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June 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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Bishop John Roundhill: "This is from Sunday 17 May 2020 when I was at a live streaming service with Canon Gary Harch at St Mary’s, Kangaroo Point. It was my first hybrid selfie."


Fraser Coast Anglican College Principal Mr Joe Wright (far right) and Acting Head of Middle/Senior School Mrs Juliane Hallam (far left) bid a fond farewell to two of our long term international students at the end of Term 2 2020. Nicole Fontana (wearing her Seniors jersey) will be returning home to Italy and Zofia Majcherczyk will be returning home to Poland. The girls have been with us for 12 months and have been a wonderful addition to our College and will be greatly missed. Safe travels Nicole and Zofia!


On 9 June 2020, Helene Baker-Daines joined 22 other Mothers Union members in a Zoom meeting, with members dressing up for the occasion, complete with hats, and brought out their best fine bone china for their 'High Tea at Home' to celebrate the 35th anniversary of AMUA in Caloundra.


St Andrew's Springfield, e-newsletter on 2 July 2020: "Last Sunday we had the pleasure of welcoming Ruby Steyn into our church family through baptism. Due to the gradual easing of restrictions, members of the congregation were able to join in this time of celebration with the family."


The gorgeous Joanne Rose, from PMC and the Bishops' Office, in her alternative COVID-19 work environment, pictured here with esteemed colleague, Buster.

Bishop Jeremy's hilarious graphic

Upon seeing cartoonist Dave Walker's 'Mitre uses during a pandemic' cartoon in June 2020, Bishop Jeremy Greaves tested some of the suggested alternative uses. Bishop Jeremy's hilarious graphic was shared by the original cartoonist on social media


In June 2020, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School Chaplain The Rev'd Susan Crothers-Robertson streamed a special chapel service to mark the end of the school term for students. The service centred around the theme, 'looking back and moving forward'. The Rev’d Susan tied a rainbow fabric cloth to her microphone as a symbol of the many church seasons, school occasions and activities that students were meant to celebrate during Term 2 and as a reminder of the diverse St Margaret’s community uniting as one to support each other even though physically they could not gather together. She encouraged students to take the time to think, reflect and pray about all that has been, to look back but to also look forward. During the service, Sacristans Sophia Colledge, Elizabeth Bambling and Margot Davis shared gratitude and reflection activity ideas for students to try during their holiday break, as well as a prayer for the end of the school term.


Bishop Cam Venables presenting at the Western Region Ministry Conference in Toowoomba, which was held online on Saturday 20 June 2020.


Anglicare SQ Facebook on 12 June 2020: "Meet Ollie and his owner Thomas. You may have seen these familiar faces at St John's Residential home. Ollie really is part of the team, as he always has an eagle eye on what's happening and greets everyone with a tail wag. Next time you visit St John's, be sure to paws and say hello!"


Bishop John Roundhill on Facebook on 21 June 2020: "Socially distanced Sunday Selfie. It was fun to be with the folk (gathered and online) at St Matthew's, Holland Park for a service of Confirmation. Congratulations to Brett and Rebecca. It was such a pleasure to be back in church and we even sang hymns."


Dalby Anglican Facebook on 7 June 2020: "Jude was checking his camera angles (and laughing at Dad) during the Kids’ Talk today. How are you enjoying Church online? Share your pics and highlights with us!"


St Augustine's Anglican Church Hamilton Facebook on 7 June 2020: "Tilly joining us for church this morning."


Toowoomba Anglican School Facebook on 3 June 2020: "GLASS HALF FULL | While our Year 12 students could have dwelled on what has been taken away from their final year of schooling – they have instead embraced the uniqueness of their situation. One student has created Class of 2020 masks for their fellow students, with the names of Year 12 students listed on the inside."


Archbishop Phillip Aspinall leading our Diocesan community in Morning Prayer on Wednesday 30 June, while also commemorating the 149th anniversary of 'The Coming of the Light' to the Torres Strait Islands.


St Bart's, Toowoomba curate The Rev'd Michael Calder worked hard behind the scenes at the 20 June 2020 Western Region Ministry Conference, which was held online.


Cannon Hill Anglican College Facebook on 16 June 2020: "Another rising sport star to look out for – Toby Chippendale – cross country/athletics. Over the past few years, Toby has excelled in athletics and cross-country. He has made several regional and state teams and has been given the opportunity to represent Queensland at the national championships in both these sports. His specialties include the 1500m, 3000m and the 2000m steeplechase. Toby has also been a top competitor at the TAS Athletics and Cross-Country carnivals for many years and, alongside his Met East teammates, won a gold medal in the Queensland state cross country relay in 2019. His running talent has also allowed him the opportunity to compete in the Regional and State Triathlon Championships."


Canterbury College Facebook on 19 June 2020: "What a fabulous way to end Term 2. We held our World's Greatest Shave and Ponytail Project events today, and the results were a little rough but fantastic! The students have raised more than $17,000 for two worthy causes, the Leukaemia Foundation and Cancer Council Queensland. The enthusiastic team of Secondary School students and staff shaved, waxed and chopped their way to event success, and should be very proud of themselves. We wish our Canterbury community a great term break; we will see everyone back on campus on Tuesday 14 July."


St Paul's School Facebook on 17 June 2020: "Junior School students in the POLYA Maths extension group have recently competed in two competitions: Computational Thinking and Programming (CAT) and Kangourou sans Frontières (KSF). Congratulations to Neha Bhat and Percy Tran who received a Distinction in the CAT Competition. A special congratulations to Reuben Spinks who received a High Distinction and an Award for Excellence: Perfect Score. In the KSF Competition, Percy Tran, Euan Campbell and Charlie Guy were awarded Distinctions. A special congratulations to Morris Grant who received a High Distinction. Well done to all of the students who also participated."


Anglicare SQ Facebook on 8 June 2020: "A big applause and recognition to our Women’s Homelessness Service staff; over the weekend they were featured in The Courier Mail in recognition of their dedication and support to our community's vulnerable women. 'Women who already were experiencing disconnection from community and adverse effects to their mental health and wellbeing were then under threat of further isolation,' Carol Birrell, Service Manager explained. It’s been a challenging time which has seen our staff implement new strategies to assist and support women and their families in the current climate of COVID-19.'"


Mission To Seafarers Facebook on 8 June 2020: "This weekend our immediate past President, Capt. Dave Ellis, was recognised in the Queens Birthday 2020 honours and awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to Seafarers and the Community. Following 20 years of active involvement with Mission to Seafarers Brisbane, including 10 years as President, Dave has been truly recognised for his compassion, engagement and leadership within the Mission to Seafarers and the maritime industry in which he has served. We are enormously proud of your achievement and thankful for the tireless efforts leading the Brisbane seafarers centre and supporting the welfare of today's seafarers. A heartfelt congratulations from all of us Dave."


Matthew Flinders Anglican College Facebook on 18 June 2020: "20 years ago this week the College hosted the Olympic Torch Ceremony Concert Band, comprising 212 members from 13 schools across the coast. 79 of the students were representing Flinders and the ensemble performed repertoire under the direction of Mr John Thomas to an audience in excess of 25,000."


On Thursday 11 June, Stephen Harrison (Executive Director of PMC) and Gerard Finn (Cathedral Events Manager) installed three interrelated dot paintings in the Cathedral, created by Kabi Kabi, Koa and Yuin woman and talented emerging artist Stevie O’Chin. Each artwork represents a geographical faith Region of our Diocesan community, these being the Northern, Western and Southern Regions. These three artworks tie in directly with the ACSQ Reconciliation Action Plan and will travel around our community as a reminder of our Christian call to Reconciliation and as a focal point at key Diocesan events.


St Francis College formation student Dr Gemma Dashwood led the College's Morning Prayer on Thursday 4 June 2020, along with a surprise furry friend who nuzzled in for some affection.