Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 08 Nov 2020-No 89
COVID 19 UPDATES
- 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
- We urgently need about 8 volunteers to cover at least 4 cleaning sessions per week. This includes before and after services on Thursdays and Sundays and we need to spread this commitment across a sizeable team. At the moment we have 3 faithful volunteers but this will become unsustainable for the minimum 4-6 times/week we need to clean, not counting special events like funerals. Please email Cath Goss on firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
- 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’.
- 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.
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:
- 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 –
- The reading of this notice;
- The Minutes of the previous annual meeting;
- Reception of the electoral roll of the Parish;
- 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;
- An annual report on the proceedings of the Parish Council
- 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;
- The election and appointment of churchwardens and members of the Parish Council;
- The election of an independent examiner;
- The election of 2 lay representatives to the Parish Incumbency Committee;
- 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 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.
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.
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
St Dominic’s Parish
NAIDOC Week 8-15 Nov 2020
It’s NAIDOC week this week and the theme is “Always Was, Always Will Be’.
Always Was, Always Will Be.
Always Was, Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
We are spiritually and culturally connected to this country.
This country was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.
Australia has the world’s oldest oral stories. The First Peoples engraved the world’s first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremony and invented unique technologies. We built and engineered structures – structures on Earth – predating well-known sites such as the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge.
Our adaptation and intimate knowledge of Country enabled us to endure climate change, catastrophic droughts and rising sea levels.
Always Was, Always Will Be. acknowledges that hundreds of Nations and our cultures covered this continent. All were managing the land – the biggest estate on earth – to sustainably provide for their future.
Through ingenious land management systems like fire stick farming we transformed the harshest habitable continent into a land of bounty.
NAIDOC Week 2020 acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 – with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula.
The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples.
Our coastal Nations watched and interacted with at least 36 contacts made by Europeans prior to 1770. Many of them resulting in the charting of the northern, western and southern coastlines – of our lands and our waters.
For us, this nation’s story began at the dawn of time.
NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.
It’s about seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations’ 65,000+ year history of this country – which is Australian history. We want all Australians to celebrate that we have the oldest continuing cultures on the planet and to recognise that our sovereignty was never ceded.
Always Was, Always Will Be.
For more information on how to get involved, visit https://www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/2020-theme
- 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.
Child Safety officer.
- 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
29 October – 4 November
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
In this week’s TMA Newsstand:
• TMA picks up four awards at Australasian Religious Press Association
• Changing the culture around domestic violence
• Episcopal leaders urge prayer, patience as US awaits election outcome
• Church of England Archbishops share messages as UK enters lockdown again
• What the Day of the Dead festival tells us about the Aztec philosophy of happiness
• and more…
A dual channel future: this week’s message from Archbishop Philip Freier
Do you have experiences of domestic abuse? Do you or did you previously have a connection with an Anglican Church?
The purpose of this anonymous survey is to explore experiences of domestic and family violence –specifically “intimate partner violence” (IPV) – for those with current or previous connections with Anglican churches. Further, if you sought help from an Anglican church, what was this experience like?
The survey will focus on intimate partner violence*, which is a serious and widespread problem in Australia, with enormous individual and community impacts and social costs.
Church communities are not immune to intimate partner violence, and there have been mixed responses from churches – both helpful and harmful. The Anglican Church hopes to learn more from Australians about their experiences in order to make better responses to foster safer family environments.
See what news, features, viewpoints, reviews and other articles of interest are in this month’s edition.
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