Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 06 Nov 2020-No 93
COVID 19 UPDATES
- Recommencing church services
For the remaining Advent Sundays this year, we will be having the one service at 9.30am where you can register to attend. There are plenty of spaces still available so please register your interest by contacting Roberta at firstname.lastname@example.org. This service will also be live streamed.
In addition, we will also be having weekly face to face services on Thursdays at 11 am for the remainder of the year. Again, please register your interest prior.
- 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 and morning tea. The details are all under ‘Parish News’. Thank you for also remembering and checking in on your ‘buddies’.
- If you are struggling with anything, please reach out to someone in the St Dunstan’s community. It’s good to talk to someone who cares for you. ❤️ Alternatively the following link also offers some support services https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/servicesandsupport/counselling-online-and-phone-support-for-mental-illness.
- Thank you to Bishop Genieve for joining us for Freddie and Charlotte’s Confirmation yesterday.
- Please book mark the afternoon of December 20th in your diaries for Roberta’s farewell. We will have a picnic together but more details to follow soon.
- 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.
- Christmas Services this year will be the 5pm Crib Service on Christmas Eve and the Christmas Morning Service at 9.30am. And, we will be allowed to sing!
- 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Clearance for Ministry
At St Dunstan’s we have been proactive in ensuring that everyone who requires a Working with Children Check and Police Check has them.
Thank you to you all for your amazing support and co-operation to ensure we are on top of the compliance game and ensuring that our children and all vulnerable people feel safe, cared for and included at St Dunstan’s.
Many of you would also be aware that the Diocese has been working away to centralise these records. We have been advised that with immediate effect, an additional interim step must be undertaken by all parishioners as they work towards this goal.
Over the next few weeks, all WWCC and Police Check holders who fulfill one or more of the roles in Attachment A, will receive a letter outlining the next steps and what we are asking you to do. It’s not a huge amount of work, but it is, nevertheless, not going to appeal to everyone!!! It will necessitate updating details for your WWCC and sending an email to Kooyoora. Some good news though, your Police Check lasts 5 years not 3 so I won’t be calling upon you next year to renew unless you need to. Those people who already had a police check from another setting may need to.
I hope the attached FAQ’s will be able to answer any questions you may have. If not, please feel free to contact Maxine Farrar who will endeavour to fill in any gaps.
Thank you so much for your willingness to help us with this. There is a bit of a deadline (Feb 2021) but I have no doubt it is well withing our capabilities. I am so very grateful to you all. It means we can continue to fulfill our roles here in the parish, certain that we are all covered and it’s one less thing for our new Incumbent to worry about.
I am around until after Christmas and can organise meetings over a covid safe cuppa if we’re allowed to do this. If not, please get in touch.
- Max will also be running some Child Safety updates after the 9.30 service on 13 December. This should take less than 45 minutes. All WCCC and Police Check holders as well as Parish Council members are encouraged to attend. Please meet in the hall at 10.45am.
- The Diocesan Child Safe Policy is available on our website https://stdunstans.org.au/index.php/child-safe-policy/
- Important Numbers:
Child Safe Officer: Ms Maxine Farrar 0408 311 390
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/
- Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page St Dunstans Anglican Church Group .https://www.facebook.com/groups/482613181793174/and bookmark our websitewww.stdunstans.org.au. We will be live streaming Sunday services at 9.30am on Facebook and soon after, the Vicar’s message will also be uploaded onto our website.
ANGLICAN COMMUNITY NEWS
NOVEMBER 25 2020
November TMA is online now here. 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.
Australia’s Anglican bishops say the recognise that the Appellate Tribunal finding earlier this month on legislation for the blessing of same-sex civil marriages affirm that it is possible for clergy, in some contexts, to exercise this ministry. But they also declare: “It does not authorise Anglican clergy to officiate at weddings other than those between a man and a woman.”
Next year’s General Synod will consider a ruling from the Anglican Church’s Appellate Tribunal saying services of blessing for same-sex marriage are constitutional, under a narrow opinion of what constitutes doctrine of the Church. Sydney’s Archbishop Glenn Davies has written to clergy, saying he finds the opinion “hard to fathom, as it is contrary to the teaching of the Bible”.
One of Sydney’s most high-profile Anglican priests has been forced to resign from his church or face the sack after his marriage broke down. Fr David Smith – a two-time Australian of the Year nominee who is popularly known as “Fighting Father Dave” due to his boxing exploits – told Guardian Australia he faced total loss of income by the end of the year and possible homelessness after the Sydney diocese learned his marriage had ended.
New laws before the Victorian parliament will outlaw a practice that attempts to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Attorney-General Jill Hennessy on Wednesday described the practice of gay conversion therapy as “bigoted quackery”.
Depending on where you live in Australia, Christmas during this COVID year might be almost normal. Well, sort of, if the new normal is the measure. With limits on gathering numbers, singing and taking communion, 2020 will finish on the same strange note sounded throughout the year. Eternity News has compiled a list of guidelines on what you can and can not do in your place of worship in your state, during the Christmas season.
In their new book, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again, political scientist Robert Putnam and writer and social entrepreneur Shaylyn Romney Garrett argue that in the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, America was strikingly similar: polarised, unequal and corrupt. Then it all changed. A more egalitarian, cooperative and altruistic nation emerged in the so-called Progressive Era — beginning around 1900. If the country is ever to move beyond its current morass, Putnam and Garrett believe religious narratives or themes may once again play an important role.
Online training to help people identify the signs of domestic abuse is being offered by the Anglican Communion. The webinar, Domestic Abuse: identifying the signs, is one of five webinars being offered by the Anglican Communion’s Director for Gender Justice during the 16-Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The international campaign takes place each year between 25 November – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – to 10 December – Human Rights Day.
Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell liken 2020 to 2001 with the destruction of the Twin Towers, 1914, 1929 and 1989 as a year in which huge changes are happening in society and the world and consequently in the Church. “For let us be clear: there is no possibility of changes in society failing to have a profound effect on the shape, calling and experience of mission in the Church.”
Mexican security forces have arrested a local drug cartel boss implicated in the 2019 murder of nine women and children from an isolated Mormon community, raising hopes among victims’ relatives it might lead to an explanation for the attack. Even in a country long used to violence, the 4 November massacre of three women and six children as they travelled a lonely road through the Sierra Madre mountains shocked many Mexicans – not least because there seemed no explanation for the bloodshed.
A survey on “fragile” rural parishes by two Church of England priests/academics finds that “too many parish churches are running out of money, running out of people, and now running out of time”. They conclude that COVIC-19 has hastened the urgency with which the problem needs to be addressed and that “Perhaps now is the time to engineer a second Reformation in England’s green and pleasant land”.
Dear Rev Hamilton,
‘O Come, O come, Immanuel…’ So goes the Advent hymn and so at this time of year especially our hearts yearn for the coming of the saviour. Immanuel. God with us. Christmas is the time when we both celebrate and anticipate the coming of the reign of God.
What might the reign of God among us mean to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians? To communities experiencing gender-based violence in Zambia? To poor farmers eking out a living in the arid regions of Eastern Kenya?
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians it might mean growing leaders with the faith, vision and skills to build up their people, their churches and their communities, through study at either Wontulp-Bi-Buya or Nungalinya colleges.
For Zambian communities, particularly those on the receiving end of gender-based violence, it might mean making people, both men and women – aware that violence is not the way to solve problems, that girls have a right to complete their education, and not be sent off into early marriages, and addressing causes of poverty. These challenges are addressed in ABM’s Integrated Gender Project.
For farmers in Eastern Kenya it might mean gaining skills in water conservation, learning how to work with the land to increase its natural productivity. ABM’s Sustainable Livelihoods Project works with farmers to build appropriate water storage and to farm more sustainably, thus making for larger and more reliable harvests.
Whilst COVID-19 has impacted during 2020 on all these projects, all continue to function, often with creative adaptations to the demands of travel restrictions, personal safety and physical distancing requirements.
This Advent and Christmas, consider what the reign of God might look like for you. Will it be a world where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are led by empowered, visionary leaders? A world where families in Eastern Zambia can look forward to a future free of violence, where all can flourish? A world where Kenyan farmers can plan for their futures, without wondering how they are going to feed their families?
Making a donation to any of these tax-deductible projects may just help to bring the reign of God a little closer to all of us. And, during the time of COVID-19, your generous support of these projects has become more important than ever.
Yours in Mission,
The Rev’d Dr John Deane