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July 2019 Album

Recent photos of our Diocesan community

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Archbishop Phillip Aspinall and the Governor of Queensland The Hon Paul De Jersey AC QC at the 25 July service celebrating the Archbishop's 30 years of priestly ministry at St John's Cathedral.


Director of Mission at Anglicare The Rev'd Canon Linda McWlliam reading from Jeremiah and Psalm 126 at the Archbishop's 30th Anniversary event on 25 July, pictured here with the Archbishop and The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt.


Well-wisher signing the Archbishop's card at the 25 July service celebrating his 30 years of priestly ministry.


During the mid-year holidays, the Fraser Coast Anglican College Library was turned into a ‘Storybook Garden’. Designed to enlighten the imagination of students when they are in the library and transport them to another world…within one of their books. It is the first of its kind in the area, constructed by Natureworks. Year 2 students even said they saw where the fairies lived and were waiting for them to come out of their holes.


Bishop Cam Venables took this great shot of the Boonah Parish Op-Shop team on 16 July while visiting the shop and having a yarn and cuppa with team members.

South Sudanese and Sudanese Prayer Service

Bishop Daniel Abot (third from right) and spouse Rachel Jimma (third from left) with three of their daughters, Bishop Cam Venables and other participants at the South Sudanese and Sudanese Prayer Service on 7 July 2019 at St John's Anglican Cathedral


On Wednesday 3 July, St Thomas' Day, Bishop Jeremy Greaves baptised Anongrak and confirmed Neale, Anongrak, Bella, Jessica and Harry at The Anglican Parish of Caloundra and Glasshouse Country. We wish them every blessing in their journeys ahead.


Child Protection Training participants at St Anne's, Highfields on 21 July.


Clients and staff kicking up their heels and having a ball celebrating Christmas in July at Anglicare's Southport Respite Care Centre on 17 July.


St Margaret’s Principal Ms Ros Curtis took on the duty of race starter as runners lined up for the annual St Margaret’s Run held on Friday 19 July, as part of the school’s St Margaret’s Day celebrations.


Another lovely shot taken by Bishop Cam Venables on his travels around the Western Region. This image is of the generous and big-hearted Crows Nest Parish Op-Shop Team.


Parishioners from Mitchell (part of the Maranoa Warrego Anglican Mission Area) with The Rev'd Rick Gummow after the Sunday 21 July confirmation service (including a possible future Bishop in the centre front). Bishop Cam Venables said that: "42 people were present and during our worship together the Lord’s prayer was simultaneously offered in English, Spanish, German, and Chinese…A Holy Spirit moment in the midst of a lovely gathering."


17 July marked a very significant event for the Parish of Fortitude Valley, as Fr Rodney Wolff was commissioned as Priest-in-Charge. Bishop Jeremy said that: "The evening was a wonderful celebration of community and we were grateful to have so many people share in this moment. Our sincere thanks to the choir and guest musicians, to visiting clergy and to all those who came to celebrate and offer their support to Fr Rodney. And so a new chapter begins at Holy Trinity, and we are so happy to welcome you Fr Rodney to this community."


The front of the vocations prayer card that Bishop John Roundhill and members of the Vocations Taskgroup have developed. 16,000 have been printed for distribution across our Diocesan community. Bishop Cam Venables wrote this prayer for the back of the card: "Holy God, we lift to you the need for new vocations in the life of your Church, to serve as leaders of ministry and mission. Through your Spirit, give us wisdom that we may creatively invite people to consider; and give us discernment that we may recognise whom you are calling into this role. We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."


Vocations Taskgroup Team members The Rev'd Jazz Dow, Bishop John Roundhill and anglican focus Editor Michelle McDonald enjoying a 'pack n chat' session as they pack new vocations prayer cards ahead of the forthcoming clergy conferences where they will be distributed.


Bishop Cam Venables also took this gorgeous shot of the special Jandowae Op-Shop volunteers during his July Western Region travels.


In the recent school holidays, Year 11 and 12 students and three staff members from Churchie travelled to Cambodia to teach children from the Bamboo Shoots Primary School.


Worshiping together at St Augustine’s, Leyburn, with The Rev'd David Snape holding the crozier (image by Bishop Cam Venables).


The annual AYCF Senior Ichthus camp, held in winter, is always an amazing time of building faith, fun and friendships. Thank you to all of the volunteer cooks and leaders who made the week so special.


Coordinator Danielle Williamson and Cultural Support Worker Noel Doyle accepted a certificate of appreciation on behalf of Anglicare Children and Families Logan for their involvement in the Logan NAIDOC week event from Elder Aunty Betty McGrady of the Logan Elders Group. Anglicare was involved in the planning meetings leading up to NAIDOC and donated the services of a coffee van that provided free drinks to people attending the NAIDOC celebration on Tuesday 9 July.


The aspirations of our Logan Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders came to fruition in a true partnership of many at the Naming Ceremony on 22 July of one of Anglicare's youth residential houses. The naming ceremony included being presented with traditional Yugambeh language names for the rooms and the yarning circle. The house was named ‘Bullang’ meaning 'strong'. There were performances by the Yerongpan Aboriginal Dancers (traditional peoples of the Brisbane areas) and the Malu Kiai Mura Baui Traditional Dance Company of the Boigu Island peoples of the Torres Straits, as well as a wonderful feast of native foods. A big thank you to Joshua Stephen, Uncle Noel Summers, Aunty Robyn Williams and the Logan elders Aunty Faith, Aunty Marg and Aunty Coral for their guidance and support. (L-R): Elders Aunty Robyn Williams and Uncle Noel Summers, with Michelle Greave (Service Manager Residential Youth Care, Carbrook).


The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt speaking with ABC Radio's Rachel Mealey about Earth Overshoot Day on 29 July 2019, marking the day when humanity’s demands for ecological resources, including fish, forests and fresh water, exceed what the Earth can renew in a year.


The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt, The Rev'd Kate Ross, Justice Unit staff members Jen Basham and Peter Branjerdporn and participants of the Earth Overshoot Day liturgy on 29 July when the St John's Cathedral bells tolled for 12 minutes, marking the years that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that we have to avoid catastrophic climate change.


Bishop Jeremy Greaves braving the Adelaide winter, as he puts the finishing touches on a sermon he delivered on 28 July at St Peter's Cathedral.


Mrs Chelsey Eunson conducting the St Andrew’s Wind Ensemble, who placed first in the Concert Band section at the ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival on the Gold Coast between 17-20 July.


Mothers Union Australia president for St Luke's, Toowoomba Eleanor Higgins with guest speakers from Hummingbird House, the only hospice in Queensland for terminally ill children. Eleanor is pictured with John and Maureen Bran, the Community Support Coordinators for Hummingbird House.


The Rev'd David Browne and The Rev'd Zoe Browne recently featured in the Dalby Herald, following their mid-2019 move to Dalby along with their two young sons, Jude and Micah. The Rev'd David Browne has been Commissioned as the new parish priest of St John's Anglican Church. The Rev'd Zoe will continue as Chaplain at The Toowoomba Anglican School. Congratulations to both The Rev'd David and The Rev'd Zoe.


The Holy Rood, Oxenford Mainly Music Team recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Mainly Music program. During the last 10 years, hundreds of littlies from birth to five years have come through their doors each Thursday morning during term time. The Mainly Music group has provided snacks for the children and tea, coffee and delicious food for the adults, as well as a half hour of Mainly Music’s structured music and movement program. Once the music gets underway, the joy on the faces of the children is quite special. Over the years, they have seen lifelong friendships develop between the parents and children who attend. As well, Holy Rood volunteers have provided a listening ear for those parents who are going through tough times.


St Margaret’s Chaplain The Rev'd Susan Crothers-Roberston conducted some outdoor prayer spaces – Dadirri – in July, inviting the students to pin prayers on an outdoor vine creating an avenue of prayers. She also created a Bubble Prayer space encouraging students to “blow their problems away”. It was inspired by 1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your worries onto God because God cares for you”.