This is a stressful and challenging time for Australia and the global community. The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia is causing profound disruption to our lives and to the ministry of our Church communities. This disruption is likely to intensify before the situation begins to improve. It is important that we take steps to protect and care for our congregations, clergy, staff, and members of our ministries and service organisations, many of who are in the demographic groups most vulnerable to the virus.
While the physical health of our communities is paramount, we remain committed to our call to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Historically, in times of social need, the Church has always made a significant contribution to protecting and caring for others. The current situation is no different. While there may be many routine things that we cannot do in the coming months, with creativity and planning we will have a key role to play. It is not time for the church to retreat from ministry, but to step up. It is not a time to forget our call to care and compassion, but to live it out as fully as possible.
Guidelines and information for continuing ministry
Guidelines and information to support and assist local churches in continuing ministry in the coming months, including guidelines for worship gatherings / church events, may be found on this webpage.
Shifting to digital church
Many parishes have already begun the work of planning how they will continue to stay connected with, care for and minister to their community in the changing environment of the COVID-19. To help support parishes in this process, the Anglican Church Southern Queensland is offering grants of up to $1000 to cover the cost of equipment/subscriptions/licences that will allow churches to communicate in the absence of face-to-face gatherings. For further information or to apply, please refer to the application form. Please note that all applications require the endorsement of the Parish Priest/Locum, and a Churchwarden and a Parish Councillor. Applications close 30 April 2020 and must be for expenditure up to 31 December 2020.
Staying connected during the pandemic
Members of our Diocesan community are encouraged to heed the COVID-19 advice regularly updated by state and Federal governments. We also encourage community members to stay connected through their local church’s communication channels, as well as via the below broader Anglican Church Southern Queensland (ACSQ) communication channels. This is especially important for those who are temporarily unable to attend church or participate in other ministry activities.
Parishioners unable to attend church can:
1. Access weekly Sunday Devotions.
2. Keep up to date with parish, Episcopal, school, Anglicare, St Francis College and ministry news by subscribing to the fortnightly ‘anglican focus e-news’.
3. Receive general information and announcements for our Diocesan community by subscribing to the fortnightly ‘Wednesday Weekly’ e-newsletter.
4. Stay connected by receiving ACSQ Facebook updates in their newsfeed by ‘liking’ ACSQ Facebook, as well as by commenting and chatting using other church social media platforms.
Coronavirus: possible event implications
Please note that advertised events and activities may be postponed or cancelled at short notice due to the Coronavirus. Please contact the relevant event organiser directly to confirm if an event or activity is going ahead and to seek additional advice if required. The latest information and guidelines for worship gatherings / church events may be found on this webpage.
Treasurer and Parish Administrator Training
The Treasurers and Parish Administrators training day at Kawana Waters has been cancelled; however, the training days at other locations are scheduled to go ahead as planned, at this stage. The possibility of further cancellations will be assessed closer to the date.
– Cancelled: Friday 20 March (Kawana Waters)
– Friday 17 April (Clayfield)
– Friday 8 May (Ipswich region)
Parish Councillors Training
The Parish Councillors training day at Kawana Waters has been cancelled; however, the training days at other locations are scheduled to go ahead as planned, at this stage. The possibility of further cancellations will be assessed closer to the date.
– Cancelled: Saturday 21 March (Kawana Waters)
– Saturday 18 April (Clayfield)
– Saturday 9 May (Ipswich region)
Seminars with The Rev’d Canon Mark Oakley
The Rev’d Canon Mark Oakley, Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge, and author of numerous books, is scheduled to visit Brisbane this month to lead seminars at St John’s Cathedral (on Tuesday 31 March, 10 am to 12 pm) and St Francis College (on Wednesday 1 April, 10 am to 3 pm). The seminars will examine how poets have explored the suffering and death of Christ from the earliest days of Christianity until the present day.
View details and registration information for the three clergy retreats on offer this year:
20–24 April: The Rev’d Sarah Bachelard
14–18 September: Bishop Bill Ray
12–16 October: Bishop Matt Brain
Harmony Day Celebration
At this stage, this celebration will still be going ahead. Karen Crouch, Executive Director, Anglicare Southern Queensland and The Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt, Dean of St John’s Cathedral invite you to celebrate the cultural diversity in our community at the 2020 ‘Harmony Day’ service on Friday 20 March, 10.30 am at St John’s Cathedral. Following the public health advice, numbers for this event will be capped at 100. There will also be an option to join the event via live stream, details to be advised on the Eventbrite page for this event.
Parish, school and community
Find out what ACSQ events are coming up in your local area.
Announcements and vacancies
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.
Parish Annual Returns
A big thank you to all Parish Administrators, Priests, Locums, Churchwardens, Treasurers, Business Managers and lay people who have assisted in completing this year’s Annual Return. Your time, effort and attention to detail are most appreciated. If your parish hasn’t completed all parts of the Annual Return, please do so as soon as possible. Instructions for completing the Annual Return are available here.
Anglican Mothers Union appeal for overseas project
Anglican Mothers Union Australia (AMUA), Brisbane Diocese, request the assistance of all parishes to participate in a retiring collection on Mothering Sunday 22 March or Mother’s Day for their Overseas Project — The Parenting Program in Papua New Guinea. AMUA sincerely thank all parishes who contribute to this appeal each year. For enquiries, please contact the AMUA Diocesan Secretary, Robert Perry: email@example.com
Bush Ministry Fund quilt raffle
Support the work of the Bush Ministry Fund by entering the raffle for your chance to win a gorgeous quilt (pictured above), handmade by Mrs Karen Frewin, the wife of The Reverend Terry Frewin from the Leichhardt Chinchilla Anglican Mission Area. This delightful piece measures 1.8 x 2m, and is available for viewing at the Western Region Bishop’s office in Toowoomba. Raffle tickets are $2 each and can be purchased online, with all proceeds going towards the important work of the Bush Ministry Fund.
Invitation to motorcyclists
In May 2019, the Reverends Robert and Helen Paget rode to Darwin and back as part of ‘The Long Ride‘ (a motorcycle ride to raise awareness of men’s health issues and raise valuable funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Riding enthusiasts are invited to take part in The Long Ride 2020, which is scheduled to depart from Ipswich on 2 October and arrive in Victor Harbour, South Australia, on 18 October, with overnight stops at Tamworth, Cowra, Albury, Bendigo, Mildura and and the Clare Valley. For enquiries and further details, please email The Rev’d Robert Paget: firstname.lastname@example.org
Angligreen resources for creation care
View and download Angligreen pew bulletin inserts for April, which feature quotes for reflection and prayers.
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 Kathrin Koning, Chaplain at Matthew Flinders Anglican College. Share this devotion on your social media channels and in your newsletters.
For sale: Palm Crosses
The Anglican Community of Green Hills (Enoggera and Kelvin Grove) is now taking orders for Palm Crosses. Please get your request in early so all orders can be filled. Cost: $45 per hundred, plus postage. To place an order, email email@example.com or phone (07) 3355 1431.
Giveaway: Document drawer
A wooden document drawer (85cmH x 70cmD x 60cmW) is being given away. Pick up from Chelmer Parish. To arrange collection or for more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.