pentecost at st johns, eden - 20 may 2018

During the service at St John's, Eden, the congregation re-enacted the story of Pentecost - beginning with a divine wind, then 'tongues of flame' dancing over everyone's head, and culminating in a babble of voices. It wasn't only the children who enjoyed Rev Anthony bringing the Holy Spirit and Pentecost alive in this way!

Parish picnic - saturday 5 may, 2018

The Parish Picnic was held on Saturday 5th May at Mandeni Family Fun Park. The weather was perfect and all who attended had a great day, enjoying the activities on offer or just sitting in the shade and catching up with friends.

tathra volunteers

Tathra bushfires have impacted many both physically and emotionally.  Our Missions Coordinator, Carol Bartlett took plants and cuttings up to Tathra on Saturday, 14 April  and connected with a lady needing help in her garden which was burnt through. Janet Brandon, Brigitte Kestermann , Adam Ryan joined Carol in helping a Tathra lady clean up her yard and plant some native plants on Tuesday, 17 April.  The team worked from 9.30 to 1.30pm. Their help was much appreciated and the volunteersnow have a new friend in Tathra!

the vicar general, bishop trevor edwards visits st clements - 3 decemeber 2017

The Sapphire Coast Anglican Parish warmly welcomed Bishop Trevor as we celebrated the First Sunday in Advent. The musicians and choir added to the service, with hand-held percussion instruments being handed out to the congregation for the final hymn, 'Shine, Jesus, Shine'. Joyce McGill gave readings from the Old and New Testament and Shanne Fanning read the Intercessory Prayers, remembering in particular the formal deconsecration of  St Johns, Tantawanglo (conducted by Bishop Trevor during his visit to the Parish). A Retiring Collection for the Rohingya people was organised by the Missions Coordinator, Carol Bartlett, in concert with the current appeal by the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast (see our HomePage for details). After the service, the congregation enjoyed a sumptuous morning tea and the chance to talk further with Bishop Trevor, Rev Lou and Rev Anthony.

eden whale festival, 5 November 2017

The Mission to Seafarers participated in the street parade as part of the Eden Whale Festival on 5 November, letting people know about the role of MtS in the local community. The boat used in the float was made in 2012 from timber reclaimed from the roof of St Michael's Anglican Church, Vaucluse, Sydney. The second hand timber had many splits and nail holes. These blemishes were patched on the outside with inlays made from old timber singles from the church. Its internal inlays came from timbers donated by the church members of St Michael's - every inlay has a story! The boat is for sale, with proceeds going to the Anglican Church in Tanzania. Enquire with Rev Michael Ph: 0423 774735

cafe church at st johns, eden, 29 october 2017

As usual, there was a great turnout for Cafe Church at St Johns, Eden (held on the fifth Sunday of the month). The children's contribution to the agape feast was to make pizzas (with help from Fay Traise) during the early part of the service, and they were a great hit with the congregation (well done!) There was much laughter during Rev Lou's incorporation of a game of 'Simon Says' into the service - and some nervousness about a quiz relating to different items used as part of a traditional Anglican service (Rev Lou's use of chocolates as reward for participation helped!). With several recent birthdays, a 'group cake' was produced with several numbered candles, allowing everyone to 'choose their own age'. Cafe Church once again allowed the congregation to combine worship with fellowship in a relaxed and enjoyable manner. 

Annual service at holy trinity, kameruka 15 October 2017

It was a beautiful Spring day on Sunday, 15 October, when the Parish held it's annual service at Holy Trinity, Kameruka. About 80 people attended to hear guest preacher Bishop Matt Brain. A tour of the Kameruka Homestead gardens followed the service, along with a picnic under the trees at the Kameruka cricket ground. (All photos courtesy of Bega District News)


Congratulations to Eileen and Neville Targett who both received Community Service Awards on 17 May 2017. The awards were presented by the Bega Valley Shire Council for Eileen and Neville's lifetime of work at St John's, Tantawanglo, and their dedicated maintenance of both the cemetery grounds and associated records.

candelo village festival, 21-23 April 2017 - video art installation by artist craig cameron at st peters church

Craig Cameron's video art installation at St Peters church was a stunning highlight of the recent Candelo Village Festival. This one-off installation was available to the public during the twilight hours of the Festival and was both beautiful and popular. Read below for Craig's thoughts on the creative process and see some of the photographs that attempted to capture the vibrancy of his work.

"To be allowed such a beautiful, iconic and meaningful space to create an art work was the basis from where the idea came from. I saw it as a place of prayer and meditation and also a place of loss and joy and that was most important to me. I wanted to create a space that invited a person to be immersed in ones own self or inner reflection. The imagery was projected onto the inside of the church using its structure as the 'canvas'. To allow people to take in looping video and transient soundscape hopefully encompassed a place of contemplation and meditation. Most importantly for me was to respect the space and create an art work that wasn't about or for me, it felt gracious and I wanted to be able to see it for myself as work of dignity and humility." Craig Cameron

ash wednesday service, 1 march 2017

commissioning service for newly licenCed lay ministers - sunday 26 february 2017

The Sapphire Coast Anglican Parish was pleased to commission twelve Lay Ministers for various roles within the Parish. Appearing left to right in the photo: Malcolm Brandon, Janet Brandon (accepting the licence on behalf of Geraldine McCann), Peter Charlton, Vickie Charlton, Jenny Crawford, Shanne Fanning, Ray Flint, Cathie Haynes, Brigitte Kestermann, Carol Newton, Ursula Viebcke (Absent: Robert Allen).

Farewell afternoon tea for gail king, saturday 7 January 2017

On the afternoon of Saturday, 7 January 2017, members of the Sapphire Coast Anglican Parish gathered for an afternoon tea to farewell Gail King, a long time parishioner and Rector's Warden at St Peters, Candelo. Gail has long been a valued and respected member of the Parish, and will be sorely missed as she moves to Sydney to be closer to her family (although we hope for frequent visits!). Rev. Lou Oakes made a short speech thanking Gail and her husband John (deceased) for their dedicated service to the Parish.

christmas lunch, st johns eden, 18 December 2016

The congregation at St Johns, Eden, gathered for a Christmas lunch in the Church Hall following the service on Sunday, 18 December 2016, enjoying good food and fellowship.

Anthony's ordination, 26 november 2016

holy trinity service, kameruka, 9 October 2016

bimbimbie park service - 8 september 2016

St john's, eden - cafe church. sunday 31 july 2016

Easter Sunday 2014Ecumenical Dawn service

Bishops Pilgrimage Walk with the Cross 2013

Parish retreat

Kameruka service and picnic

Baptism and confirmation service with Bishop Stuart