The Anglican Women Australia Conference, 5-8th June, hosted by Anglican Women in the Diocese of Newcastle is drawing ever closer! We have been able to extend the deadline for registrations to 18th May.
With the theme, ‘Thanksgiving for the Ministry of Women’, it promises to be an exciting time of worship, fellowship and learning, with a wonderful array of speakers, including:
The final morning, Thursday 8th, will include the Provincial AGM with reports from Anglican Women in the Dioceses of Canberra & Goulburn, Bathurst, Riverina and Newcastle. This will be followed by small group discussion looking at the future of AW as an organisation – ‘Where to from here?’
The conference will take place in the Mountain View Room at Club Macquarie, Argenton, which is next door to Cockle Creek Railway Station. It provides a very pleasant and comfortable venue, looking out on to the creek and the hills beyond. Enjoy excellent meals. Half an hour from Newcastle, there is plenty of parking.
Accommodation is available at the Macquarie Inn, adjoining the Club – connected by a covered walkway. (See their website for further information.). There are also other motels in the area at Warners Bay, Speers Point and Cardiff. Several parishioners in the area have offered hospitality, with billeting in their homes.
Cost for the full conference (5th-8th June) is $275. Registration is from 3pm on the Monday, and the conference will be finished by 12 noon on Thursday. You will need to make your own arrangements for accommodation.
Attendance at the Tuesday Cathedral Service is of course free and open to anyone – all are welcome! Bishop Peter Stuart will celebrate and The Venerable Sonia Roulston, Conference Chaplain, will preach.
There is an option to attend on the Wednesday 9am to 5pm, when you will hear the main speakers. Cost for this is $50, which will include a light lunch, morning and afternoon tea. MU will have a stall available.
Anglican Women of Australia in the Manning Deanery of Newcastle Diocese will hold their AUTUMN CELEBRATION on Thursday at St Paul’s, 61 Ravenshaw Street, Gloucester. ALL women are most welcome!Anglican Women of Australia in the Manning Deanery of Newcastle Diocese will hold their AUTUMN CELEBRATION on Thursday 27th April at St Paul’s, 61 Ravenshaw Street, Gloucester. ALL women are most welcome!
It will commence with 10.00 a.m. Morning Tea [provided by the host parish], followed at 10.30 with Holy Communion celebrated byRector, the Revd. Rob Llewellyn.
11.30 a.m. Greetings and Roll Call
11.40 a.m. Guest speaker, Dr Julianne Stewart who will be sharing about her role within ABM (Australian Board of Mission) and informing us about ABM’s work in the world.
12.30 p.m. Lunch and Fellowship. Parishes to provide, as usual, please, one loaf of sandwiches per seven women attending, one slice or cake per ten women. Please don’t forget the possibility of including gluten free.
1.30 p.m. Business session
1.45 p.m Mrs Laura Llewellyn will be sharing with us in the afternoon, and requests that ladies bring with them a copy of their favourite budget recipe.
2.15 p.m. Closing prayers and departure.
The 2017 Anglican Women’s silent Lent retreat at St Joseph’s Retreat Centre at Kincumber. What a wonderful time of refreshment, fellowship, worship and laughter!
Our theme was ‘The joy of the Lord is your strength’ (Neh. 8:10), with Retreat Conductor, The Revd Jane Trigg, Rector of Branxton/ Lochinvar/ Gresford.
She shared her own story, and read wonderful and humorous Dr Seuss books to illustrate certain points. Well prepared – she didn’t read her talks, but just talked in a very informal and relaxed manner. It was a delight!
There were also very simple and practical ideas, with sessions on meditation and ‘mindful moves’.
A new venue for many of us, the facilities were excellent, it was very comfortable, were chapels and many little nooks and corners, indoors and out, where one could sit quietly. The green, lush grounds were beautiful – though rather damp as it rained nearly all the time. Some managed to walk the Labyrinth or the Way of the Cross – a couple even had a swim in the rain in the pool!
There were 19 full time ladies and 11 who came for the day on Saturday.
Some of the comments included:
• “I thoroughly enjoyed my retreat. The accommodation and meals were excellent. The theme of ‘Joy’ was not something I would have thought of for a Lenten Retreat, however it was wonderful and I experienced different things from her talks. A casual, laid back retreat.” Yvonne
• “I enjoyed the Dr Seuss stories – it’s been a long time since anyone has read me a story! The concept of increasing joy by changing our thinking is at once simple and profound and sorely needed in our diocese, when it has been easy over the past year to be overwhelmed by the negative… I enjoyed the body scan and the mindful movement exercises – good to DO something. There was a lot of practical stuff that I can take away and do – never too old to learn something new! All in all it was one of the best retreats I’ve attended.”
• “A wonderful retreat. The venue was quiet. It gave one time to think in the lovely grounds, although the rain curtailed our walks. Mother Jane is a card – has a mix of old and new ideas – I found her refreshing.” Coral
• ” Our theme of ‘Joy’ was very uplifting. We were encouraged to take paper and pencil and draw, doodle etc. I have never been one to draw… but this exercise made me look at the scenery more closely than normal. I found many colours and shapes – what a joy to see this in nature – all I needed to do is train myself to SEE. The sessions were great and the time spent with the Lord gave me great joy.”
• “Excellent venue and meals. Although a silent retreat, I would have loved to have a quiet chat with our meal. Our retreat conductor was a joy to listen to…” Chris
• “I am taking away with me a wonderful sense of peace and connection with God. The devotions and meditations led by Mother Jane were centering and calming… The environment was conducive to what we were trying to achieve. The grounds are lush and the labyrinth allowed me to go deeper.” Bronwyn
From 5-8th June 2017, Anglican Women Australia will hold their bi-annual State Conference, hosted by Anglican Women, Diocese of Newcastle.
It will take place at Club Macquarie, 458 Lake Road, Argenton, a suburb of the City of Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle NSW. The theme of the conference is ‘Thanksgiving for the ministry of women’.
It is shaping up to be a most interesting time of worship, fellowship and learning with a range of very interesting speakers. They include Lisa Towle, President of Episcopal Church Women of the USA; Lucille Henniker President of Anglican Church Women of Southern Africa, Jan Malpas of the Diocese of The Murray, who has served with the World Council of Churches, Lifeline, Mothers’ Union; the Revd Lu Piper, and Members of MOWatch (Movement for the Ordination of Women. The evening programme will include Bush Poet Bob Bush, a Sing Australia Choir, and Policewoman Sergeant Debra Rowe. (see attached programme)
Conference Chaplain will be The Venerable Sonia Roulston, Archdeacon of Newcastle. Women from the dioceses of Sydney, Bathurst, Canberra & Goulburn and Riverina are expected, as well as ‘locals’ from the Diocese of Newcastle.
The Annual Newcastle Diocesan Anglican Women’s service on Tuesday, 6th June at 10.30 am (morning tea from 9.45), will be part of the conference. It is open to anyone who would like to come, at no cost. Bishop Peter Stuart will celebrate and Adn Sonia will preach. It will open with a colourful procession of symbols of the ministry of women in its many diverse ways. The Rt Rev’d Kay Goldsworthy, Bishop of Gippsland Diocese, will be the guest speaker following the service.
After lunch we will hear from Prison Chaplain, The Revd Di Langham, then participants of the conference will travel to The Mission to Seafarers Centre at Wickham, where they will view the facilities, hear about its ministry and enjoy afternoon tea, before returning to the conference venue at Argenton.
The cost to attend the full conference (Monday 5th to Thursday 8th June) is $275 (plus your accommodation). Day only: Wednesday, 9am to 5pm $50 (incl. lunch, m/ & a/teas).
You will need to make your own arrangements directly with the motel/hotel of choice, mentioning the AWA Conference. We also offer the option of billeting with parishioners in the area, or you might like to stay with family or friends if you do not live nearby.
Some of the options include:- The Macquarie Inn, Argenton, which is connected to the Conference Venue. ph 02 4911 9595, email: <email@example.com> www.clubmacquarie.com.au/stay
Rates per night from $154 — based on 2 guests, any extras $30.00 per person per night.
The Esplanade Motel, Warners Bay is about 15 mins. drive from the venue. It is situated right on the lake, with walking tracks for miles. Ph: 02 4948 9666 <firstname.lastname@example.org> www.theesplanademotel.com.au Rates from $119 – $159 per night.
Below are PDFs which can be downloaded: – a Newsletter with information, a a Conference Registration Form, a programme- plus a Registration Form for those just wishing to attend on the Wednesday 9am to 5pm. (Note: there is no need to register or any cost to just attend the Cathedral Service on TUESDAY.)
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 2 (weekday): Tues. 7/3 to Thurs. 9th. PLEASE NOTE: SADLY THIS ONE HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED. We regret any disappointment this has caused.
Day Option: Saturday 4/3/2017; (9am to 5pm)
(Download/ print a copy of the brochure with Registration Form – retreat-brochure-2017w )
The Rev’d Jane Trigg has been the Priest- in-Charge of the Parish of Greta-Branxton-Lochivar since February 2016. She writes:
“A cradle Anglican, and only child of two professional musicians, I was born and grew up in Melbourne.
My life to date has been an incredibly rich, diverse and at times challenging one. . . I have moved home nineteen times, lived in five different Dioceses, had ministry training and stipendiary positions in parishes and chaplaincies, endured the challenges of relationships, have one living parent, raised two daughters, loved numerous pets, played in orchestras, sung in choirs, sailed on seas, and have been present and nurtured in diverse faith communities from evangelical to anglo-catholic.
Those who have inspired my spiritual journey are St Ignatius of Loyola, Thic Nhat Hanh and of course, Jesus. Also women like Amy Carmichael, Mother Theresa and Nadia Bolz-Weber.
I also love icons, prayer beads, labyrinth’s, water, and all of God’s creation. . . journaling, doodling, retreating and endeavouring to find God in all things.
“I am looking forward to sharing with you in March.”
After many years of meeting at the Monastery, Stroud, safety concerns have forced us to consider other venues. So this year we will gather at St Joseph’s Spirituality & Education Centre at Kincumber South, in a natural bushland setting in a quiet corner of the beautiful Central Coast.
The spacious grounds front the Kincumber Broadwater, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and peace that enhances the spiritual and reflective nature of the Centre.
The quality and presentation of the accommodation add to the overall prayerful ambience. Comfortable, well-appointed twin or single rooms have modern en-suites. You can have a room to yourself, or share if desired with a friend. All areas have fans/heating, some main areas air conditioning.
The common areas include conference rooms, Chapel, comfortable lounge areas, a small prayer room, Library/reading room, garden meditation areas, walking tracks, a Labyrinth and pool.
Dinner on arrival evening, Accommodation x 2 nights, plus
Day 1 – Breakfast, m/afternoon teas, lunch, dinner; Day 2 – Breakfast, morning tea and lunch
(You do NOT need to bring own linen.)
Residential attendance cost: $325
Day attendance 9.00am – 5.00pm includes: Morning and afternoon teas, lunch. Cost: $60
REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: 17th February 2017
Take: toiletries incl. soap, insect repellant, comfortable clothes, Bible, notepad, pen.
Pool available – so bring swimmers.
First things first, when you go on a retreat you don’t have to prepare meals, keep your room tidy or even drive anywhere.
As women, we often find ourselves too busy running things that we leave ourselves short on time to nurture ourselves. It is important for us to find a balance between doing and being.
This retreat is designed to give you a break from the distractions of everyday life in order that you might spend a little more time thinking about how being a Christian woman affects the way you live out your life.
It can be tough at first, but we want you to relax, unwind from all your commitments and take this opportunity to have your mind extended, share with other women and spend time with God.
“The most effective listening to God is achieved when our silence allows us to be more receptive to Him. To do this we need few distractions. Reflecting, meditating, mulling, thinking, listening and travelling are attempts of the soul to perceive the divine.
The essence of a retreat is to grasp at the divine and to live it from within, to embrace the divine with all our pain and grief and to offer them to God’s greater love.”
Courtesy Mothers’ Union HQ UK
St Joseph’s Spirituality Centre, 8 Humphreys Road, Kincumber South, is about 30 mins drive from Gosford, and an easy drive from Newcastle.
Take F3 freeway as far as the Gosford exit. From the north take Gosford exit (Central Coast H’way).
Follow all the East Gosford/Terrigal signs until you end up on Central Coast Highway just past the East Gosford shopping centre. Stay on this road for about 2 kilometres. Make a right turn at lights to Kincumber and Avoca Beach. Stay on this road, Avoca Drive, until you pass Kincumber Shopping Village on left (1) and Kincumber Public school on left (2).
Then at the roundabout (3) take a right turn to Woy Woy and continue along Empire Bay Drive. Pass Nautical Village on the right (4), then after 0.4km turn right into MacKillop Road (5).
Make a right turn at T-intersection into Humphreys Road (6) then a right turn into the driveway (7) beside historic sandstone Holy Cross Church.
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 Communion at 10.30 am.
Come along and enjoy a peaceful day of quietness and learning. An opportunity to sit overlooking the river (weather permitting), and a time to reflect on our journey with Christ.
Please remember to bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided..
The Day will conclude with closing prayers and departure at 2.30 p.m.
For further information, contact Maureen Guthrie-Horwill, Deanery Leader AW – phone 0414 183 808, or email <email@example.com>
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 for those who are guests and for the team.
At Kairos’ weekends, Guests find a safe environment where people are willing to listen to them. Often, they think they are the only ones that this has happened to. They think that no one could possibly understand what they are going through. They are blown away when they discover other women who have been through these same experiences, and these same feelings. Imagine their surprise when they discover women who have not only survived, but are also doing well. This is the beauty of Kairos Outside. They offer a listening ear without condemnation, as they seek to love them as they listen.
The weekend program is based around eight Talks. The topics are Choices; Isolation and Rejection; The Church; Communication with God; Anger; The Home Environment; Relationships; and Perseverance through Community. These talks are given by selected members of the Team, who are often previous Guests.
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 2016!
Eunice and Margaret shared very moving stories and gave us an insight into the ministry of KOW. May we all be challenged to support Kairos Outside for Women in any way we can, and may God richly bless their special ministry.
And the sublime music of David & Julie Webb from Southlakes Parish was a real blessing.
On Wednesday, 7th September 2016, another beautiful Spring day, ladies from the various parishes of the Upper Hunter gathered in the beautiful historic Church of St Alban’s at Muswellbrook for a lovely service, again with well-chosen hymns and an excellent Homily from rector, The Rev’d Scott Dulley.
The speakers from Kairos Outside this time were Shirley and Karen who travelled up from Newcastle. They gave most informative talks, illustrated with a Power Point presentation. (some of this information about KOW will follow in a few days.)
Lunch in the Hall again was an example of wonderful country cooking – thank you, ladies!
Another beautiful Spring day – with lovely worship, good fellowship and learning about the ministry of Kairos Outside for Women in the Hunter. This time Sue Royal, well-known in Anglican circles, spoke about the origins of KOW, what happens on a weekend and how we can help (see next article). Theresa shared her very personal and moving story, which touched many hearts. Then lunch and and a time of warm fellowship as we caught up with friends and made new ones.
On Friday, 9th September, it was the turn of women from the Central Coast to gather at Lakes Anglican Church at Gorokan, where we were welcomed by Deanery Leader Noeline Darcy.
Following the Eucharist, celebrated by The Revd Cathy Walker, Margaret and Lee from Kairos Outside in the Hunter shared their very moving personal stories, followed by information on the what, how and when of KOW, as it undertakes this very important and worthwhile ministry.
We heard of how KOW provides a safe space for guests, offering unconditional love, support and acceptance, as they share their life journey and help to foster spiritual growth.
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.
Conference Chaplain: The Ven. Canon Sonia Roulston, Archdeacon of Newcastle.
Programme: Highlights of an interesting and varied programme include:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.clubmacquarie.com.au/stay
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 email@example.com www.theesplanademotel.com.au 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org> phone: 02 4971 2205; 25/ 68 Pacific Highway, Blacksmiths NSW 2281;
OR Laurel Brook, 24 Chelston Street, Warners Bay NSW 2282, <email@example.com>