Bishop’s Message: Diocesan Day of Prayer for COVID-19

The Bishop of Grafton, Dr Murray Harvey, invites people to a Day of Prayer in response to the COVID19 crisis. Watch Bishop Murray’s video message to the Diocese below.

“I invite the whole diocese to a day of prayer for our current crisis. Beginning at 3pm on Good Friday (when we traditionally recall the hour of Jesus’ death on the Cross at Golgotha) and going through until sunset on Easter Eve (Holy Saturday) let’s all join together in prayer.”

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Read the Bishop’s Full Message

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus(Philippians 4:4-7).

These words from Paul’s letter to the Christians at Philippi have perhaps taken on a new meaning to us all in the last couple of weeks.

Events have moved quickly. What started as an isolated outbreak in one country has put much of the world into lockdown as we cope with a major health crisis.

What an extraordinary time we live in.

Personally I could never have imagined having to write a letter to the diocese effectively closing all the churches in the diocese to public worship for an indefinite period.

This is not the way it’s meant to be: our doors are usually open, offering a welcome to all. Christianity as gathered community (physically gathered) is what we’re used to.

Isolation, as well as health concerns, are causing many to be anxious. And then there’s the economic impact, where the most vulnerable, as always, are the most affected.

I’m grateful, in fact humbled, by the creativity and speed with which so many of the clergy and lay people have been able to produce services of worship to share online, enabling many of us to still feel connected.

The scriptures tell us that at times of crisis, our first response should be to pray.

I invite the whole diocese to a day of prayer for our current crisis. Beginning at 3pm on Good Friday (when we traditionally recall the hour of Jesus’ death on the Cross at Golgotha) and going through until sunset on Easter Eve (Holy Saturday) let’s all join together in prayer. Good Friday to Easter Eve is a time when we recall the disciples’ sense of abandonment and anxiety following the crucifixion, as they scattered in fear and confusion.

This year, of all years, we’ll perhaps be able to understand that feeling more deeply, and yet open our hearts to meet the Risen Christ on the Road to Emmaus at Easter.

Please be assured of my prayers for you at this time.

I invite you to join me in the day of prayer. Pray at home by yourself – we’ll provide some prayers for you to pray; and maybe you’ll be able to join in some of the prayers and liturgies that will be available online during this diocesan day of prayer.

I know that you have been praying already, but as Paul reminds us in Colossians 4:2 (KJV) We should “…continue in prayer, and watch in the same, with thanksgiving”. 

+Murray

News From Around the Diocese

Anglicans embark on outreach

Archdeacon Matthew Jones of the Diocese of Grafton said podcasts, Facebook, and messaging online were being looked at as ways of communicating with their flock. But he said they have a lot of older parishioners who were not computer savvy. “We’re looking at phoning or house-visiting, if necessary, as a way of keeping in touch with our elderly worshippers and making sure they’re alright,” Archdeacon Jones said.

Associate priest Reverend Cathy Ridd of the Anglican Parish of Ballina said she was worried that the homeless will be the biggest victims of COVID-19. “It is a huge concern for all the churches as the homeless aren’t always aware of what safety measures they need to take to protect themselves,” Reverend Ridd said.

Archdeacon Jones said it was important to have reflective time to quieten the mind from all the chaos. He recommended setting aside the time to do things that give you pleasure — such as a walk, or watching an uplifting, favourite movie. Reverend Ridd, who is also a historian, said these were hard times but we would get through it. “History shows when the Spanish influenza hit many thought it was the end of the world, but we survived. And we can survive the coronavirus too,” she said. “We must work together to overcome this crisis.”

Source: ABC North Coast

How BDC are supporting local business at this time

The Bishop Druitt College enrolments officer Julie has initiated a really cool and supportive idea at the college. She is asking our community to help her to support local businesses each day for as long as possible. Today we supported @urban_espresso_lounge and they delivered the MOST delicious cakes and goodies and our teachers and non-teaching staff purchased up a storm. No complaints here! If you are a parent of our community that runs a local business that we could support please email enrolments@bdc.nsw.edu.au and Julie will get this happening!

Staying Connected at Maclean Parish

The Maclean Parish has divided up the parish role into phone lists and shared amongst Parish council, LLMs and clergy so that each person rung weekly. They have produced a weekly pew bulletin, with three months of Bible Readings and collects inserted – this week will have palm crosses included. Rev’d Sister Lyn Bullard visits each centre for 2 hours for one-to-one meetings where necessary and live streaming sites have been made available. To continue to reach the parish community they have set up a blog for further communication, as well as updating the church signs outside the church to let everybody in the community know we are praying for them.

World Day of Prayer

Dunoon is a small village in the Byron hinterland, part of the Parish of Lismore. For more than 50 years now, on the first Friday in March, we have celebrated the World Day of Prayer, when the village churches join together and speak as one voice. There used to be four churches in the village but that is now reduced to two. On the evening of March 6 members of St Dymphna’s Church (Roman Catholic) and others joined us in St Matthew’s to present The World Day of Prayer Service.

This year the service had been prepared by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Zimbabwe. We learned about the plight of women and children in Zimbabwe and we were told some facts and given information about how Christianity has been able to strengthen the resolve of the people there. The theme “Rise, Take your Mat and Walk” will, hopefully, empower some mothers of children with disabilities. It was a very informing and interesting service. The supper afterwards was to our normal high standard and the fellowship as well as the good tucker made for a very interesting conclusion to the evening.

Online Learning at CVAS

Like all schools now, Clarence Valley Anglican School is engaging students through online learning primarily through Google Classroom and Zoom. It has been a steep learning curve for families (including some grandparents), teachers and students who have been thrust into this new learning era. As a school, of course, we have implemented new systems and protocols as seamlessly as possible and have been available to troubleshoot issues with the support of our wonderful staff. Given that at the time of writing there is no foreseeable change to the global circumstances with COVID-19 we are preparing to enter Term 2 with the same new expectations on our staff and families.

We look forward to the day when once again we can have our students altogether but in the meantime, we support the necessity to eradicate this terrible disease by only keeping our school open for essential service families.

CVAS Easter Service

CVAS are preparing for a Zoom Easter Service with their Director of Mission Leanne Harvey. This important event on the Christian calendar, commemorating the death and resurrection of Christ, is being held on Thursday 9 April and we have invited our school community to join in the live feed. 

CVAS Easter Egg Raffle

We had a fantastic response to our Easter Egg Raffle donations and our Director of Mission was on hand to help draw the names of 26 people who won a prize. Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle.

 First Online Chapel Service

CVAS held their first online junior school chapel service on Friday 3 April. Bishop Murray and Mrs Harvey led the service using Zoom. We believe, even though it’s ideal to see students in person, bringing everyone together for the service online was special too and it was terrific to have many students join in.

Song: I’ve Got to Wash My Hands

CVAS Music teacher, Miss Smith, encouraged us all to wash our hands with this little song. You might recognise the tune!


Kindy Cooking

By Mrs Vidler, Kindergarten Teacher

In Kindy’s Zoom session this week not only was my office at home a classroom but a kitchen too! We were learning about procedural texts and what types of things we do follow the structure of a procedure! The first group’s session watched Mrs Vidler follow the instructions on how to make blueberry muffins!  At the end of the session, they were ready to put in Mrs Vidler’s oven!

Then in our second group’s session, we looked at a procedure on how to make a jam sandwich and Mrs Vidler showed the students step by step how to make a delicious jam sandwich! Both groups talked about what we would need to use and do to teach someone how to wash their hands properly which is very important at the moment. Kindergarten students will now complete an activity arranging the steps on how to wash your hands.

 

An Alternative to Online Home Worship

When the COVID-19 Virus restrictions on social gathering forced us to look at supporting home worship I chose not to use social media.  Many of our parishioners will not use the internet (other than for emails) and quite a few do not even have a computer at home.  Instead, we have provided to all homes a Sunday Morning Home Worship booklet adapted from the APBA Sunday Morning Worship p.383

Each week, we email, (or for those not on email, letter box drop) a Home Sunday Worship Supplement which contains the lectionary psalm, reading, collect and a short homily/reflection on the reading – as well as a short message from myself.

We have encouraged everyone to read and pray through it at the same time on Sunday morning so that we are together spiritually, even though not physically

Given that the homily/reflection is short, I invited our LLMs to volunteer to write some of them – which they are doing with much enthusiasm – good practice for the future!  Another is writing a weekly set of prayers to go with the service.

I have also provided selected links to online worship services for parishioners who may wish to engage online, as well as our communal Sunday Morning Home Worship. There are so many excellent online worship opportunities out there that are far better than I could produce

For Holy Week we will have a special short Holy Week at Home liturgy and reflection (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day).  These have been adapted from a Benedictine liturgy provided as a free download to Garrett Publishing Sophia Club members.

Reverend Clyde Appleby
Rector, Anglican Parish of Macksville

Alstonville Response to COVID19

In Spirit and in Truth

Imagine if the COVID 19 and social isolation challenges ignite a spiritual revival?

Alstonville Anglicans share the Good Life. Sharing the Good Life means launching the “In Spirit and in Truth” campaign. Our vision is that when we emerge from this COVID crisis, our people, and our community report that:

  • Their spiritual lives and experience of God is deeper and greater than it has ever been
  • Their care and love for one another is more authentic, more tangible, more compassionate, and more emphatic than ever
  • They are more confident in their Christianity
  • The churches finances are more abundant than before
  • Administration and communication is faultless and supportive

The background text for our The Spirit and in Truth campaign  is John 4. Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. She asks him for Living Water. Jesus tells her that:

“a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”

Our care and ministry plan is to encourage people to find the Living Water deep within them and empower them with resources to worship in Spirit and in Truth.

The complexity of being an institutional church is that whereas other organizations could succeed in focusing on one communication platform, a church caters for a wide-ranging age demographic and requires a multi-pronged approach. Thus, in addition to networking the parish into care groups using our pastoral care software, we provide resources for meaningful prayer and worship using social media, emails, phone calls, web development and printed material hand delivered to “off-liners” by a small group of volunteers who had to be younger than 65 (since people 65 and over are encouraged into lockdown as much as possible for their own protection).

Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth for Alstonville Anglicans means four things:

  1. We are a Virtual Hermitage
  2. We have online worship
  3. We provide resources
  4. We care

A Virtual Hermitage:

A hermit is someone who chooses to retreat from society in order to live in solitude and prayer and to surrender to God more fully. Virtual means that although like the ancient hermits we live in our own “cells” or homes; we nevertheless also have a common life of on-line prayer

A Virtual Hermitage offers two invitations:

  1. Consider creating a sacred space in your home somewhere where you can pray, read the Bible or practice being calm.
  2. Consider a regular routine or rule of life:
    • Morning Prayer at 10am using the app Pray-as-you-go
    • Compline /Examen or ‘Prayer before bed’ at 8 pm.

Online worship:

A Sunday morning service is livestreamed through Facebook. Facebook Live is the simplest way for us to connect, as the software, cameras, encoders, and microphones of more proficient  live-streamers had me in a state of utter discombobulation. To cater for those who are uncomfortable about connecting to Facebook, the services are later saved and uploaded to the website.

Resources:

A weekly, emailed bulletin with resources for our spiritual journey in social isolation is developed. The whole ambit of the parish is included: videos and craft activities for Play Place and Messy Church families, devotions for those unable to access online resources, outlines for upcoming services, and regular updates about our ongoing response to present challenges. Printed copies are hand delivered to about 35 families who have no internet access.

We Care App:

More than ever, our compassion and support for each other is paramount. In addition to the natural care that happens in the church, care groups  are networked with the encouragement to look out for each other. Launching this month is an app called “we care”, developed by a dedicated team in our church. In response to the question: “how are you doing?” the community is invited to rate their state of mind from ☹ to 😊. An email is triggered for ☹ respondents who are then contacted.

The list of what is helpful is endless; but my top three resources are:

https://pray-as-you-go.org/ (an app with daily reflections),

[1]https://churchonlineplatform.com/,  a website that allows churches to upload prerecorded services (totally free and reliable); and https://www.nakedpastorstore.com/ because he gives me a good laugh. I pay $15 US per month which licenses me to use the cartoons he produces.

As the world faces the COVID 19 challenge, may all our  people experience

  • more compassionate care and support
  • a deeper, more invigorating, worship and spiritual life
  • a leadership that empowers them with greater confidence in being ministers of God’s presence
  • a church community that communicates outstandingly at the right time, in the right way with relevant and meaningful content
  • administration and finances at their best.

[1] Image used with permission

Diocesan Governance and COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has tested the decision making of governments, businesses and leaders around the world and of course it has been a focus of governance bodies across the Diocese of Grafton.

Many governance bodies have been holding extra meetings by videoconference to stay informed of a fast-evolving situation.

The following are just a sample of the matters under consideration:

  • The Bishop and senior clergy leadership have been discussing how to safely conduct ministry and ultimately made a decision to suspend gatherings for worship. They have continued to discuss supporting parishes and ministers in operating in the “social distancing”.
  • The Bishop-in-Council has been prioritising the financial support of parishes and maintaining paid employment and stipended roles wherever possible. A letter was sent out to parish leaders to explain a number of Bishop-in-Council decisions.
  • The Synod session planned for 27 June to consider the restructuring proposals has been cancelled. The consultation period will continue as planned but the discussion at Synod will be deferred until the first weekend in September.
  • The Corporate Trustees and Board of Anglican Funds Grafton Diocese have been reviewing the financial environment and the actions needed for AFGD and trust investments in this environment.
  • The Grafton Anglican Schools Commission has been hosting regular videoconferences of School principals and Chairs of School Councils to exchange information, learnings and, where appropriate, to agree on a common approach.

The Anglican Diocese of Grafton is blessed to have skilled and committed people in these key decision making bodies. Undoubtedly, there will be plenty more decisions to be made before the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

New Parish of Byron

The new parish of Byron will become official on 1 May 2020 following the AGM on Sunday, 29 March 2020 where office bearers for this new ministry area were elected. This is part of the Diocesan Restructure but, at the request of the three parishes of Mullumbimby, Byron Bay and Bangalow, Bishop-in-Council authorised the merging of these three parishes into one ministry area, ahead of the Synod which will debate the various models of ministry areas for the remainder of the diocese.

This project has been on the drawing board for quite some time and in the past two years there has been considerable discussion about how the three parishes could work more effectively together. They have been exploring centralising administration to ease the burden of doing tasks three times and they have also trialled shared services which were very well received. These were all led by lay members of the parishes of Mullumbimby and Bangalow.

When Bishop-in-Council gave the approval for the three parishes to become one ministry area, the pace sped up. Letters were sent to the Churchwardens of the three parishes with the instructions of the steps that needed to be taken for this to become a reality. The primary step was to hold a combined Annual General Meeting and elect Churchwardens, Parish Councillors, Synod Representatives and Parish Nominators. Nomination forms were sent out and the date was set for the meeting to be held at Mullumbimby with a combined service and a morning tea, followed by the AGM.

The wheels fell off this plan very quickly when the COVID-19 Coronavirus hit and we suddenly found we could not meet face to face. Thanks to modern technology, the meeting was arranged, and the AGM was held at 10 am on Sunday 29 March by Zoom computer conferencing. There was a great sense of excitement at the meeting about what is to come, even though there is a very present sense of what may change in the new structure.

The Rev Rosie Wynter from the Bathurst diocese has been appointed as Community Minister and will reside in Bangalow. Given the COVID-19 situation, her commencement date is yet to be determined. The Parish Nominators will also be busy now working with the Bishop to find the person who will be the Incumbent of this exciting new ministry area.

Under the Diocesan Restructure proposal, parishes will be known as Ministry Areas and will have Ministry Area Leaders and teams including Community Ministers, Licensed Lay Ministers and assorted other team members. It will be exciting to watch how this model is lived out in the new ministry area of Byron and the people there are very aware that all eyes are upon them, as they are the first cab off the rank, so to speak.

It has been a great pleasure for me to be a small part of this new vision and I am sure that exciting new ministry opportunities will arise as the combined energies of the people of the three parishes join together as one united mission and ministry area.

Archdeacon Matthew Jones

Diary of an Online Learner at Bishop Druitt College

8:15am I woke up. I usually get up at 7am every morning for school which could sometimes make me a little tired, but I got a full 1 hour and 15 minutes extra to sleep. This is very helpful when after school activities eg Dance, Drama and singing lessons are 30+ hours each week. I had time to have breakfast, shower, stretch, get dressed into appropriate yet comfortable clothes and got everything ready for my first day of online schooling at home.

8:50am is when my first class started. Each lesson I log into that subject via Google Classroom and see what the teacher has for us to complete. I started the day off with double History so I went to my History Google Classroom and the teacher put classwork up for the morning lesson. The teacher also put some new guidelines up so everything runs as smoothly as possible with the new changes. We were to write ‘present’ under the ‘work to complete’ each lesson. I completed the classwork without feeling too pressured. At 10:30am it was time for recess. I had a yummy morning tea that my brother had made me. 11:10am is the start of Period 3. This period is to help mum around the house when she is at work. I loaded the dishes, made my bed, practiced some dance routines and made mum a cup of tea. With time going by so fast, it was now 12:00pm and it was time for Period 4.

For Period 4 I had science. My teacher had put a link up for a video chat using Google Hangout. We spent 30 minutes on the video chat listening to the teacher explain to us about fossils and she even somehow managed to show us her screen which had the textbook chapter about Fossils! Through the video chat, we could write questions in the chat section which the teacher could respond to so we wouldn’t be talking over each other. After the 30 minutes we got off the video chat and had work set on Education Perfect. This took me through till the end of the lesson which finished at 12:50pm. That means lunch! I made myself some noodles and had a rest before class started back again for Period 5 at 1:30pm.

For Period 5 I had Drama which is one of my 200hr electives. For this period we started off with a video chat using Zoom. The teacher explained to us what we would be doing for the lesson and we were to get into groups and perform our monologue that we have been working on to each other. After 15 minutes, the call ended and into the video chat groups we went. One by one, we performed our monologues and gave each other positive feedback. We also talked about our group scripts.

2:20pm is the last period of the day. Period 6. For this period I had Music which is my other 200hr elective. For this lesson, I logged onto the Music Google Classroom and my teacher had put the work to complete for the day’s lesson. We were given theory to do and myself and a few of my friends in that class went on a video chat and worked through it together. In the last 10 minutes of this period, I went to my piano and continued writing a song I have been working on. After school hours finished, I had an online dance lesson with my ballet teacher. I put my ballet uniform on and off I went doing my very first online dance lesson. I used a chair as my Barre and I did the whole lesson in my living room. It was awesome!

Overall, I loved doing online schooling. It wasn’t stressful. The school was very well prepared. I am so lucky to be a part of such an incredible school. I could still ask my teachers questions with ease. The day went so smoothly and I loved it!

Emily Hodges
Year 10 at Bishop Druitt College

Welfare in Time of Crisis

The entire state of New South Wales is in crisis mode, along with the rest of Australia and much of the world. This situation, which leaves no one untouched or unaffected, can bring out the best and the worst in us it seems. A few weeks ago, we were confronted by unruly scenes in supermarket aisles as people fought over toilet paper. Now, as we are getting used to the new normal of social distancing and isolating ourselves in our homes, we are told that “we are all in this together” – we must go through this phase of lock-down in our community, giving up some basic freedoms, for the greater good. We all chip in in the hope of alleviating greater suffering, and that is a good thing.

The greater good is a familiar theme for Anglicare North Coast. Every day we see people who are in crisis, and we respond by living out our motto: Hope in Action! In these times, many businesses, community services, clubs and even church gatherings are forced to close due to social distancing guidelines. The impact of these changes on many families and people living on the margins of society means that Anglicare North Coast is as busy as ever. The government departments who provide funding for the work we do have declared that we are an ‘essential service’ which means that we are asked to stay open for business and continue to serve our community.

We have made some changes to keep our staff, volunteers, and the people who come to us for help, as safe as possible while we continue to serve their needs. In most cases, we no longer have people coming into our offices to get the help they need, although many of our staff continue to work from their office desk unless they need to self-isolate or work from home to look after their children. We provide regular welfare checks on our more vulnerable tenants and people living with mental illness who normally see our friendly staff on a very regular basis. Our service delivery has moved to online and digital methods of connecting, and we use conference calls, video chat, messaging services like whatsapp, and the telephone to keep in touch with our tenants and service users.

One area where we have had a re-think of our usual method of helping people, is in the area of food security. Throughout the year, people come to us for food hampers and supermarket vouchers when they cannot make it to the next payday. This is a vital service that keeps children and families fed in times of critical need. However, with many supermarket shelves looking rather bare of certain basic food items, a voucher is not always the most helpful thing to give people. It raised the question: how do we feed people in an emergency if the supermarkets shelves are bare?

Our friends at the Grafton Cathedral, and especially the Reverend Greg Jenks and his team, had the same thought. Together, we made a quick plan to open the Cathedral Pantry, bringing pallets of food from an organisations called FoodBank directly to Grafton, enabling us to offer parcels of basic grocery items to anyone in need.

The Cathedral Pantry opened on Monday 30th March, operating three days a week at this stage, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am.  Home delivery of food parcels can also be arranged by contacting the Cathedral. Thanks to the team at the Grafton Cathedral: We are all in this together!

Find out more: Cathedral Pantry

News From Around The Diocese

Celebrating 25 Years of Ministry

Archdeacon of the North, The Venerable  Matthew Jones is celebrating 25 years in Ministry. He was very pleased to receive a gift from the Parish of Ballina at the Annual General Meeting recognising this milestone. Churchwarden John Bryen thanked Matthew for listening to and responding to God’s call leading to his ordination on 24 February 1995 in Brisbane. Matthew has faithfully served God and the Church in the Glasshouse Mountains area, Goondiwindi, Ipswich, Hamburg and Ballina. John also indicated the Parish looks forward to Matthew’s continued ministry in Ballina and in the Diocese of Grafton in the years to come.

A Threshold Choir for the Ballina region

Threshold choirs sing gentle songs to people approaching the end of life. Although a choir might be large, only 3 or 4 people will sing at a bedside. It’s a very different kind of choir, with the emphasis on singing softly and compassionately. Ballina Parish is partnering with Compassionate Communities Northern NSW to form a threshold choir for our region.  We are thrilled at the number of people – from many parts of our community – who are offering their gift of singing in this very special way. If you think your parish or community might like to explore this further, check it out on www.thresholdchoir.org or contact Rev. Cathy Ridd (revridd@gmail.com).

Ballina Parish Goes Orange!

Ballina & Lennox Head Anglicans are excited to be working with Orange Sky Australia. Orange Sky’s slogan is “positively connecting communities”, which connects so well with our mission. The Northern Rivers’ new Orange Sky van will be based at St Mary’s Ballina and will operate around the region, from Byron Bay to Casino. The van is fitted with washing machines, tumble dryers and a shower. People who are doing it tough can use these much-needed facilities, but more importantly, while their clothes are washing they can have a friendly chat with the van’s volunteers. Volunteers come from all walks of life. You need to be able to get in and out of a van, and most of all, to enjoy compassionate and meaningful conversation. If you’re interested and live in the north of the Diocese, contact Rev Cathy Ridd on 0427836988.

Introducing the Clarence Valley Anglican School 2020 School Leaders

During the first week of term the commissioning of new 2020 student leaders was held at a special service at Christ Church Cathedral, led by Bishop Murray. We congratulate the following students and wish them all the best as they lead and represent our school:

Primary Leaders: Induna Prefect: Oskar Atkinson-Smith, Kallatina Prefect: Georgia Hodges, Phoenix Prefect: Lily Leven, Sovereign Perfect : Grace Kahle, Primary Boy Senior Prefect: Owen McAndrew, Primary Girl Senior Prefect: Lanai Parry.

Senior Leaders: Induna Captain: Kiara Clark, Kallatina Captain: Joshua Pattison, Phoenix Captain: Jessica McGrath, Sovereign Captain: Zack Cahill, School Sacristan: Faith Sullivan, School Vice-Captain: Dylan Freeman, School Captain: Eden Annesley.

Induction Of The New Clarence Valley Anglican School Director of Mission

We are pleased to welcome the new Director of Mission, Mrs Leanne Harvey, who was commissioned at the same leader’s service in week one of the term. We are excited to have Mrs Harvey join us at CVAS knowing that she is called to this ministry in our school.

Leanne is an experienced educator with extensive experience in Anglican Schools in Australia and the UK. In the UK she gained a postgraduate qualification in Church School Studies from University College Lincoln and in addition to her teaching responsibilities, oversaw the Religious Education program at the Church of England school at which she taught in Lincolnshire. She has held a variety of other leadership and classroom teaching roles at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School and St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School in Brisbane and most recently has been a Primary Teacher at Redbank Primary School at Ipswich Qld, with the additional responsibility of mentoring junior teachers and supervising student teachers. She was also involved in assisting with the Chaplaincy program at St Margaret’s and St Aidan’s. She has a Bachelor of Theology, Diploma of Youth Ministry, Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma of Education.

 

Bush Church Aid Nomads – Can they lend a hand to your community?

In the aftermath of the recent devastating bushfires and in response to the ongoing drought I thought it timely to reach out and alert you to a wonderful resource available via The Bush Church Aid Society.

BCA are blessed to have as part of our broader BCA Family, a team of very willing and able volunteers known as BCA Nomads. BCA Nomads are available as individuals, couples and small teams to be of service to churches or families wherever extra hands could help. They can assist in property maintenance, IT, WHS, mending organs, bookbinding, gardening, childminding, visiting, cooking, craft sessions, office work, running bible studies, assist in evangelistic outreach, even lay preaching.

There are many ways these keen disciples are willing to serve where there is a need. Nomads are happy to stay at the local van park but if there are suitable facilities and space on church property this is helpful in reducing their accommodation costs.

Our team of Nomads are able to provide working with children check verification for the state in which they reside and, if assisting interstate, will ensure the relevant checks are in place prior to service.

If you know of a need in your local community that may be able to be filled by our BCA Nomads Team please don’t hesitate to contact our Nomads Coordinators Doug and Frances Orr on 0427 818 476.