St Paul's Newsletter
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Greetings from Gail
Strawberry Fair 2019 - almost here!
Incumbency process update
Creation Sunday
Photo gallery
Parish Diary
St Paul's East Kew,
63 Windella Avenue,
East Kew, VIC 3102

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Locum priest
Rev’d Gail Bryce

9 am Choral Eucharist
10:15 Morning tea
11 am Contemporary Eucharist 
(Children’s activities, followed by morning tea)
5 pm Meditation
(1st Sunday of the month)

Second Wednesday 
10 am Eucharist 


We are an inclusive Christian community in the Anglican
tradition. We value sacramental worship, intelligent faith, hospitality and social justice. 

St Paul’s is a safe place for children
If you have concerns about the welfare of a child or young person, but are not sure where to start, then contact one of the people below:

Kaye Thompson
Stephanie Waters
Useful Contacts
Police 000

Department of Human Services

Child Protection Crisis Line (24  hours) 131278

Child Wise Help Desk 1800-991-099

We are a Christian and caring community who value and respect the rights of children, young people and adults.
Incumbency Process
Rev’d Gail Bryce’s appointment as locum marks the next step in our process to find a new parish priest.
We welcome her and the blessings she brings, just as we have  gained from the locum ministries of Fr Ray Cleary and Fr Roger Prowd.
The pace of this process is largely dependent on the Diocese. Unlike the past two priest appointments at St Paul’s that have been made in a more straightforward way by the parish Incumbency Committee, this one is an Archbishop’s appointment, and is subject to how quickly or slowly the Diocese progresses. We have promoted our parish and provided all information requested as promptly as possible.
We continue to trust prayerfully in the process. No decision has been made about the tenure of a future priest – whether full-time or part-time – and we hold faith that the right person and the right circumstances will be made clear. We trust in the guidance God gives us for our parish’s future direction.
Judy Hewett, Cathy Dikmans, Michael Bleby ■

‘The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and untried’: these words were spoken by English writer, philosopher and theologian G K Chesterton, who was writing and publishing 100 years ago. Many would agree with his words and sentiments - people of faith do not always act as we call others to do.

As Australian Catholic theologian Francis Moloney says: ‘We are both the broken and forgiven people of God’ seeking to live our lives for the other, and for God.
St Francis was the son of a wealthy textile merchant. His father’s wealth and Francis’ own charisma made the young man a leader of the youth in his town, but defeat in battle and a serious illness in prison had a life changing effect on Francis and on a pilgrimage to Rome he came face to face with a beggar outside of St Peter’s Church.
Moved by what he saw he swapped places with the beggar and spent the day begging for alms. This experience shocked him. On another occasion he confronted his own fears by hugging a leper. As a result of these two experiences Francis’ life was turned around.
Francis was transformed by the love of God. Not self-love, but love for the other. This is the great Christian calling. This love for the other reflects God’s love for us and the very reason for creation.
As a faith community here at St Paul’s let us continue in the spirit of Francis as we gather week by week caring and loving one another.
Greetings from Gail
I am delighted to be with you at St. Paul’s as your Locum Priest. Bishop Genieve Blackwell has invited me to be in the Parish two week days and Sundays each week.
My husband, Ian, and I were born in Brisbane and married there. We moved to country Victoria in 1975 for Ian’s work, where he was an management team executive in the fruit-canning industry. We have three adult children, a daughter and two sons and three grandchildren. 

I love serving God and His people, have a heart for Grief Ministry, for Bible Study and Prayer Groups, for teaching the Christian faith, for Biblical Preaching, Pastoral Care and a passion to grow God’s Church.

Following the Archbishop granting me a Permission to Officiate Licence  in 2014, I have been so privileged to serve as Locum Priest at Aberfeldie, St. Paul’s, East Kew, a further period of 18 months at Aberfeldie, Ivanhoe East, Coburg West, Ascot Vale, Strathmore, Bentleigh and now returning to St. Paul’s.

Ian and I look forward to getting to know each of you and walking with you during this chapter in the life of St. Paul’s, during which I trust we will all grow in faith in our Lord.
Please be in touch with me at any time for any reason via or mobile 0458254882.

Yours in Christ’s Service,
The Rev’d. Gail Bryce
Prayer for a new incumbent

Bountiful God,
Give to this parish a pastor who will faithfully speak your word and minister your sacraments;
an encourager who will equip your people for ministry and enable us to fulfil our calling.
Give to those who will choose, wisdom, discernment and patience, and to us give warm and generous hearts, for Jesus Christ's sake.


When: Saturday 26 October, 9am - 2pm

Invite your friends! Declutter your home and donate to trash ’n treasure, toys, books, DVDs and good-quality clothing! Get creative with cooking and craft.
We have flyers at the church in bundles of about 50. Please take an area and do the walk asap - this is a very important reminder. A few people have been asking if the Fair is going ahead - so we need to get the word out there.
Cathy Dikmans ■
The Past Few Months
In August, as part of our Good Neighbour program we held a series of open discussions on Assisted Dying, Marriage Equality, Climate Change and Indigenous Matters (the last led by indigenous priest Glenn Loughrey, Vicar of St Oswald’s, Glen Iris).
We were privileged to have Roger Prowd join us after Easter. Fr Roger brought a sense of humour—and a willingness to talk to the children on their level...
With Fr Ray Cleary back, we celebrated Pentecost in early June...
...and our Patronal Festival a few weeks later!
In August, the children talked about housing as part of the Council to Homeless Persons’ Homelessness Week.
In August we hosted Sudanese former child soldier Francis Deng as he launched his book A Child Escapes.
We also celebrated Betty’s 90th birthday!
September brought good news - for some - with Richmond’s AFL Grand Final win. We were never sure what team Fr Ray supported - and he was always too diplomatic to let it slip.
Halls for Hire
We have two halls to hire:

Coles Hall
· Size: 9m x 6m
· Heating and ceiling fans
· Shared access to toilets in the main hall
· Shared use of the church foyer
· Wheelchair access
· Entry from Hale Street
Some off-street parking
Charges: $200 for sessional hire, $20 per hour for regular hirers.

Main Hall

· Size: 18m x 8m
· Small stage
· Overhead gas heating
· Modern (domestic scale) kitchen
· Toilet facilities
· Wheelchair access
· Large foyer (65 sq m)
· Entry from Windella Avenue
Some off-street parking
Charges: $250 for sessional hire, $25 per hour for regular hirers.
Contact: Anne Leeds 0488-787-866 or
Facebook @StPaulsHalls
Sunday 13 October
9am Choral Eucharist
11am Contemporary Eucharist
Sunday 20 October
9am Choral Eucharist
10:30am Special General Meeting to approve 2019 finances
11am Contemporary Eucharist
Sunday 27 October
9am Choral Eucharist
11am Contemporary Eucharist
Sunday 3 Nov (All Saints)
10am Combined Service
5pm Meditation Service
Saturday 9 November
9am-12pm Working Bee
Sunday 10 November
9am Choral Eucharist
11am Contemporary Eucharist
Sunday 17 November
9am Choral Eucharist
11am Contemporary Eucharist
Sun 24 Nov (Christ the King)
10am Combined Service
11:30am Parish AGM
Sunday 1 Dec (Advent 1)
9am Choral Eucharist
11am Contemporary Eucharist
5pm Meditation Service
Sunday 8 Dec (Advent 2)
9am Choral Eucharist
11am Contemporary Eucharist
Sunday 15 Dec (Advent 3)
10am Combined Service
Sunday 22 Dec (Advent 4)
10am Combined Service
Tuesday 24 December
5pm Children’s Service
11pm Midnight Eucharist
Wednesday 25 December
10am Eucharist
Sunday 29 December
10am Combined Service
Sunday 5 January
10am Combined Service
Sunday 12 January
10am Combined Service
Sunday 19 January
10am Combined Service
Sunday 26 January
10am Combined Service
Who's in charge
Judy Hewett, Cathy Dikmans & David Were
Parish Secretary:
David Were
Hall Hire: 
Anne Leeds
Pastoral Care Coordinator: 
Kaye Thompson
Parish Finance: 
Anne Leeds
Children's Ministry: 
Stephanie Waters
Production notes: Thanks to all who contributed to this newsletter, particularly Noel Kelly, Gail Bryce, Cathy Dikmans, David Were & Judy Hewett. Contact Michael Bleby ( with any queries or requests for the next newsletter.
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