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February 2020 Album

Check out these photos taken across our Diocesan community, and find out what our schools, parishes, clergy and ministries got up to last month

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Some of the 60+ people who gathered to hear Karl Vaters (front, second from left) speak at The Parish of East Brisbane on 21-22 February, when people gathered to explore a new way to look at vision-casting; how to discover and use what their church does well; and, how to find and mentor volunteers in small churches. This inspiring, challenging and encouraging event was organised by Honorary Assistant Priest The Rev'd Mark Vincent (front, second from right) and parishioner Michael Willis (front, first from right).


Bishop Jeremy Greaves on Facebook on 17 February 2020: "This morning I joined in the celebrations at Matthew Flinders Anglican College as Kathrin Koning was commissioned as College Chaplain. A great occasion in the life of the college!"


West Moreton Anglican College Facebook on 14 February 2020: "A day filled with flowers, smiles and kindness is a day well spent. Happy Valentine's Day from our Middle School Flower Stall."


Anglican Parish of Bundaberg Facebook on 15 February 2020: "This afternoon a small but loving congregation met at St Mark’s, Gooburrum with Bishop Jeremy to give thanks for the life of this charming little church and for all who have passed through it over the years as the doors are closed for the final time. It was a sad occasion but everyone was encouraged by Bishop Jeremy to look for the ‘happy ending’ and remain faithful and hopeful in the resurrection."


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 16 February 2020: "Congratulations to Irene Shivas, resident of Anglicare Symes Grove, who celebrated her 100th birthday last week! Irene has lived a fascinating life, including working in the British Post Office Telephone and Telegraph Service and migrating from England to calling Australia home."


Bishop John Roundhill on Facebook on 2 February 2020: "A rather joyful morning at St Luke's Anglican Church, Goodna. Thank you Anglican Parish of Goodna for a lovely morning with some wonderful singing and dancing."


Mothers Union Australia Diocesan President Beverley Perry presented certificates to bursary recipients, (L-R): Melissa Conway, Loretta Tyler-Moss and Glynn Holland-Leam on 18 February 2020 in the Cathedral's Darnell Room.


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 13 February 2020: "Our Children and Families Gold Coast team acknowledged the National Apology Day by watching the apology speech that was held 12 years ago today. The morning was commemorated with a morning tea and special cake baked by our Cultural Support Team Member, Lalania Tusa, with the ingredients of Together, Unity and Sorry."


"It was absolute mayhem and chaos at St Bart’s, Toowoomba’s Colin Concert on 8 February, but with the clear message that Jesus is King over everything! We welcomed over 400 people from the community through our doors for the Colin Buchanan concert, which included music, streamers, confetti canons, toilet paper canons, and a clear gospel message of the love of Jesus."


Cannon Hill Anglican College Facebook on 24 February 2020: "This morning, CHAC students embraced a rare opportunity to hone their Rugby skills when Wallabies players James O’Connor, Izack Rodda and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto popped by as part of the Touch 7S primary school program being run through HPE lessons. After a kick on the oval with the Year 6 students, the players spoke to journalists about the upcoming Rugby tests being held in Brisbane during June and July."


On 12 February, our Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group met for the first time in 2020, taking the opportunity to yarn about the artwork commissioned by the Working Group. The dot paintings were created by young Kabi Kabi, Koa and Yuin artist Stevie O'Chin for the Archbishop's 2020-2022 'Being Together' Diocesan themes. (L-R): Stephen Harrison, Tim Reid, Patrick Meuleman, Sandra King OAM, Fr Bruce Boase, Fr Richard Browning, Stephen Hart, Olly Yasso, Jean Anderson and Meredith Walker AM.


Bishop Cam Venables and Personal Assistant Helen Briffa discussing the year ahead in the Western Region office, Toowoomba on 4 February 2020.


St Margaret's Anglican Girls School Facebook on 26 February 2020: "MISSION POSSIBLE: Do you remember the anticipation waiting for that first wobbly tooth to come loose? Imagine the distress one of our primary students felt while eagerly awaiting the moment her tooth came free only to lose it down a drain at school. The tooth fairy had to call in specialist reinforcements in the shape of groundsman ‘George the Giant’, who has been helping deal with all manner of ‘Fix-it’ requests for the staff and students of St Margaret’s for 25 years. Never fear, the tiny tooth has been retrieved and the girls were treated to a celebratory classroom visit from their new hero."


Mission To Seafarers Facebook on 22 February 2020: "It's not every day that our Mission has the opportunity to assist our seafarers in this particular way, but what a joy it has been. Our Chaplain The Rev’d Ian McGilvray presided over the marriage of Jan Aligante and Kathleen Padillo in our Chapel at the Seafarers Centre. This was the first wedding ceremony at the seafarers chapel since 1997. To make this story of love even more enjoyable, Jan Aligante is the 3/0 [Third Officer] on the ship MV Kwangsi, which arrived in port in time for the wedding yesterday morning. With only a short port stay expected, the wedding and the celebrations that followed were orchestrated to perfection. What a wonderful start to their next journey together. Safe sailing, Jan, and we look forward to seeing you both together again as soon as possible."


Community of The Way Facebook on 29 February 2020: "Last night started our newest tradition: Fortnightly Friday Night Game Night! Open to anyone and everyone. Bring your dinner and come hang out. Our next game night will be the 14 March @ St Francis College."


St Hilda's School Facebook on 27 February 2020: "We are excited to share the news that 2019 Graduate Kiera Gazzard has been selected in the Australian Artistic Swimming Team for the 2020 Olympic Games! Congratulations on this incredible achievement, Kiera. We can't wait to cheer you on later this year!"


Puppy Alfie, a miniature Daschund, spent much of February recovering from surgery and recuperating in the former hospital that is St Martin's House. Alfie's key carers, Emma Cooke and Frances Thompson, are now considering a career change to veterinary science.


Brisbane Anglican Youth Facebook on 13 February 2020: "We are so excited to announce and present to you our Interns for 2020! Sarah Crisp [pictured] will be taking up her internship with Community of the Way and Amy Stalley will be interning with us here at AYCF. We are stoked to be working with such amazing young women this year and all the energy and ideas that they will bring. So make sure you watch this space for their great work...And if you are reading this wishing this was you, it just might be for 2021! Applications for the new year will open later in the year, so keep up to date by either following us here or signing up for our newsletter at"


St Luke's Anglican School, Bundaberg Facebook on 28 February 2020: "Our Primary students were leading the way as eco-warriors up ahead of Clean Up Australia Day, 1 March 2020! Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. This was a great way to inspire our students and to learn about the impact of rubbish on our local environment. Our School Clean Up Day showed our students how they can play an active role in our community, making a difference in our world!"


Bishop John Roundhill on Facebook on 9 February 2020: "Can you count the mitres in the photo? A wonderful morning at Christ Church, St Lucia. This selfie is from the 9 am service. There is also a just-as-friendly 7 am service."


St John's Anglican Church, Dalby Facebook on 9 February 2020: "While many of us were flooded in this morning, our awesome warden Kim Kelly made sure our 10 am Family Service went ahead and shared a great kids' talk with us. Thanks, Kim!"


St Mary's, Kangaroo Point Facebook on 23 February 2020: "Every year the scouts and guides celebrate Founder’s Day at St Mary’s at a special service attended by a large number of Boy and Girl Scouts, Girl Guides and their leaders...This year the service was attended by the State Governor and State Chief Scout, His Excellency, Paul de Jersey AC, who also delivered a reading. The congregation was joined by past and present Scout and Guide leaders and many happy scouts and guides. An important part of the service was the renewal of the Scout Promise and the Girl Guide Promise led by Daryl Scott, Chief Commissioner of Scouts Queensland, and Dorami Keyt, Senior Guides Leader and District Manager. Pictured: The Governor of Queensland and Chief Scout, His Excellency Paul de Jersey, with the Lord Mayor of Brisbane Councillor Adrian Schrinner and the Chief Commissioner of Scouts Queensland Daryl Scott after they had unveiled the new plaque."


Toowoomba Anglican School on 25 February 2020: "SHROVE TUESDAY - Our kitchen worked hard this morning to feed pancakes to the whole school before Lent starts tomorrow. The long-standing Christian custom of ‘Pancake Day’ comes from the using up of ingredients in the house before Lent. The beginning of a lovely tradition at TAS!"


Thanks, again, to The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt and the St John's Cathedral team for cooking up a pancake storm for Shrove Tuesday on 25 February 2020. Cathedral Precinct clergy and staff and broader community members thoroughly enjoy the annual maple-flavoured carb hit, the hot cuppa and the friendly chat.


East Redland Anglicans Facebook on 8 February 2020: "What an absolute honour this evening to attend the Commissioning Service of The Rev'd Cameron Freese as the new Priest-in-Charge of East Redland Anglican Parish. Pictured: Sheena Hewlett with Cr Peter Mitchell, Kim Richards, Cr Lance Hewlett, Cr Wendy Boglary and Bruce Reedman."


Year 5 student Ella Dean administering the ashes to Fr Jeff Jarvis at the Fraser Coast Anglican College Ash Wednesday Service.


Ash Wednesday 'Ashes To Go' at Cafe 65 in the heart of Buderim, with Mother Moira Evers officiating.


Ashes to Go outside Central Station in Brisbane on Ash Wednesday 2020, with The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt leading the way.


The Rev'd Canon Julia Van Den Bos and The Rev'd Kate Ross administering ashes on Ash Wednesday outside St John's Cathedral.


Speaker Roberta Thompson presenting to Anglican school staff members on cyber bullying intervention on 17 February 2020 in the Cathedral's Darnell Room.


Lachlan Kamilaroi Toovey from Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) was awarded Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student at the Queensland Certificate of Education Achievement Awards in February. Lachlan says, "I am constantly inspired by the sacrifices of my family, especially my mum, to provide me with such great opportunities. The support I received from my school and the Yalari team also played a pivotal role in making my high school journey such a success."


St Augustine’s, Hamilton kicked off a year of celebrations for its centenary with a community and family fun day on 22 February 2020. Enjoying the Music on the Green event are (L to R) Jonathan Sargeant, The Rev’d Christian and Brenda Forde from Lismore Parish, The Rev’d Murray Fysh from the Uniting Church and Lisa Sargeant.


Parish Council members from The Parish of Waterloo Bay met with Resource Churches Pilot Project specialist Michelle McDonald on Tuesday 11 February to discuss church communications and the exciting pilot project. (L-R): Laura Farrow, Merilyn Hockaday, Jide Oyewole, Warren Collins, Rob Clark, Amanda Hart, Annmaree Collins, The Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe, Liz Law, Ann Martin-Victor, Melissa Marriott, John Bretz and PMC's Michelle McDonald.


Director of Governance, Risk and Assurance at Anglicare, and former trailblazing nurse practitioner, Amanda Davies shared her story at the February Precinct Morning Tea, which Anglicare hosts monthly. Amanda cracked up all those who attended with her hilarious anecdotes and earthy sense of humour.