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November 2020 album

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

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Bishop Cam Venables (centre, back) at a Toowoomba Interfaith Working Group meeting on Wednesday 4 November 2020.


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 19 November 2020: "What a massive night for Anglicare Southern Queensland! It was a proud moment to see our partnership with National Rugby League come to life in front of a packed Suncorp Stadium last night at the State of Origin Game 3 decider. As one of the biggest sporting events in Australia and close to our hearts as Queenslanders, we were so honoured to be a part of this big moment and be in the stands to see Queensland take home the winning title!"


Bishop John Roundhill Facebook on 22 November 2020: "There was a lot of life and love with the Milton Anglicans today as we celebrated the feast of Christ the King. Thank you for the welcome and hospitality. It was a pleasure to be there for the confirmation of Cheryle."


Holy Spirit Church Coolum Facebook on 17 November 2020: "On Saturday 14 November, Holy Spirit Anglican Church, Coolum Beach, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the church with a wonderful celebration lunch at Curly's on the Boardwalk. Bishop Jeremy presided over special services on the Sunday." (Bishop Jeremy is pictured with The Rev'd Dr Cathy Laufer)


West Moreton Anglican College Facebook on 20 November 2020: "The College's Year 12 Valedictory was a magical evening last night, held at the College's Chapel and OTT area for the first time. It was an event that these students, parents and staff in attendance will cherish forever and forms an important part of the farewell journey for the College's Year 12 students who finished their schooling with us today. Well done to all Year 12 students involved!"


Micah Browne insisted on helping out with getting his church, The Parish of Dalby, spick and span during a working bee. It's great to see him being both sunsafe and high vis, although it's going to take a while before he fills out the garb.


The Fraser Coast Anglican College community paused for Remembrance Day on 11 November 2020. Pictured here are some of the FCAC students who participated in the ceremony – trumpeter, Andries du Plooy; and the FCAC Catafalque party, Cadet Lance Corporal Michael Buckley, Cadet Lance Corporal Jackson Hay, Leading Cadet Harvey Chamberlain, Cadet Aven McCutcheon, Cadet Recruit William Mcdonald, Cadet Recruit Jack Scanlan, and Cadet Recruit Tristan Williams.


Cannon Hill Anglican College Facebook on 16 November 2020: "Congratulations to Year 11 student Rebecca Leonard for securing a High Distinction in Physics, a Distinction in Biology and a Credit in Chemistry in the rigorous 2020 Australian Science Olympiad Exams. These are exceptional results and place Rebecca among the top science students in the country. Well done, Rebecca."


Matthew Flinders Anglican College Facebook on 20 November 2020: "'The Show Must Go On' was the message from our Head of Primary Music Lenora Phillips who, despite remote learning and the many disruptions to this year, worked with Music Director Sally McHugh and our Year 6 students to produce a fabulous Year 6 musical. This year's musical, Moana Jr, was a wonderful success and as Head of Primary Trudi Edwards said at last night's closing performance "...on behalf of all audience members across the last few days, thank you, I’m not sure that you fully understand just how much joy and pride you have brought to so many people. In a year with some lows, you have most certainly brought us all a big high!" A huge thank you to all the Production Crew and parents who helped to make Moana JR so incredible!"


St Francis College Facebook on 17 November 2020: "Giving thanks for a wonderful Untold Histories workshop with Aunty Sandra King today."


Bishop Jeremy Greaves Facebook on 22 November 2020: "This morning I joined the participants of the Northern Region lay retreat for their closing Eucharist. Around 25 people spent the weekend exploring the theme, 'Nourishing our souls'. A date will soon be set for next year's retreat. Book in early as places will fill fast."


ACSQ General Manager and Springfield Anglican College Chair Tim Reid presented the ANFIN Award for Business and Financial Mathematics at The Springfield Anglican College speech night on 17 November 2020.


Kiribati seafarers in the Mission to Seafarers Chapel following a private service with Honorary Chaplain The Rev'd Ian McGilvray on Saturday 14 November 2020.


On Wednesday 4 November the Covenant of Reconciliation between the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba was celebrated at St Luke’s. Bishop Robert preached and reminded us of recent words of Pope Francis about sharing the ‘music of the Gospel’ and letting God’s music sing in our lives. (L-R): Fr Michael O’Brien, Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral; Bishop Robert McGuckin, Roman Catholic Bishop of Toowoomba; Bishop Cameron Venables, Anglican Bishop for the Western Region; and, Fr Paul Mitchell, Rector of St Luke’s, Toowoomba.


St Luke's Anglican School Facebook on 16 November 2020: "At this week's Primary Assembly, Mrs Jones' Prep to Year 2 Choir showed off their very talented rendition of the song 'There's A Gum Tree Growing on A Hill'. The little Preps then showed everyone their Rainbow Serpents, made especially for NAIDOC Week. And finally the assembly was wrapped up with the special Merit and Mrs Lassman Awards!"

Sylvia Nakachi

Women from across our Diocesan community came together on Thursday 12 November 2020 during NAIDOC Week iin the Cathedral Precinct's Darnell Room for a workshop to learn Torres Strait Islander weaving skills from Sylvia Nakachi


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 30 November 2020: "Over 80 foster kids across the Darling Downs and southwest will be in for a nice Christmas surprise after a generous donation from the Maranoa Motorcyclists Toy Run! 49 motorbike enthusiasts rode down the streets of Roma this weekend, equipped with Christmas presents for the kids in foster care. Anglicare Roma’s manager for Children and Families Helen said, “Foster carers are given an allowance, but it’s often just an allowance. They can’t afford big presents.” There is such a need at Christmas time for these families who can't afford these extra items. Thank you to the generosity of the Maranoa Motorcyclists and our community."


Archbishop Phillip Aspinall visited The Parish of Freshwater on Sunday 29 November, cutting a cake made by a talented parishioner with the help of a very excited Charlotte Middleton.


Serendipitously, on Tuesday 3 November, the birthday of Oodgeroo Noonuccal (the first First Nations Australian to publish a book of verse), St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School launched a magazine authored by the school’s First Nations people – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Entitled ‘Gidhal’ (meaning 'stories' in Kala Lagaw Ya, a language from the Torres Strait), the students’ stories represent an aspect of their family, relatives or community, through reflections, memories, interviews, artwork and even traditional recipes handed down. 'Gidhal' was officially launched to the school community at a dedicated assembly with each of the participating students receiving a certificate and copy of the book. Aboriginal dance group Tribal Experiences performed a number of songs and dances from a collection of Aboriginal communities at the launch. Even more serendipitous, the school’s Indigenous Writes project that produced 'Gidhal' was awarded a 2020 Innovation Award from ‘The Educator’ magazine during NAIDOC Week 2020. (L-R): Shemyliah Ahmat, Nadia Seriat, Ella Nona, with Aaliyah Turner on the far right).


On Tuesday 24 November 2020, Cathedral Warden Helen invited 'The Bee Man' Giorgio to open the Cathedral's native bee hive to see how the bees are progressing with their new home.


On 8 November 2020, the Year 7 students had their shoe boxes ready for their donations as part of their annual service-based learning project 'Operation Christmas Child'. As Christmas approaches students will be able to reflect on the meaning of Christmas and give to others knowing they will make a difference in the life of another child with their generous donations.


Bishop Cam Venables joined other Toowoomba faith leaders at the 2020 Toowoomba Interfaith Conference which was themed ‘Caring for the Earth, Caring for each other’. The event was held on the last weekend of November and featured terrific speakers, including New Testament Scholar, Fr Michael Trainor; UC scholar Dr Clive Ayre; and, First Nations elders Uncle Charles Trindall, Aunty Kim Walmsley and Aunty Sandra King.


General Manager Office staff gathered for their monthly birthday morning tea on 3 November 2020 outside St Martin's House to celebrate the 50th Birthday of Michelle. (L-R): Michelle, Tim, Claire, Jolanda, Yean and Lisa.


Larissa Baldwin (Co-Founder and former National Director of Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network), Gaja Kerry Charlton, The Rev’d Alex Gater (Wangan Jagalingou Elder), Aunty Jean Philips, Aunty Sandra King OAM (ACSQ RAP Coordinator), Ravina Waldron, and others enjoyed catching up after ‘Creation, Climate and Country: Listening to Aboriginal and Torres Straits Island Christian Leaders’ hosted by St John's Cathedral and the Justice Unit on Monday 2 November 2020. Aunty Dr Rose Elu (NATSIAC) attended via Zoom, along with almost 100 Christians from around the country.


Thank you so much to centenarian parishioner Margaret Thurgood from St David's Anglican Church Chelmer and the Parish of Inala. The soon-to-be-101-year-old baked jam drops for grateful St Martin’s House team members, who enjoyed eating them with Bishop John Roundhill on 25 November 2020.


The Chapel of the Good Shepherd at St Francis College was transformed into a filmset by young filmmakers in November 2020, producing an interview with The Rev’d Selina McMahon from St Paul’s, Ipswich and St Francis College’s Jonathan Sargeant.


Bishop Jeremy Greaves with Fr Greg Loumeau and Liturgical Assistant Lyle Grownow at St John’s, Hervey Bay in front of the magnificent 'welcome cake' on Sunday 1 November 2020.


The St Mark’s Makers – Embroidery Art and Craft Group (commonly known as ‘The Makers’) created crochet poppies during the COVID-19 period for this beautiful Remembrance Day altar cloth. A special service presided by St Mark’s, Buderim parish priest Mother Moira, in memory of those who went to war and did not return, was held. The white poppies represent peace and those who did not return, the black poppies represent our First Nations servicepeople, the purple poppies symbolise the animals who served, and the pale blue poppies represent doctors, nurses and Chaplains.


In early November 2020, Canterbury College celebrated a shiny new chapter in their 33-year story with the opening ceremony of their brand new Aquatic and Tennis Centre. Helping out with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the opening ceremony event were Prep students Xavier Conde Teixeira and Aria Fata, pictured with (L-R) Dan Walker, Canterbury Principal; Jeff Thomas, Chair of the Canterbury Board; and, Bishop John Roundhill.


Bishop John Roundhill commissioning The Rev'd Rosemary Gardiner as Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Woolloongabba on Wednesday 25 November 2020.


Kerryn Smith from the Anglican Schools Commission joined Aunty Sandra King and Aunty Kerry Charlton for an insightful NAIDOC Week online workshop, learning more about First Nations language, culture and protocol on Friday 13 November 2020.


Parish of Caboolture Facebook on 2 November 2020: "On Sunday morning we presented Father Bob Dean with his licence. Father Bob is now part of our team offering pastoral care to many in our parish. It is exciting as our church moves forward in different ways. Welcome Bob..." (Fr Bob is pictured with The Rev'd Avriel Green)


Bishop John Roundhill with St Andrew's, Springfield parishioners, the Chinyemba family (L-R) Tawana (who was confirmed), Givemore, Edna and Taropa on Sunday 8 November 2020.


The Church of the Holy Spirit, Coolum Beach celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sunday 15 November 2020 with a parish lunch and worship. Bishop Jeremy was a guest. He took this photo at the lunch – the oldest and youngest member present cutting the anniversary cake. They are, respectively, Betty Christofis and Ellie Crockett.


St John's Anglican College held an Old Collegians' Awards Breakfast on 11 November 2020. (L-R): ACSQ General Manager Tim Reid, College Chair Steve Scott, guest speaker Emma Waghorn (class of 2006) and College Principal Maria McIvor.