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Summer 2021-22 album

Check out these photos taken across our Diocesan community, and find out what our parishes, clergy and Episcopal leaders, Cathedral, schools, Anglicare services, St Francis College and ministries got up to during the summer months

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Staff and volunteers of the Roscoe Library at St Francis College gathered on 9 December 2021 for the annual "thank you to volunteers" celebration. Pictured from front left and moving clockwise are Adele Sinclair, Margaret Humphries, Bronwyn Fryar, Susan Thomas (staff), Kay Murry, Christine Bodey, Debbie Bullock and Eve James (staff). There was much to celebrate from 2021 – the library received a new roof and ceiling; it was freshly painted; carpet was laid; internal walls were removed; picture book shelving was added; and, long-term projects were completed. Serious fundraising will soon commence for a lift because the library is only accessible by stairs. The Roscoe Library has a wonderful collection of resources, and membership is free for all those who are a part of ACSQ.


ACSQ staff and clergy celebrated at their annual Christmas service and lunch on 8 December 2021 in St John's Cathedral. Highlights included The Rev’d Canon Sarah Plowman’s homily; the Archbishop’s Grace; hymns led by Kelly and Peter on vocals and Fr Howard on piano; a reading by Clinton; prayers led by Emily; the yummy lunch and fellowship over gelati; and, impromptu cross-commission singing and dancing as Peter, Kelly, Sarah, Michelle and Hilary got well and truly into the Christmas spirit. A huge thanks to Yi-Ching, Lisa and Jolanda from the GM's Office for organising the special event.


Bishop Cam with All Saints', Mitchell parishioners at their Christmas service on 18 December 2021.


Bev Perry, The Rev'd Kate Ross, The Ven. Keith Dean-Jones, Leonie Boreel, The Rev'd Robert Perry, Gail Bauer, Christine O'Brien, Margaret Cooper-Smith and Rhonda Dawson led the Advent Service of Light at Bundaberg's final AMUA gathering for 2021, which was held in December at Christ Church, Bundaberg.


Bishop Cam and Annabel Brayley enjoyed a laugh and a chat after the service on Sunday 19 December 2021 at Morven, which is part of the Maranoa-Warrego Anglican Mission Area.


Matthew Flinders Anglican College Facebook on 2 December 2021: "A few weeks ago, a select group of Primary students had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with Indigenous artist, Jandamarra Cadd, on a special artwork to be displayed in our new Wonderarium. This group of students worked with Jandamarra to develop an artwork that reflects a day in the life of a Kabi Kabi person. They also wanted to capture the natural environment of the Buderim area and specific landmarks that are important to the students themselves and the Kabi Kabi people. Jandamarra kept the final artwork a secret until the big reveal in the Wonderarium in front of all the Year 4 students who were amazed by its colour and detail. All students and staff involved should be very proud of the finished artwork!"


The dedicated Baroona Farm crew gathered for a Summer Solstice event on 22 December 2021 at the farm's St Francis College site. The merry band enjoyed a BBQ and delicious dahl made by Raj, with a visit from Saint Nick and carols by candlelight following the yummy dinner.


Matthew Flinders Anglican College Facebook on 2 December 2021: "Each year we receive an amazing response from the Flinders community in support of the Anglicare Southern Queensland Christmas Appeal. This year was no different, with both the Primary and Secondary schools coming together to donate non-perishable items for Anglicare's Christmas hampers, assisting families going through tough and uncertain times. The final collection of items happened this week during our all-school Christmas Service. Thank you to all our families for your donations! Our combined efforts will make a difference to struggling Sunshine Coast families this Christmas."


Bishop Cam with parishioners from the Parish of St George with Dirranbandi enjoying lunch at a popular local Chinese restaurant on 15 December 2021.


A Nativity and Carol Concert was enjoyed at St Andrew's, Springfield on 24 December 2021, with Sophie Allen (Mary) and Awuok Ayom (Joseph) playing the scene when baby Jesus was born.


Anglican Church Southern Queensland Facebook on 2 December 2021: "This week our Diocese’s ordination candidates gathered at St John's Cathedral for rehearsals and to sign their Oaths & Declarations documentation before going on retreat. Let’s commit to interceding for them all while they are on retreat, holding them up in prayer ahead of their big day on Saturday."


The anglican focus editor Michelle McDonald met with beloved Cathedral parishioners Rod Rodgers and Terry Albone on 1 December 2021 to present them with dot painting gifts in acknowledgement of their contribution to the publication's Australasian Religious Press Association award. The stunning artworks were painted by Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owner Lalania Tusa from Anglicare.


The Community of The Way hosted an impromptu cafe night for Ichthus campers on 17 December 2021 after their camp was postponed because of COVID-19.


Diocesan Registrar and General Manager Tim Reid passing The Rev'd Matthew Skelton's Letters of Orders and Licences to the Archbishop during Matthew's ordination to the priesthood on 4 December 2021.


ACSQ Facebook on 4 December 2021: "Congratulations to those deaconed and priested by Archbishop Phillip Aspinall in St John's Cathedral, Brisbane today. It really was a wonderfully joyous occasion. Please keep our Diocesan community’s new deacons (The Rev’d Melissa Conway, The Rev’d Lorraine Lynch, The Rev’d Gary Tognola and The Rev’d Loretta Tyler-Moss) and priests (The Rev’d Dr Gemma Dashwood OAM, The Rev’d Julianna Bate, The Rev’d Elizabeth Donald McConnell, The Rev’d Angela McNeill and The Rev’d Matthew Skelton) in your prayers as they serve in their calls to ordained ministry, as well as their families and other loved ones."


The Rev'd Tim Booth was commissioned in the new role of Ministry Development Officer on Sunday 6 February at St Michael and All Angels', New Farm. The Rev'd Tim was presented with his licence by PMC Executive Director Stephen Harrison during the service. PMC staff members, along with PMC Chair Cathy Grant, were presented with a St Michael medal each by The Ven. Olaf Anderson.


Bishop Cam delivered the Western Region portion of the ACSQ's Reconciliation artwork to WestMAC on 20 January 2022. He is pictured with Indigenous Perspectives Learning Innovator, MaMu woman Phyllis Marsh.


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 29 December 2021: "Marilyn is one of our residents at Meilene Residential Aged Care in Bundaberg. Her husband, Dennis, visits her several times per week. He has some wonderful praise for Meilene staff that we just have to share! "My wife Marilyn has been in full-time care in Meilene, Bundaberg, for nearly two years and I have only the highest praise for the staff and for the wonderful care she has received. My wife is not the only one receiving this wonderful care – the empathy from the staff is outstanding at all levels. It is so hard to lose your beloved wife to dementia, but it is a massive relief knowing they are so well cared for." Pictured: Dennis and Marilyn during one of Dennis' regular visits at their 59th wedding anniversary lunch, organised by Meilene staff."


Nyang Jok Ayii and Rod Brightman were kept busy on the barbeque, cooking lunch following the welcome service for new deacon The Rev'd Melissa Conway at St Anne's, Highfields on 19 December 2021.


Students and teachers at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School experienced a very different start to the school year in January. The academic year commenced with home learning on laptops rather than in classrooms (28 January 2022).


Two brothers, Sam and Harry Dougall, were confirmed by Bishop Cam Venables at St Cecilia’s Church, Chinchilla on Sunday 13 February 2022.


Cathedral volunteers Gwenneth, Glynis, Juleia, Graeme, Shirley and Mavis coordinating the "Special Christmas Stall" in December 2021. Nearly $3,000 was raised at the stall for the Cathedral's sound system. The stall has been running for three years and parishioners spend months sewing, knitting and crocheting the stunning wares.


Christmas angels from St Gabriel's, Carindale on 24 December 2021. Pictured (L-R) are Melvis, Margaret, The Rev’d Nicole, Glenys and Cathy.


All Saints' Anglican Church, Chermside Facebook on 16 February 2022: "A beautiful Dedication Service this morning to bring a new ministry to life at All Saints'. Fr Daniel's food trailer will be yet another way in which our parish can reach out to the lonely and those in need in our community. Thank you to Everald Compton for the blessing of his beautiful prayer."


Dalby Anglican Facebook on 24 February 2022: "On Sunday we gave thanks for these incredible women of God. A picture of servant leadership, we’ll miss them on parish council, but know they’ll keep doing awesome things for Jesus!"


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 29 December 2021: "Hungry anyone? Abri Residential Aged Care chefs Mischa and Hari cooked up an exquisite Christmas feast yesterday for Abri staff and volunteers. It was a Christmas celebration and an opportunity to recognise and appreciate Abri's long-serving staff and volunteers. More on that soon! A big thank you to all Abri staff, and our aged care staff right across Queensland, for your care, compassion and hard work. You are so appreciated!"


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 17 December 2021: "Our homelessness team in Toowong held a Christmas desk decorating competition yesterday, with all the bells and whistles included. Check out that Christmas cheer!"


Bishop John Roundhill Facebook on 12 December 2021: "A joyful 3rd Sunday of Advent at Milton Anglican in the Chapel of The Holy Spirit, even as we heard John the Baptist say 'You brood of vipers'. It was lovely to be back and thank you so much for your welcome and hospitality. And as a bonus you can see on the walls 'The Visitation' exhibition by Kerry Holland. This is part of the parish's Art and Justice program for Milton Anglican and is up for December."


Bishop John Roundhill Facebook on 21 December 2021: "Plenty of joy at this Advent 4 service at St Peter's Wynnum. I will miss Rick photo bombing my selfies and we will all miss The Rev'd Donna as she heads off to Adelaide. Prayers for Donna and Rick as this new adventure unfolds."


St Mark's Anglican Church, Clayfield Facebook on 30 December 2021: "The Rev'd Nicki with parishioners Bev Power and Richard Colledge at Woodford Folk Festival’s Bushtime!"


Anglican Church, Gympie and Region Facebook on 6 February 2022: "Thanks Bishop Jeremy for joining us for morning services, including #kidzchurch. You may have a follower!"


St Hilda's School, Gold Coast Facebook on 18 February 2022: "Our Year 12 students look fantastic in their new Senior jerseys for 2022! The students have already overcome many challenges for Term 1, and the entire St Hilda's community is so excited to see them grow and discover the endless possibilities in front of them in their final year of school."


St Paul's School, Bald Hills Facebook on 16 February 2022: "Last Monday we welcomed international students through a breakfast party. Most of the international students have been doing online classes for a very long time. It is really nice to see them back at the campus."


Toowoomba Anglican School Facebook on 17 February 2022: "You might have noticed our grounds and cleaning staff looking a little brighter this year! Our team are thrilled to make TradeMutt their workwear of choice at TAS. Eddy Ross (2005 alumni), co-founded Trademutt as a way to start conversations about mental health, making an invisible issue impossible to ignore. The workwear brand now funds the operation of TIACS, a free mental health support service. Thank you for dropping in to meet our team, Eddy!"


Mission to Seafarers Facebook on 4 February 2022: "It's a blessing to able to assist in making connections for our seafarers. With onboard lockdowns and limited communications, every little connection helps in maintaining their mental wellbeing. We recently helped one seafarer on MV Parsifal, whose brother lives here in Brisbane. We handed over to him some macrame` that had been lovingly completed over weeks at sea en route from Europe."


All Saints' Anglican Church, Brisbane Facebook on 19 December 2021: "Throwback from our Haydn Little Organ Mass last month! Come and experience some more gorgeous music tomorrow December 19 with some Vierne and Macmillan in the morning for our 9:30am high mass, and a Nine Lessons and Carols service at 4pm. Looking forward to seeing you there. Pictured also is our director of music, Amber Evans, along with Father Bryan Gadd, after a fabulous 40th anniversary celebration of his ordination."


The Rev'd Erika Williams was commissioned as Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Bundaberg West by Bishop Jeremy Greaves on 11 February 2022. Erika is excited to return to the parish where she started her formation journey and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to help lead the friendly and supportive Good Shepherd community in God's mission.