Anglican Church Newcastle

2017 AWA State Conference hosted by Newcastle AW

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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 be attending. Join us for a time of fellowship, worship and learning!

What is AWA: 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 dioceses. It is 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.

All Anglican women, and their spouses, are most welcome to attend this Conference.

(Note: 2017 is the 170th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Newcastle (1847-2017); the 30th anniversary of the first women made deacon in this diocese (10/5/1987); and the 25th of the first as priests (12/1992).

DATE: Arrival & registration from Monday 3 pm, 5th June to Thursday noon, 8th June, 2017. (You may like to stay a little longer to explore our lovely region!)

VENUE: Club Macquarie, 458 Lake Road, Argenton NSW (Lake Macquarie, Newcastle Diocese). Set beside the tranquil shores of Cockle Creek, it provides a very comfortable, welcoming and attractive venue with excellent facilities, meals etc. Next to Cockle Creek train station, not too far from Cardiff Station. Plenty of parking.

The Venerable Sonia Roulston, Conference Chaplain.

Adn Sonia Roulston, Conference Chaplain.

Conference Chaplain:  The Ven. Canon Sonia Roulston, Archdeacon of Newcastle.

Programme: Highlights of an interesting and varied programme include:

  • Tuesday will see us travelling to the Cathedral in Newcastle to be a part of the Diocesan Annual AW Service. Special Guest and speaker will be The Rt Revd Kay Goldsworthy, Bishop of Gippsland Diocese. The afternoon programme will include a visit to The Mission to Seafarers, to hear and see something of their ministry to the Port of Newcastle.
  • Wednesday’s programme will include presentations by Lisa Towle, President of Episcopal Church Women in the USA; Mrs Jan Malpas from Sth Australia (MU,WCC, Lifeline etc); and members of MOWatch (Movement for the Ordination of Women) sharing their story of ‘The Movement for the Ordination of Women in Australia – Why it Still Matters’. There will be a special Conference Dinner with Sergeant Debra Rowe, (nee Joice) a passionate Christian police woman. She will talk about her faith and her career as a Police Officer, how much it has changed and some of the challenges she has faced.
  • Thursday will include the AGM for the Provincial Committees, other presentations, then a light lunch at 11.30.

Conference Fees: Full conference $275.  Day only: Wednesday, 9am to 5pm $40 (incl. lunch, m/ & a/teas). Registration Forms and a Newsletter are now available (see below).



TRAVEL: Train – On Sydney to Newcastle line – Venue is next to Cockle Creek train station, not too far from larger Cardiff Station, then taxi (about 10 mins).
Road: From Sydney 152 kms via M1 (about 2 hrs).
Air: Nearest airport is Williamtown (c. 35 mins. by car to venue); or fly to Sydney, then Newcastle train to Cardiff or Cockle Creek.

ACCOMMODATION: You will need to make your own arrangements directly with the motel/hotel of choice, mentioning the AWA Confence. We also offer the option of billeting with parishioners in the area.
Motels include:- The Macquarie Inn, Argenton, which is connected to the Conference Venue. ph 02 4911 9595, email:
Rates per night from $154 to $199 ­— based on 2 guests, any extras $30.00 per person per night.

The Esplanade Motel, Warners Bay about 15 mins. drive from the venue. Ph: 02 4948 9666      Rates from $119 – $159 per night.

Expressions of Interest: To help with the planning, we’d love to know if you are planning/hoping to come to the Conference. Please contact Co-ordinator:
Marion Willey, President, Anglican Women Newcastle,  email: <>  phone: 02 4971 2205;  25/ 68 Pacific Highway, Blacksmiths  NSW  2281;
OR Laurel Brook, 24 Chelston Street, Warners Bay  NSW  2282, <>