Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 14 February 2021-No 97
WELCOME OUR LOCUM VICAR
ARCHDEACON RAY MCINNES
Ray was ordained Deacon at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne in 1977 and priested later that year in Wangaratta where he served his first curacy in the Parish of Benalla.
During over 40 years of full time ministry Ray and his wife (Glenys) have served in the Inner City Ministry (Clifton Hill & North Fitzroy),Benalla, where he was Rector for 13 years then Wangaratta as Dean of the Cathedral. The McInnes family exchanged Parishes in 1990 with a Vicar in Leicester Diocese, UK.
Their last Vicarage and Parish was at Albert Park from 2005 until retirement in 2017. During this last phase of ministry Ray was an Archdeacon and chair of the Building Committee of the Diocese. He also served for 9 years on the Board oF Anglicare (Vic.) Ray’s major challenge in Albert Park was to help the Parishes heal after a merger, build the Parish and help the Church in finding ways to serve the community.
Ray and Glenys, now live in Cheltenham and they have two children who are both married and live in Melbourne (Kensington and Alphington), they are also kept busy with their 3 grandchildren (Oliver, Charlotte and Alexander).
Ray is a keen golfer, a painter and picture framer, and a Richmond supporter.
Since retirement Ray has undertaken a brief locum ministry at Cheltenham, then a longer one at St. George’s, Malvern.
The Archbishop commissioned Ray as Archdeacon Emeritus after retirement and Ray is currently Chair of the Bishopscourt Management Trust.
He has indicated that he is available (God willing) to be with us at St. Dunstan’s until mid July.
COVID 19 UPDATES
- Due to the 5 day stage 4 lockdown announced by the Premier last Friday, we were unable to gather in person for today’s 9.30 service. Thank you to the small team who were able to live stream this service to our community.
- The Ash Wednesday Service on 17th Feb will not be held as scheduled. We will aim to combine the Imposition of Ashes with the service for the first Sunday in Lent on 21st Feb. Thank you to those who brought their crosses from last year. These were burned after the online service today.
- St Paul’s cathedral are having an online service at 6pm on Ash Wednesday that you may like to watch at the following link https://cathedral.org.au/2021/02/12/ash-wednesday-17-feb/
- Mainly music will not run this Wednesday 17 February.
- If all things go according to plan, we will go ahead with our Thursday morning 11am Eucharist Service. If not, we will commence once we are allowed to.
- Parish Council will meet this Thursday evening. Please pray for this group as they gather to discuss and make decisions on matters pertaining to our parish.
- Please continue to pray for our Incumbency Committee as they undertake the important work of finding a new vicar for our parish.
- Lenten envelopes have arrived from the Australian Board of Missions. Please pick one up next time you are in church. AMB will gratefully receive your Lenten giving towards the following 3 projects: a Phillipines Development Project, a theological seminary in Zambia (St Johns seminary) and a mission type project with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
- Our mainly music sessions recommenced after a year off on Wednesday 10 February @ 9.30am. We are very lucky that Natalie Waldie has agreed to lead this group for 2021. We have two new volunteers which is a great boon given that our regular team has sadly been somewhat diminished in one way or another. However, we would love it if a couple more parishioners would put up their hands to assist occasionally to spread the roster load and to cover for any possible illnesses. Please speak to Maxine. This would be an occasional commitment so not every week (unless you really wanted to) which might make it easier to offer assistance. Note, you don’t have to do the singing and dancing (again, unless you want to) Working With Children Check & Police Check required or interim clearance from the Diocese if you have received that this year. Please note that there will not be a mainly music session this Wednesday17 February in light of recent Covid announcements.
- We are looking for cleaning volunteers please. If you can help, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Paul Adams on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please continue to pray for each other from our Parish Prayer List.
A message from our Child Safe Officer
Child safety compliance
Thank you to everyone who has updated their WWCC information on line as requested and sent your application email to Kooyoora. There aren’t many to do now so I am hopeful we can rattle these off by the required due date of 22 February. I am around in February so please contact me if you need help. Some of you have received your clearances but the task is a huge one for the Diocese so we must be patient.
Assistance for services
This is a gentle reminder for all parish volunteers that in order to be on rosters for our services you will need to have a Working With Children Check, a Police Check and also to have applied for an Interim Clearance for Ministry from Kooyoora (Diocesan Professional standards).
If you would like to be a part of the rosters or lead a parish group, please see Maxine Farrar so she can assist you with the necessary processes to make this happen. It’s not difficult but it is a process!!
- 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 Melbourne Anglican
Newsstand 4 – 10 February
Victorian bill banning gay conversion therapy passes Upper House as amendments fail
A bill banning LGBTIQ+ conversion therapy has passed Victoria’s Upper House and will become law, despite tensions within the Coalition and concerns from some religious leaders that the law could have unintended consequences. The Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practises Prohibition Bill makes it illegal to try and change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity in Victoria.
Australian woman who volunteered at Malawi orphanage for 19 years dies from COVID-19
Driven by her fierce and strong Christian faith, Cherie Martin spent 19 years building up an orphanage to serve the Malawi community after falling in love with the country. Her strong faith drove volunteer efforts and helped to build the Kondanani orphanage into a self-sustaining village, Kondanani Children’s Village, where she was buried on 3 February after dying of COVID-19.
Climate crisis is now, Archbishop of Canterbury warns
The COVID-19 pandemic is giving countries in the West a taste of the insecurity experienced for decades by developing countries because of climate change, Archbishop Justin Welby said last week. Many people around the world have been living with uncertainty for decades “as the grim, real and present consequence of climate change”. “To think it is a problem of the future rather than a scourge of the present is the blind perspective of the privileged,” he said.
Hundred of religious leaders, Australian Anglicans among them, sign global anti-conversion therapy declaration
An international interfaith commission has called for an end to violence against and criminalisation of LGBTQ+ people and a global ban on conversion therapy. The declaration by the Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives, which launched on 16 December 2020, has been signed by almost 1500 religious leaders from more than 35 countries, including around a dozen Australian Anglicans.
Stricken by COVID, Church of England shrinks by 20 per cent
A leaked report from the Church of England has suggested slashing the number of paid clergy and called into question the future of almost 5000 loss-making parishes as it revealed up to a fifth of parishioners may never return to their churches after the pandemic eases.
‘Church aided the pile-on’ of curate’s Captain Tom tweet
A prominent clergyman has accused the Church of England of aiding a backlash against a trainee priest who tweeted there was a “cult of white British nationalism” surrounding Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died last week.
GameStopping the system
The controversy over the shares of US video game company GameStop has again exposed what has long been obvious: there is something seriously rotten in the state of the world’s financial markets, writes David James in Eureka Street. “There urgently needs to be a better understanding of the role of authorities and what constitutes sound rule-making … It is not overstating the case to say that the future of Western economic life depends on improving governance of the system. Sooner or later, the recklessness of financiers really will bring the whole thing down.”
The military coup in Myanmar presents opportunities to Buddhist nationalists
The current crisis in Myanmar unfolds in an environment of heightened tensions between Buddhist nationalists and minority groups. Since 2011, Myanmar has been troubled by an upsurge in extreme Buddhist nationalism, anti-Muslim gate speech and deadly communal violence.
St Benedict and the place of personal prayer
St Benedict’s instructions for prayer give voice to the whole Church, but not at the expense of the individual, says Luigi Gioia. The pioneer of Western monasticism was convinced that personal prayer could not be ritualised or codified in the same way as liturgical prayer, and should be left to the individual’s initiative.
How can you help school leavers stick with Jesus?
A massive transition occurs each summer for graduating Year 12 students as they farewell the familiar structure of school for the freedom and responsibility of adulthood. As they do this, many also leave church and faith behind: data from the National Church Life Survey shows that a third of Christian school leavers will walk away from church by the age of 19. So how can you help school-leavers stay with Jesus?