Anglican Parish of Swansea incl Gwandalan & Summerland Point

Anglican Church Newcastle, NSW

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ABM Project in Zambia

Mawanda says NO to gender-based violence

During her visit to Zambia in June 2017, ABM Project Director, Dr Julianne  Stewart, visited two villages in Eastern Zambia, Mawanda and Mzenge, accompanied by the ZACOP Head of Programmes, Mrs Jenny Meya Nyirenda, and Gender Coordinator, Mrs Royter Choongo.

They met with the gender groups that had been established through the project, villagers who have been specifically trained and mobilised to become champions for change. The training involves discussions on issues of gender equality and the ending of things like child labour, marriage of girl children, and violence against women.

These gender groups are very passionate, and comprise people from youth groups, traditional elder groups, women’s clubs, and traditional counsellors, as well as key individuals such as school teachers, nurses, and priests.

Julianne also spoken with many of the community members who had heard the messages of the gender group, and had seen the dramas that had been performed to illustrate the ideas. According to the locals in Mawanda, there is an increasing awareness that girls’ opinions are important, that women and men’s roles can be inter-changed, that girls should not be married at a young age, and that boys should attend school instead of tending to cattle.

ABM would like to thank all our supporters who have generously donated towards this project. Your support has led to a significant shift in the attitudes of these villages, opening the way for women, girls and boys to have a more satisfying, just and healthy life.                                                                        © ABM/Julianne Stewart, 2017



Christmas Appeal: Mission to Seafarers

Each the Mission to Seafarers prepares Christmas Care Packs for each crew member visiting the Port of Newcastle at Christmas time. This means so much to seafarers who are away from home at Christmas time and missing their loved ones.

This year we are aiming to prepare 1000 Christmas Care packs.

Donations can be delivered to the Mission any day of the week, and we would appreciate delivery by 6th December so that we can begin putting the care packs together.

Suggested items for a care pack include:

  • – Prayer cards
  • – Religious Icons
  • – Words of encouragement
  • – Small Bibles
  • – Religious tracts or booklets
  • – Pictures of Australia
  • – Toothpaste
  • – Tooth brushes
  • – Hair combs
  • – Nail clippers
  • – Razors
  • – Shaving cream
  • – Deodorant
  • – Soap
  • – Aftershave
  • – Lip balm
  • – Antiseptic cream
  • – Sunblock
  • – New Socks
  • – New men’s underwear
  • – Magnetic photo frame
  • – Fun toys such as stress balls, small puzzles
  • – Decks of playing cards
  • – Batteries
  • – Little torches
  • – Beanies
  • – Sealed lollies – nothing that melts or attract ants
  • – Small head phones
  • – Let your imagination take over and have fun.

Some groups or individuals donate presents for the whole vessel crew, such as:- Basket balls – Dart bard and darts – Jigsaw puzzles – Christmas cake.

THANK YOU!!  Christmas gifts bring much joy to those far from family.  

BCA: The Oldfields report

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cloncurry Qld    -  22nd June 2017                                                                                  


This is a very busy time of the year here in Cloncurry- including the Cloncurry and District Show. Rod and I are on the committee and after 2 years we are being trusted with more work. Christene was given the job of media coordinator and the time was a steep learning curve for her. The show is now done and dusted for us for another year, some may still be slogging away on the books.

The Show provided an opportunity for us to showcase 'Mainly Music'. We had a half hour slot on the Saturday in the pavilion, just before the Governor General opened it. It was well attended by the team, mums and children. The appreciation of the audience was obvious, they joined into the Five Little Horses song by shouting 'neigh' as each horse escaped by jumping the fence. Jill had the opportunity to inform the audience that 'Mainly Music' was a collaboration between the Anglican, Uniting and Catholic churches of Cloncurry. Everything worked in very well as we followed the Catholic school performance, which also included Christian themed songs.

Our Maundy Thursday community tea was less well attended, as many people used the opportunity of the Easter break to leave town. Since then Table Tennis Tuesday has morphed into Friday Fun Food and Fellowship. T.T.T. wasn't working as the guys expected so they are trying a more family orientated night. Our first F.F.F.F was a great success. Games for all, a bible story and fellowship over a scrumptious meal. The idea is to invite friends to enjoy the night as well, our next one is August the 4th. It will begin our parish weekend, where we are going to look at where we are going as a church in the Cloncurry community.

By the time you read this newsletter we will be in Townsville for our Synod. Our granddaughters are joining us for six days. We are also doing a deputation to Ross River Anglican Church on 2nd of July. They are prayer partners with us. Rod was to attend the Clergy conference but this has been cancelled, God obviously thought he needed more face to face time with the granddaughters. The girls fly home the day Synod starts. Christene has also been lucky enough to arrange a medical appointment while in Townsville.

We arrive home from Synod in time to get ready for the BCA bus tour arriving the 15th July and joining us for worship on the 16th. Looking forward to meeting these dedicated travelers.

Thank you for your support with much Christian love,

Rodney and Christene Oldfield

(BCA - Bush Church Aid staff supported by Swansea parish)



Supporting The Leprosy Hospital, Naini, India

Sw.Mu mtg-11/5/16-Leprosy bandages  Swansea Parish, especially the Mothers’ Union, supports the Leprosy Hospital at Naini in India, through knitting cotton bandages for the patients. See the pattern below if you would like to help with this project.

Nick and Heather Smith from East Maitland, gave a most interesting and informative talk, supplemented by a power point presentation, about the Leprosy bandages project for The Leprosy Mission Hospital at Naini, Allahabad, India; plus a short video from the Leprosy Mission, Australia.

Factual information was interspersed with stories of their life in India, their faith, and involvement with a Children’s Home which they support and have taught at, and the TLM Hospital at Naini in the north-west of India. A large hospital run by Christians, it demonstrates the love of Jesus in a practical way, in an area where Christians comprise 5%, Hindus 75%, & Muslims 20% of the population. As well as long-term residential treatment and a range of surgery and rehabilitation, there is a large outpatients’ department, provision for long-term accommodation, outreach into surrounding villages, and it is a teaching hospital.

The Smiths encourage people to knit colourful cotton bandages, which can be sterilised and re-used. These are greatly appreciated by staff and patients. Currently they send 2x20kg packs, each containing 550 bandages, to Naini a year. Our group was able to present them with 131 knitted by our members and friends! A Pattern is available for this very simple item – available at Church or from Shirley or Marion. See Shirley for the pure cotton which she buys from a mill in Bendigo.

What is The Leprosy Mission?

In 1874, an Irish missionary & teacher Wellesley Bailey was moved by the plight of leprosy sufferers in Ambala, India. He promised to raise money to help these patients and thus ‘The Mission to Lepers’ was born. What began then as a little known society has grown into a worldwide mission, bring healing to the leprosy affected in 28 countries. The aim of the Mission is to meet the total needs (physical, spiritual, social and psychological) of people affected by leprosy and work towards the eradication of the disease. Those “affected” can include children, families and the whole community.

How does The Mission Work?

TLM works in partnerships with individuals and communities in 29 countries worldwide, where people have been affected by leprosy, in order to restore and enhance human dignity, self-reliance and quality of life. Approximately 2000 national staff, and 100 expatriate medical and administrative staff, work together to provide appropriate medical and other services to meet the many needs of people affected by leprosy. TLM concentrates its focus of work within South Asia, South East Asia and Africa where they maintain some hospitals and centers but also work in conjunction with churches and other mission agencies where possible.

Pattern Leprosy Bandages

8 ply knitting cotton (must be pure cotton, so that they can be boiled and re-used) (love colours – can be a combination of colours)

Cast on 16 stitches using 4 mm needles.  OR  4 ply knitting cotton.

Cast on 18 stitches using 3.25 needles.

Instructions for both sizes:

First crotchet a length of chain, 3/4m long.

Then cast on stitches and continue plain knitting until 1 metre long.

Form a point by knitting 2 stitches together at end of each row until one stitch is left…. End off.

Push the chain through the point, as this ties the bandage to the limb.

Leprosy bandages(These are sent to The Leprosy Mission Hospital in Naini in northern India by the Mothers’ Union, Swansea. See Shirley Larven or Marion Willey for further information.