Resourcing Anglicans in the Diocese of Newcastle NSW

Parish Websites Newcastle

Parish Websites.

In general most parish websites are quite good. Some of course could be better, but that is life. We need to be abreast of changes in the internet. Parish Websites are often the first view many people get of our community of faith. Well designed, information rich, parish websites help make a good first impression.

Cardiff Anglican – (reno)

Cardiff Anglican – (reno)

Revised Site It’s a few years since we last addressed the Cardiff site, fairly soon after their new Rector was inducted. Now that the parish has got a new rhythm when Canon Katherine asked me about a few changes, it […]

Cursillo Newcastle

Cursillo Newcastle

Cursillo Newcastle ask me to work on a site, and I wanted to catch something of the De Colores – may the colours of God’s Love go with you – along with the motto of ‘make a friend, be a friend, […]

St Peters Hamilton

St Peters Hamilton

St Peters Hamilton is an iconic anglo-catholic parish in the Diocese of Newcastle. They have a long history of outstanding clergy and as a beacon of the tradition. The brief for the site was to ensure that we reflected some […]

All Saints Nelson Bay

All Saints Nelson Bay

All Saints Nelson Bay is the other parish site I have completed in Dot Net Nuke. They have one person who has taken up the task of maintaining and running the site and they have done a great job, and […]

Anglichat

Anglichat

Anglichat began as an experiment and in some ways has been a huge learning curve in terms of a forum. Some time back, a friend of mine had a crack at something like this and gave up on it. It […]

Telarah-Rutherford

Telarah-Rutherford

The Parish of Telarah Rutherford had a site previously that they had found awkward to update. The brief was for a bold site that put forward some of the joy of the celebration of the sacramental life that is part […]

Stockton Anglican

Stockton Anglican

The Stockton Anglican site replaces an earlier html sit that had lost its way and become difficult to maintain and update. The site has taken some time to develop, largely governed by external issues, however the basics are now in […]

Cardiff Anglican

Cardiff Anglican

Cardiff Anglican is the site for one of the great parishes of the Diocese. The Rector is quite committed to an online presence for the parish and between the website and the Facebook page ensures that information is relevant and recent. […]

Belmont Anglican

Belmont Anglican

All Saints Belmont was my first parish website. As a member of the parish I feel a strong connection to what the site is about and I understood a lot of we are about. Belmont Anglican is a re-write of the old DNN site […]

St James Morpeth

St James Morpeth

St James Morpeth is at the heart of the history of the Diocese of Newcastle, and 2015 is their 175th anniversary. They have had  a site for some years which was an html site, which required particular software and made […]

Anglican Women

Anglican Women

Anglican Women asked me to revise the web presence as they had formerly had a Drupal site they had found difficult to maintain. I set myself some design targets, seeking to make sure that the site showed a softer (more […]

Kurri Anglican

Kurri Anglican

Kurri Anglican is a revised website for the Parish with a more clean lines approach endeavouring to reflect a contemporary image to visitors to the site. The Parish has three centres of worship, which are all connected from the home […]

S Stephens Adamstown

S Stephens Adamstown

S Stephens Adamstown is renown for the richness of its worship, it commitment to social justice, it’s involvement with the arts. The message is clear and celebrates the diversity of anglicanism. Very sure of it’s position in the context of […]

St Peters Swansea

St Peters Swansea

St Peters Swansea was the first parish site I made using WordPress. At the time I believed it would be adequate for the task. As time has gone by it has become apparent that it is clearly one of the […]

Woy Woy Anglican

Woy Woy Anglican

The Anglican parish of Woy Woy has has a website using wordpress and structured more as a blog than a Content Managed Website. The task was to find a new look that maintained a continuity with the previous site and yet […]

St James’ King Street Music Foundation

St James’ King Street Music Foundation

St James’ King Street is an iconic Church in Sydney, The oldest still working Church in the City of Sydney,  at the top of Macquarie Street and with a fine and proud tradition of high quality Church Music. The work […]

Raymond Terrace

Raymond Terrace

The Church St John the Evangelist, Raymond Terrace, has a long, proud and catholic history in the Diocese of Newcastle. Some time back they had a website in Drupal, which ultimately was not what they wanted. The project went into […]

Kotara Anglican

Kotara Anglican

Kotara Anglican is the site for the Kotara South Parish. The Rector was keen for a strong, clean clean presence with a message. We obtained the permission of the iconographer to use the Icon ‘Pastor Bonus’ in the background and […]

Moving To Stillness

Moving To Stillness

Moving to Stillness s in a sense a different website in that it is promoting a book which represent and contemporary approach to the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in a thoroughly Australian context. I found the process of creating the website […]

Harrington Anglican

Harrington Anglican

Harrington Anglican is a website for the Parish of Harrington Coopernook. There are six centres in the parish and a real effort has been made to ensure that each of these vibrant parts of the parish are represented and have their […]

Theatre on Brunker

Theatre on Brunker

Theatre on Brunker is a community based ministry extension of S Stephens Adamstown. The theme used is a basic WordPress theme kept very simple and is hosted on the back of the SStephens site using wordpress multisite. That means that […]

Taree Anglican

Taree Anglican

Taree Anglican is the result of a decision by the Parish to update their web presence. They had been served by an html site focussed on St Johns, and the decision was taken to broaden the approach. They have vibrant […]

Parish Websites : Ministry - Mission - Message

Calendars, News Sheets and Sermons may be part of Parish Websites. Parish Websites help people stay in touch with church life. Parish Websites are tools for ministry and mission. They are not simply marketing. Parish Websites help us proclaim our message. Many people use mobile phones to browse the net. As a result 'responsive' design is a must. One of my tasks is to develop Parish Websites. I also help with websites for church groups. 

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Check out what has been happening around the Diocese this week with a gallery of photos. Has your parish or group had a special event? Please send your photos and stories to louisemackay@newcastleanglican.org.au to be included in the Messenger.   [read_on...]

The gift of hospitality inviting the stranger to come in By Sue Williams for the Social Justice Task Force The tide of public opinion is slowly changing on the issue of Asylum Seeker and Refugee policy in Australia as we witness a transformation in t [read_on...]

Building a path towards the humane treatment of refugees By The Ven Rod Bower Ambassador for the Refugee Council of Australia I was born in a country with an Indigenous presence of at least 60,000 years. A mere 228 years ago the British arrived. Igno [read_on...]

Khadijeh’s Story Words by Louise Mackay Khadijeh had been living in Iran her whole life. She was born there. Her family was from Afghanistan; they had fled their war-torn country before she was born and they had made a life in Iran. However, in 2010 [read_on...]

Maddison West’s dedication rewarded THE inaugural Aboriginal Student of the Year for Myall Lakes is Maddison West from Manning Valley Anglican College. The new annual award recognises young people who demonstrate leadership within their school and lo [read_on...]

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has prayed for the first members of the monastic-inspired Community of St Anselm as they came to the end of their “year in God's time.” [read_on...]

Christian leaders in the Philippines have undergone public HIV tests as part of a campaign against the stigmatisation of people with HIV/Aids. [read_on...]

Archaeologists have begun a search for the remains of England’s King Henry I on the site of the former Reading Abbey. [read_on...]

The remains of what is said to be some of Britain’s earliest converts to Christianity have been re-interred in the crypt of St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh. [read_on...]

Responding to the UK’s EU referendum, the Primate of the Southern Province of the Church of Ireland, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, issued this statement. [read_on...]

TO TRANSLATE the writings of the Roman Catholic poet and artist David Jones into a staged drama, let alone a full-scale opera, requires a remarkable feat of insight and sensitivity. Jones’s writings are often dense and richly layered, liberally la... [read_on...]

UNITY, hope, and generosity are the values needed to enable the country to emerge from the transition out of the EU “confident and successful”, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have said. In a result that confounded last-minute expectations,... [read_on...]

All Manner of Workmanship Robert Gage, editor Spire Books £34.95 (978-1-904965-50-3) Church Times Bookshop £31.45   THIS useful book surveys church building, predominantly of the Anglican Church from 1915 to 1965. Broadly, this covers the period d... [read_on...]

The Invisible Church: Learning from the experience of churchless Christians Steve Aisthorpe St Andrew Press £14.99 (978-0-8615-3916-1) Church Times Bookshop £13.50 STEVE AISTHORPE is a Church of Scotland minister who has worked with congregations ... [read_on...]

THE REFERENDUM debate has been a divisive, brutal, dehumanising, victimising, bitter experience, and at times not even a debate; but now that the campaign is over, the UK must learn from its mistakes, and move towards reconciliation and healing wi... [read_on...]

28 June 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of the significant document Christian Witness in a Multi-religious World: Recommendations for Conduct, a milestone in ecumenical agreement about mission and evangelism. [read_on...]

Youth are not the future leaders of tomorrow. They are the leaders of today, as they fearlessly lead efforts for justice and peace in their societies. [read_on...]

The WCC has called on the U.S. government to address the dire financial situation of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, and for the U.S. Congress “to enact a rescue plan urgently.” [read_on...]

Saying that “human trafficking and migrant smuggling constitute modern-day slavery,” the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) “urges its member churches to join this challenge, and inspired by the Gospel, to contribute to the awar [read_on...]

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has welcomed three new member churches to the ecumenical fellowship and also admitted two others to interim membership status. The action, taken by the WCC Central Committee at its June 20-28 meeting in Trondheim, [read_on...]

What is Filioque Filioque is a Latin word which translates as 'and the son'. The Filioque Clause are the three words added to the procession of the Holy Spirit in the Nicene Creed. We believe in the Holy Spirit the Lord, the giver of life w [read_on...]

Revised Site It's a few years since we last addressed the Cardiff site, fairly soon after their new Rector was inducted. Now that the parish has got a new rhythm when Canon Katherine asked me about a few changes, it seemed to me it was time to s [read_on...]

caret-down caret-up caret-left caret-right Anglican Church of Australia Australia The General Synod of the Australian Church functions as a forum for the 23 Dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia, grouped into 5 provinces or regions. The Genera [read_on...]

The matter of reading one websites news feeds from another website can be accomplished in a number of ways. One of the very convenient ways is the RSS or atom feeds, which are delivered conveniently to the feed reader which has been installed in anot [read_on...]

Site Icon - This is the new Method The rise of tablets and mobile devices has meant an ongoing need to do more with the Icon than just put it in the top corner of the tab.  So the image can now be basically a normal graphic - either a jpg or a png fi [read_on...]

Held at the beautiful, historic St Peter’s Church, East Maitland on Tuesday 7th June 2016, we were made most welcome by the Rector, The Ven. Canon David Battrick BSG and staff. On a day that was fine, though very windy after a fairly extreme weekend, [read_on...]

The first week of September always sees the Spring Celebrations organised by Anglican Women in the various Deaneries of the Diocese of Newcastle for everyone who would like to come. This year the guest speakers will be from Kairos Outside for Women ( [read_on...]

Anglican Women is for ALL women, whether they belong to another organisation or none. The Annual Diocesan AW Service will, instead of the Cathedral, this year take place on Tuesday 7th June at St Peter’s, William Street, East Maitland, commencing at [read_on...]

Thank You Boxes are distributed by AW. Mrs Kerry Thompson, the wife of Bishop Greg, spoke at the 2015 Spring Celebrations about the difficulties associated with bringing together indigenous clergy from remote communities for training and support. Ang [read_on...]

The ‘Thank You Boxes’ used by Anglican Women raised $7,600 which has been forwarded to the Bishop of the Northern Territory, The Rev’d Dr Greg Anderson, for the NT Aboriginal Ministry Support Fund. This money is the gift of the Anglican Women of Newc [read_on...]

BBC NewsBrexit: Cameron to face EU leaders after vote to leaveBBC NewsDavid Cameron is to meet European Union leaders for the first time since the UK voted to leave. The UK prime minister will discuss the implications of the Brexit vote and the way a [read_on...]

The Sydney Morning HeraldEddie Obeid guilty verdict: beginning of the end for former Labor powerbrokerThe Sydney Morning HeraldTime after time Edward Moses Obeid, with his Order of Australia pinned to his lapel, would march imperiously down the corri [read_on...]

The Sydney Morning HeraldPub giant Keystone Group in receivershipThe Sydney Morning HeraldA fire sale of some of the best-known pubs and bars in Sydney, including Cargo Bar, Bungalow 8, the Winery, Gazebo and all of the Jamie's Italian outlets, [read_on...]

Business Insider AustraliaBrexit is horrifying proof political chaos hurts the economy - and Australian MPs should take noteBusiness Insider AustraliaOne reason to be cheerful about Australia's eight-week election campaign is that, such is the a [read_on...]

Sky News AustraliaEight injured in grenade attackSky News AustraliaEight people watching the Euro 2016 soccer match were injured after a hand grenade exploded on the front porch of a bar in Malaysia. The attack on the Movida bar in Puchong, near the [read_on...]

A timely report from Public Health Collaboration on healthy eating caused quite a stir among those responsible for the recently revamped official Eatwell Guide and Public Health England... L'articolo The Big Fat Lie – What You Get When the Food [read_on...]

Do you know what happens to male chicks that are unlucky enough to be born in the current industrial egg production chain? As envisaged by European Community law, they end up shredded alive or suffocated. Yes, what you have just read is true—and lega [read_on...]

In Austria, two groups join forces to raise money for 10,000 Gardens in Africa... L'articolo Vienna Foodie Quest in Collaboration with SFYN Vienna sembra essere il primo su Slow Food International. [read_on...]

The event features an Earth Market with representatives from more than 50 Terra Madre food communities from the Balkan region, and an International Scientific Conference L'articolo Terra Madre Balkans 2016 Kicks Off in Tirana sembra essere il pr [read_on...]

more than 600 representatives of indigenous communities from 58 countries gathered in Shillong (Meghalaya, India) to make their voice heard and express themselves about the future of food, culture and life on earth at the second international Indigen [read_on...]

Love should beam forth

faithFaith, like light, should always be simple and unbending; while love, like warmth, should beam forth on every side, and bend to every necessity of our brethren.

Martin Luther

A man sent from God

agnesdeiThere was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.

John 1:6-7

On this day in history

  • Church History
  • 1847 St Peter's Day, the Reverend William Tyrrell was consecrated in Westminster Abbey as the 1st Bishop of Newcastle NSW
  • World History
  • 1864 Canada's worst railway accident took place when a passenger train fell through an open swing bridge into the Richelieu River near present-day Mont-Saint-Hilaire Quebec.
  • 1889 Hyde Park and several other Illinois townships voted to be annexed by Chicago forming the largest city in area in the United States and second largest in population.
  • 1914 During the second day of the anti-Serb riots in Sarajevo numerous buildings owned by ethnic Serbs were vandalized and looted.
  • 1950 In one of the greatest upsets in sporting history the United States defeated England during the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
  • 1974 Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union while on tour with the Bolshoi Ballet in Toronto.

Newcastle, NSW Australia

Each Anglican diocese has its own unique name. the Diocese of Newcastle (NSW) came into being by Royal letters patent in 1847.  The Diocese of Newcastle UK came into being by act of the English parliament in 1882. Many think we copied the English, however on this occasion the English copied the Aussies.

My home diocese is Newcastle, N.S.W. Australia. If I don't say, assume I mean Australia.