Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 14 March 2021-No 99
- We are looking for readers to dramatically enact the Passion readings for Palm Sunday and Good Friday. We will probably need 5 readers on each day. If you would like to be involved, please contact Ray email@example.com
- 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 are available for pick up at 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 May Fair is happening on 1 May. Fingers crossed that this will go ahead and we will have a beautiful Autumn day. More details in the coming weeks.
- 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.
- 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.
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is hosting Feast For Freedom on March 26-28th. Feast for Freedom is a celebration of the community coming together in unity to stand with refugees and people seeking asylum and raise vital funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. It is a true celebration of refugees and people seeking asylum – their food, their culture, their stories and their contribution to Australian cultural diversity.
For more information, visit https://feastforfreedom.org.au/cms/home
- 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
4-10 March 2021
There has been a low-key response to the opening of nominations for the election of the next Archbishop of Sydney. The summons to the Election Synod was issued on January 25. A one-day ordinary Synod in May will be followed by the Election Synod, which would consider those nominated. However, as Southern Cross went to press in late February, there were no names yet announced.
The public display of the swastika and other Nazi images could soon be banned and deemed a criminal offence in Victoria following recommendations delivered in a report by a state parliamentary committee on Wednesday 3 March.
Read the opinion piece by Nathan Campbell in Eternity that has caused quite the stir this week, with editor John Sanderson today following it up with a clarification.
The archbishop of Canterbury has issued a rare public condemnation of a fellow Anglican primate who described homosexuality as a “deadly virus” which should be “radically expunged and excised”. Justin Welby, said the comments made by Henry Ndukuba, the archbishop of Nigeria, were unacceptable and dehumanising.
The historic meeting between Pope Francis and the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is a glimpse of the future of the Middle East — one that puts spirituality and social justice above politics and sectarianism. By visiting the “Shi’a capital” of Najaf, the Pope is reaching out to an often invisible but hugely significant school of thought in the Muslim world.
The 2018 royal wedding is looking a bit less royal this week, after Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle about their decision to quit the British royal family’s inner circle and move to the United States with their son, Archie. But was the royal wedding even a proper wedding? That question is up for debate, sparked by a brief comment made by Markle during the interview, in which she said the couple actually were married three days earlier, in a private ceremony with just Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
The Bishop of Namibia has warned that exploratory drilling for oil has commenced in the Kavango Basin, Namibia, by Canadian Company ReConAfrica despite what he says has been a closed process that hasn’t considered locals. He has created a petition to halt the drilling, which has already been signed by 38 Anglican bishops and archbishops around the world.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, told an international gathering of faith leaders that the fight against climate crisis would benefit from the relationship between science and faith. He made his comments in the first of a series of online meetings being held in advance of the UN’s COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow later this year.
Calls are growing in Italy to prioritise the vaccination of priests against Covid-19 as the death toll among members of the clergy, many of whom have assisted and comforted the sick since the beginning of the pandemic, approaches 270.
Swiss voters have narrowly approved a proposal to ban face coverings, both the niqabs and burqas worn by a few Muslim women in the country and the ski masks and bandannas used by protesters. Experts estimate that at most a few dozen Muslim women wear full-face coverings in the country of 8.5 million people.