This Week Around the Diocese

Special Nativity performance at Scone Grammar School

The Year 1 Gold at Scone Grammar School did a wonderful job in performing “The Nativity” at assembly this week. They had a real baby Jesus (aka baby Maxwell Hunt), two poddy lambs and a fantastic cast of Mary and Joseph, Wise Men, angels and shepherds all sharing the Christmas story.


Meryl Swanson MP Opens Art Show

The Parish of Beresfield-Thornton held an Art Show recently. Pictured here is Meryl Swanson, Member for Paterson, and The Rev’d Doug Morrison-Cleary. Meryl Swanson officially opened the Art Show.


Toys for Christmas Appeal

The Parish of Maitland have shared their wonderful response to the Mothers Union “Toys for Christmas Appeal” – delivery to Samaritans took place last week. What a tremendous effort!


Camels Prepare for Christmas Journey

The Parish of Denman visited the camels at Hunter Valley Camels last week in readiness for their visit from the Three Wise Men at St Luke’s Widden Christmas Carols Service.


Christ Church Mt Vincent 175th Anniversary

On Sunday November 25, the Parish of Mt Vincent and Weston commemorated 175 Years of Anglican worship in the Mulbring Valley and 170 years since the dedication of the first church at the current location. Bishop Sonia Roulston presided and preached at the Festival Eucharist which was followed by a picnic luncheon on the churchyard.


#RefugeeBell

The Parish of Forster rang their church bell 22 times for the 22 children still in detention on Nauru on Friday #KidsOffNauru.


A Morning with Bishop Sonia

The All Saint’s Anglican Church community came together recently for a morning with Bishop Sonia.


A Trip to Denman

The Parish of Dungog had a fabulous trip to Denman Parish last week. The Rev’d Jody Zammit showed them around Denman for a spot of shopping and dining.


Mainly Music Visits New Lambton Parishioners

The Parish of New Lambton shared these adorable photos of the Mainly Music children visiting the 10.30am service. The children enjoyed giving a Christmas card to each of the parishioners.


#KidsOffNauru

On #InternationalChildrensDay the Parish of Gosford sent a very clear message to their local MP, Lucy Wicks MP. “Tell your friend @ScottMorrisonMP to get the #KidsOffNauru.”


Teddy Bears Picnic

The Parish of Wallsend shared these unBEARably cute photos from their recent Teddy Bears Picnic at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park.


The Donation which had a bigger gift inside it

Last week the OPShop in Redhead received a drop of about 20 bags of clothes and other items. They were from a deceased estate. “We often receive donations like this so nothing too unusual about this. However once our wonderful volunteers started to sift through the bags to inspect and sort the items something extremely unusual happened. One of our volunteers opened a tin with lots of folded pieces of paper. “I was going to throw the lot out because they looked like personal papers and I didn’t want to invade someone else’s privacy”, but something else caught her eye – something we don’t often see in our donation bags…wads of folded $50 bills – over $8000 in total! This could have been a huge windfall for the OpShop. There was nothing there to identify who it was that had dropped off the clothes, so we would only have had to take the cache to the police and wait for the regulated period of time and the money would have been ours. But something else was going to happen that added another level of amazing to this story. Our volunteer knew who’s estate the donation had come from and so we were able to track down the owner and give them the tin with the money in it! Oh the surprise on their face, “We knew that mum did this sort of thing, but we thought we’d sorted through everything!”. They generously gave us a donation as a thank you. It pays to go through your donations properly before you drop them into our OpShop!”


Remembrance Day at Terrigal

Bishop Charlie visited the Parish of Terrigal on Remembrance Day.


Kotara South Parish Remembers

Many Parishioners attached family names to the red poppy banners and shared memories of sacrifices made by relatives in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. Our Rector Rev’d Dr Fergus King read an inscription written by his late grandfather from a Bible he carried during World War I. “Jack” King was part of the South African Corps and recorded in the Bible the fact that by the age of nineteen he had served on the Western Front for 3 years and 81 days. He was subsequently injured but returned to further active duty after his recuperation. Lest We Forget


Fred Hollows Humanity Award

The Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School Junior School Captain, Noah Simon, received the Fred Hollows Humanity Award for his efforts to raise money for the Bowel Cancer Association for Red Apple Day. Noah was able to raise awareness of Bowel Cancer in the Junior School encouraging students at weekly assemblies to bring in a red apple on Red Apple Day and by donating funds to the Bowel Cancer Association by purchasing a Red Apple pin. Fred Hollows was an acclaimed eye surgeon and humanitarian who championed the right of all people to have access to affordable, high-quality eye care. This award aims to recognise students that reflect Fred’s desire to care for mankind and help those in need. Noah was 1 of 72 Year 6 students to receive this honourable award at Parliament House in Sydney. Pictured is Gabbi Hollows and Hon. Ron Stokes MP Minister for Education.


Cardiff Community Lunch Celebrates Anniversary

St Thomas’, Cardiff recently celebrated the 10th “Birthday” of the Community Saturday lunch, held on the first Saturday of each month.


A month of celebrations at the Parish of Dungog

During the month of September, the Anglican Parish of Dungog celebrated two significant anniversaries in the life of the parish. First was the 160th Anniversary of the Christ Church Dungog, opened and dedicated October 24, 1858 by Bishop William Tyrrell. The second anniversary was to celebrate 100 years of service of the pipe organ. As reported in the Dungog Chronicle of 23 August 1918, the new pipe organ was dedicated in a ‘service carried out impressively’, by Bishop Stretch.