Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 29 Nov 2020-No 92
COVID 19 UPDATES
- Recommencing church services
We have four Advent Sundays till the end of the year. On these 4 Sundays, we will be having the one service at 9.30am where you can register to attend. There are plenty of spaces still available so please register your interest by contacting Roberta at firstname.lastname@example.org. This service will also be live streamed.
In addition, we will also be having weekly face to face services on Thursdays at 11 am for the remainder of the year. Again, please register your interest prior.
- We urgently need volunteers to cover cleaning sessions during the week. This includes before and after services on Thursdays and Sundays and we need to spread this commitment across a sizeable team. Please have a look at the roster below and see where you can help out if you are able. Many hands make light work. Cath has also drawn up a list of what the cleaning entails. It’s not onerous. Please email Cath Goss on email@example.com if you can help or if you need further information.
set-up (at least one hour prior to service)
- Record name on attendance sheet on welcome table
- Wear mask (new government requirement from Thurs 23rd July)
- Sanitise hands (gloves also located in vestry kitchen)
- Wipe the following with isopropanol wipes (Blissma or equivalent):
- Doorknobs/handles/locking bolts at front entry, vestry area entry/exit, priest’s office, vestry kitchen, entry to church from vestry area
- Chairs that are in use
- Lectern (light wipe of front edge only)
- Light switches and cupboard doorknobs in switchboards at both entrances (light wipe only – turnoff off power supply while cleaning, if practical)
- Electrical sound box on wall (light wipe of handles only)
- Taps and other likely touchpoints in kitchen (e.g. kettle)
- Handles of vestry cupboards etc if multiple touching is likely (light wipe only)
- Bathrooms (doors, floors, toilets, sinks and taps, rails)
- Key safe at vestry area entry
- Use a fresh wipe after cleaning a few surfaces (use judgment)
- Complete and sign the cleaning checklist in yellow folder near photocopier
- Dispose of any used wipes, gloves
- Sanitise hands again and lock up when leaving, return key to safe
post-service clean (immediately after sacristy clean-up has finished)
Follow the same process as for Saturday above, with priority of disinfecting
- Any sanctuary objects that may have been touched by person other than Roberta
- Kitchen taps
- Key safe
- Light switches
- Vacuum centre aisle and sacristy if needed
- Clear away and clean sacristy items and store in vestry (use isopropanol wipes where appropriate)
- Complete and sign cleaning checklist in yellow folder
- Turn off lights and heaters
- Check everyone has left, lock up, return key to safe
- 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 and morning tea. 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.
Thank you to those who attended the Annual Meeting of the Parish last Sunday. And thank you to those who sent their apologies too.
Your newly elected wardens are John McKenzie, Chris Forte and Bernard Corser.
Your Parish Council members are Rosemary Hicks, Cath Goss, Charles Povey (Treasurer), Maxine Farrar, Mark Algama, Judy Moore and Tania Nallathamby.
Your Incumbency Committee members are John McKenzie, Christine Forte and Sally Cirulis.
Thank you everyone! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
- Please book mark the afternoon of December 20th in your diaries for Roberta’s farewell. We will have a picnic together but more details to follow soon.
- Our next Open Church will take place on 6 December at 4pm. Weather permitting, we will picnic on church grounds. This will be Roberta’s last OC service and our last one for 2020. Hope to see you all there! There will be Christmas craft involving shells!
- Please continue to 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.
- Christmas Services this year will be the 5pm Crib Service on Christmas Eve and the Christmas Morning Service at 9.30am.
- We will be having a Confirmation Service on the 6th December at 9:30 am with Bishop Genieve Blackwell where Freddy and Charlotte Petersen will get confirmed.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Please contact email@example.com if you don’t receive the Zoom link and would like to.
- 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.
- Please continue to pray for each other from our updated Parish Prayer List
Clearance for Ministry
At St Dunstan’s we have been proactive in ensuring that everyone who requires a Working with Children Check and Police Check has them.
Thank you to you all for your amazing support and co-operation to ensure we are on top of the compliance game and ensuring that our children and all vulnerable people feel safe, cared for and included at St Dunstan’s.
Many of you would also be aware that the Diocese has been working away to centralise these records. We have been advised that with immediate effect, an additional interim step must be undertaken by all parishioners as they work towards this goal.
Over the next few weeks, all WWCC and Police Check holders who fulfill one or more of the roles in Attachment A, will receive a letter outlining the next steps and what we are asking you to do. It’s not a huge amount of work, but it is, nevertheless, not going to appeal to everyone!!! It will necessitate updating details for your WWCC and sending an email to Kooyoora. Some good news though, your Police Check lasts 5 years not 3 so I won’t be calling upon you next year to renew unless you need to. Those people who already had a police check from another setting may need to.
I hope the attached FAQ’s will be able to answer any questions you may have. If not, please feel free to contact Maxine Farrar who will endeavour to fill in any gaps.
Thank you so much for your willingness to help us with this. There is a bit of a deadline (Feb 2021) but I have no doubt it is well withing our capabilities. I am so very grateful to you all. It means we can continue to fulfill our roles here in the parish, certain that we are all covered and it’s one less thing for our new Incumbent to worry about.
I am around until after Christmas and can organise meetings over a covid safe cuppa if we’re allowed to do this. If not, please get in touch.
- Max will also be running some Child Safety updates in December after the 9.30 service on 13 December. This should take less than 45 minutes. All WCCC and Police Check holders as well as Parish Council members are encouraged to attend.
- 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
A message from Bishop Geneive Blackwell
Please pray for
Daniel Abraham, Amy Brown, Stephen Faragher, Keiron Jones, Elizabeth Webster, Brenda Williams and the other ordinands around the diocese as they are ordained priest this weekend.
For the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Wednesday 25 November, the Preventing Violence Against Women Program has launched a resource on Bystander Action and is running an event on how to use it to create culture change. Find out more here.
Lenten Study – Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn
Attached for your consideration and planning.
Every blessing in your ministry
Dear Rev Hamilton,
‘O Come, O come, Immanuel…’ So goes the Advent hymn and so at this time of year especially our hearts yearn for the coming of the saviour. Immanuel. God with us. Christmas is the time when we both celebrate and anticipate the coming of the reign of God.
What might the reign of God among us mean to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians? To communities experiencing gender-based violence in Zambia? To poor farmers eking out a living in the arid regions of Eastern Kenya?
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians it might mean growing leaders with the faith, vision and skills to build up their people, their churches and their communities, through study at either Wontulp-Bi-Buya or Nungalinya colleges.
For Zambian communities, particularly those on the receiving end of gender-based violence, it might mean making people, both men and women – aware that violence is not the way to solve problems, that girls have a right to complete their education, and not be sent off into early marriages, and addressing causes of poverty. These challenges are addressed in ABM’s Integrated Gender Project.
For farmers in Eastern Kenya it might mean gaining skills in water conservation, learning how to work with the land to increase its natural productivity. ABM’s Sustainable Livelihoods Project works with farmers to build appropriate water storage and to farm more sustainably, thus making for larger and more reliable harvests.
Whilst COVID-19 has impacted during 2020 on all these projects, all continue to function, often with creative adaptations to the demands of travel restrictions, personal safety and physical distancing requirements.
This Advent and Christmas, consider what the reign of God might look like for you. Will it be a world where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are led by empowered, visionary leaders? A world where families in Eastern Zambia can look forward to a future free of violence, where all can flourish? A world where Kenyan farmers can plan for their futures, without wondering how they are going to feed their families?
Making a donation to any of these tax-deductible projects may just help to bring the reign of God a little closer to all of us. And, during the time of COVID-19, your generous support of these projects has become more important than ever.
Yours in Mission,
The Rev’d Dr John Deane