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August 2020 album

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

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St John's Cathedral Bell Captain Ian McCulloch was delighted to demonstrate his skills during the Vocations Steeplechase event on 9 August 2020, watched on by attendees Eleanor, John and Belinda and leaders The Rev'd Jonathan Kemp and The Rev'd Suzanne Grimmett.


Bishop John Roundhill and The Rev'd Donna Petersen at The Parish of Wynnum on Sunday 9 August 2020.


On Friday 21 August, The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt led parishioners and Cathedral Precinct clergy and staff in an Earth Overshoot Day vigil during which bells were tolled and candles lit. Earth Overshoot Day, which fell on Saturday 22 August this year, marks the day that people around the world have collectively used all of the natural resources that the Earth can renew during the given year.


Pictured: Justice Unit Coordinator Jen Basham, Angligreen Chair Father Peter Moore, Anglicare SQ Spiritual and Pastoral Care Manager the Rev'd Ray Clifton and Anglicare SQ Director of Mission The Rev'd Canon Linda McWilliam.


Torres Strait Islander elder Dr Aunty Rose Elu and RAP Coordinator Aunty Sandra King OAM met at St Martin's House on Tuesday 18 August 2020 to yarn about the 150th anniversary of The Coming of The Light, marking the day that missionaries first came to the Torres Strait

Bishop Jeremy Greaves with senior Fraser Coast Anglican College students after a Q&A

Bishop Jeremy Greaves with senior Fraser Coast Anglican College students after a Q&A session on 10 August 2020


Gayndah AMUA Branch President Cheryl Cumming and Liturgical Assistant Kylie Slack were surprised when the founder of Mothers Union Mary Sumner (Kay Wharton in disguise) arrived at the morning service on Sunday 9 August 2020 in a time machine to learn how her dream had evolved and spread all over the world and to say how pleased she was that Mothers Union is carrying on the good work of supporting families today before she whizzed off again to attend an important meeting at Winchester in 1919.


Four Canterbury College teachers have been named Microsoft Educator Experts for 2020-2021. The Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert community is a global network of teachers that share ideas and learn from each other. The Australian branch is particularly dynamic and collegial, with members continually connected via a Microsoft Team. Pictured (L-R): James Jenkins, Jess Traurig, Hayden Turner and Mitchell Staples on 19 August 2020.


Parish Councillor Givemore Chinyemba reading at the St Andrew's Springfield 9 am Sunday Service in August 2020.


St Margaret's Anglican Girls School Facebook on 26 August 2020: "The highly anticipated opening of the St Margaret’s Sports Precinct took place this morning with special guests including His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC – Governor of Queensland, The Most Rev'd Dr Phillip Aspinall – Archbishop of Brisbane, Tim Nicholls MP – Member for Clayfield and Philip Harris. Thank you to all our donors and to all who attended this memorable event. Beautiful musical performances, athletic rock climbing and enthusiastic duck throwing were highlights!"


The Rev'd Samuel Dow with daughters Amelie and Ellie, St Paul's, Ashgrove parishioner and faithful Baroona Farm voluntee Liz Ameer, and chicken friend Esme at Baroona Farm, St Francis College, on Friday 7 August 2020.


On Thursday 6 August, Canterbury College hosted the Commissioning Service for their new Chaplain Nia Vivian in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd onsite at Canterbury. The Bishop of the Southern Region, The Right Rev'd John Roundhill presided over this service. Canterbury hosted local clergy, including Pastor Peter Palmer from St George's Beenleigh, The Rev'd Morris Rangiwai from the Church of the Holy Spirit at Algester, Nia's family and friends, as well as some Canterbury students and staff. Principal Dan Walker said: “Nia will be a great Chaplain for Canterbury. She is kind, genuine, progressive and understands the Anglican ethos magnificently. I know that as our College community gets to know her, they will see these qualities. Nia has already assembled a loyal following of students in the Junior and Secondary schools, which is terrific to see.”


Bishop Jeremy Greaves with with members of the Parish of Sandgate Northpoint at St Peter’s, Brighton after the 4 August 2020 service, which is the final Anglican service to be held there for the time being.


St John's Crisis Centre Facebook on 15 August 2020: "Receiving donation of goods from the Order of St. John's."


Live music is back in swing for students and their families at St Andrew’s Anglican College. Music students performed their first live concert, ‘Sounds of Swing’ on Saturday 22 August since COVID-19 restrictions began, with a fantastic afternoon of jazz and swing in a miniature festival-style open-air event on the lawn.


Bishop Daniel Abot has received The Rev'd Trevor Austin's robes. The Rev'd Paul Mitchell from St Luke's, Toowoomba said: "I visited Trevor when he was in hospital in Toowoomba in 2019. His funeral was conducted in Buderim, but his daughter contacted me with the offer of all of her father’s clerical robes, to be distributed where they may be of benefit. Having been several times to South Sudan and knowing the needs of clergy in that country, where few clergy have much by way of vestments, I contacted Bishop Daniel Abot. Bishop Daniel leads the Diocese of Duk in South Sudan but was in Australia with members of his family when the borders were closed. At present he is assisting in the Parish of St James. Toowoomba, with particular focus on caring for the South Sudanese congregation there. As Trevor wore these stoles and other vestments in service of our Lord, may they will continue to be signs of faithfulness and blessings for those who serve in South Sudan."


On Friday 21 August 2020, Br Nathan-James was commissioned as the College Chaplain and Director of Mission for Cannon Hill Anglican College. It was a joyful occasion and despite the COVID-19 restrictions, many from the College community were able to attend, including all the previous College Chaplains. Spirits soared as the students sang and the entire service was so very moving. Bishop John Roundhill presided and the words spoken by those in attendance, including the Principal, reflected the love and admiration for Br Nathan James. Pictured: Ms Maria Thompson, Head of Life and Faith; Br Nathan James, College Chaplain and Director of Mission and Mrs Desiree Duvenage, Senior Teacher, Life and Faith.


Anglicare SQ Facebook on 20 August 2020: "It's #QueenslandSeniorsWeek and we’re spending it with the pick of the bunch! Yesterday, our Sunshine Coast respite centre group enjoyed the sunshine in the iconic strawberry fields and afternoon tea celebrations. Staff members came dressed for the occasion as famous Seniors."


St Andrew's Anglican Church, Pittsworth Facebook on 30 August 2020: "Summer and Taylor celebrated their First Communion on Sunday." (Summer and Taylor are pictured with The Rev'd Frances Andrews)


Good Shepherd Anglican Church, Bundaberg West Facebook on 1 August 2020: "Men's breakfast. Social distancing style."


Anglicare SQ Facebook on 13 August 2020: "This #ThrowbackThursday has a royal theme! In October 1995, Abri Aged Care Home was in need of a community bus for resident outings. Barbara Shaw, a resident of Abri took matters into her own hands and went straight to the top. She sent a letter to the Queen Mother and asked if she could donate an item to be raffled. Her Majesty responded and sent a set of silver spoons. This item played a large part in raising $48,000 needed for the bus. A wonderful team effort and great to see the community spirit alive and well!"


West Moreton Anglican College Facebook on 28 August 2020: "It was an exciting, colourful and at times noisy introduction to the properties of sound and light for our Year One students yesterday. The Big Bang Education science incursion explored different sources of light and sound in the world around us, the loudness and pitch of different instruments and the colours that make up sunlight. Students even got to make and keep their very own UV light detector."


St Francis College Facebook on 8 August 2020: "It is Dying 2 Know Day and we are grateful to Jazz Dow for organising such a valuable event where we could stop and think about end of life. We’ve heard from Sarah Winch, Jonathan Holland, Dr Aunty Rose Elu (pictured) and John Rosenberg. Thank you for your insightful contributions and to those who gathered with us in person and by Zoom."


St John's Anglican College Facebook on 18 August 2020: "Cake Auction | It was a delicious end to the day for our Secondary students and staff at the annual cake auction yesterday. A total of 21 colourful and creative cakes, baked by our students, went under the hammer raising over $800 for Anglicare Southern Queensland Rural and Remote Services. Well done to all the bakers and bidders!"


Fraser Coast Anglican College Facebook on 20 August 2020: "Year 1 students enjoyed their two-day outdoor education programme down at the Fraser Coast Anglican College bush camp area in mid-August. Thanks to the Hervey Bay Fire Station for coming along and talking to our students about fire safety at home and while camping!"


Mission to Seafarers Brisbane Facebook on 17 August 2020: "A huge thank you to our Social Media Officer, Jacob, for donating this new toy. When we asked seafarers previously what we can do to improve The Mission, they always said they would love a basketball hoop and ever since it arrived it’s been the main attraction!"


Toowoomba Anglican College Facebook on 21 August 2020: "Rockschool | Good luck to our musicians at their Australian Music Examination Board's Rockschool examinations on Sunday! It's been a busy term of practising for these pop and rock musicians."