Church Without Walls

‘Church without Walls’ is an initiative of our Diocesan Synod Journey, Building the Kingdom of God Together.

‘Church without Walls’ is an invitation to the whole community to encounter the stories of mission and outreach that take place across our diocese every single day. Even in these difficult times, people of faith are responding to the good news of Jesus Christ and are working towards transforming people’s lives, and indeed, the whole of society. This is the mission that every one of us has a part in. Yet, each of us lives out this mission in a personal and unique way.

These are the stories we want to tell.

‘Church without Walls’ will take us into the stories of people from all across the diocese. We will go into our parishes, our schools and our agencies. We will travel from Lake Macquarie to Taree. We will hear from people of all ages. We will hear the stories of everyday people making a difference right where they are. We will hear about what they do and why they do it.

As we listen and engage with these stories, we are invited to contemplate our own story. How am I ‘living mission’ in my own life? Where am I being called at this time?

This is the heart of our Synod Journey. As we listen deeply to the stories of our communities, we are moved to action. So, let us continue to tell our stories and to listen. And let’s be moved.

This is story telling without limits.

This is Church… without walls.

Baden's Story

Baden is the Food Programs Coordinator for CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning. Together with a team of volunteers, he helps ease the burden of homelessness and food insecurity in our local communities. 

In the video below, find out more about how CatholicCare’s Food Programs provide food, hospitality and friendship to those who are disadvantaged.

Michelle's Story

Michelle is actively involved in our diocesan community, with her two sons attending St Aloysius Catholic Primary School Chisholm, while she also volunteers at CatholicCare’s Refugee Hub. For her, mission and outreach are about ensuring all people feel welcome and helpingthose experiencing disadvantage access the support they need.

Hear about how our volunteers are making a real difference in the lives of others in the video below.

Tighes Hill Community Garden

In the video below, local volunteers Lawrie and Jennifer take us for a stroll through the Tighes Hill Community Garden. Established in 2012, the Community Garden has grown to become a place where the community gathers and forms new connections. It is described as being a place of prayer, a place of community, and a place of outreach. 

Tighes Hill parishioner Lawrie Hallinan says it is community projects such as this which play an essential role in linking the Church to the community.