Weekly Electronic Notices
- Father Jobby expressed his thanks and appreciation to the parish for the welcome pack and particularly to Peter and Bernard for getting the vicarage ready for the family’s arrival last week.
- Thank you to those who were involved in the set up and delivery of the live streaming of Sunday service. Your efforts meant that the rest of the parish could gather in worship even when physically separated. ❤️
- A reminder that daylight savings begins next Sunday so please set your clocks accordingly.
- Thursday services at 10.30am will take place via Zoom. Please feel free to join us. There will be a short service with readings, a small reflection and prayers. There will be no Eucharist. Fr Jobby will send out the link to parish during the course of the week.
- Last Friday’s social Zoom catch up went very well and it has been decided that this will continue every Friday evening until we are out of lockdown. Please keep an eye out for an email from Fr Jobby with the Zoom details.
- A reminder that our Parish AGM will be on 14 November. Please mark this date in your diaries.
- Fr Jobby will be updating the Parish Electoral Roll in readiness for the AGM. Please let him know of any changes to existing details or any additions.
- Please remember that all group leaders should have their reports for the AGM in to Maxine by email, by 31st Oct.
- Please give prayerful consideration to standing for a role as a Parish Council Member, Church Warden or Incumbency Committee member. Your contributions matter enormously. If you have any questions, please see the vicar, church wardens or parish council members.
- Situations Vacant: A volunteer to look after the memorial register and keeping the memorial book up to date. This is not a particularly demanding task, only occasional activity occurs, usually following a funeral.
A volunteer is also needed to manage the various Registers we are required to maintain in relation to emergency services, OH&S, property inspections and the like. This is not to do with the inspections as such, but to keep us on the ball and follow up with the appropriate people. Please have a chat to John McKenzie if you can help with any of these positions.
- Fr Jobby, along with wardens and Parish Council supports the efforts of our State and Federal Governments to keep us safe and in an effort to maximise the wellbeing of our citizens, encourage all parishioners to take their responsibility seriously by getting vaccinated. If you, or anyone you know, has trouble attending a vaccination centre, please speak to one of the wardens who will be able help you with transport and/or advocate for you.
- Next week’s readings: 3 October Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Job 1.1; 2.1-10 Ps 26, Hebrews 1.1-4; 2.5-12, Mark 10.2-16
- 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.
- Please continue to pray for each other.
Safe Ministry (formerly known as Child safety)
This area has been renamed Safe Ministry as it addresses safety for all people, this includes all children and vulnerable people.
As a result of much consultation Archbishop in Council has delivered new policies, procedures, documentation, training, administrative and legal requirements for all parishes to have in place as soon as is practicable, but essentially before the end of February 2022.
Much work has been undertaken in the parish to date and we have kept everyone informed about this. It is now time to involve our volunteers on the next step of the compliance safety journey, beginning with parish council, then our other volunteers on our rosters.
So how does this affect you?
3 Safe Ministry Training courses
The courses offer basic level training for all clergy and lay position holders in the concepts of safe ministry and additional training for those people responsible for implementing Diocesan safe ministry requirements on the ground. If you are on rosters or hold a position in the parish then the training is for you. You will be able to claim a reimbursement for this from the parish.
There are three levels:
Safe Ministry Essentials (Level 1)
This two hour online course if for all volunteers, eg. lawn mowers, readers, servers, welcomers, flower roster, silver polishers, craft group leaders etc etc. All volunteers are asked to complete level 1. This is because the Safe Ministry training includes developing and awareness of diocesan policies and procedures relating to people protection. Once able to gather, we can have a small group of people doing the course together. This works for those who are not computer savvy or who don’t have a computer or good internet access. We hope to be able to do face to face training in the future as well as online training.
This training is available as an eTraining course via Openlearning.com
The cost for Level 1 is $20.
Safe Ministry with Children and Young People (Level 2)
A two-hour course for all children and youth workers (lay and clergy) to develop awareness of Child Safety. Level 2 training is for all those engaged in child-related roles.
Safe Ministry Implementation for Senior Leaders (Level 3)
A course for all clergy, Parish Council members, Child Safe Officers and Ministry Program Coordinators aimed at working through the implementation of Diocesan Safe Ministry Policy, Protocols and Procedures. Level 3 training is for all those involved in the implementations of safe ministry policies, protocols and procedures in parishes. This includes all clergy, parish council and wardens, child safety officers, and coordinators of ministry to children and youth.
This training will be offered via Zoom (details to provided soon). The cost for Level 3 is $15.
We thank you wholeheartedly in anticipation of your support for this next step in our compliance journey. Maxine will send this information around via email to all parishioners on our register of volunteers who will need to undertake Level 1 or 3. She will be available to assist anyone who needs support to undergo this training which we are aiming to have done by the due date – 22 Feb 22.
- 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/