anglican focus

The news site of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland: nourishing and connecting our faith community


December 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

24 Photos

Please submit your best image (single best image, please) featuring people for consideration in our monthly albums to, along with a one-sentence image caption stating who is in the image, when and where the image was taken, and what is happening in the image. Please ensure that images are at least 150kb in file size and that you have ‘permission to publish’ from those pictured in the image.


Archbishop Phillip Aspinall (front, third from right), The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt (back row, far left) and The Ven. Kevin Bourke (back row, far right) with community members ordained as deacons (front row, left to right) Elizabeth McConnell, Matthew Skelton, Quinn Humphreys, Angela McNeill and Gemma Dashwood and community members ordained as priests (back row, left to right) Michael Calder, Kathrin Koning, Jonathan Kemp, Richard James and Ann Maree Edwards (St John’s Cathedral 5 December 2020).


Bishop Jeremy Greaves Facebook on 13 December 2020: "What a joy it was to be part of the complete chaos of the nativity at St Mark's Anglican Church, Clayfield this morning! There were cows, sheep, angels and all the other usual suspects...And cake...With purple icing!" (Bishop Jeremy is pictured with The Rev'd Canon Nicki Colledge)


Anglican Parish of Bundaberg Facebook on 14 December 2020: "Painting of The Visitation, commissioned by MU Bundaberg in memory of member Vi Rackemann’s mother, Gladys Staib. We also had the pleasure of unveiling a beautiful wood sculpture of Mary and the infant Jesus by Engelbert Piccolruaz, given in memory of Betty Kingston. Both pieces are wonderful additions to the church. Kerry Holland comes with the added bonus of her husband Bishop Johnathon who joined us for worship and dedicated and blessed both of the artworks."


Anglicare SQ Facebook on 15 December 2020: "Meet Claire. Claire manages the Multicultural Program at Anglicare Southern Queensland, and shares with us what the past three years in this role has been like: “I enjoy working with people who share the same vision and are dedicated to the mission of love, care, hope and humility. My work involves interaction with people from different walks of life and I am always learning new things. Some of my highlights working at Anglicare are planning and participating in cultural events, such as Harmony Day. I particularly enjoy visiting different aged care homes and interacting with clients and staff.” Thanks, Claire, for the amazing work you do making our organisation a more inclusive and diverse place to work and supporting our community."


Anglicare SQ facebook on 1 December 2020: "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Killara Respite Centre, this week clients and staff have been decorating and setting up extra cheer and joy in the centre!"


Mission to Seafarers Brisbane Facebook on 18 December 2020: "Our Christmas Bag delivery is well underway around the port and to see the expressions on the seafarers' faces and hear their gratitude are heart warming. Without our amazing donors and our key stakeholders from around the port, coupled with our selfless volunteers, this wouldn't be possible. Thank you to you all. You have made a difference in what has been a very difficult year for seafarers."


St John's Crisis Centre Facebook on 3 December 2020: "Our intrepid trio of drivers have been out and about collecting from schools and businesses around the Gold Coast in readiness for packing our Christmas hampers for our clients. We thank you for all the hard work...your efforts will certainly put smiles on all those families receiving food and gifts this Christmas."


Dalby Anglicans Facebook on 11 December 2020: "Pub Carols at Hotel Victory, Cecil Plains!"


St John's Wishart Facebook on 19 December 2020: "Thanks to everyone who helped at the working bee this morning. We climbed ladders and stood in drains, we chopped trees and erected the marquee, we cleaned the church and rehearsed the carols. Good job, St John's. Please continue to pray for dry weather and that people will come along tomorrow night to hear the thrill of hope that makes a weary world rejoice."


Anglicare SQ Facebook on 3 December 2020: "Today we celebrate a special day that's close to our hearts, International Day of People with Disability. We believe in the importance of challenging the way everyone thinks about disability, and see the ability in disability. Symes Grove Aged Care home hosted a special morning tea to celebrate the important day!"


During his busy Christmas schedule, Santa made time to visit CHAC Primary at the end of Term 4. Santa arrived in a helicopter to the sounds of 400 screaming students!


On 1 December 2020, clergy and staff of St Francis College gathered at Park Road Coffee Club to thank Kay Murry, who retired from her 17 years as Library Technician at the Roscoe Library, with the gratitude and best wishes of all the St Francis College staff and students, past and present!


On 1 December 2020, clergy and staff of St Francis College gathered at Park Road Coffee Club to thank The Rev’d Jonathan Kemp for his extraordinary contribution to Diocesan Anglican Youth, Children and Families ministry. After nine years as Director of AYCF, Jonathan was ordained a priest on 5 December, and will continue being awesome at Kenmore Parish.


Anglicare SQ Facebook on 3 December 2020: "Men's group Christmas get together! It was a merry time at the Buderim Tavern with a lot of Christmas cheer as we celebrated the last men’s group of the year at our Nambour Respite Centre. Merry Christmas to all; we look forward to seeing you all next year!"


Following a joyful service, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall said Grace at the Cathedral Precinct Christmas party on 8 December 2020.


Archbishop's Chaplain The Rev'd Dr Howard Munro accompanied FDSC's Kelly Houston on vocals during the carols at the Christmas Cathedral Precinct service on 8 December 2020.


St Bart's, Toowoomba Facebook on 8 December 2020: "Exciting news on Monday as Bishop Daniel received his licence from Stephen Harrison (Executive Director of the Parishes and Other Mission Agencies Commission) as he takes up his Resource Church Specialist Role to nurture ethnic congregations. Please be praying for Daniel (and his family) as he embarks upon this new role – especially that God will use him to build up and grow the church for God’s glory."


On 6 December 2020, The Rev'd Canon Gary Harch spoke at a vigil for the 100+ men detained at Kangaroo Point Central Hotel. He was joined by dozens of other Christians, including Anglicans.


St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School has been named the country’s top Boarding School for the second year running in the prestigious Australian Education Awards. Home to more than 185 boarders and 1080 students overall, St Margaret’s also won an Excellence Award for Best STEM Program and Principal Ros Curtis won a School Principal of the Year Non-Government Excellence Award. The accolades come only weeks after St Margaret’s won a 2020 Innovation Award and the school’s Head of Boarding, Lesa Fowler (pictured), was named among the country’s top boarding school leaders, winning the Australian Boarding Schools Association Premier Leadership Award.


Bishop John Roundhill visited St Andrew's, South Brisbane on 16 December 2020 when he conducted Evening Prayer and a ceremony to receive Amanda Goldsworthy into the Anglican Church.


On 3 December, the final day of school for 2020, Year 11 welcomed Year 6 to the Senior School on Magnus Quad at Churchie.


Bishop Murray Harvey (Diocese of Grafton) and Bishop Cam Venables laying hands on newly ordained priests The Rev'd Michael Calder and The Rev'd Ann Edwards at St John's Cathedral on 5 December 2020.


St Martin's House team members gathered for a drink on Eagle St in Brisbane on 10 December 2020 to celebrate the end of the year, including (L-R) Jen. Michael, Andrew, Joanne, Ann, Katie and Naomi.

Wise kings presenting their gifts to baby Jesus

Wise kings presenting their gifts to baby Jesus during the St Andrew's, Springfield Carol Concert and Nativity on 24 December 2020, featuring Toby Stephens, Caleb Lacey, Oluchi Egbuonu (Mary) and Annabelle Curtis.