual Golgotha rock on which the cross stood before moving into the tomb of Christ, entering one at a time and placing their hands where his body laid before the resurrection.
Kim found the Holy Land a wonderful place to renew her connection with God by walking in the footsteps of Jesus, an experience that certainly brought Holy Week alive for her.
Kim will be sharing her experiences with members of the Saint Peter’s community over coming weeks.
A Gift for Mother’s Day
The lovely people at the Parish of Mt Vincent and Weston have been busy making these beautiful Mother’s Day cards. This week they have donated them to the Mission To Seafarers. “It’s so important for seafarers to keep in touch with their loved ones while they’re so far from home, and what could be better than to show love and affection for their mothers.”
Church Day Out
All Saints Anglican head out into the streets this week for a Church Day Out. Looks like a lot of fun!