Next Phase Conference 2024

May 3, 2024 @ 10:00 am - May 4, 2024 @ 3:00 pm

How can we stay faithful and fruitful as followers of Christ as we move into the next phase of our lives? This year, we are looking forward to having Rev. Simon Manchester open the bible with us over four talks and help us to see how we can stay vibrant in our faith and ministries as we age. We will also be joined by Dr. Patricia Weerakoon who will be interviewed during Friday dinner and run two seminars for us on Saturday.

Watch this short video to learn a bit more about what we can look forward to this year:


Book your ticket now!

Ticket sales close April 22nd.


Friday seminars/electives

Prayer: “When everything starts to sparkle” with Neil Hunt. (All in seminar)

Growing Together – loving and serving the next generation with Sharon Kirk. (Elective choice)

Grandparenting and Retirement with Mark Young. (Elective choice)

Reviewing and Refreshing with Julie Cook. (All in seminar)

Saturday seminars/electives

Speaking with Grace into a Gender Fluid Culture with Patricia Weerakoon. (All in seminar)

Lay Locum Opportunities with Rod Chiswell. (Elective choice)

Nurturing the Cybergeneration with Patricia Weerakoon. (Elective choice)

Plus two short presentations on the North Kigezi Partnership and Indigenous Ministry in our Diocese.

Armidale Preaching Conference

May 6, 2024 @ 9:30 am - May 7, 2024 @ 2:30 pm

A two-day preaching conference to encourage preachers in North West NSW to be both faithful and engaging expositors. The programme includes input and practical application for attendees, there is an open session (free!) on Monday night where everyone is welcome to attend and hear sermons from Simon Manchester and David Cook, two of Australia’s top preachers.

Conference brochure:

You can register for this event here.

Open Session Flyer:

Coledale Gospel Rally

May 24, 2024 @ 4:30 pm - May 25, 2024 @ 12:00 pm

Join us for the first Coledale Gospel Rally! Come along to hear the gospel proclaimed by two of our own: George Ferguson and Jum Naden. There will be food, songs, fun and services at the Coledale Frontyard Church.

Emu Music concert and conference

May 24, 2024 @ 7:30 pm - May 25, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

Emu Music will be running a Word in Song conference for all those involved in music ministry in our churches. This will start with a concert on the Friday night and be followed by a day of teaching, encouragement and fellowship on the Saturday.

You can purchase tickets here.

Join us for a dinner to farewell the retiring Hospital Chaplain, Brian Kirk, and to raise funds for the ongoing work of this ministry. You can purchase tickets through the Diocesan Registry Office. Tickets are $30 each (or $25 for pensioners) and are limited to 120 so make sure to purchase yours in advance. Further details are on the flyer linked to the left.

For more information about Hospital Chaplaincy, click here.

Lay Preaching Day

June 1, 2024 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Are you a man or woman who gives bible talks at events? Do you preach at weddings or funerals? Do you use a sermon several times in different places? This year, the Lay Preaching Day will be focussing on how you can adapt a sermon for different contexts. Mike Uptin (BCA QLD/NNSW) will take us though ways we can do this, using Psalm 23.

This event is open to men and women who teach the bible whether they currently preach, are training someone else or, have been asked to consider lay preaching in the future.

To register, please contact Emily in the Registry Office:

Phone: 02 6772 4491


The day costs $25 and includes morning tea, lunch, a book and the training.


Required preparation: prepare an outline and big idea for Psalm 23 using the method outlined in the Lay Preacher’s Handbook. Prepare it as though it is for a regular Sunday church service.

Upcoming 2024 Safe Ministry training days

June 22, 2024 - July 27, 2024

For those who prefer in-person training, we are holding the following training days in 2024:

June 22nd at St Paul’s, West Tamworth

June 22nd at Location TBA – Namoi Deanery

June 29th at Location TBA – Barwon Deanery

June 29th at Location TBA – New England Deanery

July 27th at Location TBA – MacIntyre Deanery

Please contact the hosting church to book in for one of the training days.

Safe ministry essentials is for anyone who has never done the safe ministry training before, or for those whose certificate expired more than three months previously. This training will take 5-6 hours to complete.

Safe ministry refresher is for those with a safe ministry certificate about to expire. You need to do a refresher course every three years to remain up-to-date. This training will take around 3 hours to complete.

Both face-to-face courses cost $15.


Online training is offered through Sydney Anglican here.