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Bush Ministry Fund news
“In contrast to the BCA, which does not support rural ministry in the Anglican Church Southern Queensland, the BMF only supports rural ministry in parishes of our Diocese and gives at least 98 per cent of all money donated to support rural ministry,” says Bishop Cam Venables, as he updates us on the BMF’s vital work.
Stunning Aboriginal dot paintings to travel around our Diocese
Three stunning Aboriginal dot paintings, representing our Diocesan Regions and commissioned by the RAP Working Group, are travelling individually around our Diocese and are being displayed as a reminder of our Christian call to Reconciliation.
Synod postponed for 2020 due to COVID-19
For the first time since World War II, our Diocese has been forced to postpone the annual Synod with ongoing uncertainty about face-to-face gathering restrictions.
Benedict of Nursia
“Why has Benedict’s Rule been so popular historically? Because The Rule of Saint Benedict embodies a unique spirit of balance, moderation and reasonableness,” says Sr Gillian Gardiner.
Black Voices Matter!
National Aboriginal Bishop Chris McLeod articulates a way forward for the Church to meaningfully address systemic racism, based on attentive listening and genuine action – read Bishop Chris’ statement and listen to his powerful YouTube interview.
If you build it, they will come
” ‘If you build it, they will come,’ as the oft quoted movie line goes, and lo, almost to the day of the new Mitchell art gallery’s opening, caravans started lumbering back into town like migrating herds. What a sight it was – you could almost hear the town exhale with relief,” says The Rev’d Rick Gummow.
The Records and Archives Centre’s continuing mission: chronicling our history
Find out what the Records and Archives Centre team has been up to recently, including developing historical online tours, stumbling across interesting stories while indexing former Diocesan print publications and researching St Luke’s Anglican Church, a former mission church on Brisbane’s Charlotte Street.
Amid COVID-19, African church leaders say availing quality seeds to farmers can help beat food insecurity
As African nations begin opening after months of coronavirus closures, church officials and agricultural experts are stressing an immediate supply of quality seeds to farmers to help tackle a predicted food crisis.
Q&A with primary school teacher, musician and mum, Penny Howchin
Meet Penny Howchin from Resource Church St Andrew’s, Springfield and find out about her kids’ worship ministry, the Christian heroine who inspires her, what book she has given away the most and what she would write on a billboard.
WCC fellowship invited to celebrate International Youth Day
World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary The Rev’d Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca is inviting the global fellowship to take part in International Youth Day with a virtual celebration on 12 August and a new resource that has been released to help churches engage with young people and enhance their formation as Christian disciples.
Anglican crisis centre to the rescue for stranded international visitors
St John’s Crisis Centre at Surfers Paradise has never been busier – and rarely has there been a greater need, with hundreds of international students and tourists largely replacing regular local clientele in need of food, support and care.
How does a church run an effective young adults’ group?
“While creating engaging spaces and experiences is necessary for running young adults’ groups, the trap here is being unaware of the actual needs of young adults,” says Dale Lennon from Resource Church The Parish of Robina.
A Christian reading of David Campbell’s poetry
“I find Campbell’s work increasingly powerful as an expression of not only a spirituality of creation, of this Australian continent, but as a theology of creation that works on the reader at the level of participatory symbol,” says The Rev’d Canon Dr Ivan Head of poet David Campbell (1915-1979).
Modern Poets: faith meeting music
“Those years in the Modern Poets were enormously formative, to both our identities and faith. An unshakeable belief in the positive place of faith and the Church in the public space was born,” says musician Jonathan Sargeant, as he reflects on his formative years as a band member in the 1980s.
St John’s Battle of the Bridges 2020
The recent St John’s Anglican College annual Battle of the Bridges competition came to a spectacular close, producing some outstanding record-breaking results from the Year 9 students.
‘Bush Boys’ incorporate outdoor activities with learning
They have been affectionately nicknamed the ‘Bush Boys’ – they are cheeky, full of personality, adventurous, clever, passionate and well intentioned, mixed together with a slight hint of rebellion.
Video: Noel and Gloria’s love story – one for the storybooks
Gloria lives in Meilene Residential Aged Care Home and Noel travels four minutes on his motorised scooter to visit her every day to feed her lunch. They have been married for 66 years: “She means everything to me. Everything. I just want to go one day longer than her.”
Video: The art of letter writing – #OLDMATE Pen Pal Programme
135 Churchie students were the first to sign up to the Anglicare Southern Queensland #OLDMATE Pen Pal Programme and have found great joy in receiving letters back and learning about their #OLDMATE.
Video: What is your favourite Bible story?
Find out the favourite Bible stories of The Rev’d Gillian Moses, Dr Peter Kline and Bishop Jeremy Greaves in this ‘Exploring the Bible’ online short course video, produced by St Francis College. The course features 38 short videos under six themes, with reflection/discussion questions for groups or individuals.
St Bart’s Kids scripture e-books
Check out the new scripture e-books from Resource Church St Bart’s, Toowoomba, which adapt Old and New Testament scriptures for young children: “Paul writes, God gave us the gift of Grace in Jesus. Jesus came to earth and became poor. Because of this, we have become rich with eternal life…”
Check out the June ‘Out & About’ photo album
Enjoy these photos taken across our Diocesan community in June, and find out what our schools, parishes, clergy, theological college and ministries got up to last month.
Check out this week’s Sunday Devotion and share it on social media and in your e-newsletters. This week’s Sunday Devotion was written by Sarah Gover from The Parish of North Pine and is titled, ‘Belonging changes everything’.