Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 21 February 2021-No 98
- Parish Council updates on the Miller Bequest and Incumbency Committee:
- The Incumbency Committee reported they have started to interview candidates in the search for a new vicar. In light of the requirement for confidentiality, the details of meetings held and further progress cannot be disclosed, however, our Incumbency Committee assured us they are working hard to find the next Vicar and would appreciate our ongoing prayers.
- In regard to the Miller bequest, the matter is progressing. PC passed a number of resolutions following receipt of independent professional advice to enable us to move closer to finalising the matter.
- Please continue to pray for our Incumbency Committee as they undertake the important work of finding a new vicar for our parish. You may wish to use the following prayer:
give to this parish a faithful pastor
who will faithfully speak your word
and minister your sacraments;
an encourager who will equip your people for ministry
and enable us to fulfil our calling.
Give to those who will chose, wisdom,
discernment and patience,
and to us give warm and generous hearts,
for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
- 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.
- A small group of St Dunstan’s parishioners have been saying Morning Prayer together via Zoom, at 9.15 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays since April 2020. We share the leading, reading and intercessory roles. Week by week we pray for each member of the Parish. If you would like to join us please contact Trevor Blake by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0401 716 264.
- 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.
- Morning Tea is back on! In a Covid safe manner of course. We will meet outside in the cloisters where we will give our new coffee machine a whirl. So please stay back after Sunday service for a cuppa and chat. This means we will need volunteers to go on a roster for morning tea duty. Please contact Paul Adams on email@example.com if you can help.
- We are also 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
A huge thanks to every parishioner who has stepped forward to comply with the Diocesan directives regarding interim clearances for our volunteer ministry here at St Dunstan’s.
I am thrilled to report we have achieved the goal of having ALL applications in to Kooyoora by the due date.
Kooyoora are working through these applications and are contacting us when our clearances have come through.
Paul Adams has this list for our rosters. If you haven’t submitted an application to Kooyoora but would like to be on future rosters- reading, serving, welcoming, or any children’s ministry activities, you will need to go through the process.
I am more than happy for you to achieve this goal.!!!
I am in Melbourne next week and then away until after Easter at this stage. Please contact me by email. If you don’t have a Police check or current working with children check, we will need to apply for both. Not difficult but a process nevertheless.
Thank you again wonderful St Dunstans folk. Gold standard but I wouldn’t expect anything less.
Let’s hope September doesn’t bring too much work for the next round. There is probably some emailing and reference checking on the cards. Watch this space.
- 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
HEART EDGE SEMINARS ON RENEWAL OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH
(Thanks to Trevor Blake for this information)
Heart Edge is a movement for renewal of the Anglican Church, with a focus on reaching out to people on the edge as the heart of the life of the church, as it was to Jesus’ ministry. It revolves around people and churches sharing their assets, experience, resources and need. It was initiated by the congregation at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London in 2017.
There are 4 guiding themes:
Commerce: Generating finance via enterprise, creatively extending mission.
Culture: Art, music, performance re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present.
Congregation: Inclusive liturgy, worship and common life.
Compassion: Empowering congregations to address social need.
A six-part online seminar series (via Zoom) is currently sharing insights into the Heart Edge model as well as related initiatives being pursued by Anglican parishes in Brisbane and Melbourne. Two sessions have been held so far and there are four to come. See the detailed program below. There is a cost of $25.
Rev Sam Wells, the vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, is speaking in some of the seminars. As Sam put it in the first seminar, the priority is to become a “humbler church” and to embrace a “bigger God”.
These seminars may be of interest to some people at St Dunstans as we begin to consider how we might renew our mission and ministry at St Dunstans, in anticipation of the Robert Miller Bequest and the arrival of a new vicar, as well as in the context of social change.
A parish discussion of the Heart Edge model and other approaches in the coming months could assist our joint thinking. Bishop Alison and Trevor are currently participating in the seminars and will be able to provide an overview.
This is the link if you want to join in the seminars:
Details of the sessions are as follows:
• 3 February, 6–7.30 pm AEDT – ‘The pandemic & the future shape of church’: Sam Wells explores what church might need to look like and some opportunities for change as we emerge from the experience of the pandemic. The pandemic has been a complete nightmare, but can still be a gift, if it restores our clarity about our core purpose: to be with people in the night-time of their fear with faith, hope and love in the God who in Christ heals our past and frees our future.
• 10 February, 6–7.30 pm AEDT – ‘Living God’s Future Now’: Christianity must take the present opportunity to be what it was always called to be: an alternative society, overlapping and sharing space with regular society, but living in a different time – that’s to say, modelling God’s future in our present. The HeartEdge mission model of the 4 Cs offers a model of what a renewed society might look like. The interdependence of commerce, culture, compassion and congregational life is this model. It sustains itself, is open to the gifts of strangers, and exhibits the life of faith. This session will explore 4 Cs stories with clergy from the two Dioceses’.
• 3 March, 6–7.30 pm AEDT – ‘What virtues are called for in a post COVID world?’: Sam Wells suggests that, through the nightmare of the pandemic, we’ve been given the greatest opportunity of our lifetimes to be pastors: to rediscover our core identity and to exercise our unique calling by doing some very simple things very well. But to do so may require a change of heart and soul and mind and strength; which is why we need the Beatitudes of Lockdown.
• 10 March, 6–7.30 pm AEDT – ‘The public role of the Church in complex times’: Exploring complexity/emergence work and conversational/dialogical approaches in relation to partnership. Working with those “on the way” into conversation; seeking a transformative spirituality and inclusive faith that speaks to real issues of today.
• 7 April, 6–7.30 pm AEDT – ‘Investing in the Kingdom: The Divine Economy’: Sam Wells explores the New Testament call to discipleship as an all-embracing thing requiring our heart and mind and soul and strength. The church has found it hard to live that call in practice and has adapted its ways to what we might call a partial approach. Any solution to the churches’ present woes about money that are based on a partial approach are unlikely to succeed, given that they are seeking to restore a flawed model. Therefore, a renewed all-embracing model is suggested that might give hope and reignite the imagination of our conversation about money.
• 14 April, 6–7.30 pm AEDT – ‘Good business & the Church’: This session will explore the potential for hybrid structures that build community understanding of how we all flourish in complex working environments including church engagement with business/commercial enterprises including business ethics and pastoral care. Exploring the potential for hybrid organisations that stand with one foot in the business community and the other in the church and which work to hybrid structure and practice in an evolving form of secular public engagement for the Anglican Church of Australia.
Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne has spoken about how it has been a week of contrast for Victorians, as we today mark the last day of a snap lockodwn across the state and Ash Wednesday.
Christian organisations, including Anglicare and Mission Australia, are calling on the Federal Government to urgently raise income support payments for jobseekers on a permanent basis, warning that increasing levels of poverty will result if income support drops back to previous levels, for the 1.6 million Australians relying on JobSeeker and Youth Allowance payments.
Major churches are at odds with authorities over the AstraZeneca vaccine, with religious leaders telling parishioners they are entitled to request a different jab but the federal government saying most people won’t have a choice. Religious concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine arise from its use of decades-old aborted fetal cells in the development process, which is common scientific practice that some Christians find objectionable.
Episcopalian clergy have told of the fatigue they and their congregations are carrying with them into this Lenten season. They say they never expected parish life to be upended this long, now approaching a full lectionary cycle, but they also have learned much in the past year, including how technology can connect people who need to remain physically apart. With vaccination efforts ramping up, they are both hopeful for the future and humbled this year by the solemn themes of Lent.
The work to facilitate and resource Anglican Churches around the world in the fight for gender justice will continue in the new look Anglican Communion Office (ACO). Last month, the Anglican Communion’s Standing Committee announced the results of a review into the operational priorities of the Anglican Communion Office and proposed that programmatic work should be carried out by the 41 member Churches (provinces), networks and agencies. Last week it was announced that, following a consultation, the work of gender justice would continue until the next full meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC-18), which is due to take place in 2023.
The Anglican Communion’s Director of Unity, Faith and Order, Dr Will Adam, has been appointed Deputy Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. Dr Adam will step down as ecumenical adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to take on the new role, which will see the part time Director of Unity, Faith and Order becoming full time.
The former North Korean leader, who would have turned 80 on 16 February, allowed millions of his people to starve — but he also unwittingly allowed Christianity to flourish in North Korea, writes Timothy Cho, who escaped from North Korea, is based in the UK and works for the Christian charity Open Doors.
President Joe Biden signed an executive order on 14 February re-establishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, undoing former President Donald Trump’s efforts to reshape an agency that went largely unstaffed for most of his tenure.
When a parish looks to put on an extra worker, it might hire someone for music, youth, or men’s and women’s ministry. But when the Rev Jodie McNeill, the rector at Jamberoo, sought a grant from Mothers’ Union Sydney, he applied for the funds to hire a part-time mothers’ minister. Why? He has his reasons.
Evidence presented to the Aged Care Royal Commission posed a graphic reminder of the degree to which older people are frequently forgotten and the prevalence of elder abuse. But across the globe, there is also evidence that points to the healing power of United Nations’ human rights instruments. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian public should call on the government to support a Convention for the Rights of Older People.