Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 11 Oct 2020-No 85
COVID 19 UPDATES
- 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.
- A note from the Incumbency Committee.
The Incumbency Committee (CF, SC, JMcK) has had a preliminary meeting with Bishop Geneive Blackwell. She has asked that we conduct a Parish Consultation via Zoom, with interested parishioners, with our Archdeacon, Greg Allinson as facilitator. Please put this in your diary for Wed 21st Oct, 6 to 7 pm. Archdeacon Greg has asked us to conduct a brief survey, which has been already emailed to you. Given the importance of this in finding our next Vicar, please fill out the survey form and return to email@example.com by Wednesday 14th October. Please also participate in the consultation process. The Zoom link for that will be posted next week.
Contact details of Incumbency Committee are: Chris Forte 0408894285, Sally Cirulis 0439889280, and John McKenzie 0405120133.
- Please 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 Annual Meeting. In view of the COVID lockdown arrangements and uncertainty about when we can get together in some form or other, the Annual Parish Meeting has been rescheduled to 29th Nov at 11am. Hopefully we can all meet together by then, but if not, the Diocese has issued guidelines for conduct of the meeting by electronic means. Could all groups who provide a report for the PAM please do so by 25th Oct to Chris Forte, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
The NewsStand 1 – 7 October
The October edition of The Melbourne Anglican has been posted to parishes and subscribers, and is also available online. Please click here.
In this week’s TMA Newsstand:
• Tearfund’s appeal for more foreign aid generosity in the budget
• Why clergy should be getting back out into the community as restrictions ease
• CoE pledges to act on child sex abuse report
• What history can teach us about living through a pandemic
• How political should clergy be?
• and more…
Memory Keeping: this week’s message from Archbishop Philip Freier
NEW PODCAST OUT NOW: Waylaid by the effects of Victoria’s first and then second lockdown, diocesan podcast Angles on Science, Faith and Culture returns this month with a special episode on COVID-19 in Australia and growing through suffering, featuring pulmonologist and immunologist Dr Bruce Robinson. Download it here or search for Angles on Science, Faith and Culture on your podcast app of choice.
See what news, features, viewpoints, reviews and other articles of interest are in this month’s edition.
The new David Attenborough documentary: A Life on our Planet. Review by by The New York Times Natalia Winkelman.
The majestic documentary “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet” opens with its title subject standing in a deserted location. It’s the territory around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, a once buzzing area that was evacuated after human error rendered it uninhabitable. Only later will the directors, Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes and Keith Scholey, pull their camera back to reveal that the territory, in its vacancy, has grown into a lush wildlife paradise.
Calling the film (streaming on Netflix) his “witness statement” for the environment, David Attenborough goes on to trace his more than 60-year career as a naturalist, mapping how steeply the planet’s biodiversity has degenerated before him. Global air travel was new when he began his work, and footage of him as a young producer encountering exotic flora and fauna lends a moving, even haunting, note to his plea to restore ecological balance.
Astonishing nature photography accompanies his retrospective. To illustrate the emptying of oceans, the directors intercut thriving coral habitats with images of large gutted fish, frozen and stacked for market. Equally upsetting is the loss of rain forests, showcased through the stark cutoff between flourishing vegetation and uniform rows of oil palms planted for profit. Such cinematic juxtapositions are persuasive: A dying planet is an ugly one, while healthy ecosystems please the eye and the earth.
The most devastating sequence finds Attenborough charting the disasters we face in future decades — global crises that he, as a man now in his 90s, will not experience. Yet he finds hope by extrapolating small successes. Sustainable farming in the Netherlands has made the country one of the worldwide leaders in food exports. Fishing restrictions around the Pacific archipelago nation of Palau enabled marine life to rebound.
The film’s grand achievement is that it positions its subject as a mediator between humans and the natural world. Life cycles on, and if we make the right choices, ruin can become regrowth.
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour 23 minutes. Watch on Netflix.