Week Beginning 01 November 2020

St Dunstan's Anglican Church Camberwell

Weekly Electronic Notices 

Service (WENS)

Week beginning 01 Nov 2020-No 88


  • Recommencing church services at St D’s – the outside option.

Exciting times! The partial relaxation of lockdown restrictions means we can start to plan for live services again. From 2nd Nov we can have outdoor services for up to 20 people, plus celebrant. 

As we work out the details of how we can do this and comply with common sense, government and diocesan requirements, we need an indication of your interest. 

Subject to changes in the regulations, we are planning to recommence live services at 11am on Sunday 22nd Nov and Thursday 11 am on 19th Nov. 

On Thursdays we will limit it to 10 people, worshipping in the cloisters, and on Sundays, up to 20 people worshipping outside behind the church. We will need to ensure required separation of people and cleaning arrangements. Masks will of course be mandatory. We will continue with live streaming of the 9.30 am Sunday service. 

Please indicate by return email or phone 0478 404 179 and leave a message as the Vicar will be on holidays, if you would like to attend either on Thursdays’ or Sundays’ services, by 8th Nov, preferably earlier. If interest in attending services exceeds the limits, we will need to allocate places. People will only be able to attend with prior agreement. 

After the 8th Nov response date, we will refine the arrangements and advertise them on Sunday 15th Nov for start-up on 19th/22nd Nov. Please bear with us as we set all this up. 

Blessings, Roberta and the Wardens 

  • Our Church stays alive through the contact of its people with one another. Let’s please keep in touch with each other through our  groups and regularly uphold each other in prayer.  We have Zoom groups for prayer, morning tea and book group. The details are all under ‘Parish News’. Thank you for also remembering and checking in on your ‘buddies’.


Notice of Annual Meeting

Parish of Camberwell, Church of St Dunstan’s.

The Annual Meeting of the Parish will be held on 29th November 2020 at 11.00am. Arrangements for this meeting will be determined soon in the light of COVID 19 permitted arrangements, which will be advised when known.


Nominations of candidates for the offices of:

  • churchwardens
  • members of the Parish Council
  • members of Incumbency Committee

shall be given to the Vicar, the Rev’d Roberta Hamilton

on or before 8.00am on 22nd November 2020.

After prayers, the order of business shall include –

  1. The reading of this notice;
  2. The Minutes of the previous annual meeting;
  3. Reception of the electoral roll of the Parish;
  4. A report by the Vicar; including numbers of baptisms, persons received into communicant membership, confirmations, marriages, funerals, Sunday services, acts of communion and such other statistics from the registers as Archbishop in Council determines;
  5. An annual report on the proceedings of the Parish Council 
  6. A report by the churchwardens on the fabric, goods and ornaments of the church, of the Parish and the vicarage and other buildings of the Parish;

(g) The independently examined accounts and financial statements of the parish and   any accompanying papers required by the Act;

  1. The election and appointment of churchwardens and members of the Parish Council;
  2. The election of an independent examiner;
  3. The election of 2 lay representatives to the Parish Incumbency Committee;
  4. Any other matters of parochial or general church interest.

By order of the Parish Council

Signed …..  ………………………………… Vicar

30th Oct 2020

  • Attached to this email is the nomination form for Churchwardens, Parish Council Members, and Incumbency Committee members. This form must be in the Vicar’s Hands before 8am on 22nd Nov.  If the person nominated is unable to sign the nomination, there may be a statement signed by the proposer and seconder to the effect that the person nominated has consented to the nomination. 

By way of explanation, the current Incumbency Committee (Chris Forte, Sally Cirulis and John McKenzie), remain as the active Committee until the next Vicar is appointed, however long that takes. This is because the replacement process commenced prior to the new elections.

Please note, church office bearers are required to have current clearances such as WWCC, Police checks – as specified by the diocese’s Professional Standards organisation. We can help you obtain these clearances.

  • Please continue to pray for our Incumbency Committee as they undertake this important work of finding a new vicar for our parish. Please also remember Vicar Roberta in your prayers as she approaches her retirement from parish ministry.
  • Parish Council has decided to cancel the Christmas Market this year. We are saddened we are unable to run this annual event but given the uncertainty of the current climate, we have little choice. 
  • Christmas Services this year will be the 5pm Crib Service on Christmas Eve and the Christmas Morning Service at 9.30am. Details of the format of these 2 services will be decided closer to the date when we know more of what we can and can’t do with Covid restrictions.
  • We will be having a Confirmation Service on the 6th December at 9:30 am with Bishop Genieve Blackwell. If you would like to join the Confirmation Class please let Roberta know. The classes will be offered via Zoom. 
  • Don’t forget our prayer wall in the church porch. You can use it to post prayer requests or pray for those already on there. Many people in our neighbourhood visit our church grounds and stop to read your prayers. So please feel free to add your prayer the next time you walk or drive past our church. Alternatively, email your prayers to Vicar Roberta and she will put them up on the wall.
  • If you would like to join in Morning Prayer via Zoom each Tuesday and Thursday with a small group, please contact Trevor at blakeandtaylor@gmail.com. All are welcome!
  • Zoom morning tea is on every week. Please join us for a cuppa and a chat every Sunday at 10.45am after online service. Please contact tania.nallathamby@bigpond.com if you don’t receive the Zoom link and would like to. 
  • Thank you to all who have contributed to our burgeoning Camcare donation basket. Bless you all!  Please continue to support this cause any way you can. Please visit https://camcare.org.au. Thank you to Peter Wright for his help with transporting donations.
  • Please continue to pray for each other from our updated Parish Prayer List.


As a member of the Canterbury Council of Churches, we are being invited by St Dominic’s Asylum Seeker Support Program  to share our support and aspirations in providing support for people seeking asylum.Some information from them below:


Support for asylum seekers, in various ways, has been a priority across our network, and there have been various forms of cooperation between our various churches over the years.  So, as we face ongoing issues and needs in changing times, this topic is one where it could be fruitful for us to share our current situation and current thinking. Moreover, asylum seekers are among those in our community who have a particularly difficult time at the moment.  Many are in crowded and insecure housing; many do not qualify for any of the income support benefits; and all are faced with the uncertainties relating to their future in Australia but also their options elsewhere.  It is therefore important that we do not lose our focus on support for these near neighbours.

An invitation

St Dominic’s Asylum Seeker Support Program would like to invite people from the various congregations to gather one evening to share information on our current aspirations and endeavours, and thus to inform and inspire each of us to continue to do what we can to support these vulnerable families in our midst.

When            7.30 – 9.00pm, on Tuesday 24 November 


What             a meeting within the Canterbury Council of Churches to share experience and aspirations in providing support for people seeking asylum

Why              the time seems opportune to inform and renew our various commitments to assisting these brothers and sisters in our own city.

Who              relevant leaders from the various congregations that comprise the Canterbury Council of Churches – 2 or 3 people from each congregation would be ideal.

RSVP or queries to Denis Fitzgerald (FitzgeraldDenisC@gmail.com, tel 0418 136 372)

Yours in Christ Jesus, who with his family sought asylum in Egypt

Denis Fitzgerald

St Dominic’s Parish


  • A message from our Child Safe Officer Max Farrar:

Following on from recent training and some Diocesan clarifications, our parish Child Safe documents have been updated.

We have a white folder on the welcome table which contains relevant policy and code of conduct documents regarding Child Safe and what to do if we have a necessity to make a report.

Posters have also been placed on the notice board with more to come from Kooyoora (Diocesan professional standards body) eventually.

Please ensure you update your Working with Children check cards when it’s time and advise Maxine Farrar when this has been done. All police checks will need to be renewed next year. Everyone will be contacted with the instructions.

Thank you in anticipation. Even though we’re not business as usual, our compliance requirements are. Luckily we’re on the ball. 

Again, thank you.

Maxine Farrar

Child Safety officer.

  • Important Numbers:

Child Safe Officer: Ms Maxine Farrar 0408 311 390

Police: 000

Child Protection: 1300 360 391

Kooyoora: 1800 135 246

  • As part of our child safety priorities, we are required to make available the Kooyoora Mission Statement in our newsletter. 

Kooyoora Ltd is an independent not for profit company that provides professional standards and other services to charities, including charities that are Anglican dioceses, entities, colleges and schools, to enable them more effectively to fulfil their charitable objectives. Their Vision is as follows:

Our Vision is to enable and manage–

a fair and independent process for complaint handling and screening for par ticipating organisations tailored to their circumstances that –

respects both complainants and respondents

upholds the standards and integrity of the organization, and

promotes the safety of children and adults with whom the organization en gages.

schemes for participating institutions to provide redress through an 

independent survivor focused, trauma informed, pastoral and therapeutic process.”

For more information, please visit https://www.kooyoora.org.au/


The NewsStand 22 – 28 October

The print editions of November and December TMA will be posted out to arrive by the second Sunday of each month, as is customary for what are usually our Synod and Christmas editions respectively.

The online versions of these editions will be available early in each month here.

In this week’s TMA Newsstand: 

• Melbourne priest with passion for refugees remembered

• Archbishop welcomes greater freedoms for religious services

• Hillsong purchases iconic Melbourne music venue Festival Hall

• Have we discovered the nails used to crucify Jesus?

• Why Pope Francis supporting same-sex unions is nothing new

• and more…

Click here for The NewsStand

A small start, so let’s get started: this week’s message from Archbishop Philip Freier

NEW PODCAST OUT NOW: In this latest episode of Angles, we hear from  Dr Vicki Lorrimar, lecturer in systematic theology at Trinity College in Queensland, who spoke about human enhancement technology and the Christian response in the recent ISCAST’s online conference in July this year. Download it here or search for Angles on Science, Faith and Culture on your podcast app of choice. 

e-news October 2020


2021 marks the 150th anniversary of Coming of the Light – Mission and Ministry in North Queensland and the Torres Strait. The London Missionary Society with Pacific Islander evangelists landed on the shores of Darnley Island and introduced the Bible to the people who lived there. This event, The Coming of The Light, is an integral part of cultural identity to Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

ABM invites you to celebrate and support the vibrant ministry and mission of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Church. Funds donated to this project will be used to: support the establishment of the Melanesian Brothers’ ministry in the Torres Strait, provide for the work of the Ministry Development Officer for the Cape York Peninsula, and assist with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ministry formation in the Diocese of North Queensland.

You can read more and find out how to donate to the appeal here.


Songs from a Strange Land offers daily reflections from Advent to Epiphany with a particular emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christianity, the Australian landscape and Creation theology. The study begins on December 1 and is available as an app or a printed book. Click here for more information. 

ABM is offering a limited number of boxes for a price that works out to $5 for the 154-page book (including GST and postage). You must be prepared to order 34 copies (1 box) and provide a street address for courier delivery. This special offer can be accessed here. 


After 108 years of faithful and prayerful service, the Adelaide branch of the ABM Auxilary has finally closed its doors. More than 35 people attended a farewell service last Friday at which Archbishop Geoff Smith gave the sermon. Bishop David McCall, former chair of the South Australian Provincial ABM Committee gave a vote of thanks to the outgoing committee, and especially to Elaine Edwards (pictured second from left) who has been on the Auxiliary Committee in various capacities for over 40 years. Mary Catford (second from right), the current President of the National ABM Auxiliary, presented flowers to Elaine. Margaret McEvoy (left) is the immediate Past President.

You can read excerpts from Archbishop Geoff’s sermon here.


At the parish of St Jude’s, Brighton in Adelaide, a family in the parish decided to give a significant donation to ABM in memory of a loved member who had recently died. This generous gesture gave St Jude’s the idea of adding to the bequest, so they invited ABM’s Committee Support Officer, Meagan Schwarz, along to give a talk about ABM. Meagan spoke about prayer as the basis of the relationship between ABM and our supporters, and the partners and communities we all support. The total raised for ABM by St Jude’s was $5,000. The photo shows the gift being presented to Bishop Chris McLeod, Chair of the Adelaide ABM Committee at the recent patronal festival of St Jude.

Thank you, St Jude’s!


After just one month, the first ever ABM Larapinta Challenge is booked out! But because of the amazing response, we’re launching ABM Larapinta Challenge #2 from 28 June to 04 July 2021, to help empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglicans here and ABM’s partner communities overseas.

It’s not too late to join us as we go on this once-in-a-lifetime trekking adventure to the Northern Territory in 2021.

Next June, two teams of ABM supporters will embark on a 7-day trekking adventure along the Larapinta Trail, one of Australia’s most renowned tracks.

All funds raised on this adventure will support ABM as they help overseas partner communities lift themselves out of poverty, transforming their lives spiritually, materially and socially, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theological education. 

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something inspiring not only for others but for yourself!

Start your adventure here and find out more.


You can also read here the inspiring story of two sisters who have taken up the challenge.


A big thank you to ABM’s generous supporters who gave over $150,000 to our emergency appeals between 2017 and 2019. The appeals included responses to conflict in Myanmar in which Rohingya were displaced or forced to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh, an earthquake in Papua New Guinea, an upsurge of violent conflict in the Gaza Strip, people fleeing volcanic eruptions in Vanuatu, a typhoon in the Philippines, and an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.

To read how your funds were used, please click here.


For three years now, ABM and the Diocese of Perth have been supporting Perth’s Partner in Mission, the Diocese of Eldoret, to offer a program that assists people with a disability to start or enhance a small business. They provide the participants with business training, mentoring and a small loan. Many of the loans have already been paid back, enabling more people to join the program. The program also raised awareness among Eldoret’s parishes and local communities about the rights of people with a disability, leading several parishes to now include people with a disability on their parish councils, and ensure their buildings are wheelchair accessible.

To read more about this project, please click here.


The Diocese of Grafton recently ordained three deacons: two at Ballina and Lennox Head, the Rev’d David Brown and the Rev’d Aaron Coates, and one at Coffs Harbour, the Rev’d Kassimiro Yanga (pictured above with Dean Greg Jenks and Archdeacon Tiffany Sparkes). Bishop Bill Ray, former Chair of the ABM Brisbane Committee, preached at the Ballina ordination. ABM celebrated the ordinations with a gift of stoles, woven in the Mountain Province of the Philippines where ABM has worked for many years with our partner, the Episcopal Church in the Philippines. The ABM bag is also made in the Philippines by people supported by the Episcopal Church.


This month we pray with and for the Philippine Independent Church and the people they serve. 

Loving God,
we pray for the Philippine Independent Church.

for the safety, protection, and comfort of all who have been devastated by the recent typhoons,
for healing for those with COVID-19, and for all medical and health workers,

for wise and compassionate government,
for perseverance and strength for the poor, oppressed and marginalised,

for indigenous peoples and Moro people as they struggle to live dignified lives,
for the release of the illegally detained, and

for victims of extra-judicial killings and their families.
We bring these and all our prayers to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This month’s Partners Praying Together is available here.

Photo: Bringing the gifts during Sunday Eucharist, Philippine Independent Church Cathedral of the Holy Child, Manila. © ABM, Julianne Stewart.

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