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April 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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Peter Branjerdporn and daughter Mali on Facebook on Palm Sunday (5 April 2020): “We welcome the prince of peace.”


Sandra Gierke on Facebook on 5 April 2020: "Palm Sunday morning in Newtown, Toowoomba with Hollie Gierke in charge of the Palm Crosses, gifts and chalk art on the footpath. We celebrated our ‘Zoom’ church service in the front yard with The Rev'd Pauline Harley and our fellow congregation members ‘Zoomed in’, celebrating Jesus triumphant return to Jerusalem."


Churchie has commemorated Anzac Day with an annual service since 1919. Despite being unable to hold the service this year, the Churchie community found many creative ways to acknowledge this important national day. Most of Churchie’s cadets and students participated with their families in RSL Queensland’s Light up the Dawn, standing in their driveways at home at 6 am on Anzac Day. Churchie’s musicians also provided supported via the Music for Mateship initiative, playing 'The Last Post' and 'Reveille' on a bugle or trumpet in their communities. Where the community would usually gather on Anzac Day, Chairman of School Council Mr Daniel O’Connor OAM and Headmaster Dr Alan Campbell laid wreaths at the memorial on The Flat, which displays the names of 119 fallen Old Boys and staff, a constant reminder of Churchie’s legacy of service.


This month St Bart’s launched its studio! This has already been a great resource to be able to stream webinars from and film various videos in. Pictured: Amy and Bettrys from the St Bart's Kids Team


Anglicare SQ Maintenance Coordinator David Lefrancke literally went the extra mile recently when he flew his two-seater 2007 Czech Sport Aircraft to deliver much-needed supplies to Anglicare's Roma office: David is pictured here with Service Coordinator Tracey O’Brien.


Anglicare SQ Facebook on 29 April 2020: "Thank you The Coffee Club Australia. Our staff at Logan appreciated the kind gesture when we were surprised by coffees from the thoughtful team at The Coffee Club."


Resource Collaboration Group member The Rev’d Canon Sarah Plowman chats with people across our Diocesan community from home: “It’s so good to see people’s faces and hear their good news stories as well as their challenges.”


Kerryn Smith (top right) from The Anglican Schools Commission got more than she bargained for when fellow COVID-19 Resource Collaboration Group members surprised her in a Help Desk test run session, with (L-R) The Rev'd Canon Sarah Plowman holding up her family's guinea pig, AYCF's The Rev'd Jonathan Kemp with a ceramic cat, anglican focus Editor Michelle McDonald with Lily the rottweiler and Parish Liaison Officer Kelly Houston (bottom right). The Rev'd Richard Browning, The Rev'd Jazz Dow and Jonathan Sargeant also joined in on the fun!


After the COVID-19 problem solving Help Desk was enthusiastically road tested on Zoom by Resource Collaboration Group members and their pets, Diocesan community members sought assistance over three Help Desk sessions in early April, with various people asking about worship engagement, technical issues, emergency food pantry distribution scenarios and more. The Rev'd Bronwyn Pagram (bottom left) sought advice from The Rev'd Jazz Dow, Jonathan Sargeant and Jen Basham.


On 27 April 2020, Doriann Holloway, St Laurence's Caboolture AMUA Branch President, sent a weekly 'Keeping-in-Touch' letter with something to encourage members in their personal time of prayer and Bible reading, something to think about to challenge members intellectually or philosophically, and a 'Catch-up Corner' with news of each other.


The Rev'd Suzanne Grimmett from St Andrew's, Indooroopilly: "Our congregation was asked to send through a photo of themselves with light representing the hope of Easter and of being resurrection people. The montage was used as part of the Easter Sunday worship." (Pictured: St Andrew's parishioners Norman and Marjorie Gough)


New Cathedral Shop manager Ann-Marie Reynolds stocktaking cards, of which there are (only) 13,000. A warm welcome to Ann-Marie, who joined our Diocesan community in November.


Archdeacon of the Sunshine Coast John Cornish lights a New Easter Fire in his backyard on Easter Eve 2020.


Every Wednesday, people across our Diocesan community join Archbishop Phillip Aspinall in Morning Prayer. On Wednesday 29 April the Archbishop introduced Morning Prayer with a brief reflection on "the life and ministry of Catherine of Siena." Join the Archbishop on Wednesdays by going to the St Francis College YouTube Channel.


Maundy Thursday, St Andrew's Springfield: "It was really good to engage with Maundy Service at home. As you can see, with Cian and Chris, we were able to participate in the service and wash each other's feet. We felt so blessed and our hearts are full of joy and love". (Parishioners Chris and Michelle)


CHAC is working hard to maintain and grow its strong College community spirit during these unprecedented circumstances. Each week, the College live streams assemblies for secondary students, and weekly primary Chapel services are also live streamed for students learning from home. Pictured: Deputy Director of Primary Mrs Anita Spencer, College Chaplain and Director of Mission Brother Nathan James, and Director of Primary Mrs Elizabeth Chaplin speak to primary students during a 30 April 2020 Chapel service.


Bishop John Roundhill attending the Commissioning of The Rev'd Dr Margaret Wesley as Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Ithaca-Ashgrove on Thursday 9 April 2020 (via Zoom). She was commissioned by Bishop Jeremy Greaves. Congratulations to Margaret.


Fraser Coast Anglican College: Mrs Nicholls online with her Year 11 Chemistry class in April 2020.


In the lead up to World Labyrinth Day on 2 May, Churchie students created their own labyrinths at home during April, including Year 5 student Jacob, pictured here with the labyrinth he created using beach towels in his backyard.


Bishop Jeremy Greaves recorded an inspiring Good Friday 2020 message in early April: “As we come once again to the cross this Good Friday, we are called to remember that, like our ancestors, we also have choices to make at every intersection. We can be indifferent or engaged, apathetic or involved, overwhelmed or determined, fearful or hopeful."


Since Holy Week started on Palm Sunday, Bishop Cam Venables has been hosting popular 'Live at Five' reflections on diverse subjects, which he has been live streaming via Facebook Live while sharing a cup of tea with people across our Diocesan community. Why not grab a cuppa and join him?


Anglicare SQ Facebook on 25 April 2020: "True Community Spirit! A local neighbour of our Residential Aged Care Home, Symes Grove, volunteered his time and talents to perform the 'Last Post' on the bugle for our residents. It came at the perfect time, when our residents were disappointed at the thought of not celebrating Anzac Day in their traditional way. Our neighbour, Jamie, is a music teacher at the local high school. He’s passionate about playing brass instruments for his students and came up with the idea to give back to his community. Thank you, Jamie, for sharing your talents with our residents, and for helping us to celebrate those who have served and continue to serve – it means so much to us."