On 22 February 2014, four deacons were ordained in Saviour’s Cathedral, Goulburn. In addition to Jonathan Cole, Tracey Jacobs, David McLennan and Peter Malone entering ordained ministry, Elizabeth Dykes as collated as Archdeacon for the Queanbeyan, Monaro and Alpine Region. A copy of the sermon by the Revd Patrick Cole is now available.
After a thorough review, the Board of Anglicare (NSW South, West & ACT) is pleased to announce a new stage in the development and growth for our five residential aged care facilities.
Beginning next week, Bishop Stuart plans to visit a number of rural centres across western New South Wales during Lent carrying a large wood cross as part of the lead up to Good Friday on 18 April 2014.
Fr SCOTT COWDELL introduces René Girard’s controversial account of desire, violence and religion, with its special place for Jesus and the gospels.
PAUL WALLIS has been exploring some of the contours of mission and ministry today with Aaron Snow, an American based church planter. In this article, Paul and Aaron compare notes about the workplace as a location for ministry.
Relationships in a time of anxiety -
Jude and Daisy Morris are presenting a workshop on relationships in a time of anxiety and depression. The day will explore their impact and strategies for managing their impact on relationships. Register online.
When: 22 March 2014 from 10am to 4pm
Where: St Mark's National Theological Centre, Barton.
Diocesan celebration of +Mesac Thomas arrival -
When: 1.45pm Sunday 6 April
Where: Gathering at Mandelson's of Goulburn (160 Sloan St) and then processing to the Cathedral at 2pm for evensong and refreshments.
Spirit 14 -
Our speaker this year will be Kate Jutsum who is the Regional Director for Bethel/Sozo in Australia and New Zealand. She heads up a growing team of Sozo leaders, trains and supports teams in churches across Australia and New Zealand, and also teaches and preaches outside of the Sozo world. She worked as an Emergency doctor prior to the shift into Sozo in January 2011. Kate’s heart is to see men and women connected intimately with God, so that they may walk in His destiny for them, bringing heaven’s culture to earth.
When: 25 April 7pm until 27 April noon
I arrived in Cootamundra on Saturday morning to be greeted by an eager group of around 90 people (from a range of churches) who walked and sang their way for about a kilometre – along the main street and to the park. A very, very powerful witness to a packed town of Saturday shoppers.
In the park, we shared in a time of open-air worship and celebration (just over 120 people I’m told) and the Chris Edwards dancers performed (quite beautifully) for us. I preached and invited people to come forward and give their lives to Christ. A sausage sizzle, organised by local Scouts, followed.
We then made our way to a nursing home and then to a retirement village. We sang and I preached in both places (and give invitations to people to turn to Jesus). Rob, Lyn, Gail, Colleen and their teams had prepared very well for all these activities.
The day finished with a wonderful meal in the church hall where again I preached evangelistically and a number indicated that they had turned to Christ. I also prayed and anointed people. Most heartening. Thank you, Lord.
The day in Junee began with prayer with parishioners at the Anglican church, meeting local press, and then a short walk down to Junee Primary school. The whole school and all teachers were present for an assembly that was dedicated to a presentation around me carrying the cross. We sang (vociferously!!), I spoke about Jesus’ death and resurrection at Easter and kids asked wonderful questions. This was repeated at Junee North primary school.
The Reverend Glen McDonald and Beth, and the other Christian leaders have created a wonderful relationship with their schools and are to be commended for their faithfulness. I then went to Junee Gaol with some of the Kairos lay leaders, Allan and Trevor. I spoke at a special service that was well attended with new people present. I preached and shared with the men and this was followed by a time a questions and prayer. The African chaplain, Jericho, lead lively worship!
We then walked with the cross through town and joined in with a kids club in the local park and I spoke briefly. We then walked another kilometre or so with around 2o kids and parents, vying for an opportunity to assist in carrying the cross, up to the church for a BBQ and an invitation service. Glen tells me new families attended. I preached and invited people to give their lives to Jesus and a good number did – praise God! We also gave out 150th Bibles. A brilliant day. Radio interviews today - Cootamundra tomorrow and Sunday morning with F5 and Elaine Heath in the evening.
Religion has no place in our state schools - Herald Sun
Christian militias take bloody revenge in CAR - The Guardian
Deconstructing God: an interview with John Caputo - New york Times
Inquiry told Pell backs the right to sue - The Australian
Anglicans call for engaging 'the big questions' in curriculum review - Sydney Anglicans
The Anglican parish of Kenmore-Brookfield in Brisbane is seeking an assistant priest on either a full-time or part-time basis for a 12 month appointment. This vibrant active Parish in Brisbane Western Suburbs has two worship centres, and provides services and pastoral visiting to 5 aged care facilities. As well as regular worship services, and a variety of areas of ministry, including a number of small study groups, there is a comprehensive youth and children’s ministry including two regular Mainly Music groups and monthly Messy Church.
All applicants must hold a current, valid Blue Card and will be required to complete a ‘Safe Ministry Check’ plus the names of two character referees.
Applications by 30th April 2014 to:
The Right Reverend Alison Taylor
Bishop of the Southern Region
GPO Box 421 Brisbane Q 4001
Any enquiries to Reverend Beverley Bell
3378 2923/0415 728696 firstname.lastname@example.org
The parish of Crookwell is looking for a school leaver or student interested in a year's ministry training. The position would require working Wednesday through Sunday. The parish can provide an office, internet and use of a car while you are working (you would need your own transport to and from Crookwell). We will help in organising accommodation if you need as well. Salary will be $21,600 a year, plus superannuation @ 9.25%. For more information, call Canon Margaret Campbell, Rector of the Anglican Parish of Crookwell on 0417 423 472 or 02 4832 1057.