On Saturday 28 February, four students graduated from the Bishops' Gap Year program, an initiative designed to give school leavers an experience of the church's mission and ministry. WAYNE BRIGHTON reports
When Jesus commissioned the Apostles to make disciples, he gave them a task with broad parameters. WAYNE BRIGHTON reports from the one day clergy held earlier this month that saw many leaders share their thoughts and initiatives for disciplemaking today.
The Right Reverend Stuart Robinson will visit a number of rural centres across south western New South Wales carrying a large wood cross as Anglicans get ready to celebrate Good Friday on 3 April 2015.
Climate change is not simply an environmental or economic issue but a moral and spiritual one also. PAMELA PHILLIPS examines how the spiritual discipline of fasting is being applied by many around the globe.
Does God want excellence from us in how we conduct our worship? JONATHAN HOLT explores this question as he reflects on his experience and the story of Hezekiah as he prepares and leads worship in the Lanyon Valley.
Here to Stay -
We are losing young people from our churches and the faith. We can do something about it. This matter is urgent and is bigger than any one organisation or denomination. A strategic alliance of organisations, committed to working together to change these current statistics, will present a united call to the nation through a tour to every capital city in early 2015. An invitation is extended to all key leaders and thought leaders to join a conversation and to lead a process for change that starts at the local church level. We believe the solutions lie within each gathered faith community.
When: Thu 12 Mar, 2015 9.30am - 1.30pm
Where: Canberra House of Prayer: 28 Guilfoyle St, Yarralumla
Eminent German Organist plays in Goulburn -
The eminent German organist, Hans Heilscher, will perform works by Bėdard, Mascagni, Rheinberger, Pardini, Rawsthorne & Nevin during his visit to Goulburn. He will play at St SAVIOUR’S CATHEDRAL, GOULBURN on Friday 13 March from 7pm.
Spirit 15 - Spirit breaks out -
Our speaker this year is Pastor Brian Goodell. Brian has been a minister in the Foresquare Denomination for 20 years and is the senior pastor of The Bridge Foresquare Church in Foster City, California. 'Pastor B' has spoken throughout the US and loves to serve the Body of Christ in the areas of worship, spiritual gift training, discipleship, teaching God's Word and inspiring people to fulfil their created purpose and destiny.
When: 17-19 April from 7pm
Cost: $90 / $75 concession
Where: St Peter's Anglican College, 61 Train Street, Broulee NSW (16 km south of Batemans Bay).
Bishop's Cathedral Convention 2015 -
Jesus saves people, not for heaven but to help God's kingdom happen on earth. As disciples we are not only called to live out God's marvellous story in the world but given everything needed for the job. So come along and discover your true identity as one of Jesus' disciples and how you might participate in God's wonderful mission today.
The convention's speaker is Dr Alison Morgan. Alison works as a thinker and writer for ReSource, a Church of England charity commissioned in 2004 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and dedicated to serving the church in renewal and mission. Alison is a member of the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists. She works widely in the UK in teaching and training, and she is also the editor and director of ReSource’s discipleship programme for Africa which is used in 15 countries. Alison has a PhD from Cambridge University and has worked alongside her husband Roger in parish ministry while writing a number of books, including The Wild Gospel (Monarch 2004) and its sequel The Word on the Wind: renewing confidence in the gospel (Monarch 2011). Alison and Roger have three grown up children, and live in Wells, Somerset.
Download the registration form or register online (booking fee applies).
Bishop David Robinson, the Anglican bishop of Rockhampton has written about the aftermath of Cyclone Marcia that I wanted to share with you. He writes,
"You will be aware of the magnitude of the recent cyclone that passed through parts of Central Queensland. The destruction and disruption to daily life has been severe, many homes are still without power and the clean-up is going to be a mammoth task.
My current understanding is that about 100 people have had their homes completely destroyed and many more are facing major repairs. Around the Diocese a number of church buildings and rectories have suffered damage.
The hardship caused by cyclone Marcia will continue for months and in some cases years to come. As well as the immediate costs of cleaning up and recovering, the price of rebuilding damaged homes and lives will be felt long into the future.
The Anglican Diocese of Rockhampton covers the whole Central Queensland area, including communities around Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast, as well as flood-affected Callide towns like Thangool, Biloela and Jambin. To help people through the difficult time ahead we have decided to launch, in conjunction with AnglicareCQ, the Bishop’s Cyclone Marcia Appeal."
You may wish to download more information about the appeal which has details of how donations can be made.
On Sunday 1 March, the Walk with the Cross commenced with a group of 23 keen people gathered from the Anglicans and Baptist churches. We traveled north along Mount Street to the Old Gundagai bridge over the Murrumbidgee with many followers keen to have a carry. We traveled through the Gundagai common up to Sheridan Street near the Old Post Office. At this point we picked up other walkers who were waiting to join us. We continued West along Sheridan Street passed "Garments 'N' Gifts (the Anglican recycle Shop) and the Gundagai Icon cafe "The Niagara" with the walk concluding at Carberry Park. At 10:20am, a combined service was held with members from the Anglican, Baptist & Catholic Churches. +Stuart challenged us to recommit or commit our lives to Christ with many doing so. A highlight was question time within the service which gave +Stuart and others to witness to Christ's working in their lives. The day concluded with a BBQ lunch. Pastor Steve Maynard (Baptist Church) and The Revd Capt Graeme Liersch (Anglican) pictured with Bishop Stuart.
The Best Book for Bible Doubters - Faith Street
Christian, or Feminist? - The Atlantic
Why women leave the Christian church - Sydney Morning Herald
Intergenerational Report lays uneven path for tough policy choices - The Conversation
Christian authors address eco-theology, ethics and climate change - World Council of Churches
Profiles: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran - ABC News
Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s e-reader project goes live - Episcopal News Service
How do I become … a priest - The Guardian
St John's Canberra is looking for a person with a mature Christian faith and a passion for ministry for a part-time ministry position (5 hours, negotiable). This will include Sunday mornings, some preparation during the week, and occasional staff meetings as required. The person will be licensed as a lay minister in the parish and meet diocesan requirements for working with children. The successful applicant will be responsible for engaging the youth of St John’s with the challenge and excitement of Christian discipleship, and helping them develop a sense of ownership of their faith.
Applications should be sent to the Rector at Paul.Black@stjohnscanberra.org by Monday 16th March. Applicants are invited to download further information or contact the Rector on 0416 159 814.
Closing Date 16 March 2015
A two day per week position is available for a qualified Christian person at Hawker College as part of the NSCP federally funded program.Hawker have enjoyed a vibrant chaplaincy service over the years and are looking for the right fit for the role with young adults. This role involves working alongside the other members of the Student Services Team to assist in the social, emotional and spiritual issues of students. It will involve showing initiative, creativity and an ability to develop and run programs, refer students as required and build the community networks for students who need support.
Minimum quals of a Cert 4 in Youth Work/Pastoral Care or equivalent apply along with a willingness to continue on towards achieving a Diploma within three years of being employed. The opportunity to build rapport, relationships and make a difference in the lives of young people, staff and families is an exciting one.
Contact Di Priest for further information regarding the online application process, position description and employment conditions. 0407 118 387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
5 March 2015