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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner at St Luke's 2020

St Luke's at Torquay held its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner on 25 February. Sixty plus 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 this year by John Bell who conducted a Trivia Quiz. The Op Shop's Jill Shaw was the winner of the lucky door prize. Dorothy Anderson and Lydia Erving were the happy winners of the two raffles.The evening raised just over $1000, half of which will be donated to the Anglican Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza and the other half will go to replacing the doors between the Hall and the Church. 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, Peggy Forbes and Helen Clement for organising the evening.


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Parish Fête 2020


Surfcoast Anglican Parish held its annual Summer Fête on Saturday 11th January at St Luke's in Torquay.

For more details and photographs click on this
Summer Fête link.

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Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at St Luke's

Following the Children's Crib Service earlier in the evening, Midnight Mass was held at St Luke's on Christmas Eve. The service was conducted in candlelight and the church was full of both regular parishioners and visitors.


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Op Shop Fashion Parade Saturday 30 November

The St. Luke’s Op Shop held its annual Fashion Parade in St. Luke's Hall on Saturday 30 November.
Audience members were charged an entry fee of $5 which entitled them to a delicious afternoon tea and a ticket in the raffle. Garments selected from the Op Shop were modelled by Op Shop volunteers, Op Shop customers and their grandchildren together with St Luke's parishioners. The afternoon was a great success and was enjoyed by all.


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U3A Organ Recital at St Luke's

St Luke's at Torquay hosted a second U3A Organ Recital by Tom Healey on Tuesday 11 June. Tom Healey, who is a Surf Coast resident, and is, amongst many other musical undertakings, the organist at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Geelong and is the director of the Vox Angelica Geelong Chamber Choir. Tom selected a program of music that was suited to St Luke's small mechanical action organ. The program included works by Albinoni, JS Bach, WA Mozart, Louis Vierne, Nadia Boulanger and GF Handel. Tom introduced each piece of music with interesting and humorous anecdotes. The recital was well attended by U3A members, St Luke's parishioners, guests and visitors. Everyone enjoyed Tom's musicianship and excellent organ playing. The Surf Coast community would like to thank Tom for providing us with an inspirational afternoon of music.

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Visit of Bishop Kate Prowd.
The Surfcoast Anglican Parish came together for combined Eucharist at The Church of the Transfiguration, Anglesea on Sunday 13 January. It was Bishop Kate's first official visit to our Parish since becoming Bishop of our Episcopal Area. The visit coincided with the Sunday we commemorate the Baptism of our Lord and Bishop Kate preached on how we need to be filled with Baptismal Fire and be a Light to our Surfcoast Communities. After the service we joined Bishop Kate for morning tea in the Narthex when we had an opportunity to meet and speak with her. Thank you to those parishioners who stepped up again to provide the morning tea.