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October 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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A joyful occasion on 11 October 2020 for AMUA when St John’s Cathedral Dean The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt reopened the Cathedral branch that closed 19 years ago, commissioned Branch President Eleanor Mancini and new members, and recommitted members who rejoined.


Students from Fraser Coast Anglican College Middle/Senior School enjoyed celebrating Book Week with an Inter House Trivia Competition (based around books, of course!) on 14 October 2020.


The Rev'd Jazz Dow visited the Torres Strait Islands with her family in October 2020 for the Torres Strait Anglican Regional Council Meeting. She is pictured here with daughters Amelie and Ellie and Quetta All Souls Memorial Cathedral (Thursday Island) parishioners after a 4 October 2020 confirmation service.


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 24 October 2020: "72 years of a happy marriage – Merv and Maureen Dowzer, residents at Symes Thorpe Aged Care Home in Toowoomba, are celebrating this week! Maureen’s advice for a happy marriage is “consideration for each other, always talking things through,” she said. “Life is full of challengers. One of our memories is our fishing trips, missing the tides and having to pull our boat through all the mud at low tide, that was a challenge.” They remind us that it's all about living life in the moment and taking life one step at a time."


St Matthew's Anglican Church, Holland Park Facebook on 11 October 2020: "Farewell and thanks Fr Allan. An exceptional ministry. You’ll be missed."


Glennie School Facebook on 22 October 2020: "Australian Red Cross Blood Service teamed up with six of the best and brightest artists nationwide to create a series of limited-edition bandages for donors. 'Flex your True Colours' and become a whole blood or plasma donor today. These Glennie girls showed their true colours yesterday and donated. Great job, girls. Do you have time during October and November to make a donation? Don't forget to tell the admissions team you are part of The Glennie School community. We are still 6th on the leaderboard for donations in this region, which is outstanding."


All Saints' Anglican Church, Chermside Facebook on 4 October 2020: "Our three angels who organised all the boxes together with a wonderful band of other ladies who helped to pack them. Thank you for your dedication. God bless the 201 children who will find a little joy at Christmas time."


Parish of Dalby Facebook on 15 October 2020: "It was such a joy to present Charlotte with her Liturgical Assistant licence on Sunday, alongside her awesome family and in front of her church family. Charlotte is a wonderful servant leader who already leads kids' church, makes kids' talks, sings, reads in church and helps in whatever way she can. Praise God for equipping this incredible young woman!"


West Moreton Anglican College Facebook on 23 October 2020: "The College's Year 2 students were today involved in a special day camp on campus. Students participated in lots of team building and group activities where they were challenged to work together to avoid obstacles. Students also worked in teams in a special race on the climbing equipment where they had to work out for themselves which students would climb to particular heights to grab team flags before climbing down and sending the next team member up. Well done to all Year 2 students involved today."


Gail Bauer of Bundaberg Branch received her AMUA 50-year long service badge and scroll from Diocesan President Bev Perry on 14 October 2020 – the same badge which was presented to her grandmother Grace Anderssen in 1970 and then presented to her mother Jean Holloway in 1995.


St Hilda's School Facebook on 20 October 2020: "Our 2020 Christmas Giving Tree Appeal is off to the best start we’ve ever seen! We are so grateful for the generosity of our school families and community. In light of the year that has been, there is greater demand on St John’s Crisis Centre to assist families through the holiday period. We are collecting donations in the Junior School Library until Friday 6 November."


Bishop Jeremy Greaves with The Rev’d Steve Wockner and Rob Markham at HTK (Holy Trinity, Kawana Waters) on Sunday 25 October 2020.


Coomera Anglican College Facebook on 23 October 2020: "The Year 6 students are finding out about Indigenous cultures, namely how diversity creates opportunities. They were immersed in a day of cultural activities and storytelling, tuning in to Indigenous Australian, Japanese, South African Indian, and Maori experiences. Fascinated and engaged faces filled the classrooms, which were led by some parents and friends of the College community."


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook 16 October 2020: "'Take time for mental health' is the theme of this year's National Mental Health Week and a sentiment we share. We marked the day with a service and reflection at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane on how mental health touches our lives in one way or another and how we promote resilience and wellbeing. Thanks to everyone for attending."


Bishop John Roundhill Facebook on 18 October 2020: "Not quite a Sunday Selfie. It was fun being at St Luke's Ekibin for St Luke's Day. I was there for their 7am and 9am services. This photo is from the 9am service. A joyful morning."


St Luke's Anglican School Facebook on 26 October 2020: "Welcome to the annual, much-anticipated Children's Book Council of Australia Book Week. Dress-up Parade Assembly at St Luke's for 2020. See all the wonderful costumes and favourite book characters of the students and teachers."


MTS Brisbane Facebook on 31 October 2020: "Congratulations Capt. Dave Ellis! Members, supporters and friends of Capt. Dave Ellis all came together for a morning tea recently to congratualte Dave and Marilyn Ellis on the recent awarding of an OAM (Medal of the Australia) to Dave. Following 20 years of continued involvment at Mission to Seafarers, including 10 years as President leading the way, it is fitting that Dave should receive such recognition for his services to seafarers. Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to this special day being such a success."


Bishop Cam Venables confirming Blake, with Blake's dad Ken acting as sponsor, at a St James', Toowoomba service on 25 October 2020.


St Paul's School Facebook on 22 October 2020: "This week some of our Year 5 students took their mathematics class out and about on campus. Mrs Connolly’s class, who are learning about money and budgeting, weighed and bagged freshly dug potatoes from the SPS Community Garden. The students then visited classrooms in the Junior School to offer the organic produce to staff. This was a great way for our students to simultaneously experience real-world applications of mathematics and to get involved with the SPS community."


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 8 October 2020: "Hip Hip Hooray! Wishing a very happy 90th birthday celebration to Mr Penny. Mr Penny's advice for a long life is “You’ve got to be able to laugh and also laugh at yourself, there can be a lot of hurdles to jump and if you don’t have that ability it can make life difficult.” Staff and residents celebrated the wonderful birthday occasion with cake, balloons and an afternoon tea at Mr Penny's home in Anglicare's Symes Thorpe Residential Aged Care Home. Read more about Mr Penny's fascinating life."


St Francis College Facebook on 26 October 2020: "2020 – Valedictory Eucharist – What a joyful occasion! The 2020 St Francis College Valedictory Eucharist was a joyous celebration as we thanked God for the graduating students and for the out-going academic year. We congratulate Gemma Dashwood, Quinn Humphreys, Elizabeth McConnell, Angela McNeill and Matthew Skelton and look forward to their ordination as deacons. We also congratulate the 2020 Prize Winners: The Canon Ivor Church Encouragement Bursary for a first or second year student: Lorraine Lynch; The Jessie Worthy Prize for contribution to the community life of St Francis College, presented by The Rev’d Helen Paget on behalf of the SFC Alumni: Melissa Conway. The David Hughes Memorial Bursary for a student from, or interested in serving in a rural area: Loretta Tyler-Moss; The John Howard Steer Bursary for a St Francis College student: Gary Tognola; The Archdeacon Reginald Massey Award for contribution to the musical life of St Francis College: Gemma Dashwood; The St Francis College Senior Student Award: Elizabeth McConnell. Melissa Conway was announced Senior Student for 2021 and received the traditional lightsaber from out-going Senior Student Elizabeth McConnell."


Bishop John Roundhill and The Rev’d Dan Talbot at the Parish of Jimboomba classic car event called Rockin' Jimmy's on Saturday 3 October 2020.


Bishop Jeremy Greaves with confirmation candidates Ireen, William, Susie, Kate and Ben, along with Fr Bruce Sligo (locum priest), at St Mark's, The Gap on Sunday 4 October 2020.


St Margaret's students celebrated their valedictory service on 15 October 2020 in St John's Cathedral


Bishop Cam Venables and The Rev'd Bronwyn Pagram with members of the Sudanese and South Sudanese Anglican Council after a meeting on 17 October 2020.


Broadcaster Melissa Downes and Churchie student John Law at a Preparatory School Virtual Open Day on 14 October 2020. Melissa Downes was the host of the virtual open days, which were live streamed on Facebook. Year 6 boys are currently investigating some scientific curiosities they are wanting to learn more about, and Melissa is interviewing John about his research into Formula One cars.