Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 13 Nov 2020-No 94
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.
- For those of you who are attending church in person please remember the Covid safe regulations.
- Sanitise hands on entry
- Scan the QR code at the welcoming desk OR manually sign in. The Covid steward for the morning will be able to help you with this. To use the QR code, please
first download the Service Victoria app from the App store or Google Play.
- After the service, please exit the church directly. Feel free to chat outside, appropriately distanced.
- 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.
- Our Christmas tree is up! Thanks John!
- Please book mark the December 20th in your diaries for Roberta’s farewell. We will have a picnic together in the kinder grounds at 12.30pm. Please BYO food and drink as we will not be sharing food. We will be able to move inside should the weather dictate. This will be your last chance to socialise with Roberta before she leaves so please join us and let’s give our dearly loved vicar a send off to remember!
- 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! With masks on of course!
- 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.
- Christmas food and gifts can be placed in the Camcare donation basket. 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:
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend yesterday’s Child Safety seminar.
Holders of working with children checks and police checks will be receiving a letter (please collect from the welcome table at church) with instructions about how to apply for the clearance for ministry certificate, now required by the diocese for all volunteers and lay employees. There are steps as individuals we must take to update our records for the diocese and Kooyoora.
I will be running some sessions in early February for parishioners who need any help. The letter is quite lengthy and there is a bit of a process to follow.
Please do not be alarmed by the letter. I’m very happy to assist anyone who needs help. Please let me know if you need assistance.
We are aiming to have all this done by the end of February 21.
Thank you all for your support to help keep our environment safe for children and vulnerable people.
- 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
DECEMBER 9 2020
November TMA is online now here. The December edition of TMA will be posted out to arrive by the second Sunday of the month, as is customary for what are usually our Synod and Christmas editions respectively.
The first blessing of a same-sex civil marriage in an Australian Anglican church since the Appellate Tribunal cleared the way for the liturgical act by a 5-1 majority last month has occurred in the Wangaratta diocese. Bishop John Parkes, the retired Bishop of Wangaratta, blessed the marriage of retired clergy the Revd Dr John Davis and the Revd Rob Whalley using the liturgy approved by Wangaratta Synod in August 2019. The service, delayed from September last year to await the Tribunal’s decision, was held on 21 November in St Paul’s Church, Milawa, where Dr Davis is the locum.
A Victorian Government plan to crack down on churches using prayer to change LGBTI people has been branded as the biggest threat to religious freedom in years, placing Premier Daniel Andrews on a collision course with the nation’s faith groups. Days after introducing a long-awaited bill to criminalise gay conversion practices, Mr Andrews and Attorney-General Jill Hennessy have been accused of “over-reach” as a contentious debate regarding human rights and religion looms in Parliament.
The Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Force has called the allegations against some Australian soldiers in the report of the Afghanistan Inquiry “horrific, appalling and disgraceful”. Bishop Grant Dibden – a former senior military officer in the Australian Army – said the findings, released last month, were “deeply disturbing”.
Gemma Dashwood always wanted to be a doctor. Shortly after her birth, she got an infection in her hip. It was septic arthritis which destroyed the bone and the joint. Dr Dashwood took up swimming as therapy and went on to win gold, silver and bronze medals at two Paralympic Games — in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000. Last weekend, she was ordained an Anglican deacon. “I’ve always been involved with the church,” she said. “My mum was born and bred an Anglican. My dad was born and bred an atheist.”
With COVID-19 restrictions easing in most places across Australia, the sentiment I continue to hear from friends and families, my students and fellow church-goers, is I can’t wait until everything goes back to normal, writes Louise Gosbell, Dean of Students and Lecturer in New Testament at Mary Andrews College, Sydney. “And while there is a large part of me that wants to echo that cry, there is also another part of me that grieves the possibility that in rushing too quickly to get back to normal, we might just miss an incredible opportunity to pause and reflect on the way we ‘do’ church.”
Bhante Buddharakkhita, who became a Buddhist while studying in India, is on a mission to use mindfulness meditation to heal trauma. As the first Ugandan Buddhist monk, the most venerable Bhante Bhikkhu Buddharakkhita has ambitions to train 54 novices, one for every African nation.
A Democratic group dedicated to representing secular values has unveiled a slate of recommendations for President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration, outlining a sweeping agenda designed to roll back many of President Donald Trump’s actions involving religion and to “restore a vision of constitutional secularism”.
Revising the Tongan liturgy of the Eucharist has put the translators into a balancing act between Tonga’s most formal patterns of speech and the language Anglicans might want to use when they relate to Jesus.
Isaac Newton – the physicist and mathematician responsible for science’s Laws of Motion and Theory of Gravity – attempted to figure out the unit of measurement used by ancient Egyptians, so he could then determine the real-life dimensions of the temples mentioned in the Bible, according to a newly discovered manuscript.
Paul Edmondson says that in the writings of C.S. Lewis, “I find the essence of my youth, the beginning of my independent reading, and the gateway to my imagination”. “Lewis’s own love of literature goes before me and beckons me; but he also points me back to my past, and the moment when I first became aware of God.”
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