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The Bush Church Dunny

The Bush Church Dunny

It happened at a tiny, old and very beautiful sandstone church, on one of my first Sundays in the little country parish. The church sat strategically on a rise in the midst of rolling, grassy paddocks. A herd of brown and white cows grazed lazily in the field next to...

From the Inside of an Aged Care Residence

John Donne’s Meditation XVII: No man is an island … ‘… all mankind is of one author, and is one volume. When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated. God employs several...
Worship in Isolation

Worship in Isolation

Pray as you can, and do not try to pray as you can’t.~John Chapman, English Benedictine monk At the time of writing, we should be in Geneva on a locum placement within the Diocese in Europe. It was to be our sixth extended period of ministry in Europe after full-time...
Families with Disability and Online Church

Families with Disability and Online Church

Last year I had a dream that I arrived late to church one Sunday morning. Just as I was about to enter the building, I realised I was still wearing my pyjamas and slippers. Even in my dream I knew that pyjamas weren’t appropriate attire for church (as cool as my Star...
A Winter Baptism in Bodalla

A Winter Baptism in Bodalla

On Saturday 27th June, a small group of Christians and enquirers celebrated with Michelle Winter at her baptism in All Saints’ Church, Bodalla. As she was washed clean in the waters of baptism and confessed Christ as her Lord, Saviour and friend, we prayed for her to...
Beautiful people, beautiful diocese

Beautiful people, beautiful diocese

Small groups in our beautiful Anglican Diocese are resuming meeting face to face again. It is lovely to see people’s precious faces and handsome smiles. God is good. Bishop Mark and Monica’s exciting news is – on the 7th June 2020, the Holt group ‘Jesus, A Friend For...

Mary Thorn, Deacon and Unsung Hero

On 25th March this year Reverend Mary Thorn marked the 20th anniversary of her ordination to the diaconate. How appropriate that she was ordained on ‘Lady Day’, the feast of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary! Her ordination took place in her home church,...
Meet the New Rector for North Goulburn

Meet the New Rector for North Goulburn

Paul and Lorraine Davey and their four children are headed to the rural city of Goulburn. From mid-July Paul will be the new rector of St Nicholas Anglican Church in North Goulburn. ‘Goulburn is famous for its big sheep and we hope that God will use us to find and...
Sometimes an empty space is not enough

Sometimes an empty space is not enough

Sometimes an empty space is not enough. In Matthew 12:43-45 Jesus tells the story of an unclean spirit which goes out of a person, but when it returns welcomes in seven other evil spirits so that their victim is left in a worse state. While the original context of the...