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Wrapping up gifts for Families in need

OVACC Youth spent some of their school holidays wrapping up gifts for families in need. Here’s an article that the local newspaper wrote


WHILE most kids are spending their school holidays at the shops, movies or in the sunshine, a group of locals are doing their bit for the less fortunate.

Members of the Oxley Vale Anglican Church Youth Group spent their Monday wrapping donated gifts to give to local families doing it tough this Christmas as part of Uniting Care’s Christmas Appeal.

Uniting Care is celebrating 25 years of giving in Tamworth this year.

On Sunday, volunteers packaged up 140 hampers, before Monday was spent wrapping up gifts donated by local families to local families.

Families from as far away as Quirindi and Gunnedah will benefit from the charity drive, with more than 300 gifts being wrapped up.

“Each gift is individually wrapped,” a Tamworth Uniting Care Christmas Appeal organiser said.

“We find it very important because lots of families face debt, or broken down families or bills racking up (at this time of year). Unfrotunately, the last thing on the list is buying gifts.”

Women’s Morning Tea


Saturday the women of OVACC came together for morning tea. They heard from Yui on her journey from Thailand to Australia, and how she moved from Buddhism to trusting that Jesus was her Lord and Saviour. Of interest was her reflections on the difference between praying as a Buddhist, to praying to a personal Lord who loves her.


Enjoying morning tea together




Yui Sharing

OVACC YOUTH at Chaffey dam


Here are some pictures of when we went to Chaffey Dam DSCN0573


Contemplating fishing, and what to do if one bites
Praying in the rain. The Megaphone is so we can hear over the rain
Holding the eating area down in the wind
Holding the eating area down in the wind
Marshmallows and camp fire after the storm

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Ashley Madison Scandal

AM_OVACCTamworth has almost 1800 Ashley Madison accounts according to the Sydney Morning Herald, which the newspaper describes as being almost 5% of the postcode.  For some of the neighbouring towns the numbers and percentage are higher.

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OVACC is a safe place for hurting families and for couples wanting to reconcile their relationships.  We recognise that we are all broken in some way and need help. At OVACC we have been involved with helping people who are hurt through adultery, broken relationships, divorce and porn addictions.

If you are struggling, either because you have hurt someone or been hurt, and you would like to see if it’s possible to fix things with God and your spouse then it’s possible we can help.

You can talk to me, another of our staff team, or an experienced Christian couple and can find us either  on Sunday at 10:00 at Oxley Vale Public School or call 02 6761 7271 for a confidential chat.

Here’s a short message from a friend of mine that you might like to watch or listen to as you attempt to process what is happening with some thoughts on what to do now.

Working with Children Check for OVACC Staff and Volunteers


  1. The applicant should fill out an online application at:
  2. The applicant will need to nominate whether they are a paid employee or a volunteer. Under child-related sector the applicant should select “religious services”.
  3. Once the online application has been completed a WWCC Application Number will be issued to the applicant.
  4. The applicant must then take their WWCC Application Number and proof of their identity to the Roads and Maritime Services registry (formerly RTA).
  5. If the applicant is in paid child-related employment, an application fee of $80 will be payable. There is no fee for volunteers.
  6. Once the application has been processed, the applicant will be advised of the outcome by email. Most applications will be processed within 48 hours.
  7. The applicant should immediately provide your parish (email details to  please include your date-of-birth) with the WWCC Application Number in order for the check to be verified.
  8. After the check has been processed, the applicant will receive a clearance or a bar. Workers must receive a clearance within the time frames stated in order to undertake child-related work.

Solidarity Sunday

We at OVACC are praying for our brothers and sisters in Iraq. We are also participating in “Solidarity Sunday ” on the 2nd November. If you would like t-shirts (large size) for $7 for the occasion please tell one of the staff on Sunday. If you would like to find our more go to this address here.Prayer for Iraq

We Are N


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While our services are usually happy occasions. Today we prayed for, gave and stood in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Iraq.

With us were also the other churches across Tamworth in their own services

The sign that is being held by everyone is the arabic letter “N”. This symbol is being painted on Christians houses to designate where Christians live. Christians in Iraq are being forced to convert to Islam, forfeit their property or leave otherwise they will be killed. Even if they do pay the tax, most reports state that the militants come and still kill and take what they want. Today we prayed for them and supported the Bible Society in Kurdish Iraq

Patricia Weerakoon Visit

Patricia’s first events will be in Tamworth from the 30th July – 1st August.
Her first public event will be at St Peter’s Anglican Church on Wednesday the 30th July. She will be speaking on Living with Sexual Integrity. This event is for women, and girls aged 15 and over are invited. 7pm-9pm. By donation.

Thursday 31st July she will be speaking at West Tamworth Public School from 7pm-9pm (by donation). Her topic is Parenting in the Cyberworld. This is suitable for parents of children of all ages. Older teens are also welcome.

A description of her seminars and dates can be found here:

Friday 1st August will be a youth event held at Tamworth Baptist Church from 6pm-9:30pm. Her topic will be Teen Sex – By the Book.

Men’s Breakfast


July 19th will see the Men of OVACC sharing breakfast together, hearing from Chris Trethewy and working together supporting our local Public School by doing some odd jobs around the school. Contact Simon via the email link if you would like to participate.Screen Shot 2014-06-28 at 23.29.32


On the 17th August we give thanks for another year of sharing the gospel in Northern Tamworth. Anyone is free to join us for a thanksgiving service at 9am with Communion.  The AGM will start at 10:00. After the AGM concludes we will have lunch together in the School Hall. Hope to see you thereScreen Shot 2014-06-30 at 14.44.35

Church Camp



June 20-22nd saw some of OVACC enjoy a weekend at Lynchwood Scout camp. We looked at the intensive of “The Course of Your Life” and we were challenged to think about how our unity with Christ effects our work, relationships, family and gathering together. We had a great time of fellowship as well and also enjoyed bush walks, archery and a bonfire. Church Camp

The Course of Your Life

Last Sunday we started “The Course of Your life” as a whole church.

Are you interested in knowing what God wants for your life? Have you ever even thought about what God wants for your life? This course aims to help us all understand what God’s agenda is for our lives so we can then know, the course of your life.

Bible Study groups are looking at the biblical material during the week, couples are meeting together to do the 1-2-1 studies and we are having topical sermons on the chapters through the book. Please contact the office if you would like to join a small group and be part of this exciting chapter of our community.Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 9.32.36

Clean Up Australia

Clean Up Australia Day


Friday 28th February was scheduled as Clean Up Australia Day, and the members of Oxley Vale Anglican pitched in to lend a hand, gathering bags of rubbish from around the premises of the school where we meet.

This is an important community event in communities around Australia, and, for the Christian community it is an opportunity to reflect locally God’s global love for his creation. As the Psalmist says in Psalm 24 –

The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it.
For He has founded it upon the seas
And established it upon the rivers.

Local Carols a hit!

While the Christmas Carols run in town are inevitably bigger budget and better attended, Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church’s local Carols in Fraser Park were a hit with the locals who came down to join in the singing. Wingnut the Puppet made a very amusing appearance and the band led everyone in singing some great old carols.

Saturday 13 December 2014 is set down for next years repeat performance.

Wingnut finds out about the real meaning of Christmas

Full recognition!


Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church celebrated on Thursday 23rd May with a special night of prayer and praise to God after it received a visit from Bishop of Armidale Rick Lewers to present the church with its full License. While this was a mere formality (since the church has been meeting in Oxley Vale for 20 years!), it provided a great opportunity for people to gather and celebrate together what God has been doing in the lives of the people of Oxley Vale through the work of his people in the church.

From Nepal With Love

CMS missionaries Bruce and Libby Hayes will speak at Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church this Sunday, at both gatherings.

Bruce and Libby work in Nepal where Bruce coordinates GPs training at Patan Hospital, as well as supporting graduates serving in challenging rural areas through consultancy. Libby is the Secondary School Principal at Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC). OVACC has been supporting Bruce and Libby financially and prayerfully for some time.

All are welcome to come and hear about their exciting work. 8:00 and 10:00 Sunday 21st April.