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January 2020 Album

Recent photos of our Diocesan community

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Scores of people from across our Diocese gathered at St Francis College on Thursday 30 January to farewell Stephen Clarke, who has served as the College's Property and Finance Manager for the last 15 years. He will be missed for his kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness. Stephen (left) is pictured with Executive Director of St Francis College, Bishop Jonathan Holland. Stephen's wonderful cake gives new meaning to the retirement catchphrase 'gone fishing'.


Bishop Jeremy speaking at The Parish of Strathpine's regular 'Tres Bon' meal and guest speaker event, pictured here with Churchwarden Laura van Kressibucher.


Campers and leaders enjoying water games at the 2020 Primary Ichthus Camp, which was held at Maranatha Recreation Camp in Yandina from 8-11 January.


Bishop John Roundhill on Facebook on 5 January: "It was a delight to be with some of the folk of St Paul's, East Brisbane to celebrate the Epiphany at their 8am service. Thank you so much for the warm welcome. It was a pleasure to be with you. What was there not to like!? "


New Director Mission for the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC) Fr Richard Browning discussing the ASC's new Ethos Statement, which outlines the vocation of our schools, on Monday 21 January at the ASC's Ann St, Brisbane office. Pictured (L-R): Heather Bryce, Kerry Frances, Stewart Sherrington, John Gregg, Steven Window, Robert Nettleton, Vanessa Gamack, Levina Fuller, Kerryn Smith and Fr Richard Browning.


Bishop Cam Venables and Community of The Way members Amy Stalley and Jack Venables hanging out at St Francis College on Thursday 30 January. Amy Stalley, who is studying nursing at ACU, is starting her second year in the Milton-based intentional community, while Jack, who will be studying psychology at QUT, is starting his first year.


Mothers Union Hendra/Clayfield Branch Executives Mary Edwards and Marilyn Dunning working on the program to reflect the Mothers Union theme 'Building Hope and Confidence' for the year ahead.


Larraine Bence (Krafters Group Coordinator for the Lions Club of Griffith University) and Heather Turner (Volunteer Supervisor for Mission to Seafarers Brisbane) at the Mission to Seafarers Centre at the Port of Brisbane on 30 January. Larraine and Pauline Meizer (MTS Secretary) had brought in many knitted items, including beanies, scarves, teddies and knee rugs for MTS to give away to visiting seafarers. The Krafters are a small and extremely conscientious group who drop in with their goodies a number of times throughout the year. Their donations are greatly appreciated by MTS and MTS visitors.


Parish locum The Rev'd Jamee Callard was farewelled from St Gabriel's, Carindale on 26 January 2020 with a surprise cake. She is pictured with Melvis Mole, who is President of the St Gabriel’s Fellowship Group


Holy Trinity, Fortitude Valley Facebook on 15 January: "Yesterday, we had the great pleasure of spending some time with Ted and Emma as they helped cook up over 80 meals for our pantry. As part of the winning team of a work team challenge at Laing O'Rourke, they selected Trinity Centre Pantry as the recipient of a generous donation. Thank you Ted and Emma (and team) for your donation and also for your time. You certainly made potato peeling pass quickly and we are so very grateful for your kind donation and your help in preparing meals for those in need."


Holy Spirit, Coolum Facebook on 15 January: "At Holy Spirit, Coolum, 2020 was ushered in with the joy of two baptisms. These baptisms were especially meaningful to the congregation as the little ones baptised are the grandchildren of two of our clergy, Carol Roth and Jocelyn Pitt. We pray that they will grow joyously into the faith into which they have been baptised."


Community of The Way hosted a Bushfire Prayer Vigil at St Francis College on Thursday 9 January 2020 in the wake of devastating bush fires and the effects of climate change on the earth and its people and animals. Bishop Cam Venables sang the following lyrics, which he wrote, at the vigil: "And creatures we call friend; It’s hard to comprehend; Their loss of habitat and home; Burnt, injured, left half-dead; What is the road ahead; The way to heal and live again? Kyrie eleison! Kyrie eleison! Kyrie eleison! Christi eleison! Christi eleison! Christi eleison!" (Image courtesy of St Clements on the Hill Facebook)


St Mark's, Buderim Facebook on 26 January: "Today we were joined by representatives from diverse faith groups at St Mark’s. They shared music, chant, prose, prayer and poetry. A beautiful opportunity to open our hearts and minds. In peaceful respect of our neighbors in this Great Southern Land. Love one another. Every. Single. Other."


St John's Anglican College Facebook on 28 January 2020: "FIRST DAY 2020. Wishing our new and returning families a great start to the school year at St John's."


Anglicare SQ Facebook on 13 January: "Last year we posted about our youth mobile kitchen, the Good Grub Club and their goal of getting a new generator. We’re excited to announce that thanks to the amazing people at The Honda Foundation, we have secured our very own generator! Securing a generator allows the Good Grub Club to visit even more locations, including crisis accommodation shelters and not be limited by the need to have power available at the site. Our youth worker, Lauren and her crew of youth, including Sara (pictured) are excited to hit the streets and feed more customers in 2020!"


Archbishop Phillip Aspinall joined clergy from across our Diocese at the annual Clergy Summer School, which was held at The Southport School in mid-January. Archbishop Phillip is pictured with two presenters, National Aboriginal Bishop Chris McLeod (left) and The Rev'd William Loader. (Image courtesy of The Rev'd Robert Paget)


Bishop John Roundhill on Facebook on 26 January: "One way to celebrate today – a joyful Eucharist which kept the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany. This was taken at the 9.15am service at Alexandra Hills, The Church of the Resurrection...The joy in this photo accurately captures the joy of the service."


Fraser Coast Anglican College students, staff, parents and College Council members collaborating on the college's new Strategic Plan in January 2020, with lots of great ideas and discussions emerging.


Churchie’s new Head of Preparatory School Mr Mark Wyer with three new Year 3 students, Rhys, Bhuddie and Orlando, on the first day of school in 2020.


St John's Cathedral Facebook on 6 January (Image of St Martin's House, Ann St entry): "How do other people know that we have invited God into our lives and our homes? It is a tradition to chalk our homes at Epiphany, usually at the front or main entrance, with sacred signs and symbols as we ask God’s blessing upon those who live, work, or visit throughout the coming year. The first and last numbers for the current year. The letters C M B for the traditional names for the three kings: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar or “Christus Mansionem Benedicat” which means, “May Christ bless this dwelling!”


St Bart's, Toowoomba Facebook on 24 January: "Congratulations to Brianna and Lee (from our 6PM congregation) who were married today at St Bart’s. Please pray for them as they embark upon life together as husband and wife, seeking to glorify God through their marriage."


Glennie School Facebook on 28 January: "Kindy children explored their new classrooms and playground today. We thank Mia and James from WIN News Toowoomba for coming along to chat to Mrs Harris and the children. Don't miss their story tonight and enjoy a few pictures captured in the playground today."


Bishop Jeremy Greaves giving communion to parishioners at The Parish of North Pine on 26 January.


Congratulations to Estelle Drynan, from The Parish of Brisbane Valley, for being named Citizen of the Year for the Somerset Region on 26 January. Estelle is pictured with her husband, John.