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

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Looking ahead: Dates for your Diary — 2016 & 2017

The special functions arranged by Anglican Women entail quite a bit of forward planning! So we can give you some dates for your diaries so you too can plan ahead. The Annual Anglican Women’s  Service 2016: will be on Tuesday 7th […]

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What is the blessing in the here and now?

With the Diocese still in the midst of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse in the Church, 270 people, clergy and lay, from around the Diocese of Newcastle gathered at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College on Saturday 13th August for […]


Sharing our Faith: ‘Gossip the Gospel’

 The gifts of the spirit are many… But we can all speak with utter authenticity about our own lives, our own experiences of God. And sometimes those very personal stories are the ones which touch people… Let us learn how […]

The Rt Revd Greg Thompson, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter, 11/2015

The Rt Revd Greg Thompson, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of  Newcastle. 19th November 2015 The Right Reverend Gregory Thomson Bishop of Newcastle MEDIA REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AFFECTING THE DIOCESE Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In June, I called […]

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Thanks: NT Aboriginal Clergy Fund

Thank You Boxes are distributed by AW. Mrs Kerry Thompson, the wife of Bishop Greg, spoke at the 2015 Spring Celebrations about the difficulties associated with bringing together indigenous clergy from remote communities for training and support. Anglican Women recently received […]

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Spring Celebrations 2016

The first week of September always sees the Spring Celebrations organised by Anglican Women in the various Deaneries of the Diocese of Newcastle for everyone who would like to come. This year the guest speakers will be from Kairos Outside for […]

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‘Love God’: a reflection from the Maitland AW service

One of the delights of travelling around the Diocese for the Anglican Women’s Spring Celebrations has been the beautiful and uplifting worship and fellowship in a variety of churches, and excellent homilies given by their clergy, each with its own […]

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Solidarity with persecuted Christians

INTRODUCING AN ECUMENICAL INITIATIVE Amidst the hope-filled expectation and joy of the seasons of Advent and Christmas, the liturgy reminds us that the Christ-child was born into a world of struggle and violence, into a vulnerable family coping with many […]

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About Kairos Outside for Women

  Over the first week of September 2016, ladies from KOW (Kairos Outside for Women – Hunter), shared their stories and told Anglican Women around the Diocese of Newcastle about the work of the Kairos Prison Ministry, and more specifically, […]

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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. Members 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:   TYB 2015-6-Alzheimers


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)

Project to September 2015.

  •  N.T. Aboriginal Ministry

Project for the year September 2015 to September 2016:

  • Alzheimers' Australia

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