Easter Day and a Baptism at St Luke's
Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
St Luke's Torquay was filled to overflowing with regulars and visitors for its Easter Sunday Service. The new Paschal candle was lit and we sang the Peruvian Gloria. Jenny Stewart's grandson, Aaron Flanagan, was also Baptised at the service and the congregation was invited to renew their own Baptismal vows.
Easter Sunrise Service 1 April 2018
Combined Churches Torquay held their Easter Sunrise Service at Cosy Corner beside Point Danger, Torquay. Parishioners from St Luke's Anglican Church, Elevate Church, Torquay Uniting Church, Torquay Christian Fellowship, The Salvation Army Torquay Church and St Therese Catholic Church gathered in the first light of the day to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.
St Luke's was decorated with the traditional palm branches and the congregation walked in procession from the Hall onto the Church to commemorate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.
The World Day of Prayer 2018
The World day of Prayer was held at St Luke's Torquay on Friday 2 March 2018 at 1.00 pm. The host country was Suriname and the theme was “All God’s Creation is Very Good!”
Christians from all the churches in Torquay came together to pray for the people of Suriname and to hear about the plight of the poor and the impoverishment of their environment. In particular we heard about and then prayed for children at risk in the country and the programs diverting them from lives of crime and prostitution. We were all also challenged to think of ways in which we could help protect our own environment. After the service there was a delicious afternoon tea. Many thanks to all the community members who made contributions to the success of the service.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner at St Luke's
St Luke's at Torquay held its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner on 13 February. Seventy diners sat down to a feast of savoury pancakes, delicious fillings and salads. This was followed by sweet pancakes, stewed fruits and ice cream. The diners were entertained during the evening by Kevin Egan and Alan Young. Jessica Clement won the frying pan and pancake race, again! The evening raised about $1100 most of which will be donated to the Anglican Hospital in Gaza. Thank you to all our parishioners and their guests who came and supported the evening and a special thanks to the parish members who prepared and served the food, who entertained us and who set up the hall and cleaned up. And an extra special thank you to Barbara Bell and Helen Clement for organising the evening.
Parish Fête 2018
Surfcoast Anglican Parish held its annual Summer Fête on Saturday 13th January at St Luke's in Torquay.
For more details, photographs click on this Summer Fête link.
Mainly Music Commissioning
The Commissioning of the Team conducting the new Mainly Music Program at St Luke's, Torquay was held at the 10.30am Service on Sunday 13 August . See photo below.
Mainly Music, Torquay
The first Mainly Music Program session at St Luke's Torquay was held on Tuesday 8 August.
The Torquay Mainly Music Program began with eight families and 16 children taking part.
See photo below.
Go to the Mainly Music, Torquay or Mainly Music, Anglesea links for details on how to register.
On Wednesday 19 July, members of our Surfcoast Anglican Parish attended a vigil organised by Rural Australians for Refugees to show support for the refugees being held in indefinite detention on Manus Island and elsewhere. The vigil was held outside our local Federal Member of Parliament's offices at Waurn Ponds, and then later on at Wesley Uniting Church, Geelong.
Baptisms at St Luke's
On Sunday 16 July we welcomed two young men into God's Church. Ali and Hossein from Iran were baptised into the Christian Faith by Fr John in front of their friends and supporters. We are delighted that we have been able to help them take this step of deeper commitment in their faith journeys.
Surfcoast Anglican Parish Welcomes its new Assistant Priest
The Surfcoast Anglican Parish has recently welcomed the Revd Sharon Valentino, who will be our Assistant Priest. In the following article Sharon introduces herself.
A little about me… I have known Jesus from a young age, and continued to follow him mostly in the Anglican community. I am married to Ben, and have three adult children from my first marriage: Caitlyn, Rachael and April. I grew up in southern Sydney, lived in NZ, Wollongong, Newcastle, Melbourne and moved to Bendigo in 2003. I began theological training as a young mum, gained my BMin in 2009 and finished my Masters in 2015. I also hold a Dip of Management. I have included cultural and mission learning as part of my studies.
I have used my gifts and experience as a home maker, voluntary worker and clergy spouse then was ordained in the Bendigo Diocese. There I worked as a theological educator and pastoral worker, and led the Parish of Tongala for the last three years. Ben and I moved to Geelong last year and are enjoying living on the coast again.
I have usually held pastoral and administrative jobs concurrently. My second job at present is with RIAC in Geelong, where I work as an advocate for people pursuing appeals with disability services.
I will be providing assistance in the Parish in partnership with Fr John and will available between Friday and Sunday. Aside from Sunday ministry, I will be spending time in the Op Shop, helping to develop pastoral care ministry and liturgy, supporting leaders in their ministry, and helping in the parish office. Thanks for your warm welcome, I look forward to getting to know you.