Diocese of Newcastle
Anglican Women

Anglican Women Newcastle


Anglican Women Newcastle was formed in 1960 as an 'umbrella' organisation for ALL Anglican women in the Diocese.


Anglican Women's Prayer

Eternal God, the light of the minds that know you, the life of the souls that love you, and the strength of the hearts that serve you, help us to so know you, that we may truly love you, so to love you that we may fully serve you, for to serve you is perfect freedom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Our Aims

Anglican Women Newcastle unites women across the Diocese. We seek to help.

  • Prayer and Worship.
  • Learning.
  • Fellowship with all women in the Diocese and beyond.
  • Giving with Anglican Women Newcastle Thank You boxes.

Anglican Women Newcastle

Anglican Women “exists to celebrate and support women, both lay and ordained, in their ministries and in their witness by providing opportunity for fellowship and the concrete expression of their unity in Christ”. (Most Rev’d Philip Aspinall, 2009) Anglican Women exists in many other dioceses and until recently there was a national AWA — Anglican Women of Australia, with both Provincial and National Conferences taking place. Women from Newcastle Diocese have played a major role in its history at all levels, especially Moira Housden and Valerie Beal.

Anglican Women was established in the Diocese of Newcastle in 1960 as an ‘umbrella’ organisation for ALL women who belong to the Anglican Church. It does not aim to compete with other organisations, but rather to bring them together in a spirit of partnership and co-operation, as well as making provision for those not included in such groups. It aims to work toward the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through encouraging worship, study, service, fellowship and giving. There is no subscription and no admission service. However parishes and organisations are asked to pay a small annual affiliation fee.

The Anglican Women Newcastle, Diocesan Executive plans our program. Anglican Women Newcastle events are open to all.

  • Lenten Retreats. First week of Lent.  1 weekend and 1 midweek.
  • Annual Service. First Tuesday of June at the Cathedral.
  • Autumn Celebration. First Monday of May in the Manning Deanery.
  • Spring Celebrations. First week of September held in the Deaneries.
  • Anglican Women's Sunday. Last Sunday of July. Parishes celebrate the women in parish life and recognise their contribution.
  • Anglican Women Newcastle Quiet Day: Manning Deanery in October.

Recent Anglican Women Newcastle News Items

The Rev'd Jane Trigg

2017 Lent Retreats for Women

Venue: St Joseph’s Spirituality  Centre, Kincumber South Theme: JOY: ‘The joy of the Lord is your strength.’ Nehemiah 8:10  Retreat Conductor: The Rev’d Jane Trigg, P-in-C  Parish of Branxton-Greta-Lochinvar Retreat 1 (weekend): Friday 4pm 3 March to 3 pm Sunday 5/3/2017 Retreat […]


Quiet Day at Taree

Anglican Women in the Manning Deanery has organised a Quiet Day 2016 to be held on Monday 7th November at St. John’s Anglican Church, 294 Victoria Street, Taree. Conductor will be Mrs Kara Ford. It will commence at 10.00 a.m. with Morning Tea [Provided], followed by Holy […]


Please pray for Kairos Outside weekend

This weekend, 14-16th October, a weekend for women who have a family member or friend in prison, takes place at Myuna Bay on Lake Macquarie. This ‘special time’, Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, is covered by prayer, 24/7. Please add your prayers […]

Shirley Melvelle thanks Kairos speakers, at St Andrew's M'field 9/2016

AW Spring Celebrations underway!

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Deaneries meet at Mayfield Thanks to all and the parishioners of MICA, who contributed to such a lovely day of fellowship, worship, sharing of stories and of special gifts at St Andrew’s Mayfield today, 6 September […]

Newcastle skyline, with Cathedral

2017 AWA State Conference hosted by Newcastle AW

Anglican Women of Australia Conference Theme: Thanksgiving for the Ministry of Women Anglican Women in the Diocese of Newcastle will be the hosts for the 2017 Bi-annual Provincial Conference of AWA. Anglican women from many dioceses in Australia, including some from overseas, will […]

Thank You Boxes

Anglican Women Newcastle Thank You Boxes are great. They are a simple way of thanking the Lord for help and guidance in day-to-day events. We say thank you. Thank You for little things we often take for granted. We place a coin in the box and give a little back.

Patterns or labels for boxes are available from your Parish AW Rep. You may of course use any container.

You can hand them to your Parish AW Rep. We collect them at the Diocesan Service  in June. We also collect them at the Spring Celebrations in September.

Download Thank You Box Design:   



Thank You Box Projects

Each year the proceeds are donated to a project. This is decided upon by the Executive of Anglican Women Newcastle. Recipients have included these causes.

  • Youth work in this Diocese.
  • the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
  • Fred Hollowes Foundation.
  • Palliative Care Services in the Diocesan area.
  • A Literacy Program in Myanmar (Burma).
  • The Mission to Seafarers in the Port of Newcastle.
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind (2014)
  •  N.T. Aboriginal Ministry
  • Alzheimers Australia (NSW)

Project for the year September 2016 to September 2017:

  • Kairos Outside for Women (Hunter)

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