From preaching to the choir to shifting fence sitters

By Peter Branjerdporn. In 2012, I spent a year on the Thailand-Burma border volunteering as a pharmacist-trainer in a refugee health and community centre. There, I became friends with people seeking safety from one of the world’s longest civil wars, and started advocating for stateless Rohingya families in the region via social media. When I […]

Tips when talking to people with Asperger’s Syndrome

By Tom Hammer. Upon returning home from a large barbeque gathering one evening, my mum asked, “Hey, Tom! Who was at the barbeque?” “Sam,” I replied, telling her the name of the person who turned the sausages and steaks at the grill. It’s easy for people like me to misunderstand what is being asked. At […]

Relating with God

By Sr Helen Jamieson CSC. Everyone and everything in our universe is unique, which suggests to me that everyone and everything has a relationship with God which is both similar and different. We are all embodied in our Creator’s one overwhelming love, while also being individuals with our own special experience of prayer or relationship with […]

News from the Registry

By Chris Nelson, Registrar/General Manager. 2021 Synod COVID-19 has had its impact on our diaries again. Unfortunately, our plans for holding Synod in Grafton on the first weekend in August have had to be changed. Under the current health orders, we would not be able to get sufficient people into the venue. Synod members are […]

Ordination of Kassimiro Yanga as Deacon at Coffs Harbour

The Rev’d Kassimiro Yanga was ordained as a Vocational Deacon by Bishop Murray Harvey at Coffs Harbour on 18 October. Thank you to everyone who attended this joyous occasion. Due to COVID complications we had to break with tradition and have multiple ordinations around the diocese. Kassimiro’s was the first of the three at St. […]

Around The Diocese

Bishop Murray Visits Coffs Harbour  Bishop’s visit to Coffs Harbour Anglicans in October. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle fun with Alstonville Messy Church Alstonville Anglicans Messy Church families created animals out of recycled waste. Out of concern for climate change they chose to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Creativity and fun was had by all.  The creatures […]

Curious Creatures and Wild Minds at Book Week 2020

Our Diocesan Schools spent one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children’s authors and illustrators during Book Week 2020. Students and staff participated in a Book Week parade dressed as their favourite book character. The theme for this year’s book week was “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds”. Emmanuel Anglican College Clarence Valley Anglican School

Nine-Year-Old St Columba Anglican School Student Taj Lakin Steps Up as a Steward of the Sea

Nine-year-old Taj Cruz Lakin takes the responsibility of stewardship of God’s creations seriously. The Year 3 St Columba Anglican School student loves his local coastal environment and is passionate about keeping the beaches of Port Macquarie clean. Fuelled by his passion for marine conservation, Taj recently entered a video in the Reef RADicals competition run […]

Reflection: Called to be Saints

A mass of attractive red bottlebrush (Callistemon) blooms can symbolise a large number of people, children of God, saints, developing and expressing God’s love in beauty and radiant holiness to all they meet. Such an ideal concept may be hard to imagine, but it is what we Christians, followers of Jesus, are called to be. […]

The First Session of the Thirty-Seventh Synod of the Diocese of Grafton

The Synod of the Diocese of Grafton came together over the weekend of Saturday 26 September and Sunday 27 September at Twin Towns Conference & Function Centre, Tweed Heads. A full recap of the motions and summary of the order of business will be published in the Summer edition of the North Coast Anglican Magazine. Hear […]

Daring to Live Into God’s Future For Us

By The Venerable Tiffany Sparks On Sunday 27 September, the Synod of the Diocese of Grafton voted to restructure the Diocese. One of the significant aspects of the restructure was to group parishes into teams and networks in order to free up clergy and laity to encourage and inspire each other for creative ministry for […]

Farewell and Congratulations Class of 2020

Year 12 students from our schools across the Diocese came together to celebrate their final days at school this month. Some schools came up with special solutions to the COVID-19 landscape. St Columba Anglican School Farewell Assembly SCAS welcomed their Class of 2020 to the SCAS Old Scholars Association at the Farewell Assembly. On their […]

Around The Diocese

Celebrating Our Father’s at Port Anglican How amazing was Fathers Day at Port Anglican. Happy Father’s Day to all our fathers, we pray you have all had a wonderful day.  CVAS STUDENTS IN THE TOP FIVE OF NSW STATE COMPETITION Four Year 11 Business Studies students from Clarence Valley Anglican School have made the top […]

New Ministry Leader for The Parish of Byron

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Ministry Leader for The Parish of Byron. Early in September The Right Rev’d Dr Murray Harvey, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Grafton, made the following announcement: “I am delighted to announce that The Venerable Grahame Yager has accepted my invitation to be the ministry […]

Reflection: Maturity and New Growth

Each year, our deciduous Maple tree produces fresh green shoots full of potential, alongside a remnant of the beautiful mature leaves from the previous year. The roots, trunk and branches give or carry life to both the old and new leaves.  I believe that such growth can illustrate something of life in the Church. For […]

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“We are the Elders of tomorrow, hear our voice.” The theme for Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar Schools’s 2020 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Jarjum’s Day) echoed through our Junior School this month as our littlest students came together to celebrate our First Nations People with some local indigenous community members and Elders from […]

Improvised Ministry School Takes Place in Grafton

While many gatherings have had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, it was refreshing to gather with the Clergy and Stipendiary Lay Ministers for an in-person (yet scaled-down version of) Ministry School. An improvised Ministry School took place in the Hunt Hall at Grafton Cathedral, appropriately socially distanced etc. This enabled us to touch […]

Performance Centre Underway

The Performance Centre at Clarence Valley Anglican School has continued to be busy with earthworks and footings in progress. The second site meeting was held on-site on August 20 with the Queensland-based architect participating via “Zoom”. The Principal was very excited to see a hole in the ground and inspected progress first-hand after the site meeting, […]

Pen Pal Program Promotes Positivity Through Pandemic

It has been a tough year for students worldwide. Learning time has been disrupted, students and teachers are having to adapt to the online classroom and many of the much-loved school calendar events have been cancelled or postponed. At St Columba Anglican School students have been practicing gratitude despite the challenges they have faced. This […]

Transforming Relationship

By The Rev’d Tim Booth How did you fare when services of worship had been suspended during COV-19? I found inspiration in isolation through a remarkable picture in the book The Divine Dance by U.S. Franciscan Richard Rohr. The image was of a 15th Century Orthodox icon called The Trinity by Andrei Rublev. Rohr describes […]

The Love of God Prevails

By Sister Helen CSC September 2020 On September 29, we Sisters celebrate the feast of Michael, the archangel, our patron. We are encouraged by the example of the angels to embrace a life in which the worship of God and active ministry to others merge together in love. Recently in Australia, as the photo above […]

New Northern Beaches Independent School for Woolgoolga

An exciting development has occurred with Bishop Druitt College Council fully endorsing a Kindergarten to Year 4 Northern Beaches campus in the heart of Woolgoolga at 1852 – 1856 Solitary Islands Way. This site is opposite Woolworths and will be a shared site with Ohana Early Learning. Stage 1 plans are with Coffs Harbour City […]

Rural Young Scientist cracks Water Prize shortlist

The Science Teachers Association NSW and the Australian Water Association congratulate Emma Serisier on being shortlisted for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Ms Emma Serisier, from Bishop Druitt College in Coffs Harbour, a budding, young, female scientist has juggled school work, bushfires and an impressive science project to compete on the international stage. “Very simply, […]

Reflection: Emerging into a New Place

On Sunday June 28, we in Kempsey celebrated the Eucharist together for the first time since March 22. We gathered, not in All Saints Church, but in the Church hall. During the intervening time, we had been through Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost praying alone at home or watching live-streamed services on our laptops or […]

COVID-19: Physically Distant, Spiritually Together

Lismore Anglicans have been connecting throughout COVID-19 with online services. Parishioners have been sharing their interesting outlooks for joining in service, such as the back of Bourke, Bribie Island, a caravan, and of course, online while in a church pew. One parishioner shared a photo of streaming while in North Queensland. As our churches were […]

New Performance Centre Construction Underway at Clarence Valley Anglican School

On 30 July a very exciting moment in the history of Clarence Valley Anglican School and the Clarence Valley occurred. The ground has been broken for the construction of a new 300 seat capacity Performance Centre comprising a stage and performance space; general learning areas for music, drama and art; additional learning spaces; tiered learning […]

Around The Diocese

Bishop Murray Visits the Sisters In his role as the Visitor to the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent, the Bishop celebrated the Eucharist and preached in the Sisters Chapel today and attended the SSA Chapter meeting. CVAS Students Congregate In New Yarning Circle Dean Loadsman, the Clarence Valley Anglican School Gumbaynggirr teacher, […]

Around The Diocese

Return and Earn for FAWNA St Columba Anglican School’s Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 have been collecting 10c return and earn containers throughout the last semester. Through this initiative, they have collected $124.80 which they donated to their local FAWNA group. They have managed to keep 1248 containers out of landfill. Well done Stage […]