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Prayer for Paris

Most gracious God,
look with mercy and compassion
on the people of Paris,
especially upon those who are injured,
with their families and friends.
Bless the bereaved and receive the dead
into your loving keeping.
Help us to bring an end
to war and violence everywhere,
and turn the hearts of those
who commit terror.
Bless emergency service workers
and all upon whom we depend for safety.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Very Rev’d Stephen Williams
Dean of Newcastle

TocH CHAIN OF LIGHT SERVICE 7pm, 12th December, 2015

TocH’s Origin in Military Chaplaincy


In 1915, two Army (Anglican) Padres – Neville Talbot and Philip “Tubby” Clayton – opened a rest house for soldiers at Poperinge, Belgium.  This house was called Talbot House in memory of Padre Talbot’s younger brother Gilbert who had died in battle at Ypres, aged 23.  Throughout The Great War many soldiers rested at Talbot House and visited it’s chapel upstairs.  After hostilities ceased, the TocH spirit was so strong that it became an international movement with Four Points of the TocH Compass set out.


  1. Friendship (“to love widely”)
  2. Service (“to build bravely”)

3  Fair-mindedness (“to think fairly”)

4  The Kingdom of God (“to witness humbly”)


In the 1920s, Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle built a chapel as a memorial to the sons of this Diocese who were buried in foreign lands in Europe, the Warriors’ Chapel.  Connections between our Diocese and TocH were so strong back then that Bp Neville Talbot was invited to become our Bishop, but he declined.  There are many TocH military treasures in the Chapel including the silver Forster TocH lamp and a wooden rushlight that was made and used in Changi prisoner of war camp.


Our Cathedral is the Spiritual Home of TocH in Australia.


Every year a chain of services, known as the World Chain of Light, is held around the world honouring the work of TocH.  In this centenary year, our Cathedral will be the venue for the Australian service at 7pm on Saturday 12th December in the Warriors’ Chapel and everyone is invited to this service.  Afterwards refreshments will be served in the Meeting Room.  TocH members are coming from interstate.
The Very Rev’d Stephen Williams

Dean of Newcastle


Handel’s Messiah: Sunday, 13 December 2015, 2:00 PM

Newcastle’s Christ Church Cathedral Choir, with Christ Church Camerata, perform Handel’s handels-messiah-A5 flyermost loved oratorio, Messiah. The choir and Camerata will be joined by soloists Anna Sandstrom (soprano), Kathryn Dries (mezzo), Phillip Costovski (tenor) and Joshua Salter (baritone), all directed by Cathedral Organist, Peter Guy.

Seating is general admission only. Although areas will be reserved for pre-purchased tickets, please arrive early to the performance to guarantee the best possible seat.

Adult $30.00
Concession $25.00
Family $80.00
Student $15.00

Click here to buy tickets



trivianightThe time has come for another night of fun! The Trivia Night – 6pm Saturday 10 October – Horbury Hunt Hall, is almost upon us and we are looking for donations of any outrageous and wonderful raffle prizes. Items could include teddy bears, paintings, craft items, or anything new and exciting that people might like to win. These can be left at the parish office or given to Veronica Butcher. The cost is $15.00pp with monies being raised to go toward the Choir’s UK tour. Further information, bookings or enquiries – Veronica Butcher on 0434 555 418, or email