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Spring 2023 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 spring months

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St Bart's Toowoomba Facebook on 19 November 2023: "GINGERBREAD NATIVITY What a wonderful afternoon getting our Christmas on: making and decorating delicious gingerbread nativity sets! BIG thank you to St Bart’s Kids, all of the team who helped make the afternoon happen, and all who came along to join in the fun. What’s not to love! Gingerbread, live music, community, games and a BBQ! We’ve got plenty of opportunities to celebrate CHRISTMAS in December @ St Bart’s..."


St Mark's Anglican Church, Clayfield Facebook on 7 November 2023: "Run to Tara today to take a first load of donations to those affected by the bushfires. Here you can see Edna & Deborah, both former missionaries in Africa, volunteers working to serve breakfast & lunch at The Community Church, Tara today. Margaret Moxon and Marg bliss had fresh scones, cream & strawberry jam for morning tea!"


St Clements on the Hill Facebook on 26 November 2023: "This evening we welcomed Father Steven Schwarzrock commissioned as Rector at St. Clements by the Archbishop-elect, Bishop Jeremy Greaves. We look forward to working with Father Steven in his Ministry with us as we begin a new chapter, turn a new leaf in the life of our Parish, our Diocese and within the Anglican Communion."


Dalby Anglican Facebook on 30 September 2023: "Churches Together on Wednesday night was awesome. Thank you to everyone who came and helped! We even had fun in the kitchen. It was great to hear Chris and David share their story of moving to Dalby and reflect on the things we love about our home."


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 14 October 2023: "Anglicare's Nalingu Respite Centre clients love staying social and getting together over some arts and crafts. Each month, the Bunnings Warehouse Australia team help our clients practice their DIY skills, whether it's at the centre or enjoying a bus trip to the local store. 'We look forward to our Bunnings visits. The staff are very helpful and it's always a pleasant time.'- Lorraine. 'I enjoy spending time with others and being creative.' - Susan. Our Lifestyle staff are passionate about making sure everyone are comfortable, happy and having a good time..."


Bishop John Roundhill Facebook on 22 October 2023: "Back at St Stephen’s Stanley in Hong Kong. There is no reason not to have a Sundayselfie with the congregation! Thank you Will Newman for the invitation to preach. Thank you all for being so welcoming. A busy two days lies ahead."


Bishop Jeremy Greaves on Facebook on 9 October 2023: "#episcopup"


Bishop Jeremy Greaves on Facebook on 29 November 2023: "St Columb's ministry Centre at Clayfield was filled yesterday for the annual morning tea for the retired clergy of the Diocese. It is always a great opportunity to catch up and to give thanks for all that our clergy contribute to the life of the Diocese even long after they 'retire'."


The Anglican Parish of St George with Dirranbandi Facebook on 3 September 2023: "What a lovely morning celebrating Fathers at Church this morning. We have really enjoyed our services conducted by visiting priests Ross and Louise."

Bishop John Roundhill

Bishop John Roundhill Facebook on 20 November 2023: "A lovely weekend with the parish of Logan. Saturday night at St Mark's, Daisy Hill and Sunday morning at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Park Ridge. Congratulations to those getting confirmed at both services: Clench and Rodney at Daisy Hill and Mowing, Flora and John at Park Ridge. The selfie was taken at the end of the morning service; I think we were all enjoying worship today."


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 15 September 2023: "It's never too late to ask, R U OK? Whether it's someone close to you, an acquaintance, colleague, or a stranger. This simple question could be lifesaving. Here's how some of our staff and clients got involved with R U OK? Day yesterday..."


Matthew Flinders Anglican College Facebook on 7 November 2023: "A special shout out to our Year 7 readers who completed the Premier's Reading Challenge this term. To complete the challenge, our students had to read 15 books based on their year level during the reading period from May to August this year. Our avid readers had their efforts recognised with a morning tea in the library and a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier of Queensland. The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual statewide initiative for all Queensland students and aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read widely for pleasure and learning. Great job Year 7s!"


St Luke's Bundaberg Facebook on 10 November 2023: "CELEBRATING DIWALI. It was a celebration of colour and light in our ELC today as our ELC Educators shared with our littlest students some of the customs and traditions of their culture in honour of Diwali. The children had a wonderful time learning about the significance of the Festival of Lights in Indian culture, asking plenty of questions along the way. Thank you to our Educators for sharing and encouraging our students to embrace the rich diversity of St Luke's."


Anglicare Southern Queensland Facebook on 9 September 2023: "It's Queensland Child Protection Week and many of our teams across the organisation have been getting involved. In Gympie, Jen and Oskar from our Family Wellbeing and Support Service team set up a stall at the Little Kids Day Out, offering a rock painting activity for children. This event is held yearly on Queensland Child Protection Week and this year's theme was 'BUGS.' On Friday, our Children and Parenting team attended the Under 5's Day event at Laidley. Staff got to talk to families about all things wellbeing, health and education. There were also plenty of giveaways for the young ones."


St Hilda's School, Gold Coast Facebook on 27 November 2023: "Celebrating Achievements: Highlights from our 2023 Year 3-6 Speech Day! Congratulations to all the incredible girls who shone brightly at our Year 3-6 Speech Day! Your achievements and hard work were truly commendable..."


St Margaret's Anglican Girls School Facebook on 13 November 2023: "Congratulations to Year 7 students Ashleigh, Ritz and Sophie who each won a prize in the Communicating Science category at the 70th Queensland Science Contest Awards Ceremony. The Queensland Science Contest aims to stimulate an ongoing interest in the study of science. The girls were judged on their ability to explain, clarify or communicate a scientific idea or concept to a particular audience, which they each did in the form of a creative poster. Ashleigh was awarded first place for her poster on deforestation, Ritz won second place for her poster on coral reefs and Sophie received highly commended for her poster on feral horses. Congratulations girls!"

Bishop Cam playing guitar at a morning tea

Bishop Cam playing guitar at the annual morning tea for retired clergy at St Colomb's, Clayfield on 29 November 2023.


Members of St Mary's, Nerang shared morning tea after hearing Justice Enbler, Peter Branjerdporn sing a song about the Uluru Statement at their service. (L-R standing, Bob Cowle, Ailsa Hay, Andrew Schmidt, Peter Branjerdporn, Jenny Wooland, Parish Councilor Richard Wooland, Parish Councilor Geoff Hay. Sitting: Sally Cattell, Laurel Burnett) in September 2023


Toowoomba Anglican School on 28 November 2023: "YEAR 6 LEADERS | Today, Mr Locke and Mrs Roper celebrated the wonderful efforts of our Year 6 Leaders. These students have done a wonderful job throughout the year. We thank these students for their efforts to develop their leadership skills and support those around them."


Cannon Hill Anglican College Facebook on 16 November 2023: "Congratulations to Mary Donnan and Carter Mangan (Year 11) on being awarded the CHAC Alumni Award for 2023! Mary will be heading off to the National Youth Science Forum and Carter will be undertaking an underwater photography course in 2024."


Mission to Seafarers Brisbane Facebook on 22 November 2023: "For those seafarers who celebrate Christmas, it can be a very lonely time of year. Our amazing supporters are helping us with thoughtful donations that can alleviate this loneliness, allowing us to show our seafarers they're not alone. We've been overwhelmed with generosity from our maritime, Anglican and broader community groups. We're hoping to provide hundreds of Christmas gift bags to seafarers this year. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."


Bishop Jeremy Greaves Facebook on 25 November 2023: "Great to spend the day today at St Francis College with Michael Trainor exploring the Gospel according to Mark."


The Rev'd Eron Perry and volunteer Joy from The Parish of Burleigh Heads and Synod Rep Francisco from The Parish of Robina working in the Burleigh Heads thrift shop in September 2023. Thrift shop proceeds go to the church's mission and ministry, with 10 per cent going towards Anglican missions, including Anglican Board of Mission and The Mission to Seafarers. The Parish of Robina is a Resource Church and works with other parishes in our Diocese to help strengthen digital church, tech, liturgy, ministry and outreach.


The Glennie School Facebook on 15 September 2023: "As well as the Year 12 Formal this week, our seniors participated in the much anticipated Father Daughter bowling and the Mother Daughter breakfast. An evening of bowling, laser tag and arcade games was enjoyed by girls and their dads, as well as the hotly contested best dressed duo. Girls then joined with their mums the following day for breakfast, both opportunities to spend quality time and celebrate at a significant time as they look towards the end of their secondary school."


On 25 November 2023, a Cathedral service led by The Rev'd Eleanor Mancini was held to launch the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. After the service the people moved outside the Cathedral and did a Vigil, observing 3-minute silence on the Cathedral steps.


The Toowoomba Inter-Faith Working Group (TIWG) with the Toowoomba Region Councillor held a prayer service for peace, goodwill and unity in diversity at St James' Church, Toowoomba on Thursday 19 October 2023. (L-R): Senior Constable Catherine English, Ven. Wu Chin, Ms Kim Walmsley, Ms Nicole Rangiira, Dr Arsalan Mozafarri, Mr Stephan Wanyonyi, Ms Susan O’Hara, Pastor Jagdish Nayaran, Pandit Anuj Bhandari, Mr Ari Heiber, The Rev’d Melissa Conway, Rev’d Yvonne McRostie, Cr Megan O’Hara Sullivan and Mr Mohammed Haniff.