On Tuesday 5th June 2018 we were delighted to welcome members of Anglican Women from around the Diocese for their annual Diocesan Mass and celebration day.
Over 120 women, accompanied by a few men gathered for worship and fellowship at Saint Peter’s on 5th June 2018 from all over the diocese to join in the Annual Diocesan Mass and meeting of Anglican Women Australia (AWA).
The day commenced with a splendid morning tea provided by the ladies of Saint Peter’s and the AWA Executive. This was a wonderful time of refreshment for those who had travelled up to a couple of hours to enjoy fellowship with old friends and new.
Immediately after morning tea everyone took their seats in the church for the Annual Diocesan Mass. Father David welcomed the visitors to Saint Peter’s and Bishop Peter presided at the Mass and preached the Sermon. The music was wonderful and the singing very uplifting. The Eucharist concluded with the commissioning of the new Executive of AWA by Bishop Peter.
It was a very special day for Marion Willey who retired from the office of President of AWA. Marion was very much the organiser of the day and has led the AWA over several years. She was delighted to be able to hand over the mantle to Lorraine Philips from the Parish of Raymond Terrace who has been commissioned as the new President.
Following the Mass, Bishop Peter conducted an “on stage” (actually, chancel) interview with his wife Nicki Stuart, during which Nicki shared her story as a physiotherapist specialising in the treatment of people with Cerebral Palsy. We also heard some anecdotes about Nicky’s ministry with youth in Tasmania and her role supporting our Diocesan Bishop.
After lunch the Hunter Valley Grammar School treated us to a musical extravaganza. The students, including Shawn Hui our Organ Scholar, performed a variety of musical items from classical to modern and we were entertained by a string trio, piano soloist and vocal group.
Our beautiful church building accommodated the whole day’s proceedings from the morning tea through the Eucharist, a meeting, lunch and the musical performances, which on a cold wet day in June was just fantastic!