National Reconciliation Week 2020
Activities and resources for the ACSQ community
The Anglican Church Southern Queensland (ACSQ) will be recognising and celebrating National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June. An exciting program of activities and resources for the whole ACSQ community has been prepared, commencing with a minute’s silence for National Sorry Day at 12 noon on 26 May 2020. Please mark your calendar and set the timer on your phone for this important event and participate from wherever you are at the time — by yourself at home, in the office, or in connection with others online.
Other activities include:
- A reflection on National Sorry Day, the Stolen Generation and Reconciliation Week delivered by Archbishop Phillip Aspinall (the recording will be available from this page during National Reconciliation Week).
- A recommended list of songs, movies and books relating to Reconciliation and First Nations Peoples and their cultures.
- Evensong online on Sunday 31 May led by The Rev’d Kate Ross, with Reconciliation Action Plan Coordinator Sandra King OAM giving a speech on Reconciliation.
View the full program of activities and resources here. For practical ideas and resources for celebrating National Reconciliation Week as part of an online church service or meeting, please refer to this information sheet.
The ACSQ National Reconciliation Week program is intended to help create a better understanding of Australia’s First Nations Peoples and move forward to a brighter harmonious future, recognising that we are all ‘#InThisTogether2020‘.
COVID-19 guidelines and information
In response to the Government’s recently announced national three-step plan to relax coronavirus restrictions, and with states and territories beginning to implement this plan locally, the ACSQ has circulated new COVID-19 guidelines and information for parishes and ministries. Information was sent directly to clergy via email on 12 May. Please, also, regularly check the COVID-19 Diocesan ‘Guidance and Information’ webpage for updates.
The Government’s coronavirus contact app, ‘COVIDSafe’, is available for download by smartphone users from the app stores. The app is designed to help minimise further spread of coronavirus through early notification of possible exposure. To be effective, app users should have the app running in the background when they are coming into contact with others. Your phone does not need to be unlocked for the app to work. Downloading the COVIDSafe app is completely optional.
Messaging guidelines for COVID-19 related communications
Messaging guidelines to assist clergy, lay leaders and other staff involved in communicating COVID-19 related messages have been developed to help emphasise and encourage hope; agency and participation; collective responsibility and community; humanising and people-centred language; and, Christian mission and a common humanity. Please familiarise yourself with these messaging principles, which are to be used as a guide, rather than as a rule.
Thy Kingdom Come
The Archbishop of Canterbury recently launched Thy Kingdom Come 2020. This worldwide movement of prayer focuses on seeing friends, families, communities and countries come to know the saving love of God in Jesus Christ and become channels of renewal in a suffering world. The 2020 campaign invites all Christians to ‘Pray for Five’ by simply thinking of five people who are not yet following Christ and praying for them from Ascension to Pentecost.
Everybody Welcome Online
Two leading thinkers on church growth in the Church of England, The Venerable Bob Jackson and The Rev’d George Fisher, have compiled a report surveying how the church (i.e. the ‘lockdown church’) in the UK is responding to COVID-19. It is a first attempt to survey the lockdown and online worship scene, as well as assembling practical advice for clergy and pointing to some ways forward. The report is accessible for free on the Durham University website.
Wednesday Morning Prayer
Join Archbishop Phillip Aspinall as he leads us in Morning Prayer each Wednesday. The Morning Prayer videos are available Wednesday morning each week and may also be watched at other times.
Written by clergy and lay people across the Diocese, Sunday Devotions are short reflections based on the lectionary readings of the day, suitable for small group discussion (e.g. via Skype, Zoom or group voice call) or personal use. Check out this week’s Sunday Devotion, written by Dr Barbara Field from St John’s Cathedral. Share this devotion on your social media channels and in your e-newsletters.
St Francis College Open Day
Have you considered studying theology to help deepen your faith and understanding of God and His word? Join with other potential students for a Zoom information session, where you can meet some of the St Francis College teaching staff, learn about the subjects available and ask questions. Sessions will be held on Tuesday 26 May from 2.30 to 3.30 pm or 7.30 to 8.30 pm via Zoom.
Evensong for National Reconciliation Week
Recognise and celebrate National Reconciliation Week in the service of Evensong streamed from St John’s Anglican Cathedral on Sunday 31 May at 6 pm. The service will be led by The Rev’d Kate Ross and will include special guest speaker, Sandra King OAM, Reconciliation Action Plan Coordinator for the Anglican Church Southern Queensland. Following the service, gather via Zoom at 7 pm to hear from Sandra and join in the Q&A.
BIBLE360 webinar: Introduction to the Bible (Part 3)
The third instalment of this popular series explores the central messages of the Old and New Testaments with a sweeping overview and insightful facts. This online webinar is free, and anyone can join (there is no need to have previously completed parts 1 and 2 in the series).
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The Diocesan Committee of the Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) greatly appreciates the efforts of all those who collect trimmed used stamps for the mission of ABM. Over the years, considerable sums of money have been raised within the Diocese. Please keep up the good work. Used stamps or stamp albums can be posted (or dropped off) to either St Martin’s House Reception (GPO Box 421, Brisbane Qld 4001) or St John’s Anglican Church, Hendra (12 Burilda St, Hendra Qld 4011). The first stamp auction has been postponed due to COVID-19 and will be rescheduled at a later date. The Committee thanks Mrs Margaret and Mr Brough Warren for their untiring ministry. It is greatly appreciated. For enquiries, please email Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0437 338 987.