Celebrating all Anglican women
Anglican Women’s Sunday is held on the last Sunday in July each year. This year it will fall on Sunday 30th July.
Its purpose is to celebrate ALL Anglican women across the Diocese and the good work they do on behalf of your parish, the community and the organisations to which they may belong. Our theme for the next 12 months is “We will face tomorrow in the Spirit’s power” (from the Elizabeth J Smith hymn, ‘God gives us a future’).
You might like to include some information about us in your pew sheet and include in your service on 30th July the 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 so to 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 Christ our Lord. Amen
Anglican Women Thank You Box giving:
It is also an opportunity to highlight our ‘Thank You Box’ Project, where Anglican women donate a coin to their ‘Thank You Box’ every time they wish to thank God for something in their lives. This money is collected at our annual June Service and the September Spring Celebration events and donated to our nominated Thank You Box project for the year. Any container can be used — or there is a template on our web site, anglicanwomennewcastle.org.au
This year Anglican Women was able to send $6,00.00 to Alzheimer’s Australia (NSW), who fund, support and research an illness which touches so many lives, for the 2015/2016 Thank You Box project. In the current 2016/17 year, we are raising funds for Kairos Outside for Women (Hunter). This is a programme for the family of those in prison, who often ‘do time’ as well, even though they did not commit the crime. At Kairos Outside weekends, guests find a safe environment where people are willing to listen. It offers a listening ear without condemnation, as they seek to love and listen non-judgmentally. KOW offers hope and on-going support.
September Spring Celebrations:
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 Anglican Overseas Aid. They will be the recipients of the next Thank You Box collection.
Venue/ dates:- Monday 4/9/2016: Manning Deanery – Tuncurry; Tuesday 5th: Combined Deaneries of Newcastle & Lake Macquarie – St Thomas’, Cardiff; Wednesday. 6th: Upper Hunter – Merriwa; Thursday 7th: Lower Hunter (Maitland & Paterson) Branxton; Friday 8th: Central Coast – Wyoming.
I hope your Anglican Women Sunday service will provide an opportunity for you to honour the women in your parish and their dedication to doing God’s work.