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On the evening of 7th November the Reverend Peter Adkins was commissioned as Rector of Bulahdelah / Tea Gardens Parish. The Right Reverend Dr Peter Stuart, Bishop Administrator, officiated at the service. It has been a long and patient wait for the parish of over 2 years and we give thanks to God for the...

Donate a gift to the Samaritans Christmas Warehouse and give joy to someone in need this Christmas. A small donation of food, cash or gifts this Christmas can make a massive difference. The Diocesan office will have a Christmas Giving Tree again in 2017. You can drop in your unwrapped gift to the Anglican Diocese Office, 134 King Street Newcastle before Friday December 15,  2017....

Melbourne Cup at Nelson Bay The lovely ladies of All Saints looked glamorous for Melbourne Cup at The Point Restaurant on Tuesday. Anglican Care Come Together for Melbourne Cup Lovely pics from last week’s Melbourne Cup celebrations at Anglican Care. Bulahdelah & Tea Gardens Farewell The Rev’d Denis Kirkaldy farewell from the Parish of Bulahdelah...

The 175th anniversary of the completion of heritage listed St Pauls was marked with an open day on October 28 which kicked off with a re-enactment of an 1800s clergyman riding his horse from Frost Reserve to the church. Approximately 300 people visited the site from around the community to mark this hallmark occasion. A...

On Wednesday November 1 more than 200 students from the four Newcastle Anglican Schools Corporation (NASC) schools converged on Christ Church Cathedral for their annual Celebration Day. The Year 7 students had arrived from Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School, Manning Valley Anglican College and Scone Grammar School for three hours of...

St Matthew’s Georgetown viewed the Psalms from a new angle on Sunday morning! As part of their regular all-ages’ worship service, congregation members got out of their seats and on to the floor, exploring the powerful and often painful emotions expressed in “the Church’s Hymn Book” through a game of Psalm Twister. The coloured circles...

Over the weekend the Bishop Nomination Board advised parishes of progress leading up to the Bishop Election Synod, including indicating that they will be nominating three people to the Synod for consideration. The Bishop Election Synod papers will be emailed and posted to all Synod members on Friday November 10. Please hold in your prayers...

A detailed study by an ecumenical group accuses European media of maintaining a “pattern of invisibility” for refugees and migrants.

An innovative community regeneration project by the Anglican Church in Hong Kong has been given an Award of Excellence by Unesco.

The state parliament of New South Wales has rejected a bill to legalise euthanasia; while a debate in Victoria was adjourned until Tuesday.

Churches across Fiji will observe “Break the Silence Sunday” this weekend, as part of a campaign to halt the epidemic of violence against women.

Church leaders from Zimbabwe, central Africa and Europe have been commenting on the on-going political situation in Zimbabwe.

The World Council of Churches will hold an online seminar next Monday – World Children’s Day – on the global campaign for birth registration.

The Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations say that the country is “between a crisis and a kairos” and call for prayer and dialogue.

Speakers opening the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee meeting in Amman, Jordan from 17-23 November, emphasized peace, justice and unity as the WCC discerns its way forward and uates its past work.

While meeting in Amman, Jordan from 17-23 November, the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee issued a statement on recent developments in Iraq affecting the prospects for sustaining religious and social diversity, and the future of the nation and its peoples.

While meeting in Amman, Jordan, from 17-23 November, the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee issued a statement on the detention of Bishop Carlos Morales and the situation in Mindanao, Philippines.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee will meet in Amman, Jordan from 17-23 November to approve the 2018 plans and budget, prepare for renewal of the WCC strategic plan, to discern the way forward for the WCC’s involvement in Palestine and Israel for justice and peace by learning more about the particular situation in Jordan and the Middle East, then discussing the challenges of the churches and the WCC response. The Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem, All Palestine and Jordan, Theophilos III, will welcome the group.

“It is our moral and ethical responsibility to take collective and immediate actions to address climate change and to safeguard life on our planet”, read the interfaith statement delivered by the World Council of Churches (WCC) to the plenary of COP23 on 16 November.

On 15 November, the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations issued a statement entitled “Zimbabwe Between a Crisis and a Kairos (Opportunity): The Pastoral Message of the Churches on the Current Situation.”

There are indications of a “pattern of invisibility” of refugees and migrants themselves in news reports on asylum and migration in European media, according to a new report presented in Brussels on 16 November.

THE “profoundly destructive” effect of debt was described in the House of Lords by the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, this week, in a speech that warned that the Government may need to take regulatory action. Introducing a short debate on the...

JANE AUSTEN novels are to be read aloud every day for a week as part of a fund-raising effort to restore a First World War memorial chapel in time for celebrations to mark the centenary of the Armistice. The chapel of St Mark’s, Farnborough, in Ha...

THE Archbishop of Canterbury could be enlisted to help to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from an Iranian prison, an MP has suggested. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a dual Iranian-British citizen, was arrested in April last year during a ...

A CLERGYMAN has criticised advertising by the Newcastle-based bakery Greggs which replaced Jesus with a sausage roll in a nativity scene. The Team Vicar of Christ the King, Newcastle, the Revd Mark Edwards, has described it as “disrespectful”. The...

CHRISTIANS and Jews must work together to combat the “virus” of anti-Semitism, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. In an article published on the Church Times website to mark the 75th anniversary of the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ), of ...

THE final Paddington Bear story will be set at St Paul’s Cathedral, where a memorial service for the author, Michael Bond, was held on Tuesday. Mr Bond, who wrote more than 200 books, was inspired to write Paddington at St Paul’s after attending t...

CHILDREN in church primary schools are to take part in exercises to experience what it is like to be a refugee and have to flee their home, as part of an initiative to encourage them to think about global issues. A trial of the Global Neighbour in...

This information is shared directly from the Samaritans Oi App in timing with White Ribbon Day – download the app today to learn more, join the community and be a voice against abuse. I want to tell someone about the things…

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The annual Samaritans Christmas Appeal has officially launched and Samaritans staff are making preparations for our busiest time of year. Christmas at Samaritans is wonderful, but it’s also challenging. We see more than four times the number of of people…

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Samaritans Grandparents as Parents (GAPS) service partnered with a range of organisations to host a picnic to celebrate and recognise grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and carers. ​The picnic was held at Lambton Park on Sunday 29 October and saw…

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To mark Fair Trading Week and give back to the people we support, Fair Trading NSW hosted a lunch for people supported by Samaritans NDIS services last week. Over 30 people we support joined in the occassion. It was a…

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Gambling addiction doesn’t discriminate. The common perception of a problem gambler is far removed from the grim reality faced by hundreds of thousands of everyday Australians. This Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, we’re sharing the responsibility by creating awareness and encouraging…

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Residents in the Coalfields are being encouraged to think about their gambling choices during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2017. Responsible Gambling Awareness Week will run in NSW from 23 to 29 October and people are being asked to take a…

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Dr David Outridge, a GP of 20 years and now working full-time in Addiction Medicine, offers his insights into the link between drug use and mental health. Dr Outridge is co-located with Samaritans Post Release Programs, where a joint initiative…

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Our brothers and sisters in faith from the St Francis Xavier, Belmont presented us with a contemporary icon of All Saints on our Feast of Title 2017. The gift marks a bond between our two congregations, and as a sign of thanks for the use of our Church building during the period when they constructed [...]

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Oriental Orthodox - Anglican Dialogue Last week (26 October) a new Agreed Statement between the Anglican Communion and the Oriental Orthodox was released. As agreed statements go it is relatively short and quite readable. You can open it in the button below, or the conclusion is copied to the right. This is an ongoing discussion [...]

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Feast of All Saints 2017 Next Sunday, 5th November, 2017 there will be one morning service at 9.30am followed by morning tea and lunch in the hall. Guest preacher will be The Rev’d Sarah Plummer (Senior Chaplain- Specialist Commands, NSW Police). The Parish will supply meat for the meal at $5/head. Please bring a salad or [...]

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After the plans and determination of a hardworking group the Op-Shop opened this week. The Op-Shop is in the laneway by the Commonwealth Bank and we invite to come in and have a look around.

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INTERFAITH CONVERSATIONS INTERFAITH CONVERSATIONS ON PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE Pax Christi Australia and the NSW Ecumenical Council invites you to participate in a four-session day to re-invigorate the practice of peace and non-violence in our lives. When: 9.30am on Saturday 12 August 2017 (registration starts at 9.00am) Where: Edmund Rice Centre, 15 Henley Rd, Homebush West (just one minute’s walk [...]

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Opening Plans The planned opening date for the new Op Shop venture is 24 July 2017.   There will be training for volunteers 20 & 21 July 2017.

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Refugee Week Photos 2017 Here are some photos from the Gregson Park event at Hamilton on Saturday 1/7/2017. A wonderful day with hundreds of people present. 

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,500 raised for Kairos Outside for Women-Hunter

$7,500 has been raised through the Anglican Women’s Thank You Boxes for the Kairos Outside for Women-Hunter weekends over the last year. Their Chaplain, The Revd Jan Deaves, advises that this is enough for 15 women to attend a weekend. Here they can receive support and encouragement in facing the experience of coping when a [...

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MU Quiet Day at Maitland

A Quiet Day has been organised by MU, to which all are welcome, at St Mary’s Anglican Church, 68 Church Street, Maitland, on Wednesday, 18th October. It will commence at 9.30am and finish at 12.

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Spring Celebrations take place around the Diocese

People from the Central Coast Deanery gathered at Holy Family Church, Wyoming. The Ahli Arab Hospital is a haven of peace in the middle of Gaza, one of the world’s most troubled places. A Palestinian territory (41km long x 12km at its widest), with a population of 1.

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Congratulations Bp Kay! First Australian Anglican female Archbishop

Australia has its first female Anglican archbishop with Kay Goldsworthy to lead the church in WA. She was a guest speaker at the recent Anglican Women Australia Conference held in Newcastle. We congratulate her on this next stage of her ministry and wish her all the best.

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2018 Lent Retreats for Women

Anglican Women has again organised the Silent retreats for women which are held each year in Lent. The venue for February 2018 will be the Catalina Conference Centre at Rathmines, situated on the western shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie, between Toronto and Morisset. A spacious, very comfortable, single-level facility, it is surrounded by parks and walkways.

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Anglican Women’s Sunday is held on the last Sunday in July each year. This year it will fall on Sunday 30th July. Its purpose is to celebrate ALL Anglican women across the Diocese and the good work they do on behalf of your parish, the community and the organisations to which they may belong.

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New Dean for Newcastle, & Bp Kay receives award

It has just been announced that: The Revd Canon Katherine Bowyer, Rector of the Parish of Cardiff  since 2013 and Director of Formation, is to be the next Dean of Newcastle! She is the first woman to take this role and also the first to be locally born.

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From The Diocese of Newcastle NSW on Facebook

Anglican Women Australia Newcastle Diocese are thrilled to advise that the giving through their "Thank You Boxes" over the last year to assist Kairos Outside for Women (KOW) in the Hunter, has amounted to ,500.

At Kairos Ouside weekends for women who have a family member in prison, guests find a safe environment, a listening ear, encouragement, support and love. Thank you to all who have supported this initiative.

The Rev'd Jan Deaves, Chaplain for Kairos Outside for Women-Hunter, has advised that they “are delighted with our donation of ,500, which will enable 15 ladies to attend a weekend!”

The current Thank You Box focus is to help with funds for the program for the early detection of breast cancer at the Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, which is owned by the Diocese of Jerusalem.
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Commissioning of Rev’d Peter Adkins

On the evening of 7th November the Reverend Peter Adkins was commissioned as Rector of Bulahdelah / Tea Gardens Parish. The Right Reverend Dr Peter Stuart, Bishop Administrator, officiated at the service.

It has been a long and patient wait for the parish of over 2 years and we give thanks to God for the locum ministers who faithfully served the parish over that time, particularly the Rev Denis Kirkaldy who was our Interregnum Locum for some 18 months.

The Commissioning Service was held at St Andrew’s Tea Gardens and the church building was full to capacity with official guests, visiting clergy, parishioners and supporters from the local community.

Rev Peter was presented with the symbols of his ministry including water, oil, bread & wine, a bible & prayer book and a purple stole by members of the congregation.

The Area Dean, Rev Brian Ford read out the terms of Rev Peter’s licence and the licence was officially presented to Rev Peter by the Bishop. Rev Peter was then welcomed into the parish to the enthusiastic applause of the congregation.

Speeches were given by Mr David West, the newly elected Mayor of MidCoast Council; Mr Len Roberts, Pastor of Tea Gardens Baptist Church on behalf of the local churches; Mrs Robyn Guthrie, Rector’s Warden of St John’s Bulahdelah and Mr Ross Weightman, Rector’s Warden of St Andrew’s Tea Gardens.

The evening concluded with a supper on the church lawns sheltered from the drizzling rain by a marquee.

It was a wonderful evening thanks to the hard work of a dedicated and always cheerful band of volunteers.

We very much look forward to Rev Peter’s ministry among us as we take the good news of Jesus Christ into our local communities on the Myall Coast.

All photos by Andrew Sillar.
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On this Day

Reciting the sermon on the night of the martyrdom of Imam Reza (Islam, 2017); Transgender Day of Remembrance; National Sovereignty Day in Argentina Diocletian on a Roman coin
  • 284 – Diocletian (pictured on coin) became Roman emperor, eventually establishing reforms that ended the Crisis of the Third Century.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Fort Lee marked the invasion of New Jersey by British and Hessian forces and the subsequent general retreat of the Continental Army.
  • 1917 – First World War: The Battle of Cambrai began with British forces having initial success over Germany's Hindenburg Line.
  • 1952 – The Slánský trial, a show trial against Czech General Secretary Rudolf Slánský and 13 other members of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, was held.
  • 1990 – Andrei Chikatilo, one of the Soviet Union's most prolific serial killers with 56 convicted murders, was arrested in Novocherkassk.
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