What’s new in anglican focus?
Gathered church services suspended from Monday 23 March
Gathered church services in the Anglican Church Southern Queensland have been suspended from Monday 23 March due to recent developments in the coronavirus pandemic, announces Archbishop Phillip Aspinall.
Caring for each other and staying connected during this challenging time
“Historically, in times of social need, the Church has always made a significant contribution to caring for and protecting others, and the current pandemic situation is no different,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall.
Good advice for taking your church online
If you are in the midst of moving your church online, there is a lot to think about. Adrian Jackson shared the following great advice on Twitter, including prioritising connection over production or liturgical beauty; focusing on spiritual practice over liturgy and preaching; lowering expectations; and, forgiving mistakes.
St Cuthbert – opening the door to the heart of heaven
“Cuthbert’s profoundest significance lies in his inspiring spirituality, of which three aspects are particularly valuable today. Firstly, his embodiment of key features of Celtic Christianity; secondly, his deep Scriptural grounding; and thirdly, his contemplative prayerfulness,” says The Rev’d Dr Josephine Inkpin on St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne.
St Margaret’s students pledge to support UQ COVID-19 vaccine research
A group of Year 5 students at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School have pledged to support the development of the coronavirus vaccine, which has been highlighted in a heart-warming exchange with a lead University of Queensland COVID-19 vaccine researcher.
‘Utterly orthodox and utterly radical’
“The Anglican Communion honours this 20th century martyr with a stone statue, along with nine other modern-day martyrs, installed above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, which was unveiled during the 1998 Lambeth Conference,” says The Rev’d Samuel Dow on Oscar Romero, who was assassinated 40 years ago this month.
‘Sharing the Dignity’ with women and girls who are homeless during the pandemic
“The current situation for women and children who are homeless has worsened with the recent coronavirus pandemic announcement, partly due to the associated hoarding or online ‘price gouging’ of supermarket and pharmacy products,” says All Saints Anglican School’s Michelle Trainor, who tells us about one way we can help.
‘Angligang’ strikes a chord with CAC students
“Many of our songs pose thinking questions and contain lyrics about love, joy and forgiveness…We sing about other people’s troubles and how God’s love has guided them to wherever they are today,” says CAC Captain Chris Airey in the continuing anglican focus series, ‘How my art intersects with my faith’.
‘Caremongering’ in our communities
“Right now, we especially need to reach out to those in our parishes and communities in the high-risk groups who are withdrawing to their homes to avoid getting infected for weeks, or possibly even several months,” says Justice Unit Coordinator Jen Basham, who suggests practical ways we can do this.
Q&A with new ACSQ RAP Coordinator, Aunty Sandra
Meet Aunty Sandra King OAM and find out about her role as the new ACSQ RAP Coordinator, where she does her best thinking, the highlights of her time as a fashion model and what person of faith inspires her the most and why.
Remote learning ready to launch at Glennie
The Glennie School is launching a comprehensive remote learning program, called ‘I Love Glennie Schooling’, when the campus closes on Friday 27 March, in order to help manage the health and wellbeing of its students, staff, families and extended community.
The Five Marks of Mission: Three – to respond to human need by loving service
In this continuing ACNS series on the Five Marks of Mission, the third mark is explored: "Responding to human need by loving service brings our gifts together."
Video message from Archbishop Phillip Aspinall re COVID-19
"A large proportion of our faithful church attendees are in the high-risk groups. It’s vital we care for and stand in solidarity with them…Clergy and lay leaders have already begun shifting their ministry to non-gathered approaches…This will mean being creative and using new technology and new approaches…"
Keep up to date with events as churches and ministries move online to help keep our communities safe. Find out what churches are live streaming their services and what webinars are happening to help keep you connected, learning and faithful.
BIBLE360: Exploring the Gospels via webinar
“Some say that the writers of the Gospels were like four portrait painters, with different audiences and emphases in mind – the common subject, of course, being Jesus,” says FormedFaith’s Fiona Hammond, as she introduces the exciting new BIBLE360 course ‘Exploring the Gospels’, which is now offered via webinar.
“This David and Goliath story shows that justice and compassion are powerful companions and that even giant corporations can be brought to task when the truth is told,” says FormedFaith’s Jonathan Sargeant in his review of real-life legal drama Dark Waters.
Join our Diocesan community in praying for our parishes, schools and other ministries, as well as the broader community and other Anglican Dioceses internationally, with these April daily prayer points.
Check out the Sunday Devotions, which are based on Lectionary readings of the day and written by clergy and lay people across our Diocese, and share these weekly on social media. This week’s Sunday Devotion was written by Bishop Bill Ray.