Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 31 May 2020-No 66
- A message from Vicar Roberta
Dear St Dunstan’s friends,
I am writing to you as changes to the lockdown restrictions for the Covid 19 pandemic are being implemented.
We have done so well as a society in limiting the progress of the virus. We have been hearing lots of different things from the state governments and in our case at St Dunstan’s from the Diocese. Our Archbishop has put a range of Coivd 19 provisions in place for the foreseeable future and the PC is working to accommodate them in our church building. Until we have them properly in place we will not be opening up Sunday morning services. We are very keen to both fulfil the requirements and also to keep you safe, so it will be a little while until we are ready to have parishioners back in the church services.
We will continue to livestream a weekly service which is also available on the website for later viewing.
We are doing so well as a church in keeping our relationships alive and I pray that we can keep going with that a little longer. This has been a very testing time for all of us as we have missed family and friends and I am hoping that as things begin to ease you are able to see some of the people that you love, face to face.
Please keep on being Christ for one another at this difficult time, and I will keep you posted!
With love, Roberta.
- As a result of Covid19 provisions, we need people to go on a roster to assist with cleaning and disinfecting church premises as a matter of priority. It’s not an onerous task if shared. Bev Guar is drawing up a roster and would love to hear from you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
- Open Church will take place next Sunday 7th June at 4pm via Zoom. If you are not a regular and would like to join us, please let Vicar Roberta know This is a family friendly service and you would be very welcome.
- This week is National Reconciliation Week. Please pray for our Government and for our society as we think about our indigenous brothers and sisters and our need to be fully reconciled to one another.
- Next week is Trinity Sunday. Please join us for our live streamed service on Facebook.
- Morning tea via Zoom was a wonderful way to connect over a virtual cuppa after service. We had so much fun today that we will be doing it again next Sunday 7 June at 10.45am!
If you would like to join us, please download the Zoom app which is free and a link will be sent to you via email which will enable you to join the meeting on the day. Sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit and have a virtual face-to-face chat with fellow parishioners.
- Church will be open for prayer but you will need to sign in and let Vicar Roberta know in advance.
- Morning prayer will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9.10am. Please join us if you are able. Appropriate physical distancing rules will apply.
- Trevor Blake is also facilitating Morning Prayer via Zoom each Tuesday and Thursday with a small group. If you are interested in joining that group you will need to download the free Zoom app on your computer, iPad or smart phone. If you would like to join please contact Trevor at email@example.com
- Vicar Roberta, as part of our St Dunstans day celebrations, has invited us to make a coloured paper/cardboard heart and write on it something you love about the community of St Dunstans. Please post them in to Roberta or pop it in the vicarage letterbox and Roberta will do something very celebratory with them once we are able to come together as a parish community. Roberta has already shared some beautiful hearts people have sent in on our Facebook page.
- Please continue to pray for each other from our updated Parish Prayer List:
- 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.
The NewsStand 21 – 27 May
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In this week’s edition:
• Saying our ‘Amen’: The role of faithful people at a time of crisis and opportunity
• Love simply has to be shared: that’s why we miss each other
• Prayer for Christian unity prepares the way for Pentecost
• Resources and prayers from National Reconciliation Week
• A pilgrimage for Pentecost – prayers and images by Michael McGirr
• Christos Tsiolkas in conversation: Five years among the slaves
• London’s St Paul’s Cathedral launches virtual book of remembrance for UK COVID-19 victims
• Trump declares places of worship ‘essential’, setting up standoff with US governors
• Don’t let the weak go to the wall again
• The importance of connections
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