Parish News

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.


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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.


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Go to the Mainly Music, Torquay or Mainly Music, Anglesea links for details on how to register.

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Refugee Vigil

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.

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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.

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Little Winter Concerts at Transfiguration in Anglesea

There is to be a series of Concerts at The Church of the Transfiguration in Anglesea. It is essential to pre-purchase your tickets to avoid disappointment. See poster below for details.

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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.
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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.
Sharon Valentino


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.


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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.