Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 09 August 2020-No 76
COVID 19 UPDATES
- One week of stage 4 restrictions has elapsed in Melbourne. Wherever we are, we are still together through our live streamed services, our virtual morning teas and prayer groups. We pray that all of you are observing the rules and regulations designed to keep us safe. We may be physically distanced but we are not socially distanced. Please continue to be in touch with your buddies and anyone else you feel needs checking-in on.
- We are looking for volunteers to assist us with the recording of the live streaming of services. Currently Ama has been doing this but we need to have a couple more willing helpers to share the load. Please speak with Roberta if you can help with this vital role.
- Ama Walgama will be leaving us to follow his heart in Queensland. His last Sunday with us will be on 16 August (next Sunday). Please join us for (Zoom) morning tea after service next week to farewell him and wish him all the best as he turns the page on a new chapter of his life. You will be sorely missed Ama!
- 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. Its a great way to be connected to each other while we are physically apart.
- There are many people in need and groceries are still being dropped off to Camcare. The next time you are at the supermarket, why not pick up a few extra cans of soup or some such like for those who need it. Please drop off your donations in the donation basket in the church porch. Alternatively, you can make a monetary donation if you wish. Please visit https://camcare.org.au. Thank you to Peter Wright for his help with transporting donations.
- The Brotherhood of St Laurence https://www.bsl.org.au are also seeking donations. Many people are facing hardship, especially during this pandemic time and your donations would be appreciated and valued. You may also wish to donate to Anglicare who are also gratefully accepting donations.
- If you need some cloth masks, please let Vicar Roberta know. Some very clever parishioners are making masks to assist those who need them.
- If you would still like some sacred space kits to enhance your Sunday morning experience (or any day for that matter!), please let Roberta know.
- If you would like to join in Morning Prayer via Zoom each Tuesday and Thursday with a small group, please contact Trevor at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please join us for Zoom morning tea after Sunday service at 10.45am. If you don’t already receive the weekly link, please email Tania on email@example.com.
- Please continue to pray for each other from our updated Parish Prayer List:
- 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
Candles at Curfew: Lights of hope in the community
Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, is encouraging Victorians to light a candle each night at 8pm and place it into a window of their home as a sign of hope as the newly-introduced Covid19-curfew takes effect across greater Melbourne.
Tonight at midnight new and stringent restrictions come into effect that further limit movement and personal interaction in order to help stop the Coronavirus spread in Melbourne and throughout Victoria. Curfew time provides Victorians with an opportunity to pause to remember each other in our shared experiences, and hold in their minds those are on the frontlines of our welfare.
Lighting a candle is small action that all can share.
‘I will be lighting a candle at my home tonight, placing it into the window facing the street on which I live’, Archbishop Philip said. ‘I invite people across our communities to light up the windows of their rooms, apartments and houses. Together we can spread the light as a sign of hope in these dark days’.
Everybody is invited to share in lighting up our city at curfew time. People of faith may want to pray as they light their candles.
Archbishop Philip explained: ‘For Christians lighting a candle is a symbol of God’s light piercing into the darkness of our own despair. It’s our saying that God’s hope is the power that motivates us as we continue to endure these limitations and experience the sacrifice of this time’.
St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne has created a micro-site with shared social media resources and prayers at curfew time. A simple liturgy to be used when lighting candles was led for the first time by the Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, at a meeting of the Cathedral’s Chapter, St Paul’s Governing Body, today.
The Archbishop said: ‘Share the light! Post an image of your candle along with the #CandlesAtCurfew hashtag on your social media as you share your thoughts with others. Above all: pray with me for a swift end of the curfew and Coronavirus pandemic in our state’.
Prayer resources and more may be found at cathedral.org.au/candlesatcurfew
The NewsStand 30 July – 5 August
In this week’s TMA Newsstand:
• Anglicans among the Christian Book of the Year award shortlist
• Archbishop of Canterbury offers prayers for Beirut after massive explosion devastates the city
• A new study guide from the Anglican Communion
• Call for sanctions to protect religious freedoms
• Why the ‘paradoxical priest’ makes such good fodder for TV comedies
• and more…
The August edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) has been posted to parishes and subscribers, and is also available in various formats for reading online and printing. Please click here. The Prayer Diary can be found within TMA and also in a print-friendly version here.
The light that shines in the darkness: this week’s message from Archbishop Philip Freier
Virtual reality, digital social relationships and how young people can navigate the opportunities and pitfalls of the online world are all up for discussion on this month’s episode of Angles on Science, Faith and Culture. Host the Revd Dr Chris Mulherin is joined by Dr Katherine Canobi, a cognitive development scientist and author of the young adult science fiction novel Mindcull, and Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne Dr Philip Freier.
The podcast is now available by searching for Angles on Science, Faith and Culture on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts, or click here to go to the website and follow the links.