Church News

Dean of Darwin – Ministry Opportunity

The Parish of Christ Church Cathedral, Darwin, in the Anglican Diocese of the Northern Territory is seeking expressions of interest for the position of Dean, following the Very Rev’d Dr Keith Joseph’s election of Bishop of North Queensland. The cathedral parish is a welcoming community that embraces the diversity of Darwin. We celebrate our Anglo-Catholic tradition, welcoming everyone to worship with us as part of the body of Christ, and are deeply committed to developing and growing our ministry. Further information is available on request. Please direct requests for information and expressions of interest to the Dean’s Warden care of the Parish Office. cathedral@internode.on.net Christ Church Cathedral, GPO Box 181, Darwin 0801 2-4 Smith Street, Darwin 0800 08 8981 9099 Christ Church Parish Profile

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What’s On

Synod Opening Service

Friday 31 May at 6pm followed by a BBQ meal.

Pentecost Sunday

June 9 Commences with an ecumenical gathering at 8.30am in Smith Street Mall with Darwin Memorial Uniting Church and St Mary's Catholic Church, followed by a service at 9am at the Cathedral with music supplied by the Arafura Wind Ensemble.

St Johns Ambulance Annual Service

June 23 at 9am

Church News

Caring for Seafarers Around the World

 

Julie Toomey, Chaplain of Mission to Seafarers (MTS), recently shared with the congregation an insight into this valuable mission supported by Christ Church Cathedral.

Just about everything we use; our cars, furniture and clothing - comes into Australia by ship. Likewise, the wealth of the country depends on the exports of ores and food. But who is the human face behind all this? Our community depends on the seafarers that leave home and family to go to sea and face danger, perils and loneliness for months on end. Life on the ocean is not just lonely but can also be dangerous due to piracy, weather and illness. There is also very little financial gain. But who looks after the seafarers who look after us?

MTS provides a place for seafarers to come and feel safe, welcome and relaxed. Their needs include contacting family, leaving the port and renewing supplies. They are provided spiritual support, counselling, transport, clothing, books, magazines and games to take on board to stave off boredom and loneliness. MTS aims to care for seafarers around the world.

Volunteers can assist in a myriad of ways, and Julie can be contacted at missiontsdarwin@gmail.com. Financial donations are always gratefully received to support this valuable work. Information about volunteers and financial donations here.

 

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Churches Unite to Pray for Sri Lanka

Darwin church and political leaders attended a service at St Mary's Cathedral to pray for those involved in the recent tragic events in Sri Lanka and other tragedies in our world. Prayers for those affected in Sri Lanka were shared in Tamil, Sinhalese and English. Bishop Charles in his address highlighted the choice that we have as Christians to live the lives of love that we see in Jesus even in the times when the natural response is one of anger and revenge. Communion was offered and shared with all present. Christ Church Cathedral was represented by Reverend Ian McDonald and members of the congregation.

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Easter Reflection

From The Reverend Pat Williams We journeyed together through Holy Week from experiencing a special sense of Christ's community as we joined with the people of St Mary's Cathedral and the Darwin Uniting Memorial Church on Palm Sunday.
On Good Friday there were glimpses of transcendence in the silence of shared liturgy, and tears as the injustice and horror of the crucifixion were truly realised when we sang "Why what has my Lord done? What makes this rage and spite? He made the lame to run, he gave the blind their sight."
Such moments help us to grow in our faith and as channels of God's love. And now this Easter Day we celebrate that the light of love has overcome the darkness of hatred and evil. Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. Alleluia!