Parish News

Easter Sunrise Service 16 April 2017

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 together with Fr John Webster of St Luke's Anglican Church and Chris Rowney of Torquay Christian Fellowship gathered in the first light of the day to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.


The New Fire is lit by Fr John Webster and Chris Rowney.

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Surfcoast Christians light their candles from the New Fire.

World Day of Prayer Friday 3 March 2017

This year the World day of Prayer was hosted by The Torquay Christian Fellowship. The focus was on the Philippines. The theme being: Am I being fair to you? Christians from all the churches in Torquay came together to pray for the people of the Philippines and to hear about the plight of the poor. We also learned about the work of God's Church in helping the poor and in particular poor women and girls to escape poverty.

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner at St Luke's

St Luke's at Torquay held its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner on 28 February. Eighty 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 throughout the evening with a varied program. Lydia and Chris Erving gave an extremely interesting talk by about their lives and how they came to live in Torquay. Russ Pickering recited a poem about an "interesting" country dog. Jessica Clement won the frying pan and pancake race. Father John won the raffle for a beautiful hand made quilt. Irwin Farris spoke movingly about the Anglican Hospital in Gaza and its work amongst its people. The evening raised $1800 of which half will be donated to the 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 Peggy Forbes for organising it all.

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Parish Fête 2017

Surfcoast Anglican Parish held its annual Summer Fête on Saturday 7th January at St Luke's in Torquay.

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For more details, photographs click on this Summer Fête link.

Maie Zorica's Memorabilia Exhibition Now Online

The Torquay Museum Without Walls group have produced an online record of the Maie's Memorabilia Exhibition held in St Luke's Church recently. If you click on the following link you will be able to enjoy it again or discover what you missed out on!

Op Shop News

The Parish Op Shop can now also accept payment by Credit and Debit Card.

Altitude Shift Friday 27th May 2016

Four members of the parish, Jean Young, Carly Clement, Ken Farrow and Jessica Clement took the plunge down the side of the St James building in Melbourne CBD on Friday 27th May. Unfortunately Fr John was unwell on the day and so Jessica Clement took Fr John's place at the last moment. The "Surfcoast Parish Skywalkers" team managed to raise an impressive $6,489 for Anglicare's Foster Care Appeal. Thank you to all those who sponsored us to go over the edge. Thank you also to all those family members, parishioners and friends who came to Melbourne to support the team. Jean Young became a bit of a media star for the event and so we ended up on the TV News that night. You can go to the following link to see us in action!

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Our support team on the train to Melbourne and Ken, Jean and Carly in action!

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Jessica showing excellent technique! Ken, Jean and Carly posing for the cameras at the bottom!