Revised risk assessment for vulnerable volunteers
From 22 June 2020, parish volunteers in vulnerable groups may serve in church services and other church activities, in accordance with the risk level and requirements for their local area. Please follow the steps in this document to determine the requirements for vulnerable volunteers in your parish.
Hall hire agreements
Parish Halls and other facilities may be hired to external groups with a maximum number of 20 people, provided all Government COVID Safe measures are observed. For each Hire Agreement that is entered into, the Special Conditions section of the Agreement Schedule is to include this ‘Licence Agreement – COVID-19 Clause’ (effective 18 June 2020).
Resources for funerals and memorial services
A list of resources for funerals and memorial services in the COVID-19 environment has been created and curated by a group of clergy in this Diocese. The resources include an Order of Service for a Memorial Eucharist and a Service for Farewelling a loved one (for those gathered at home), as well as other resources for remembering those who have died.
Industry COVID Safe Plan
A reminder that parishes may resume worship services and other church gatherings with a maximum of 100 people (with restrictions, including having no more than one person per four square metres) by opting in and complying with the Industry COVID Safe Plan (Industry Plan). To opt in and comply with the Industry Plan, please complete the five steps detailed under ‘Opting in to the Industry Plan‘. This includes completing the Statement of Compliance included in Appendix 3 of the Industry Plan and displaying it in a public place in the place of worship before reopening with additional attendees, as well as emailing a copy of the Statement of Compliance to firstname.lastname@example.org for Diocesan records.
September retreat with Bishop Bill Ray
Registrations have re-opened for the September clergy retreat, to be held at Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre from 14–18 September 2020 and led by Bishop Bill Ray. Exploring the topic of ‘As one called of God, how has the COVID-19 experience shaped me and how am I moving into unchartered territory?’, this will be a silent retreat, including silence at meals. At this stage, the retreat will go ahead as planned, with total attendance limited to 20 people.
October retreat with Bishop Matt Brain
Registrations have re-opened for the October clergy retreat, to be held at Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre from 12–16 September 2020 and led by Bishop Matt Brain. Themed, ‘Treasure in jars of clay — beauty and brokenness’, this will be a partially silent retreat with talking at meals and during group time. At this stage, the retreat will go ahead as planned, with total attendance limited to 20 people.
anglican focus 1 July e-news
Due to unplanned leave, the next ‘anglican focus e-news’ will not be sent on Wednesday 1 July. Please let your congregation and ministry members know, if required.
Changes to large cash deposits at Westpac branches
Westpac is currently reviewing its banking services for accepting large cash deposits, which will impact ANFIN clients. From 1 July 2020, over-the-counter cash deposits at Westpac branches will be limited to $7,500 cash per day and per account. To make a cash deposit over $7,500 to a Westpac account, the additional cash will need to be deposited over multiple days.
National Anglican family violence study
Clergy and lay leaders from randomly selected Anglican churches across Australia have been invited to take part in research that explores their responses to intimate partner violence. This study is part of a wider research project, titled the ‘National Anglican Family Violence Project‘, set up by the Anglican General Synod and its Family Violence Working Group. If you received a link to complete the survey, please do so and pass the survey on to any lay people in your church in identified leadership positions. In the coming months, there will be a broader invitation for anyone with a connection with the Anglican Church and experiences of family violence to share their experience through a separate online anonymous survey.
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Fundamentals of Talking Circles Online
Learn how to apply the principles and practices of Talking Circles to web-based platforms like Zoom, to enable deeper dialogue and listening in communities. Held over 3 sessions and facilitated by Michael Wood and Brendan McKeague, this workshop is for anyone who has not undertaken the hosting Talking Circles workshops before (in person). Or for anyone who has undertaken at least a previous full day learning, but is interested in also teaching and hosting further workshops. Choose from two sets of dates: 6, 9 & 23 July or 14,16 & 30 July.
Adapting Talking Circles to Online
Taking place on 10 July over Zoom, this workshop is for those (lay or clergy) who have completed a full day introductory workshop in Talking Circle facilitation and have facilitated several Talking Circles. The workshop will include revision of the basic principles of hosting and facilitating a circle; design principles; and logistical tips for facilitating circles in a Zoom environment.
Hybrid Church Conversation series: Building a culture of collaboration
How are you using online opportunities to build a collaborative culture that releases you to focus on your mission? Taking place on 2 July and hosted by the Diocesan COVID-19 Resource Collaboration Group, this conversation will explore how to work collaboratively and build a great team of people around you. See what other conversations are taking place as part of the Hybrid Church Conversation Series.
Hybrid Church Conversation series: Fostering online communities
There are many examples of congregations engaging enthusiastically with online community. Taking place on 16 July and hosted by the Diocesan COVID-19 Resource Collaboration Group, this conversation will explore what it takes to build and maintain online communities and engagement. See what other conversations are taking place as part of the Hybrid Church Conversation Series.
Enrol now for Semester 2
Study theology in a supportive environment with a nationally-recognised university partner. Enrolments are now open for Semester 2 subjects at St Francis College. Flexible learning options are available, including auditing of subjects and online learning. While face-to-face lectures will resume in Semester 2, online lectures will continue to be available for anyone wishing to learn remotely.
Spiritual Direction Formation Program
Applications are now open for the Spiritual Direction Formation Program at St Francis College. Course options include a ‘Certificate in Spiritual Direction’ (4 years, part-time) or ‘The Art of Contemplative Listening’ (1 year, part-time). Learn how to deepen your relationship with God and help companion others to a personal conversation with God. Applications close 31 July 2020.
Pray Daily: July
Join the Diocesan community in praying for our parishes, schools and other ministries, as well as the broader community and other Anglican Dioceses internationally, with these May daily prayer points.
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.
Check out this week’s Sunday Devotion titled ‘We are products of God’s love’, written by The Rev’d Greg Loumeau. Sunday Devotions are short reflections based on the lectionary readings of the day. They can be used for personal devotion or in small group discussion, and can be easily shared on social media channels and in parish e-newsletters.
St Bart’s, Toowoomba has recorded eight royalty-free classic hymns for use by individuals or groups, including ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ and ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’.
Tips for online church and ministry
Hosting a Zoom trivia night
Creating short videos that gather, grow and give