Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 18 Oct 2020-No 86
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.
- This Wednesday Oct 21 at 6pm, we will be having a Zoom Parish Consultation, facilitated by Archdeacon Greg Allinson. Please diarise this and join us in this important meeting for our search for a new vicar. Details below:
Greg Allinson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: st dunstan’s consultation
Time: Oct 21, 2020 06:00 PM Australia/Melbourne
- 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). Please submit a report even if there has been no activity as this is important for our record keeping.
- 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.
- 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. The attached is a thank you letter from Camcare with some extra detail about the fabulous work they do.
- 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
Emergency Water for Vanuatu School
We’ve had no water for over a month!
The 30-year-old water pump at St Patrick’s College, an Anglican school in Ambae Vanuatu, finally stopped working on Sunday 6th September, and the tanks have remained dry.
This means there is no clean drinking water, and no water for hygiene and sanitation.
Staff and students have to go out each day to get water from nearby springs. The travel takes away from their studies and work, and exposes them to risks of injuries from carrying heavy loads over significant distances. There are also additional health risks from the consumption of contaminated water.
The students and school community are no strangers to disaster. Students on Ambae were evacuated twice in less than a year, when the alert status for the Manaro Voui volcano approached its highest level in 2017, and again in 2018 when there was significant ash fall. Earlier this year in April 2020, another disaster occurred, when category-5 tropical cyclone Harold passed through North and West Ambae weaving a destructive path.
There is untold trauma from dealing with ongoing disasters. And on top of all this, there are still the pressures of schooling, especially for students in years 10, 11, 12, and 13 facing important exams in November.
Help us to give emergency water to 293 students and 40 staff households for 12 days, while waiting for a new pump to be sourced, transported, and installed. Donations are tax deductible.
They deserve better…
St Barnabas Hospital is a 40-bed hospital built in the 1940s in the remote Anglican Mission station at Dogura, Papua New Guinea. Many buildings are dilapidated, and the old equipment desperately needs replacing.
Women and their children travel on foot for long distances – sometimes up to 12 days – to give birth or receive urgent health care at the hospital
The old bathroom facilities, which have been in terrible disrepair for years, are now no longer functional. The only current option for mothers is to use a pit toilet outside, 100 metres down the hill.
We have not forgotten you
Pictured: Bush nurse Anne receives fuel vouchers and pastoral care
ARDFA is working with the Gippsland Diocese to support the Revd. Cathy Turnbull in her dedicated role as Bushfire Recovery Chaplain. More funds have recently been sent to enable her to continue her role for the rest of the year.
“We are bringing healing and hope to those who are broken and are feeling there is no hope.” The Revd. Cathy Turnbull.
Cathy reaches out deep into the community to give pastoral and material support, especially to cover gaps in insurance claims and other services. Read more
(Pictured below: Thanks to you, new fencing has been provided for fire-affected farmers. Note: fencing is not covered by insurance.)