This Week Around the Diocese

Georgetown Parish Shines for Winter Solstice

St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Georgetown hosted a special event this weekend to celebrate solstice in the Christian tradition. Shine took place over Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June with interactive and experimental worship, reflecting on and worshipping the God of the seasons. Guests were also treated to hot soup and mulled wine.


A Fantastical Extravaganza at Scone Grammar School

Everyone’s favourite Dr Suess books have been brought to life this month as Scone Grammar School performed the musical production of Seussical Jr. It has been a ‘fantastical’ musical extravaganza that Dr Seuss would have been proud of! What a spectacle!


Celebrating MU at Cardiff

This week the Parish of Cardiff held an MU Promotion Day following their services to share and celebrate the wonderful things the ladies do for the community. They shared some photos of the MU ladies and the craft group cutting out the comfort cushions and will sew and stuff them this week.

Some of the activities Cardiff MU are involved in are making Comfort Cushions for breast cancer patients. They are currently holding working bees to make 100 cushions due to increased demand. Cushions are taken to Lake Macquarie Private Hospital Breast Cancer and Day Admissions wards and are provided free. They usually have several on hand for individual requests; collect toiletries and other goods in December for gift packs distributed by Mission to Seafarers in Newcastle; MU members and members of Cardiff Craft group make beanies for distribution to seafarers by the Mission to Seafarers; contribute items for baby bundles provided to underprivileged new mums at John Hunter Hospital; knit jackets for premature babies in Neo-Natal Intensive Care ward at JHH; knit squares for rugs distributed by Samaritans, knit beanies for patients staying at Ronald MacDonald House; donate part of the proceeds from our Promotion Stall to MU Australia for projects in northern Australia and overseas Members also volunteer for Coffee and Care at Worimi Children’s Court providing coffee, tea or juice and a listening ear for young people and their support person waiting to appear in court.


Finger Painting Fun at Forster

The Parish of Forster Tuncurry thought about how Jesus calmed the storm as they enjoyed finger painting clouds, plus they also created volcanoes!


NAIDOC Celebrations at Cessnock

The Parish of Cessnock hosted a NAIDOC Awards night this week. Pictured below is Tracey Jackson, Denise Crossley from Samaritans, Rev’d Michelle Hazel Jawhary and Nicole Baldwin from Cessnock Anglican, and the Birrawal Dance group with Uncle Perry Fuller and Youth of the Year Finnian Johnson.


Ladies Afternoon at Saint Peter’s East Maitland

On Sunday 17th June over 40 ladies from the congregations at Saint Peter’s Church East Maitland and beyond met in the Parish Hall for our second Parish Ladies Afternoon. Parish Families Worker Elizabeth Brown presented the life and faith of author Jane Austen while guests enjoyed a high tea. The visiting ladies were treated to an extremely informative presentation that included personal prayers composed by Austen, influences on her novels and the role and representation of the clergy within literature of the period. Elizabeth also treated the audience to an explanation and demonstration of the clothing worn by women in the era. These items of clothing included a chemise, corset, dresses and parasol.