Thank you and Happy Christmas
Thank you to our readers
Thank you for your readership of ‘Wednesday Weekly’ in 2019. Praying that all readers, including clergy, parish staff and volunteers, chaplains and parishioners, enjoy a safe and joy-filled Christmas.
Christmas Musical Comedy
Enjoy and share this short and quirky Christmas musical comedy about history’s greatest gift — Jesus.
Announcements and vacancies
Ordination of deacons and priests
Congratulations to The Rev’d Susan Barker, The Rev’d Danielle Clark, The Rev’d Richard Gummow, The Rev’d Kate Ross, The Rev’d Erika Williams and The Rev’d Scott Windred who were ordained as priests, and to The Rev’d Julianna Bate, The Rev’d Michael Calder, The Rev’d Ann Maree Edwards, The Rev’d Richard James, The Rev’d Jonathan Kemp and The Rev’d Kathrin Koning who were ordained as deacons on Saturday 7 December in St John’s Cathedral.
Find out the latest people movements, including appointments, commissionings and retirements.
Jobs, clergy vacancies and volunteer roles
View current opportunities for clergy and lay people, including a Chaplaincy Services Manager role within the Parishes and Other Mission Agencies Commission.
Resource Churches announced for Pilot Project
The following eight churches have been selected to be part of the ‘Resource Churches Pilot Project’: The Parish of Caboolture, The Parish of Ipswich, The Parish of Kangaroo Point, The Parish of Robina, The Parish of Springfield, The Parish of St Bart’s Toowoomba, St John’s Cathedral and The Parish of Waterloo Bay.
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Diocesan theme 2020 launch
Gather with members from across the Diocese as Archbishop Phillip Aspinall launches the 2020 Diocesan theme, ‘Being Together: Practising Peacemaking‘, on Thursday 13 February 2020, 5.30 pm in St John’s Cathedral.
View details and registration information for the three clergy retreats on offer next year: the April retreat with The Rev’d Sarah Bachelard; the September retreat with Bishop Bill Ray; and, the October retreat with Bishop Matt Brain.
Clergy Summer School
Join clergy from around the Diocese for a time of fellowship and learning at Clergy Summer School, to be held at The Southport School from 13-15 January. Themed ‘Across the Divides: there’s only us’, Summer School 2020 will feature keynote speakers Bishop Chris McLeod and The Rev’d William Loader.
Training for Pastoral Carers and Chaplains
Clinical Pastoral Education training for pastoral carers and chaplains will be held in Toowoomba in 2020. Training will run for approximately 20 weeks on Wednesdays beginning in early February and finishing before the end of June. This will be a transformative learning process that teaches skills and enables participants to learn more about themselves and transform how they communicate and interact with others, themselves and God. Applications close Friday 3 January 2020. For more information, please contact Annie Pfeffer: phone 0427 938 191 or email annie.qicpe.com
Primary Ichthus — January 2020
Primary Ichthus is the Diocesan youth camp for those starting in Grades 4-7 in 2020. Held over four days between 8-11 January, the camp provides opportunities for kids to explore their faith, make friends and have heaps of fun.
Parish, school and community
Find out what ACSQ events are coming up in your local area.
Christmas and end-of-year reminders
The collection period for the return of parish data, financial and other information for the year ending 31 December 2019 will open on Wednesday 1 January 2020. You can start preparing now by reviewing the instructions for completing the Annual Return. All parts of the Annual Return need to be completed and submitted by Sunday 15 March 2020.
Preparation for Parish Financial Audit 2019
With the end of year approaching, parishes are reminded to please ensure that a financial auditor has been appointed for the 2019 audit and that audit dates have been set. Parishes are required to submit their Audited Parish Financial Report for 2019 by Sunday 15 March 2020, as part of their Annual Return. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jason Cheung, Diocesan Accountant: phone (07) 3835 2312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ANFIN Office hours
The ANFIN Office will be closed from Monday 23 December and will reopen on Monday 30 December from 8 am to 1.30 pm. Please ensure that any urgent requests are forwarded to ANFIN by Friday 20 December.
Christmas service times
Christmas provides a wonderful opportunity to welcome visitors to your church. One of the simplest ways to help attract and welcome visitors at Christmas is to ensure that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day service times are advertised on the church website, in an easy-to-find place such as the homepage.
Wednesday Weekly and anglican focus
Publication dates over Christmas and New Year
This is the last edition of ‘Wednesday Weekly’ for 2019. ‘Wednesday Weekly’ will break over Christmas and resume publication on Wednesday 22 January 2020, and fortnightly thereafter. The final 2019 ‘anglican focus e-news’ will be sent on Wednesday 18 December, resuming publication on Wednesday 29 January 2020.
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Pray Daily and Sunday Devotion
Pray Daily: December
Join the Diocesan community in praying for our parishes, schools and other ministries, as well as other Anglican Dioceses internationally, with daily prayer points throughout December.
Written by clergy and lay people across our Diocese, Sunday Devotions are short reflections based on the lectionary readings of the day, suitable for small group discussion or personal use. Check out this week’s Sunday Devotion, written by The Rev’d Andrew Schmidt from The Parish of Bundaberg West. Share this devotion on your social media channels and in your newsletters.