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Volume 109, Number 3

Abp Williams resigns; new college role

ON March 16, Archbishop Dr Rowan Williams announced his acceptance of the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, from January, 2013. He will step down from the office of Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of 2012. At the announcement, he said: “It has been an immense privilege to serve as Archbishop of Canterbury over the past decade and moving on has not been an easy deci- sion. During the time remaining, there is much to do and I ask your prayers and support in this period and beyond. “I am abidingly grateful to all those friends and col- leagues who have so gen- erously supported Jane and myself and the many diverse parishes and com- munities in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion that have brought vision, hope and excitement to my own ministry. “I look forward, with that same support and inspira- tion, to continuing to serve the Church’s mission and witness as best I can in the years ahead.“ Dr Williams’ intentions were conveyed to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, prior to the announce- ment. The Queen is Supreme Governor of the Church of England and for- mally appoints the Archbishop of Canterbury. Dr Williams was appoint-

the Archbishop of Canterbury. Dr Williams was appoint- ed the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002.

ed the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002. He will continue to carry out all the duties and responsibili- ties of the Archbishop of Canterbury, both for the Church of England and the Anglican Communion, until the end of the year. In an interview after his announcement, Dr Williams (above) said one accomplishment he looked back on with greatest sat- isfaction was “we’ve man- aged [to] get the Church of England to recognise the possibility of new styles of congregational life and new styles of training for minis- ters to go with it. I think that’s really begun to build itself in to the life of the Church.” The Archbishop is the Focus of Unity for the Anglican Communion. He is convener and host of the Lambeth Conference, President of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) and Chair of the Primates’ meeting. In these roles he travels extensively throughout the Anglican Communion, visiting provinces and dioceses and

the Anglican Communion, visiting provinces and dioceses and ABOVE: Leongatha parish held its annual family camp

ABOVE: Leongatha parish held its annual family camp recently at Grantville, amid much fellowship. See inside this issue for more photographs and a report. Photo: Russell Conway

supporting and encourag- ing the witness of the Church in very diverse con- texts. As primus inter pares among the bishops, he has a special concern for those in episcopal min- istry. Following the announce- ment, the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Canon Kenneth Kearon reflected on the Primate’s time in office saying it had “coin- cided with a period of tur- moil, change and develop- ment in the Anglican Communion and his careful leadership, deeply rooted in spirituality and theology, has strengthened and inspired us all in the Communion during this time.”

Archbishop Rowan’s announcement means that ACC-15 in New Zealand during the last quarter of this year will be his last as President of the ACC. The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said he was saddened to hear the news. “Our partnership in the gospel over the past six years has been the most creative period of my min- istry. It has been life-giving to have led missions together, gone on retreats and prayed together. In his company, I have drunk deeply from the wells of God’s mercy and love and it has all been joyful. He is a real brother to me in Christ. “The last decade has been

a challenging time for the

Church of England and the Anglican Communion. Thankfully, Archbishop Rowan is a remarkable and gifted leader who has strengthened the bonds of affection.”

The Crown Nominations

Commission will consider in due course the selection of

a successor. The responsi-

bility for choosing the next Archbishop of Canterbury rests with the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC). Its task is to submit the name of a preferred candidate (and a second appointable candidate) to the British Prime Minster who is constitutionally responsible for tendering advice on the appointment

to the Queen.

The Gippsland Anglican is your award winning newspaper: Best Regional Publication Silver Award (ARPA) 2011; Item or Feature that shows the most originality Highly Commended (ARPA) 2011; Best Social Justice Story Highly Commended (ARPA) 2004; Best Regional Publication (ARPA) 2003; Most Improved Newspaper (ARPA) 2001.

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Index

Williams resigns

1

Asylum seekers

3

World Day of Prayer

4

On reconciliation

5

Abbey news

6,7

Tom’s gift

8

Perspective

9

Tom’s adventure

10

Drouin youth

11

Puzzles

12

Clergy news

13

AWA anniversary

14,15

Blessed harvest

16

Jazz and food

17

Reviews

18,19

Pictorial

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Letters to the Editor

Prophet, priest and pastor

Dear Editor, Reading the February edi- tion of The Gippsland An- glican, I felt I needed to respond to the letter by

Bill Westhead which is crit- ical of Bishop McIntyre and to offer an alternative viewpoint. By way of in- troduction, can I reminisce about a time when the An- glican Church had a much higher profile in the com- munity. When I was growing up, I remember hearing radio and watching television debates featuring well known Anglican clergy, in- vited to give an opinion about particular social is- sues of the day. Indeed, a wide range of opinions were represented and often clergy were invited to give opposing view- points about issues such as the women’s ordination debate of the 1980’s and

90’s.

I have strong memories

of hearing on radio or see- ing on television Arch- bishop David Penman, who was often sought for his opinion on various sub-

jects. Since then, the voice of the church has grown softer as it has become more and more difficult for successive Christian lead- ers to be heard.

I have spoken to Chris-

tian journalists who have told me that often church media releases are sent out but not many are taken up; except if it has has to do with something controversial or a scandal. Society has changed and fewer people regularly at- tend church. Therefore, the media are not as inter- ested in a Christian world view or our opinions about everyday issues. For instance, I have watched with interest the public affairs show Insight (SBS television) and have

noted that Christian lead- ers and/or other Christian opinion is often not repre- sented in the target audi- ence, although sometimes other religions have a presence. So, when I read that the media is interested in the opinion of our bishop, it makes me glad. Do I agree with all our Bishop says? Not necessarily, but I am heartened that the leader of our diocese has been asked to give public com- ment in the media. Does what he says make me think more deeply about issues and squirm as I consider difficult social is- sues in my comparatively affluent situation? Yes, but haven’t religious lead- ers throughout the cen- turies done just that? For example, the Old Testa- ment prophets such as Amos and, of course, our Lord himself. Every clergy person is to discharge the role of prophet, priest and pastor. Our bishop conscientiously

discharges his episcopal responsibilities fearlessly and with great integrity. Does that make us feel un- comfortable at times? Per- haps, but it seems to me that is part and parcel of Christian leadership. Our bishop is not alone in taking his responsibility seriously to speak out about social issues. On the

front page in the February edition of The Melbourne Anglican it was reported Archbishop Freier ‘used his Christmas message to draw lessons from the Oc- cupy Movement’ which is described later in the arti- cle as ‘a shop window for a wider debate about the economic and social order in the west, with the Arch- bishop of Canterbury, the British Prime Minister, Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States among prominent figures making

Church in the United States among prominent figures making public interventions’. It is reported that Dr

public interventions’. It is reported that Dr Freier noted ‘the Occupy movement is a protest against wealth creation being divorced from social and moral responsibility’. On page three of TMA, Bishop Philip Huggins is quoted as saying: ‘it is a serious moral problem to make a promise and then

willingly break it, as Prime Minister Julia Gillard has done’. On page 23 of TMA, there is an article about Father Gerard Tucker, the founder of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, who it is said ‘stood up to politicians, once broke the law to make a moral point, cam- paigned tirelessly in the war against slums in his tiny caravan, fought for

the down and out

was able to speak with prophetic authority’. Our Bishop is working out of a religious heritage that has a long standing prece- dence. My experience of Bishop John McIntyre is of a per- son of great integrity who works hard to minister to all in his diocese and, as it appears to me, has a great affinity with the Gippsland people. Bishop John and Jan spent four days in our parish in a meet and greet and outreach parish mis- sion last year. They mixed freely and comfortably with parishioners and com- munity members. They were inclusive of all. My impression is that they are much loved by clergy and laity and not at all ‘polaris- ing’ as suggested. I think the Appointment Board has done a good job in appointing Bishop John. That his eminence and ability are recognised by the wider church and the media is something to be applauded and is in the best tradition of Anglican Episcopal leadership. Yours sincerely, Rev. Dr John Batt Neerim South

Sewing, cream teas and AWA

Dear Editor, My early memories of An- glican Women of Australia (AWA) must have been in the 1960s. Being on a farm, I took the children with me everywhere I went, so they must have been at school. Children were not allowed at AWA meetings in those days, so this was the only activity I had without the children. One of my first functions as president of Stratford was to chair the annual deanery rally, Stratford being the host. Irene Saether, bless her, who did things to the letter, was coaching me.

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I had to introduce the guest speaker, the new Bishop’s wife at the time, and have no recollection of what I said, with one eye on the guest and the other on Irene. However, the wonderful guest just took over like all our clergy wives, ‘bless them all’. May Kyne reminded me of the mission parcels given to us to sew. We had very basic patterns drawn on brown paper and butcher’s paper. The clothes had to have as few seams as pos- sible. There were matinee jack- ets, boys shorts and shirts gathered at the neck. I cannot remember any more. I think it was AWA that asked us to knit baby singlets for the warmer is- lands; we set to and knit- ted lovely white singlets, the same as we used for our babies, only to find white is the color of mourning at these particu- lar islands. We had lovely afternoon teas too, before we knew not to eat cream, etcetera. Sincerely, Marj Blake Stratford

NB: Marj Blake has pro- vided the following sketches of the clothing made for missions by AWA members:

sketches of the clothing made for missions by AWA members: ABOVE: Overall gathered at the neck.

ABOVE: Overall gathered at the neck.

by AWA members: ABOVE: Overall gathered at the neck. ABOVE: A drawstring jacket. ABOVE: Shorts. The

ABOVE: A drawstring jacket.

by AWA members: ABOVE: Overall gathered at the neck. ABOVE: A drawstring jacket. ABOVE: Shorts. The

ABOVE: Shorts.

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2012 Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries 3 Please for pray asylum seekers ASYLUM seekers are

pray

asylum seekers

ASYLUM seekers are more often than not only brought to our attention when one or other side of politics de- cides it is politically expedi- ent. Of course, we all know asylum seekers do not dis- appear simply because they disappear from the news but, unfortunately, we can conveniently forget their plight when it is not kept before us in the media. Sadly for those who seek asylum in Australia, it is im- possible for them to forget their tragic day-to-day ex- istence in what is quite lit- erally a ‘no-man’s-land’. The current Australian pol- icy on asylum seekers is Mandatory Indefinite De- tention. This policy is sup- ported by the Federal government and the Fed- eral opposition. It is un- equivocally unjust. ‘Mandatory’ means what it says. Even if all the indica- tors are that detention will be no benefit either to the asylum seeker or to the Australian community, all asylum seekers must, by law, be detained. ‘Indefinite’ means what it says. Asylum seekers must be detained until either they receive a visa or are removed from Australia. If neither is possible, the per- son must remain in custody for the term of his or her natural life. In at least one case, this has meant a per- son who has been found to be without a known state remains today in detention in our land for the term of

his natural life. This is be- cause he has not received a visa and no country will ac- cept him as a citizen. This situation exists by law in Australia for people who have committed no offence. By an international agree- ment, to which Australia is

a signatory, it is not an of-

fence to seek asylum in an- other country. This means people arriving by boat are not illegal immigrants, de- spite what some politicians and some in the media may call them. They do nothing illegal by seeking asylum in Australia.

To receive a visa to remain

in Australia, asylum seekers

must be ‘processed’ to de- termine if they are refugees. What processing reveals is that the vast ma- jority of them are refugees. Even so, refugees make up only three per cent of the total annual migration fig- ures for Australia and less than one per cent of this figure is people arriving by boat.

So, how is it we are so easily frightened by boat people? How is it we are not grossly offended by our alarming injustice in re- sponse to those who seek asylum in our land? Personally, I find it impos- sible to sing that line in the

second verse of our na- tional anthem which states ‘for those who’ve come across the seas we’ve boundless plains to share’. It is, quite frankly, a lie so long as our policy on asy- lum seekers is Mandatory Indefinite Detention. By any measure, Manda-

man from Afghanistan in hiding in Pakistan in fear for his life because he has con- verted to Christianity. He is already recognised by the United Nations as a refugee. Even so, those people from our diocese and others who have spent years supporting him have so far failed to convince the Australian Immigration De- partment or the Minister for Immigration to allow him to come to live in Australia. At the least, pray for justice for him.

live in Australia. At the least, pray for justice for him. Right Reverend John McIntyre Bishop

Right Reverend John McIntyre Bishop of Gippsland

What processing reveals is that the vast majority of asylum seekers are refugees. Even so, refugees make up only three per cent of the total annual migration figures for Australia and less than one per cent of this figure is people arriving by boat.

tory Indefinite Detention is

unjust. By Biblical stan- dards, it is an affront to God. The ancient people of God clearly recognised their responsibility under God to ensure justice for “the

stranger in their midst”. As

a child, Jesus’ life was en- dangered by the murderous King Herod. His family sought and received asylum

in Egypt, even among those

whom they would have

considered to be ungodly. How much more should we, as Christians, seek justice for those who seek asylum in Australia? May I suggest you seek out those in your commu- nity who work on a daily

basis to change attitudes and the law in Australia on asylum seekers? It is an ongoing battle that must be

won and there are people who struggle each day in advocacy for these power- less people in our midst. Join them. On a very particular note, I seek your prayers for one

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LYNNE Beaty, of Mirboo North, was the guest speaker at the World Day of Prayer service at Boolarra Christ Church. Lynne’s sub- ject, Bearing Fruit in Rwanda, was apt for the ec- umenical service, with its theme of Let Justice Prevail. The service at Boolarra Christ Church was facili-

tated by Bev Littlejohn (pic- tured right with Lynne Beaty). We were inspired by three things. First, our pleasure at meeting ecu- menically,as one in Christ. Second, we were inspired by the courageous story of Irene Fernandez and how her research of more than 300 immigrants living in Malaysian detention centres and its subsequent publica- tion led to her 15-year struggle for freedom from prison and exoneration. Yet how, during this time, by the grace of God, Tena- genati, the ‘women’s force’ grassroots movement she helped establish flourished, enabling “reform amend- ments to rape laws, the Do- mestic Violence Act and model contracts for over- seas domestic helpers” to be introduced to and en- acted by the Malaysian gov- ernment. Third, we were inspired by Lynne’s heartfelt sharing of her own journey of faith to Rwanda. Initially, Lynne and her husband, Neville, established relationships with the Tutsi and Hutu people by living in Kigali with them from mid-De- cember, 2003, until June,

2004.

Then Gippsland’s then Bishop, Jeff Driver, asked her to take up a missionary mantle to Africa and Neville’s unequivocal re- sponse: “ What an opportu- nity!” opened the way for a prosperous partnership be- tween the Gippsland and Gahini dioceses. It is a part- nership that has made a

and Gahini dioceses. It is a part- nership that has made a tangible difference to the

tangible difference to the

lives of people seeking to heal, reconcile and become one after the genocide of

1994.

Lynne’s background as a business woman and her experience building their own home and sustainable garden, together with hus- band, Neville, when their children were youngsters at Mirboo North, prepared them well for the chal- lenges they have faced in Gahini. Like many war-torn coun- tries, human trafficking, do- mestic violence, de-humanisation, harass- ment, abuse, rape and the treatment of women as in- ferior to men in both reli- gious and secular circles, has left many women in Rwanda feeling powerless or neglected. This is a situ- ation Lynne believes would make Jesus weep. Contributed by Rose la Vie

WDP explained

THE World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical move- ment which brings Chris- tians of many traditions together to observe a com- mon day of prayer each year. Through preparation and participation in the worship service, partici- pants can, in particular,

come to know how Chris- tian sisters of other coun- tries, languages and cultures understand the Biblical passages in their context. We can hear their con- cerns and needs and can feel ourselves in solidarity with them as we pray with and for them. Every year, the worship service focuses on a differ- ent country and a specific theme. Committees of that country prepare the order of worship on these themes to be used on the next World Day of Prayer. On the first Friday of March, then, in services all over the world that country becomes the focus of prayer and understanding. The motto of the World Day of Prayer movement is Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action. Through participation in the World Day of Prayer, we affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influ- ence on the world. The World Day of Prayer 2012 was focussed on Malaysia, with the theme, Let Justice Prevail. Their prayer focussed on enabling all races, ethnic groups and religions to work together for religious harmony. World Day of Prayer 2013 will be organised by France.

A LASTING GIFT : A bequest to the Anglican Diocese of Gippslan d or your

A LASTING GIFT: A bequest to the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland or your parish

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The Church, over the years, has been blessed with the generosity of Anglicans and others in support of its mission. One way you can support this ideal in a relatively easy way, is to make a gift through your will. In the first instance, of course, you will consider carefully the needs of your immediate family and friends before proceeding with a bequest to the church.

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We offer a way of helping you to carry out your wishes. Your gift, through your bequest, will be very much appreciated. You may wish to support the Diocese of Gippsland as a whole, or your own parish, or for a particular purpose.

Making your bequest in your Will is a simple proced ure, although in preparing or

Making your bequest in your Will is a simple procedure, although in preparing or amending your Will you should always consult a solicitor. The Registrar of the Diocese of Gippsland has information to assist you in making a bequest, including the form of words you and your solicitor might want to use.

Telephone Brian Norris on 03 5144 2044, or go to www.gippsanglican.org.au

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TOP: Jan Stephenson, Kathy Grabenweger and Marie Stripp of St John’s Bairnsdale after the World Day of Prayer service. Marie Stripp organised the ecumenical service this year, held at St John’s Anglican church. ABOVE: Roger Papps of the Baptist church in Bairnsdale with Archdeacon Ted Gibson. Next year’s World Day of Prayer service will be at the Baptist church. BELOW: Marie Redenbach of the Uniting Church in Bairns- dale with Dot McFarlane of St John’s Bairnsdale. Photos: Jeanette Severs

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Aboriginal archdeacon supports reconciliation

By David Crampton, Rebecca Gallegos and Jeremy Halcrow

THE Anglican Church in Australia’s first woman in- digenous archdeacon, Karen Kime, said she sees her role as improving com- munication with the na- tion’s Aboriginal communities and support- ing reconciliation with the church and the wider soci- ety. “All clergy have a respon- sibility to indigenous peo- ple,” Reverend Kime (right)

said in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). “It’s about teaching our people that there’s a role for them to play in the

and helping other

people to see that.” Canberra-Goulburn Bishop Stuart Robinson, who con- ducted Rev. Kime’s ordina- tion service on February 25 this year, said her appoint- ment sends a strong signal that indigenous ministry is now on the church’s agenda, “and therefore we are deploying a highly gifted, skilled and experi- enced indigenous leader to take carriage of this work.” As well as performing her new role in Canberra-Goul- burn diocese, Rev. Kime, a Birripa woman, is manager of indigenous ministry for Anglicare, the church’s urban mission and commu- nity care arm. She seeks to reconcile relationships be- tween the church and Abo- riginal Australians. “For me, this position is all about reconciliation. It’s about social justice because in the past the relationship between the church and Aboriginal people has been pretty poor,” she told the ABC. Between 1910 and 1970, churches cooperated with the Australian government in the forced removal of up to 100,000 indigenous chil- dren, now known as the ‘stolen generation’, from their parents. The govern- ment’s policy aimed to as- similate children, placing many in church-run institu- tions. After a 1977 government inquiry, most major Chris- tian denominations publicly apologised for roles in these forced removal practices and have taken reconcilia- tory steps. A government apology followed in 2008. Tom Calma, co-chair of Reconciliation Australia, a group promoting reconcilia- tion between Aboriginal people and other Aus- tralians, says Kime’s ap- pointment shows the Anglican Church is commit- ted to building better rela-

church

tionships between the church and Aboriginal Aus- tralians. “Archdeacon Kime is a strong believer in reconcili- ation between Aboriginal people and other Aus- tralians. It’s great to see the Anglican Church em- bracing its indigenous lead- ers,” Calma said. Twelve years ago, Rev. Karen Kime was the first Aboriginal woman to be or- dained a priest in New South Wales. She says she feels privileged to be part of a supportive diocese. “I think I’m actually where I’m meant to be and I’m equipped to do that. I don’t feel daunted, I actually feel encouraged.” As Archdeacon for Indige- nous Ministry and Manager for Indigenous Services, Culture and Education, Archdeacon Kime will work across three dioceses in the ACT and NSW to identify opportunities for new Angli- care services to indigenous communities. Her role will also enable better pathways for Aborig- inal and Torres Strait Is- lander people into ministry. Archdeacon Kime served for over 25 years in Angli- can parishes across the Riverina, spending the past 18 months as the acting rector at St John’s Anglican Church in Wagga Wagga before her recent appoint- ment to Archdeacon. She has worked as a lec- turer at Charles Sturt Uni-

versity where she wrote the first Aboriginal studies sub- jects for those studying to be primary school teachers and social workers. Rev. Kime’s role with An- glicare, General Manager of Indigenous Services and Education, within the Mis- sion and Justice Direc- torate, will focus on the development of services to indigenous and other Aus- tralians. “Living in isolated commu- nities has significant chal- lenges. Anglicare has a key role in developing the ca- pacity and resilience of such communities to expe- rience a level of health and wellbeing equal to that of other Australians,” she said. Rev. Kime is a Birripa woman whose family comes from the area known as Dingo Creek, near Kempsey in northern NSW. She says Dingo Creek was a place her family moved to when Aboriginal reserves were established in that area. It was a place Aborig- inal people “escaped to [so their children] wouldn’t be taken away,” she said. In the mid 1980’s her fam- ily moved to Wagga. At that time there were few people of different cultures living within the city. She said ex- periences of discrimination were common. “Happily, the cultural mix of the city has grown and it has become an increasingly stimulating place to live,” she says.

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Education and Carols in the Drome. The Gippsland Anglican Rev. Kime said one of the things

Rev. Kime said one of the things organisations tend to do is recruit Aboriginal peo- ple into Aboriginal posi- tions. However, she says “reconciliation is about in- digenous Australians taking their rightful place across all levels of an organisa- tion.”

“The issue of Reconcilia- tion involves all Australians and is a journey we make together. Indeed, I ac- cepted the position [with Anglicare] because it re- flects real commitment by Anglicare and the [Angli- can] Church to such a process!” she said.

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The Abbey of St Barnabas

April 2012

St Mark’s Gospel the subject of Abbey retreat

By Jane Macqueen and Dr Colin Thornby

SOME commentators have suggested the Church finds itself at a moment of pro- found change. Many church people feel this in their souls and are looking for ways to respond to the change. The author, Phyllis Tickle, describes past mo- ments of change in her book The Great Emergence, suggesting that, for the church, these moments happen in a regular pattern and present great opportu- nities to respond to God’s invitation to renew. Dr Alexander Shaia’s work might be seen as part of the discussion aiming to provide contemporary Christians with ways of working with the unchang- ing elements of the faith in new ways. In his book, The Hidden Power of the Gospels, Alexander de- scribes a way of reading, preaching and teaching the Gospels which is very new but entirely rooted in the Church’s most ancient tra- ditions of reading and living scripture. Alexander (above right), based in the United States, has spent the past four months in the southern hemisphere, teaching and working in New Zealand and Australia. In mid- March, Alexander visited Gippsland and the Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park on Raymond Island. It was an opportunity to

reconnect with old friends who had encountered him and his work at the Aus- tralian Network for Spiritual Direction conference in 2011 and to meet new peo- ple and offer his thoughts. Two events were held at the Abbey, aimed at provid- ing different experiences and ways of interacting with Alexander and his work. The first was a one-day workshop which gave an overview of Alexander’s Quadratos schema and pro- vided some insights for preaching and teaching with Mark’s Gospel. The second was a retreat aimed at providing participants with a way of working with the gospels that promotes community. Attendees fortunate enough to to spend the weekend in retreat with Dr Alexander Shaia were very blessed. Alexander wove together a retreat time that included his own liturgies for the celebration of the 72 hours of Easter and teach- ing about what has brought him to the place of believ- ing that this liturgy is of vital importance to the place we find ourselves as church today. He also shared from the depth of his knowledge of the Aramaic tradition and language underpinning the gospels. He included an overview of the Quadratos lens that many have found so helpful since first reading Alexander’s work, The Hid- den Power of the Gospels. The retreat began in the

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shadowed darkness of the chapel that Alexander had transformed into a simple place of worship focussed on a wooden four sided cross and the jug and bowl

for the washing of the feet. The opening liturgy in- cluded the lighting of the new fire, as would be done on the evening of Holy Sat- urday. Alexander explained the Aramaic tradition un- derpinning this liturgy. Attendees joined in the moving experience of shar- ing with one another the stories of people in their lives who have died, from whom we had caught the love of God; people who had inspired our own lives of faith and love. The names were placed in

a fire pot and we each sat connected by the faith and love of those from the past as we watched the flames dance. We were then en- couraged to pass on the flame of faith. Saturday brought more teaching about how the early church came to begin

a three day community re-

treat including the celebra- tion of Easter. It was a time when the coming together of those early Christian communities brought with it questions and conflict:

You celebrate how? You be-

lieve what? It sounded so familiar. So the early church met for a three day community re- treat in prayer, worship and vigil. Alexander invited atten- dees to consider the call to

vigil. Alexander invited atten- dees to consider the call to live in community in an at-

live in community in an at- titude of self emptying and the coming together of indi- viduals in harmony. The rope that bound the cross we met around in prayer was a perfect visual for each of us that coming to-

gether in harmony involves being willing to struggle to- gether with tension. Alexander shared a little of his firm belief that we have one gospel in four parts; each gospel written with a particular question as its focus and offering us a spir- itual practice to follow: How

do we face change? How do we move through suffering? How do we receive joy? How do we mature in serv- ice? The day visitors left with minds and hearts full and those of us fortunate to stay on enjoyed a meal to- gether and finished the evening once again with beautiful liturgy in the shadowed chapel. Sunday morning opened with a sharing of the Eu- charist. Alexander served

Abbey priest, Archdeacon Edie Ashley, as she prayed the Eucharist using Alexan- der’s liturgy. It was a gen- uinely moving experience. Alexander shared more from his deep understand- ing of the Aramaic language that the gospel writers would have thought in, but then had to convert into the Greek text to record their writings. The retreat con- cluded with more of Alexan- der’s unpublished liturgies and through this we experi- enced just a taste of what it would be to come together in community and pray for all God’s people. This retreat was hosted jointly by the Anam Cara Community and The Abbey. Those who were blessed to participate were most thankful to Dr Alexander Shaia for giving of himself so fully throughout the two days. They were also able to ex- perience living in the beau- tifully appointed units at the Abbey and appreciative of the holy ground on which this retreat centre is built. It continues to be a ‘thin place’ where God seems very close and the natural environment draws people into deeper relationship with their creator. The Abbey catering team is to be commended for coping with the changing numbers as they prepared for the retreat and all meals were most appreciated and enjoyed. Alexander was captured by the beauty of A’Beckett Park and by the vision for the Abbey. He described feeling this was indeed a special place for which God had great plans. Alexander acknowledged the work in- volved in hosting him in Gippsland and especially those who worked to make the two events possible. “The cross constructed by Brian Turner beautifully symbolises the journey of reconciliation in commu- nity,” he said. He added he hopes the cross will continue to be used and prayed with. More information on Alexander Shaia is available from the Anam Cara Com- munity’s website.

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Our Diocese - The Abbey of St Barnabas

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Shaia a coup for Abbey

By Sue Fordham

ON Wednesday, March 14, the Abbey of St Barnabas hosted a one-day reflection workshop with Dr Alexander Shaia, inter- nationally renowned author, educator, psy- chologist, spiritual director and liturgist. This was followed at the weekend by a three day retreat. (See story, page 6.) Thirteen people attended the Wednesday reflection and were rivetted as Dr Shaia unpacked the four Gospel journey he de- scribes as Quadratos. Put briefly, the four phase journey begins with Matthew who, using the metaphor of the mountain, writes to a people stripped of their temple and their priesthood. He answers the question: How do we face change? Next, Mark, addressing a people con- stantly under threat of hideous execution by the Romans, uses the image of storm tossed sea and wilderness to deal with the issue of suffering. John’s third path is about receiving joy and is often used as a text to prepare for baptism. His most used metaphor is the garden.

Finally, Luke addresses the growing Chris- tian communities and, using the image of the road, faces the issue of how we mature in service. Context is all. Audience is all. Dr Shaia speaks of one Gospel with four chapters. While not denigrating the approach of studying the Gospels, he believes the most is got from them by praying them. So outstanding was this reflection work- shop, it is tempting to use language that is excessive in describing it. But, at least for this attendee, the Gospels were seen through a prism that was new, exciting and revelatory. Suddenly, the Gospels came alive and resonated with new life. I thought: So that is why there are four of them. So that is why they are subtly different in focus, em- phasis and detail. So that is why they are in the order they are in. Dr Alexander Shaia, this eloquent man from New Mexico, born of émigré parents from Lebanon, brought a new dimension of spiritual insight and an opportunity to ex- perience a new joy to all of us attending. What a great achievement for our fledgling abbey.

attending. What a great achievement for our fledgling abbey. ABOVE: Participants in the Wednesday workshop introducing

ABOVE: Participants in the Wednesday workshop introducing the teaching of Dr Alexan- der Shaia, held at the Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park.

Photo: Edie Ashley

Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park. Photo: Edie Ashley ABOVE: Carolyn Raymond and Dr Pene

ABOVE: Carolyn Raymond and Dr Pene Brooke partic- ipated in a workshop led by Dr Alexander Shaia at the Abbey of St Barnabas in March. RIGHT: Reverend Jim Con- nelly listens thoughtfully to insights from Mark’s Gospel. BELOW: Alexander Shaia made use of simple but ef- fective tools in the chapel of St Barnabas. Photos: Edie Ashley

Shaia made use of simple but ef- fective tools in the chapel of St Barnabas. Photos:
Shaia made use of simple but ef- fective tools in the chapel of St Barnabas. Photos:
Shaia made use of simple but ef- fective tools in the chapel of St Barnabas. Photos:
Shaia made use of simple but ef- fective tools in the chapel of St Barnabas. Photos:
Shaia made use of simple but ef- fective tools in the chapel of St Barnabas. Photos:

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Missions and Ministries

April 2012

Carer support group in Sale

AFTER the success of Benetas’ Dementia Carer Support Groups in Lakes Entrance and Orbost, Bene- tas is pleased to announce the expansion of the pro- gram into Sale. Benetas and Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria first es- tablished the free support groups for people who are caring for someone with a dementia, following signifi- cant interest and enquiries from the local community. A support group for the carers can provide a sup- portive forum enabling those attending to share their experiences, learn new strategies and enjoy socialising with others who share common problems. Carers in Sale are now set to benefit, with the group

holding its first meeting on March 14. For more infor- mation about the groups, please contact 03 5155

6000.

Last year, residents of Lakes Entrance and Orbost seeking carer support net- works began meeting under the auspices of Benetas; al- lowing them to meet with other people who are caring for someone with dementia. Lakes Entrance was the first of three new dementia specific carer support groups planned by Benetas for the region. The most recent Access Economics Report commis- sioned by Alzheimer’s Aus- tralia Victoria indicates, in 2010, 53 new cases of de- mentia were diagnosed each day. This is set to rise to 82 per day by 2020. “A support group for the

to rise to 82 per day by 2020. “A support group for the ABOVE: Benetas hosted

ABOVE: Benetas hosted a family day at Collingwood Chil- dren’s Farm.

carers can enable those at- tending to share their expe- riences, learn new strategies and enjoy social- ising with others who share common problems,” said Diane Scott, Gippsland counsellor with Alzheimer’s Australia Vic. The Lakes Entrance De- mentia Carer Support Group meets every fourth Tuesday of each month and the Orbost Dementia Carer Support Group on the first Thursday of each month. The Sale Dementia Carer Support Group will meet on the second Wednesday of each month, at 1pm, in the activity room at Latrobe Community Health Serv- ices. Benetas is a not-for-profit organisation, founded by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne in 1948. Benetas provides aged care services for more than 4,000 older Victorians each year, within its 11 residential care facil- ities and through its exten- sive community care programs. Benetas is dedi- cated to advocating on be- half of all older people and has an extensive Research and Advocacy Agenda. Benetas recently cele- brated the outstanding achievement and dedication of its staff at a Family Fun Day. More than 450 staff members and their families

attended the event, held at the Collingwood Children’s Farm, enjoying a day of good food, conversation and various farm activities, including cow milking, pony and tractor rides. The Family Fun Day was an opportunity for Benetas to thank its staff members for their commitment to creating fulfilling life expe- riences for older people, particularly those who have made special contributions to the organisation and to supporting older Victorians over a long period of time. More than 230 staff mem- bers who have reached long service milestones during 2011 and 2012, including some up to 25, 30 and 35 years of continuous service, were recognised and thanked for their dedication at the event. Sandra Price, from Benetas Hurlingham Respite Service, celebrated an amazing 35 years with Benetas. Speaking at the event, CEO Sandra Hills told her team: “I am inspired by and truly appreciate your dedication.” Ms Hills said the day also marked the end of the inau- gural Orange Festival at Benetas, 18 days and more than 20 events held at Benetas’ nursing homes and community offices across Victoria. “We had feedback from our staff across the state that they would like to see more of our head office staff visiting our services and clients, so the Orange Festival was held to enable this to happen,” she said.

Tom updates via One Wish program

to happen,” she said. Tom updates via One Wish program TOM Baldwin has always been intrigued

TOM Baldwin has always been intrigued by technol- ogy. Eight years ago, Tom taught himself how to use a computer, on a computer made of rescued parts, given to him by his son. Unfortunately for the Benetas Community Care client, who lives in Sale, the computer became slow and damaged by internet ‘hack- ers’. Tom’s mobility has also decreased during the years and he now experiences hearing problems. His mind is his most active asset and he has sorely missed being able to use his computer. When Tom’s Care Man- ager, Jo Inglis, learnt of the problem, she thought of the Benetas One Wish Program immediately. “Tom and I completed an application together,” she said. The good news soon came that the wish for a new desktop computer had been granted. “The quality of my life has been changed so much since I received my new

computer.” Tom said. “I am now able to contact my friends and relatives abroad at any time. I write to them and I can also call them up and see them over the internet. It’s just plain magic.” Tom, who is also an avid artist and photographer, is using his computer to scan his artwork in to keep items on file and for editing his photographs. “I am so happy I was lucky enough to receive this computer,” he said. “I hope the Benetas One Wish program goes on granting people like me their one wish. It is ab- solutely wonderful.” Since Tom’s story was published in another news- paper, he has also received contact from an old friend, who contacted Benetas which organisation passed on his details to Tom.

ABOVE: Tom Baldwin shows his new computer to his wife, Patricia. Tom’s new technology resulted from an application to Benetas.

new technology resulted from an application to Benetas. ABOVE: Benetas staff and the families enjoyed the

ABOVE: Benetas staff and the families enjoyed the family fun day.

from an application to Benetas. ABOVE: Benetas staff and the families enjoyed the family fun day.
from an application to Benetas. ABOVE: Benetas staff and the families enjoyed the family fun day.

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April 2012

Our Diocese - Features

9

analysing

the Gonski report on funding for schools

Perspective

By Mike Clapper

DAVID Gonski and his panel of experts were com- missioned in April 2010 to review the basis for the

funding of schools across all states and sectors in Aus- tralia. On February 20, fol- lowing a listening tour around Australia, more than 7000 submissions, four research papers and discussions with hundreds of professionals and stake- holders, the report was re- leased with 26 findings and 41 recommendations. School funding has long been a source of division within the education com- munity with some believing that parents who choose to send their children to an in- dependent (and normally faith-based) school should not expect the school to re- ceive any government sup- port; and others who believe all students should receive equal funding, re- gardless of the school they attend.

In the past 50 years, a va-

riety of funding models have been used in Australia but all, though varying in the process of calculation, have been somewhere be-

tween these two extremes with a proportion of the

costs of educating a child in a government school being granted to independent schools, depending on their fee structure and asset base.

A complicating factor in

the argument has been that, while government schools have been primarily funded by state authorities, independent and Catholic schools have received the majority of their funding from federal sources. Thus, to compare what is actually happening, you need to add together funding from both sources. Currently, federal funding to independent schools is on a sliding scale from 13.7 per cent up to 70 per cent of the AGSRC (Average Government Schools Recur- rent Cost). Both of the An- glican Schools in Gippsland receive approximately 50 per cent of this figure. This figure does not, how- ever, take into account cap- ital or debt-servicing costs, superannuation, insurance costs and Commonwealth grants to government schools.

Another major area of dif- ficulty for non-government schools has been the lack of support for children with disabilities. The real costs of such support have not been portable if a parent

has chosen to enrol their child in a non-government school, leaving the school to subsidise such costs out of general revenue. The Gonski report has es- tablished a number of prin- ciples on which funding should be based, given here in outline form:

Public funding should be allocated in a fair, logical and practical way taking into account the capacity for contribution from pri- vate resources; Funding should be allo- cated on the basis of need; Funding should be suffi- cient to ensure that all stu- dents receive a high standard of schooling; Funding should support a diverse range of provision and allow choice by par- ents; Funding arrangements should help to drive broader school reform to improve outcomes, particu- larly for disadvantaged stu- dents; Funding arrangements should embody partner- ships between school sec- tors; Funding arrangements should be transparent; Public funding should pro- vide demonstrable value for money. From these principles, Gonski has argued for the establishment of a Student Resource Standard (SRS) for both primary and sec- ondary students. This will

be based on the real costs of educating students in the most efficient high-per- forming schools. This standard will be used to provide a base loading for funding, to be supple- mented for students and schools with various kinds of disadvantage, such as socio-economic status, dis- ability (per student), Eng- lish language proficiency, indigenous students, school size and location (remote- ness). For independent schools, some estimate will be made of the ‘capacity to con- tribute’ of the school com- munity and this will be taken into account when determining the percentage of the SRS that schools re- ceive. The Gonski review panel has estimated that the ef- fective introduction of the new plan will cost at least $5 billion and the Common- wealth would provide 30 per cent of this, with the states providing the rest. Herein lies the difficulty in the new model. It requires substantial levels of co-op- eration between federal and

state bodies which will not be easy to achieve. Hence, there is no immediate plan to introduce the model and it may get lost or watered down in the political ma- noeuvring which will un- doubtedly occur over the coming months and years. The Victorian government has already estimated its contribution as $750 mil- lion, which is about 12 per cent of the current state education budget. The outcome is unlikely to be known for some time and its impact on independ- ent schools is uncertain. There are some positive el- ements, such as the porta- bility of funding for students with a disability; but these count for nothing until there is a comment to the costing of the proposal. Timing is also a problem. Federal Government fund- ing legislation for non-gov- ernment schools expires at the end of next year. Com- monwealth non-govern- ment school funding agreements must be settled with new legislation by the end of this year. Given the political cycle and the timing of the next election, this may be diffi- cult to achieve and leave us in a state of limbo, with a possible temporary exten- sion of existing legislation and funding arrangements for one or two more years, until an agreement can be reached on the way for- ward. More information about the Gonski review and sug- gested points to be raised with MPs can be found in an Issues Paper on the home page of the Independent Schools Victoria website www.independentschools.vi c.edu.au The Federal Government is encouraging a discussion on ‘which of the review panel’s recommendations to implement and how best to do this’. There will be local information sessions around Australia and online forums. Parents and families can visit the government’s ‘Have your Say’ page on its School Funding Forum web- site at www.schoolfund- ing.gov.au The full report, the gov- ernment’s initial response and details of the next steps can be found at the government’s Your School Our Future website www.schoolfunding.gov.au

NB: Mike Clapper is the Ex- ecutive Principal of Gipps- land Grammar and St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School.

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Diocesan Calendar

2012

TBA

Blessing of Ena Sheumack House; Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park, Raymond Island

International Year of People of African Descent, Na- tional Year of the Farmer, National Year of Reading

April

 

1

Palm Sunday

1

Serra Club Golf Day; TBC

3

Renewal of Ordination of Vows and Blessing of Oils service, 11.30am to 3pm; St Paul’s

Cathedral, Sale; light lunch at Bishopscourt; contact Registry to confirm, 03 5144 2044

5

Maundy Thursday

6

Good Friday

7

Environment open day and workshops; Abbey of St Barnabas, A’Beckett Park, Raymond Island (Paynesville parish); 10am to 4pm; contact Ann, telephone 0427 445866 or email tarkaan@netspace.net.au

7

St Nicholas’ Easter Craft Fair and Easter Bonnet Parade, Lakes Entrance; 9am

7

7 – 9

Easter Light service at St Barnabas Chapel, A’Beckett Park; 5.30pm; with commissioning of Von Dubbeld as Assistant Minister to the Abbey Parish (was Paynesville parish). Led by Bishop John McIntyre. St John’s Metung Giant Easter Book Sale; donations, telephone Ann and Andrew, 03

 

5156

2502

8

Easter Day

14

– 15 Growth in Ministry training for ordination candidates, priests and deacons; venue TBA; overnight at Bishopscourt, Sale; contact Archdeacon Heather Marten, 03 5144 2044 or Dean Don Saines, 03 5144 2020

21

Bishop in Council planning day, Registry, Sale

25

ANZAC Day

30

- May 2

Clergy conference; Abbey of St

Barnabas, A’Beckett Park, Raymond Island

May April 30 - May 2

Clergy conference; Abbey of St

Barnabas, A’Beckett Park, Raymond Island

1

Mothers’ Union Gippsland Executive meeting

5

Anglican Earthcare Gippsland annual general meeting, St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale; led by Bishop John McIntyre

17

Two Bishops and the Dean … Q and A on the environment and other matters; Bishop John McIntyre, Bishop Kay Goldsworthy, Dean Dr Don Saines; Abbey of St Barnabas, A’Beckett Park; 2pm to 4pm

18

– 20 Gippsland Anglican 36th annual Synod, Sale

23

Mothers’ Union Australia Council open day, Palotti College, Millgrove, 10am to 4pm

25

– 27 The Spirituality of Winter, a retreat led by Reverend Anne Turner; Abbey of St Barnabas, A’Beckett Park

27

– June 3 Vocational panel interviews; venue TBA

29

– 30 Victorian Council of Churches Emergency Ministry Training, Level 2; Traralgon; contact 03 9650 4511 or email emergencies@vcc.org.au

June

2

Lay Reader training, 9.30am to 4pm; Korumburra; contact Reverend Jenny Ramage, Rev. Tony Wicking and Rev. Bruce

Charles; register at Registry, 03 5144 2044

13

Mothers’ Union June Join In; St Mary’s Morwell; 9.30am to 3pm; Karin McKenzie, 03

5662 2148

5144 2044 13 Mothers’ Union June Join In; St Mary’s Morwell; 9.30am to 3pm; Karin McKenzie,

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Youth, Family and Children’s Ministries

April 2012

- Youth, Family and Children’s Ministries April 2012 Tom’s summer of adventure WHEN Tom Hobbs plays

Tom’s summer of adventure

WHEN Tom Hobbs plays football, he often endures the attentions of a tagger. During the Christmas holidays, he received simi-

larly unerring attention, not from an oppo- nent, but from a host of Indonesian children, vying to be in his sight.

A year nine student at St Paul’s Anglican

Grammar School, Tom experienced a life changing journey to Hohidiai, in Indonesia, during the summer break. He was a mem- ber of a community church visit to a school in the Hohidiai region, developed by Peter and Esther Scarbourough. The travelling party included Tom’s mother, Chris, and St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School year four teacher, Justin Ballantyne, Simon and Carla Ronalds and Bill and Leanne Anderson. By day, mem- bers of the group assisted at the local hos- pital, Justin helped at the school and Tom became the veritable Pied Piper, kicking footballs and sharing sports gear donated by St Paul’s and Sportsco. The cricket equipment, AFL footballs, skipping ropes, sporting bibs, soccer balls and bean bags proved to be invaluable contributions to the community.

“It’s so different,” said Tom of the locale. “The children only have one classroom and Physical Education just involved army exercises. They would just run laps be- cause they had no sporting equipment.” For Tom, an avid sportsman, it was not just the approach to exercise that provided a cultural shock. “We mainly ate rice and fish. Chicken was cooked sometimes but only by families when they had enough money,” Tom said.

“I took a box of muesli bars but that was-

Tom said. “I took a box of muesli bars but that was- n’t enough to fill

n’t enough to fill me up.” The journey included local market experi- ences, where Tom was privy to the shouts and cries of a thriving marketplace and the smell of strange foods or, in many cases, parts of food rarely sighted in Australia. The most confronting moment took place when Tom was summoned to a medical room to visit a man who had suffered burns to 70 per cent of his body when a family feud turned ugly, spurred on by al- cohol and culminating in a kerosene at- tack. “It was just shocking,” Tom said. “Everything there just makes you realise how lucky we are.”

TOP: Tom Hobbs with some of the school children and equipment donated by St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School and Sportsco. ABOVE: Tom Hobbs with one of the chil- dren he met during the church group’s visit to Hohidiai, Indonesia, during last summer.

Kidsplus+ will support training for children’s and youth ministries

THE Kidsplus+ Network of Gippsland diocese has been granted funds through a government Volunteers Grant Scheme to subsidise adults undertaking skills training in support of min- istries with children and youth. We welcome en- quiries from people who may wish to undertake par- ticular courses relevant to these ministries. Contact Kidsplus+ through gipp- skidsplus@people.com.au

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and Shrove Tuesday tea; Newborough parish’s Fam- ily BBQ Activity at Apex Park; and Traralgon’s parish fete. The parachute continues to provide a feature at many of the mainly music programs. The Kidsplus+ Network aims to support parish based ministries by providing inter-parish com- munication, resource shar- ing and leadership training opportunities.

Family activity

THE Kidsplus+ diocesan network has been pleased to accept renewed or new affiliations from the parishes of Drouin, Won- thaggi, Sale, Korumburra, and Heyfield. As this article goes to print, Kidsplus+ has re- ceived many applications from campers and leaders for the Phillip Island Camp, suggesting attendance from Moe, Traralgon, Maffra, Newborough and Melton. Close to 40 children will be at the camp. We will report on the camp in the next

PARISHES with mainly music groups, playgroups and junior church ministries are invited to join in our Family Traffic School morn- ing and barbecue lunch, to be held on Saturday, May 12, from 10.30am until 1pm. The Kidsplus+ team is fully sponsoring booking of the Morwell Traffic School, on the Princes Highway opposite Kernot Hall. Parishes will receive details soon. A free sausage sizzle is provided. Bring your own, named, bikes or trikes and helmets,

edition of The Gippsland Anglican. Parishes are reminded of the availability of the Kid- splus+ Network’s trailer, games and activity re- sources. It has been well used this year by Leon- gatha parish, for commu- nity Australia Day Celebrations and camp;

if convenient. This will be a fun morning for young fam- ily members in the minia- ture town and road setting, and another opportunity for inter-parish fellowship. Watch for parish notices. Enquiries through the Gippskidsplus+ email, gipp- skidsplus@people.com.au or telephone Catherine on

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Our Diocese - Youth, Family and Children’s Ministries 11 Youth faith alive in Drouin parish ALTHOUGH

Youth faith alive in Drouin parish

ALTHOUGH the Youth and Family Minister’s role has been vacant at Drouin parish for the past two years, it is encouraging to see the faith development of our youth is still alive and well. Our youth are now represented on Parish Council by active young parishioner, Michael Lossi. On February 19, Bishop John McIntyre held a confir- mation service for four of our young people, Ben Perry, Harvey Langford and Storme and North Mason. It was a lovely service. Canon Amy Turner bap- tised one of our newer church members, Alisha Jones at the same service. It was wonderful to see ap- proximately 75 people turn up to support these young people as they confirmed their intent to follow Christ. The service was followed by a time of fellowship as we all shared a barbecue and some backyard cricket. The public affirmation of their faith is simply one more step for these young people, whose faith has grown from being regulars at Teddy Praise (preschool program), JAFFA’s (after school program) and God’s Gang (Sunday school). They are now taking more active roles in the running of our monthly Connections service. Here they are in- volved in playing in the band, developing power- point presentations, leading prayers and role playing. When North Mason was asked why he wanted to be confirmed he simply stated:

“I have already accepted Jesus into my heart, so why not do it officially?”

Connections

THE music for the Connec- tions services is played by musicians who meet at the church to practise on Wednesday evenings. We value the commitment of the young people and their parents, who encourage them by bringing them to these meetings. We enjoy worship with more contem- porary and participatory songs. The Connections service has been a wonderful way to bring more families into

the church fold. Many fam- ilies, particularly those with young children, have found this a more modern and re- laxed way of worship, while still maintaining God as the focus of all we do. After the bible reading people split into groups for craft, role playing and deeper discus- sion. The service is followed by lunch in Maxfield Hall.

Shaving Ben

After the Connections service on March 11, the congregation supported Ben Perry as he shaved his head for Leukaemia re- search. Locks of hair were auctioned by Michael Lossi for as much as $50. Many people shared in cutting or shaving Ben’s head; we are all very proud of his efforts. Ben raised $205 on the day to add to his fundraising prior to losing his hair. Well done, Ben.

Playgroup

There is a playgroup on Wednesday mornings at 10am, run by church mem- bers who set up and pack away, as well as assist with morning teas and holding babies, while the parents or grandparents play with older toddlers or preschool- ers. There are regularly 12 children attending. As Drouin grows, new faces are attending. Many families have made good friendships through the playgroup program. The sessions are informal but have a craft activity, story and song time every week and once monthly there is a Biblical theme. Currently there is a wait- ing list for new members, as our capacity is limited by our venue; especially once the winter weather sets in. Enquiries to the office, 03 5625 4121. Contributors: Melissa Mason and Sue Lester

ABOVE: North and Storme Mason, Bishop John McIn- tyre, Harvey Langford, Canon Amy Turner and Ben Perry after the Communion service at Drouin. Photo: Melissa Mason

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Ben shaves for cure

Melissa Mason The Gippsland Anglican Ben shaves for cure Fun and games at parish camp THE
Melissa Mason The Gippsland Anglican Ben shaves for cure Fun and games at parish camp THE

Fun and games at parish camp

THE annual Leongatha parish family camp was held at Grantville on March 2 to 4. Worship, games, fel- lowship and Bible study with Leongatha’s CMS link missionaries, Jon and Deb- orah, made for a very happy weekend. The camp was organised by Bethany Toohill and Rev- erend Janet Wallis, with de- licious meals co-ordinated by Pat Bowman and Meg Steenholdt. Contributor: Heather Scott

ABOVE right: Take my hand parishioners of all ages attempted walking the bal- ance-wire. MIDDLE right: Leongatha parish’s link missionaries, Jon and Deborah, with some of St Peter’s children in Indonesian dress. BELOW right: Under the ponchos and sombreros are Hugh and Lesley Chisholm. BELOW far right: Peter Wal- lis made a very biblical fig- ure. Photos: Russell Conway

lis made a very biblical fig- ure. Photos: Russell Conway LEFT: Before and after photographs of
lis made a very biblical fig- ure. Photos: Russell Conway LEFT: Before and after photographs of

LEFT: Before and after photographs of Ben Perry, of Drouin parish, who shaved his head for Leukaemia re- search. See story on this page. ABOVE: Many people shared in cutting or shaving Ben’s head, including Canon Amy Turner, under the watchful eye of Michael Lossi and friends of Ben. Photos: Melissa Mason and Sue Lester

Canon Amy Turner, under the watchful eye of Michael Lossi and friends of Ben. Photos: Melissa
Canon Amy Turner, under the watchful eye of Michael Lossi and friends of Ben. Photos: Melissa
Canon Amy Turner, under the watchful eye of Michael Lossi and friends of Ben. Photos: Melissa
Canon Amy Turner, under the watchful eye of Michael Lossi and friends of Ben. Photos: Melissa

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April 2012

Color in the picture:

Jesus praying

Ministries April 2012 Color in the picture: Jesus praying Copyright: www.sermons4kids.com Puzzle: Join the numbers

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Puzzle: Join the numbers

Copyright: www.sermons4kids.com Puzzle: Join the numbers Copyright: Bible Society Australia Drouin playgroup ABOVE:

Copyright: Bible Society Australia

Drouin playgroup

numbers Copyright: Bible Society Australia Drouin playgroup ABOVE: In Drouin parish, the playgroup on Wednesday mornings

ABOVE: In Drouin parish, the playgroup on Wednesday mornings is very popular with young families moving into the district.

Moe fellowship days

IN Moe parish, a number of leaders and children from GFS, Boys Anglican Ministry and the congregations at St Luke’s and Holy Trinity par- ticipated in the diocesan Phillip Island KidsPlus+ camp, held at the end of March. David Davies is again working with parishioners and other choristers from across the diocese to pres- ent The Crucifixion choral works of John Stainer. The choir will be presenting this work twice; first at St John’s Neerim South, at 7.30pm on March 28; then in Holy week at St Luke’s

Parish

pictorial

RIGHT: In Drouin parish, Canon Amy Turner recently baptised Alisha Jones, as- sisted by Bishop John McIn- tyre who led a communion service on the same day. Photo: Melissa Mason MIDDLE right: At the Leon- gatha parish family camp, held at Grantville, this trio of young women enter- tained attendees with a skit on faithfulness. BELOW: The Toohill family participated in the annual family camp held by Leon- gatha parish. Photos: Russell Conway

Moe, at 7.30pm, on Monday April 2. All are welcome. A Reflection on the basics of faith is the theme of Moe’s parish lenten and Easter study groups this year. The material compiled and presented by Rev- erend Bruce Charles has provided thought provoking discussion in the three study groups and ample re- flective material for individ- ual study by others. Shrove Tuesday, St Patrick’s Day and Mothering Sunday have all provided the impetus for social and fundraising events in the parish.

We held a successful two- course pancake lunch in the garden of David Davies. Moe’s Sudanese congrega- tion embellished the tradi- tional celebrations with maize pancakes and lamb and spinach filling. Mothers’ Union hosted a very ‘green’ afternoon tea for St Patrick’s day. A twi- light drinks and nibbles was planned for refreshment and Mothering Sunday. Earlier in the month, a barbecue lunch was en- joyed at Gwen Robertson’s rural property at Tanjil South. Contributor: Mary Nicholls

was en- joyed at Gwen Robertson’s rural property at Tanjil South. Contributor: Mary Nicholls The Gippsland
was en- joyed at Gwen Robertson’s rural property at Tanjil South. Contributor: Mary Nicholls The Gippsland
was en- joyed at Gwen Robertson’s rural property at Tanjil South. Contributor: Mary Nicholls The Gippsland

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Farewell, Rowena

2012 Our Diocese - Clergy Ministries 13 Farewell, Rowena REVEREND Rowena Arm- strong is leaving Croajingo-

REVEREND Rowena Arm- strong is leaving Croajingo- long parish, but not moving far. Rowena will be the Uniting Church minister in Orbost, leading the Snowy River Patrol. She recently collaborated with Rev. Ali- son McRae, of the High Country Patrol based out of Swift’s Creek. They led the ecumenical service at the annual Women on Farms Gathering, held this year in Buchan (above). Rowena (seated left, in the photo- graph at right) will lead her last service in the parish, at Genoa, on April 29. Photos: Jeanette Severs

the parish, at Genoa, on April 29. Photos: Jeanette Severs Anglican leaders seek visionary future By

Anglican leaders seek visionary future

By Russell Powell

MORE than 200 delegates from 30 provinces of the Anglican Communion will gather in London in April to build on the work of the GAFCON conference in Jerusalem and, in the words of the organ- isers, to “help turn the present crisis mo- ment into a visionary future”. The leaders are clergy and laity, men and women from 29 countries. “We are committed to building networks and partnerships of orthodox Anglicans, strong in their witness to Jesus Christ and the transforming power of His Spirit, to face the challenge of mission around the world,” said Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya and Chair- man of the GAFCON Primates Council. The gathering is the first leadership con- ference since the landmark GAFCON meet- ing in Jerusalem in 2008. The General Secretary of the FCA, Arch- bishop Peter Jensen, said: “Many more leaders will be included in leadership gath- erings and another, larger, GAFCON meet- ing, but we are praying this will lay a good platform for the future of the movement.” “The aim of the conference is to unite us behind the goals of FCA and equip us to fulfitl them. It is vital we understand the nature of the gospel and the nature of the church and so the theme is the uniqueness and sufficiency of Christ, the One who is

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the heart of the gospel and the Head of His church,” said Dr Jensen. Members of the FCA have affirmed the Jerusalem Declaration and also the goals of the movement. The five days of the conference include daily worship and testimony, Bible studies and plenary sessions to explore and apply the Lordship of Christ over the world, over the church and over the individual. There will be interactive seminars through which participants will help each other to preach the gospel and equip the churches to defend and sustain the faith. The seminars include explorations of spir- itual leadership, family, evangelism, devel- opment and aid, the nature of the gospel and the theology of the church. Speakers include Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Rev. Dr Ashley Null, and Bishop John Akao. Inspirational sessions will cover spiritual leadership under pressure and the experi- ence of living in the Communion in crisis. Toward the end of the conference, there will be an open evening to gather with many others to pray, to encourage Chris- tians living in Britain to keep preaching the gospel and to sing God’s praises. “We are looking forward to powerful pos- sibilities released by bringing together 200 leaders to listen to God’s word, pray and learn from each other,” Abp Wabukala said. “May the blessings of God Almighty be poured on us.”

“May the blessings of God Almighty be poured on us.” Bevil’s skills on show ABOVE: Reverend

Bevil’s skills on show

ABOVE: Reverend Bevil Lunson, in charge of Orbost parish, is also a worthy chef. Recently, Bevil re- ceived first and second prizes for his preserves, at the Orbost show. Photo: Jeanette Severs

Anglican

Covenant

defeated

A MAJORITY of dioceses in the Church of England have voted down the proposed Anglican Covenant, a set of principles intended to bind the Anglican Communion provinces worldwide de- spite theological differences and cultural disputes. Currently, 23 dioceses have voted against and 15 in favor, of a total of 44 dio- ceses. In Australia, dioce- ses have voted for and against the Covenant, with some dioceses still to vote. New Zealand is expected to vote against in July. Seven provinces, of 38, that voted in favor are Ire- land, Mexico, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, South East Asia, Southern Cone of America and West Indies.

Fly in fly out ministry

Cone of America and West Indies. Fly in fly out ministry By Alison Pearce THE Bush

By Alison Pearce

THE Bush Church Aid So- ciety of Australia is helping Christians respond posi- tively to changes in Aus- tralia’s growing mining workforce. Fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) work is currently a topic of government in- quiry. Working on a FIFO sched- ule involves a cycle of flying thousands of kilometres to work long shifts for a num- ber of consecutive days or weeks, then flying home for a set amount of time. Sub- missions to the inquiry tes- tified FIFO work can place challenges, stress and strain on individuals and families; this can lead to mental and relationship breakdowns. The Bush Church Aid Soci- ety of Australia (BCA) is seeking to address those is- sues through the ministry of Reverend Peter and Mrs Joy Palmer. This ministry sees Peter spending at least three days weekly at one of three mines in South Australia, talking to people, building relationships with them and

being there for them. The other important part of the ministry is supporting the miners’ partners and fami- lies who are left behind in Adelaide. This support takes many forms from marriage coun- selling and conflict resolu- tion classes to babysitting or even just listening. As a chaplain, Peter holds chapel services at the mines and is always ready to talk about his faith. Speaking about this initia- tive, Peter said: “The aim of the program is to be like Jesus and the woman at the well; to talk to people and build relationships with them, then take them on a journey into the kingdom.” Since its beginning in mid- 2011, the ministry has been rapidly growing, with more mines interested in becoming involved and BCA hopes to extend this model of ministry interstate. Support Peter’s ministry or find out more about BCA at the website www.bushchur- chaid.com.au

ABOVE: Peter and Joy Palmer at a mining site.

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Missions and Ministries

April 2012

Pictorial from AWA 50th anniversary celebrations

April 2012 Pictorial from AWA 50th anniversary celebrations ABOVE: Jenny MacRobb, Joan Chynoweth, Lindy Driver, Joyce
April 2012 Pictorial from AWA 50th anniversary celebrations ABOVE: Jenny MacRobb, Joan Chynoweth, Lindy Driver, Joyce

ABOVE: Jenny MacRobb, Joan Chynoweth, Lindy Driver, Joyce Elliot and Annabel Gibson at the 50th birthday and closure cele- brations for Anglican Women of Australia in Gippsland. LEFT: Under the umbrella representing the member- ship and mission work of Anglican Women of Aus- tralia are Jan Misiurka, of Mothers’ Union, Ethel Arm- strong of Cursillo, Carolyn Raymond representing the Anam Cara Community, Sarah Gover for mainly music, Pat Cameron of AWA and Mary Nicholls from Girls Friendly Society and Kidsplus+ Network. Photos: Christine Morris

AWA and Mary Nicholls from Girls Friendly Society and Kidsplus+ Network. Photos: Christine Morris The Gippsland
AWA and Mary Nicholls from Girls Friendly Society and Kidsplus+ Network. Photos: Christine Morris The Gippsland
AWA and Mary Nicholls from Girls Friendly Society and Kidsplus+ Network. Photos: Christine Morris The Gippsland
AWA and Mary Nicholls from Girls Friendly Society and Kidsplus+ Network. Photos: Christine Morris The Gippsland
AWA and Mary Nicholls from Girls Friendly Society and Kidsplus+ Network. Photos: Christine Morris The Gippsland
AWA and Mary Nicholls from Girls Friendly Society and Kidsplus+ Network. Photos: Christine Morris The Gippsland
AWA and Mary Nicholls from Girls Friendly Society and Kidsplus+ Network. Photos: Christine Morris The Gippsland

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Women celebrate 50 years of AWA

By Carolyn Raymond

ON Tuesday, March 6, women from throughout Gippsland gathered at St Paul’s Cathedral in Sale, to celebrate the work of Anglican Women of Australia in the dio- cese. This was the last function to be or- ganised by AWA. Sadly it is becoming impossible for members to travel across the diocese to attend meetings. Many women, and some men, numbering 177 people for lunch, gathered for this last service. Many who had been members but had moved away from Gippsland, returned for this last service and to spend time to- gether. Attendees wore a touch of gold to honor the work of AWA. The Thanksgiving Service was uplifting. The hymns were shouts of praise. Several present and past members of AWA as- sisted by welcoming, reading and as Eu- charistic assistants. AWA president, Bishop John McIntyre, preached. He affirmed the work of AWA both past and present, in worship, service and fellowship. An excellent lunch for 177 people was provided by the Cathedral caterers. After lunch, there was time for acknowledging the work of many who had made the pro- gram of meetings, rallies, retreats, bus trips and mission work possible. Chairperson, Pat Cameron, read out many apologies. She welcomed Mrs Joan Chynoweth and Mrs Lindy Driver, both of whom had travelled from interstate. Pat

led attendees in remembering the many highlights of AWA throughout the 50 years. She remembered the National Conference held in Traralgon. She remembered the mission giving to ABM projects. She brought to life the missions programs such as Cash for Cows, Go for Gold and the Ena Sheumack Appeal. Pat remembered the establishment of re- treats for AWA members and the many bus trips to places all across Victoria. There was opportunity for others to speak of the wonderful memories AWA had given them. We all gave thanks for the many wonder- ful times we had worshipped, worked and shared time with friends from across the diocese. The day was a true celebration for the work of AWA. An executive meeting has been held since the celebration, to make final decisions about the remaining AWA funds. It was de- cided to keep the money in Gippsland. It is to be divided between Bush Church Aid, Girls Friendly Society, Mothers’ Union and Gippsland Home Mission Fund. The remaining money from the bus trip account will be divided between Gippsland Indigenous Ministry and the Bishop’s Fam- ily Appeal.

RIGHT: Lindy Driver and Joan Chynoweth. BELOW: Pat Cameron, Annabel Gibson and Peggie Arthur.

Photos: Christine Morris

g g i e A r t h u r . Photos: Christine Morris ABOVE: Faye
g g i e A r t h u r . Photos: Christine Morris ABOVE: Faye

ABOVE: Faye Woodward, of Lakes Entrance, entertains attendees with memories of pur- chases on the annual bus trips, at AWA’s 50th anniversary and closure celebrations. Photos: Christine Morris

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annual bus trips, at AWA’s 50th anniversary and closure celebrations. Photos: Christine Morris The Gippsland Anglican
annual bus trips, at AWA’s 50th anniversary and closure celebrations. Photos: Christine Morris The Gippsland Anglican
annual bus trips, at AWA’s 50th anniversary and closure celebrations. Photos: Christine Morris The Gippsland Anglican
annual bus trips, at AWA’s 50th anniversary and closure celebrations. Photos: Christine Morris The Gippsland Anglican

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A blessed harvest

16 Our Diocese - Parishes A blessed harvest AT the end of February, Morwell parish held

AT the end of February, Morwell parish held a Har- vest Festival. During her sermon, Archdeacon Heather Marten shared the ancient rites of the harvest festival. She explained how the Israelites would bring produce from their land and always share it with the priest who owned no land and the immigrants who were visitors in the land and without land of their own. Harvest Festivals are more than giving thanks for what we have grown and pro- duced, they involve grati- tude for God’s gifts and a dedication and sharing with all who need food. We all brought what we had grown. There were mounds of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. There were preserves, flowers and plants. In the centre of the table covered with produce, Reverend Lyn placed the paten with a bread role and a bottle of wine. These were then brought up to the altar and dedicated for the Eucharist. After the service Rev. Lyn auctioned all the produce. Bidding proceeded vigor- ously, with much laughter. The final result was a healthy amount of money for our mission project for the year, the re-building of St Margaret’s hospital in Papua New Guinea. In Morwell parish, the eight monthly services in the hostel’s and nursing homes are all supported by members of the congrega- tion. Some of the services are taken by lay readers, others by the priest. As we journey through Lent, Rev. Heather has re- minded us that in the midst of our busy lives we are still on a community retreat. This retreat began on Ash Wednesday. One contribution to this retreat is the study many are following; a study on the Psalms that are set for Lent. This in-depth study looks at the psalm set for each of the six Sundays in Lent.

looks at the psalm set for each of the six Sundays in Lent. Another part of

Another part of our retreat is that each Sunday we come to church and there is a visual image of the theme for the Sunday placed on the floor in front of the altar. This is both an inspi- ration for the quiet times in the service itself and an image to take away with us into the week. We have contributed to this visual image. One Sun- day we brought crosses which were sacred to us. Another time we con- tributed coins which were later contributed to our mission project. The community of St Mary’s is participating fully in the services. All mem- bers of the ministry team are preaching and prepar- ing the prayers. The con- gregation has heard homilies from both Rev. Lyn and Rev. Heather, from our deacon, Joedy Meers and from lay readers. Rev. Kathy Dalton celebrated the Eucharist on the third Sun- day in Lent. As we journey on towards Easter we are all being called to our ongo- ing conversion. St Mary’s held a garage sale recently, supported with goods and assistance by many in the congrega- tion. Most of the items for sale came from the shed at St Mary’s where items had been stored for many years ‘in case they were needed’. The money raised will go towards the running of the parish. Contributor: C. Raymond

ABOVE: Customers at the garage sale at St Mary’s Morwell.

April 2012

Vale, faithful Marjorie

By Sue Jacka

IT IS good to hear how someone who grew up in Gippsland has made a con- tribution to the wider Christian world. This story unfolded as I researched for

a graveside funeral I was asked to take in January. Marjorie Schmidt was born in Moe in

1920 and was baptised at St Mary’s

Trafalgar, which at that time was the centre of a parish including Moe, a

smaller settlement in those times. Mar- jorie grew up locally and went to Mel- bourne to train as a nurse at Royal Children’s Hospital. Although Marjorie made her home in Melbourne, marrying Norman Scott in

1949 and settling into life in the city,

she continued to have a strong rela- tionship with her parents. She would visit them and worship at St Mary’s where she formed a strong bond with Reverend Hugh Andrews, who was rec- tor in 1942 and 1943. When Hugh went to New Guinea as a missionary, Marjorie and Norman be- came great supporters of his work, rais- ing funds to enable him to serve the PNG nationals. When Marjorie was suddenly widowed, she went to visit Hugh in Apugi in West New Britain, notionally to help her friend with running his household. In the early 1970, she looked after Bishop Jeremy and Betty Ashton’s children, aged four, seven and 10 years, in their NG home, so their parents could have some much needed leave away from the tropical climate. That friendship has continued throughout Marjorie’s life. Bishop Bevan Meredith was their Papua New Guinea bishop at the time and he remembers how this role evolved into Marjorie stay- ing on to run the medical clinic at

into Marjorie stay- ing on to run the medical clinic at Apugi. She also organised a

Apugi. She also organised a trade store to enable local people to obtain sup- plies. Marjorie developed very positive and enabling relationships with the PNG na- tionals. Hers was not a patronising type of helping, but a serving enabling oth- ers to grow and use their own abilities. When she returned to Melbourne from her PNG service, she worked with a friend, Jean Henderson, to establish the PNG Association, to provide pastoral and social care for returned missionar- ies who often have to cope with culture change as they reassimilate into west- ern society. Marjorie was farewelled by many of her ABM friends at a thanksgiving serv- ice at St John’s Camberwell and then a smaller family graveside service in Moe. Hers was a faithful life. We never know where the little children we teach in church will be used by God in their lives.

Avon rectory’s new lease of life

ON Sunday. March 4, Bishop John McIn- tyre blessed the recently renovated and re- furbished rectory which has stood beside the Holy Trinity Church Stratford for the past 102 years. In September last year, the Diocesan Fi- nance Committee approved the parish to start work on renovations and refurbish- ment works. The Diocese approved the use of Parish Trust funds with borrowings of up to $30,000 from the ADF to complete the $140,000 project. Locum priest, Reverend Brian Turner, was appointed project manager. as part of his role, a three day a week position he holds jointly with Rev. Anne Turner. Work began in October last year and was completed in early February at a total cost of approximately $132,000, less a $10,000 grant from the diocese and $22,000 in gifts and recouped funds. This means the total cost to the parish is approximately

$100,000.

Parish Council has decided to fully fund the project from its own resources. The refurbished 102-year-old rectory now has a new laundry and linen cupboard, up- graded bathroom, new walk-in wardrobe and ensuite off the master bedroom. Two other bedrooms have new built-in robes. The old pantry is now part of the kitchen, with a modern pantry cupboard and mov- able island bench. A new oven, hot plates and rangehood were installed. The roofing iron was re- placed, the ceiling insulated and all new light fittings installed except two ‘original’

fittings worth keeping. New door furniture and screen doors hung and new external locks, new floor coverings, window blinds and curtains throughout. New electrical wiring, telephone and ADSL points were completed. All main rooms have reverse cycle air conditioning and solar power has been in- stalled. External and internal painting, new fencing and gates, a water tank and gar- den shed have been installed. The old clothesline has been restored. Parish Council is thankful to the many vol- unteers who worked on the project, an ef- fort that saved the parish many thousands of dollars. They are thankful to those who donated almost $12,000 for the Rectory Refurbish- ment Appeal and to the diocese for the $10,000 contribution to the project from the McNeilly Estate distribution. An esti- mated $12,000 has been given in volun- tary labour. At the ‘House Blessing’, builder Brian Teese from Maffra parish was thanked for his work and diocesan Finance Officer, An- nette Hollonds, was presented with flow- ers, thanking her for her patient administration of the Rectory Renovation Account on behalf of the parish. Parish Council announced a gift to locum priest Brian Turner of two weeks holiday pay. The rectory will be leased commercially until a new rector is appointed and in- stalled in the parish. Contributor: Brian Turner

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Sale hosts musicians

REVEREND Greg Jones will perform at St Paul’s Cathe- dral, Sale on the afternoon of Sunday, April 22, with well- known pianist and composer, Bob Sedergreen. The concert will be in aid of the Cathedral and the Bush Church Aid Society. Rev. Greg Jones is currently Victorian director for the Bush Church Aid Society. He is also a talented musician, performing on guitar, harmonica and as a vocalist. He has given regular public performances as part of his work with BCA, sometimes as a one-man band and sometimes with other musicians. Greg is always ready to provide his musical skills to as- sist in church outreach and workshops, having performed in churches, pubs, clubs and caravan parks. He enjoys performing jazz and blues standards and folk songs, com- bined with gospel songs. In recent times, he has often performed with well-known pianist and composer, Bob Sedergreen. Bob is an eminent and experienced musician who has performed for many years both in Australia and overseas. As a pianist and composer, he has made more than 30 recordings. He has worked with visiting overseas artists and with Australian musicians such as Don Burrows. In 1996 he re- ceived the inaugural Jazz Award for the best Australian keyboardist. He has been involved very much in music ed- ucation as Melbourne University Artist in Residence. In 2006 he received the Ken Myer Medallion from the Victo- rian Arts Centre.

the Ken Myer Medallion from the Victo- rian Arts Centre. Lenten study at Maffra with soup

Lenten study at Maffra with soup and sandwiches

ABOVE and below: In Maffra parish, during Lent, St John’s church family is enjoying soup and sandwich lunches after the morning church services. These are proving popular and an enjoyable time of being together. Contributor/Photos: Jean Heasley

time of being together. Contributor/Photos: Jean Heasley The Gippsland Anglican ABOVE: The combined men’s group of

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Contributor/Photos: Jean Heasley The Gippsland Anglican ABOVE: The combined men’s group of Bass Phillip Island

ABOVE: The combined men’s group of Bass Phillip Island parish has a fellowship dinner every second month, held alternately at St Philip’s and St Augustine’s. John Dawson is the co-ordinator of the group. The men do the catering for the meal, although some- times women do some of the preparation beforehand. The last speaker at the dinner was John Shields, who trains seeing eye dogs. John is in the photograph on the left, wearing a striped two-tone blue shirt. He gave a very interesting talk and brought his dog, Zillia, with him to demonstrate. The fellowship group invites men from some of the other churches to the dinners. The next dinner is on the second Tuesday in April, at St Philip’s in Cowes. Information about Bass Phillip Island parish and activities can be found on the website.

Contributor: Roma Caulfield

Smallest church was warmly ‘packed’

Roma Caulfield Smallest church was warmly ‘packed’ ON January 29, at Holy Innocents Yinnar South, the

ON January 29, at Holy Innocents Yinnar South, the smallest church in Gippsland was packed with regulars and visitors on a rather hot day. Rosemary Abetz-Rouse had her parents, Walter and Catherine, holiday- ing from Tasmania. Also present were Richard and Sheila Morton, from War- randyte. Richard’s grandfather, James Mor- ton, built the church in 1894; he also made the eight pews still in use as a gift. That family were lifelong friends of Joseph Walker and his wife. Joseph donated the block of land for the church. The church did not receive the name Holy Innocents until many years later when it became exclusively Church of England. So much history tied up in one small building. Richard and Sheila Morton were pleased to be in the congregation on January 29. A pancake night on February 21, prior to the joint parish council meeting, was a time of fellowship and fundraising for Frontier

Services. Contributor: Rae Billing

ABOVE: Outside Holy innocents after the service, Rae Billing, George Francis, Richard Morton and Sheila Morton.

Billing, George Francis, Richard Morton and Sheila Morton. Food for all that jazz THE Wonthaggi-Inverloch Interchurch

Food for all that jazz

THE Wonthaggi-Inverloch Interchurch Council organised a combined church service at the Inverloch Jazz Festival, held on the Labour Day weekend in March. Many people participated in wor- ship in the Bass Coast Shire hall. Nicky Chiswell led worship with hymns such as Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art, with a distinct jazz flavor. She spoke on Luke 18:15-17, on the impor- tance of receiving the kingdom of God like a little child. The service finished with What a friend we have in Jesus. The of- fering from the service will go to the Bass Coast Pastoral Care Program. The Wonthaggi/Inverloch Anglican Church, led by Carol Hurst, Wendy McBurnie and Margaret Hunter, also catered at a venue for the Inverloch Jazz Festival with delicious lunches and snacks during the weekend. Many members of the two congregations were able to listen to a variety of different jazz musicians

while they worked. Contributor: Jill Price

ABOVE: Carol Hurst, Reverend Anne Per- ryman, Wendy McBurnie, Lance Perry- man, Jill Price and Alan Price served lunches at Inverloch Jazz Festival.

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Literary and Media Reviews

April 2012

A guidebook for ministry

AUSTRALIA, The Angli- can Church of (2006) Ministry with the Sick and Dying: Reconcilia- tion of a Penitent; from A Prayer Book for Aus- tralia (1995); Mul- grave: Broughton Publishing

By Jeanette Severs

THIS book contains the three chapters taken from A Prayer Book for Australia focussed on ministry with a sick person, a dying person and a penitent person. It is a book that could easily be dropped into a pocket or a handbag and kept close by for use. As the foreword states, sickness is a reality of human life and, while mod- ern medicine has alleviated much suffering and enabled people to enjoy better health, pastoral care is a ministry of the gospel of Christ, sustaining and re- newing people. There is also brief recognition of the vulnerable and mutual rela-

is also brief recognition of the vulnerable and mutual rela- tionship between those in need and

tionship between those in need and those who care for them. Ministry with the Sick guides the priest or pastoral carer through the passages of scripture, whether before a group of people or in con- sultation with one person. The prayers and readings are included and there are suggestions for other suit- able readings. There is also prayer for people with a se- vere or terminal illness. Ministry with the Dying also includes prayers and readings, with suggestion for if the dying person is moved to make a confes-

sion and if an annointing is performed. Reconciliation of a Penitent is a guide for the priest helping those who seek re- pentance and forgiveness. There are suggestions for scripture and a warning about respecting the pri- vacy of the penitent. This short book, published by Broughton Publishing, is, as already described, a useful size for the priest to keep nearby in case of crit- ical encounters during daily life. Available from Broughton Publishing, www.e- pray.org.au

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Book could influence deeper piety and faith

www vic.edu.a u Book could influence deeper piety and faith Stott, J (2010) The Radical Disciple.

Stott, J (2010) The Radical Disciple. InterVarsity Press

By Graeme MacRobb

JOHN Stott was recently recognised by Time magazine as one of the most influential Christians of the past cen- tury. The Radical Disciple is Stott’s last book, published not long before he died last year. In it, he challenges mod- ern day Christians to discover or re-discover the things that make it possible for individual Christians to change the world they live in; be it at home, at work, in their church or in the wider community. The title chosen by Dr Stott sums up the challenges pre- sented by chapter. The word, disciple, when used prop- erly and in a Christian context means ‘someone who has chosen to travel with Christ to become like Christ’. That definition, alone, should challenge us to start considering the extent to which we are really his disciples or not. Stott qualifies the word by linking it to the adjective ‘rad- ical’. His explanation of the meaning of the word makes it clear he is very radical indeed and we are called to be ‘radical disciples’ if we claim to truly follow Christ. The book is built around eight key words: non-confor- mity, christlikeness, maturity, creation care, simplicity, balance, dependence and death. Stott uses each word to introduce interesting biblical wisdom on eight character- istics that should (or even must) be obvious in the Chris- tian life. There is already evidence the short, very readable and challenging chapters have the ability to trigger off lively discussion in small groups. Hopefully this will result in many participants developing deeper Christian roots that will change their life and change our church. One reviewer described the book: “The Radical Disciple is a short but heart-and-mind-filling read. One’s soul feels fed at the end of reading this book! It feels nearly a priv- ilege to hear words from a mature Christian who has had such a ministry as Stott as he critiques the current Chris- tian church and implores all Christians to live lives for Christ and in Christ alone.” Stott is concerned to see the development of a deep piety among Christians, but his strong message is that to be a genuine Christian piety it must be one lived out in the world as well as in the safe harbor of the Church com- munity, In the first chapter, Non-conformity, the author states clearly the parameters of the whole book: “The Church has a double responsibility in relation to the world around us. On one hand, we are to live in, serve and witness to the world. On the other hand, we are to avoid becoming contaminated by the world. So we are neither to seek to preserve our holiness by escaping from the world or to sacrifice our holiness by conforming to the world.” What follows is the work of a master bridge-builder “re- lating God’s never changing word to our ever-changing world” (to quote Stott’s own words in I Believe in Preach- ing). Every statement is rooted in Scripture and then ap- plied to the realities of 21st century life, such as pluralism, materialism, narcissism and the ecological crisis. The fact that so much ground is covered in only 140 widely spaced pages is testimony to the author’s remark- able lucidity and economy of style. Although this is an easy to read book, many will find it an uncomfortable book. Our common way of avoiding radical discipleship is to be selective: choosing those areas in which commitment suits us and staying away from those areas in which it will be costly. But, because Jesus is Lord, we have no right to pick and choose the areas in which we will submit to his authority. The Radical Disciple is available through Christian book- sellers or online bookshops, as a paper book, as a talking book on CD or in MP3, as an e-book or in Kindle format. Study booklets are also available, from ACEF Australia, 10 Eisenhower Street, Warragul, Victoria, 3820; telephone 03 5623 4654 or email graeme@acef.org.au

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April 2012

Literary and Media Reviews

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Understanding history of song

By Fay Magee

WHAT use is hymn-singing or congregational song? Has singing in church be- come an end in itself? One of the significant writ- ers on these matters is Erik Routley whose main work comes to us from the mid- 20th century. Routley was an Englishman and a Con- gregational minister. He led and encouraged those who were working on the new hymns of his day while also producing a sig- nificant body of material which traced the history of the English hymn. It is worth noting at this point that congregational song is essentially any ma- terial intended for all the people to sing in the con- text of worship, whether we call them ‘hymns’ or not. Routley’s central idea about congregational song was that ‘hymn tunes are the folk song of the Chris- tian faith’. For a start, a hymn text is now almost al- ways associated with a par- ticular tune; that tune may vary in different groups but each will fiercely defend

may vary in different groups but each will fiercely defend ‘their tune’. That is a sign

‘their tune’. That is a sign of ownership which is an- other feature of the folk repertoire. Much of our current think- ing about singing in church has resulted from signifi- cant movements and events in the 19th century. Not least was the publica- tion of Hymns Ancient and Modern and what followed. This collection caught the wave of an increased inter- est in and practice of com- munity singing and an emerging sense of what the hymn is. These ideas have been carried through in our community practice and memory, even in today’s age when communal singing beyond the church is almost non-existent. If you can find a copy of Routley’s Christian Hymns Observed (published in 1982) it will provide food for thought.

(published in 1982) it will provide food for thought. Singing the gospel RECORDED live at WorshipGod11,

Singing the gospel

RECORDED live at WorshipGod11, The Gathering con- tains 15 songs that progressively tell the story of the gospel and our appropriate response to it. The songs on The Gathering can be sung apart from each other, but to- gether they form a progression that reflects the gospel and our response to it. A call to worship (There is One Reason) leads to pro- claiming God’s greatness (Greater Than We Can Imagine, Come Praise and Glorify). In view of God’s glory, we more clearly see our sinfulness and need for mercy before his holiness (Shine Into Our Night, Have Mercy on Me). We then rejoice in the good news that God has forgiven us and reconciled us to himself through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Now Why This Fear and Unbelief, Isaiah 53). A fresh awareness of God’s mercy in Christ makes us grateful for his generosity and kindness in every way (Generous King), which leads to eagerly asking for more of his grace (When You Move). A desire to know God’s will through his Word (Your Words of Life, Show us Christ) is followed by expressions of commitment and communion (All I Have is Christ, We Hunger and Thirst). Having re- hearsed and celebrated the gospel and its effect in our lives, we want to take this good news to the world (Lift High the Cross). A final song reminds us that we leave re- lying not on our own strength, but on the love of God, the grace of Christ, and the power of the Spirit (As You Go). The Gathering is available from Emu Music and Christian retailers.

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Williams’ book helps our search for spirituality

Williams, R (2004) Silence and Honey Cakes: the wisdom of the desert. Oxford: Lion Publishing plc. Hardback (2003). Electronic book (2011).

By Barbara Logan

THE basis for Rowan Williams’ book Si- lence and Honey Cakes was drawn from talks he gave when he led the John Main Seminar for The World Community for Christian Meditation, in Sydney in 2001. Perhaps that is partly the reason it is so easily accessible, or as PD James from the Church Times said, he makes ‘com- plex thoughts comprehensible’. In fact more than comprehensible, for he writes in a very engaging and lively style. In this book, Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and acclaimed author, looks at the desert fathers and mothers of the fourth and fifth centuries, those who had withdrawn to the desert to seek God. At first it may seem unlikely they could have anything to say to a modern, or post-modern, world. Yet, drawing from their stories and sayings and on the col- lective wisdom of many others through- out the centuries, Williams has found much wisdom for our contemporary lives and the modern search for spirituality. You might wonder how withdrawing into the desert could help us in the busyness and crowding of community life, but a saying from Antony the Great is very much to the point, ‘our life and our death is with our neighbour.’ In other words, eternal truth and love does not happen unless we mend our relationships with others, so the book begins by looking at ‘Life, death and neighbours’. Fleeing to the desert was not fleeing from life but fleeing to it. Time spent alone in a cell quickly brings to mind all that we might wish to hide from or drown in our ‘busyness’. The Abbas and Ammas of the desert had some wonderful say- ings, not only full of wisdom and encour- agement but also with humor and, dare I say it, even mischief. Abba Poeman is confronted by a brother who admits he has committed a great sin and wants to do three years penance. ‘The old man said, ‘That’s a lot.’ The brother said, ‘What about one year?’ The old man said, ‘That’s still quite a lot.’ Some other people suggested forty days; Poeman said, ‘That’s a lot too.’ And he said, ‘What I think is that if someone re- pents with all their heart and intends never to commit the sin again, perhaps God will be satisfied with only three days.’ I can imagine Abba Poemen’s eyes twinkling as he said it. He must have been quite a character. ‘Some old men came to see Abba Poe- man and said to him, ‘We see some of the brothers falling asleep during divine worship. Should we wake them up?’ He said, ‘As for me, when I see a brother who is falling asleep during the Office, I lay his head on my knees and let him rest.’ This is a fairly short book, only 125 pages with four chapters and an intro- duction by Laurence Freeman OSB, yet within those few pages, Rowan Williams manages to consider life and death and neighbors, ethics, confronting our weak- nesses and our strengths, sin and for-

giveness, conflict and much more. An addition at the end of the book is the inclusion of the question and answer ses- sion held at the end of the seminar; it gives a fascinating insight into Williams’ thought processes. The wonderful thing about these wise men and women of the desert is that they never make you feel poorer in spirit for standing beside them. They can laugh at themselves as well as with us but never at us. They leave us feeling en- couraged on the journey, not defeated. The book takes its title from a story cel- ebrating diversity in our vocation and service of God. I think it is well worth quoting in full. ‘A certain brother came to see Brother Arsenius at Scetis. He arrived at the church and asked the clergy if he could go and visit Abba Arsenius. ‘Have a bit to eat,’ they said, ‘before you go to see him.’ ‘No,’ he replied, ‘I shan’t eat any- thing until I have met him.’ Arsenius’s cell was a long way off, so they sent a brother along with him. They knocked on the door, went in and greeted the old man, then sat down; nothing was said. The brother from the church said, ‘I’ll leave you now, pray for me.’ But the vis- itor didn’t feel at ease with the old man and said, ‘I’m coming with you.’ So off they went together. Then the visitor said, ‘Will you take me to see Abba Moses, the one who used to be a highwayman?’ When they arrived, Abba Moses wel- comed them and enjoyed himself thor- oughly with them until they left. The brother who had escorted the visi- tor said to him, ‘Well, I’ve taken you to see the foreigner and the Egyptian; which do you like better?’ ‘The Egyptian (Moses) for me!’ he said. One of the fa- thers overheard this and prayed to God, saying, ‘Lord, explain this to me. For your sake one of these men runs from human company and for your sake the other re- ceives them with open arms.’ Their two large boats floating on the river were shown to him. In one of them sat Abba Arsenius and the Holy Spirit of God in complete silence. And in the other boat was Abba Moses, with the angels of God:

they were all eating honey cakes. The ‘silence’ or ‘honey cakes’ are not competing achievements, instead we are reminded that to each their own journey and to each their own calling and voca- tion. Williams points out that a life of faith is not the simplistic ‘listening to the heart’ but the patient life-long discovery of what God’s grace will do with us. Rowan Williams has a wonderful ability to follow through his thoughts and topics taking at will anything that will help illu- minate a point; even a scene from the film Shakespeare in Love has something to teach us. He looks at the attitudes of our times, the attitudes of the church and individu- ality. How often we feel our service for God must be big, noticeable and difficult if it is to be worthwhile. Yet Rowan en- courages us to learn from the ancient wisdom; to slow down, to be gentler with ourselves and each other and to be pa- tient as we work and wait; like the brother who found ‘by God’s help he went on little by little, until he had indeed be- come what he was meant to become.’ In an ‘instant fix’ world that is wisdom, in- deed. This is a great book for reading cover to cover or dipping into with a few minutes to spare.

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20 Our Diocese - Pictorial April 2012 ABOVE: Some of the Angli- can Women of Australia
20 Our Diocese - Pictorial April 2012 ABOVE: Some of the Angli- can Women of Australia
20 Our Diocese - Pictorial April 2012 ABOVE: Some of the Angli- can Women of Australia

ABOVE: Some of the Angli- can Women of Australia Gippsland group members who have held executive committee roles during the years and were present at the 50th anniversary cele- brations of AWA, held on March 6 in Sale. MIDDLE left: At the AWA celebrations and closure were Glenda Edebohls (Traralgon), Betty Luxford (Stratford), Reverend Peter and Alice Farrington. Peter is a former priest in Gippsland, serving in War- ragul, Leongatha, Neerim South and Stratford while Alice was an AWA member. LEFT: Beryl Brien, Joan Lees and Jan McIntyre at the AWA lunch held at St Paul’s Cathedral in Sale. Photos: Christine Morris

at St Paul’s Cathedral in Sale. Photos: Christine Morris ABOVE: Dr Alexander Shaia presented a workshop

ABOVE: Dr Alexander Shaia presented a workshop and three day retreat at the Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beck- ett Park. Attendees included Kate Campbell and Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale, Reverend Dr Don Saines. Photo: Edie Ashley

ABOVE: Linda Davies and Reverend Tony Wicking were at the ecumenical World Day of Prayer
ABOVE: Linda Davies and Reverend Tony Wicking were at
the ecumenical World Day of Prayer service held at St
John’s Anglican Church in Bairnsdale.
LEFT: Lyn Johnson, Peggie Arthur and Annabel Gibson en-
joyed the fellowship after the World Day of Prayer service
in Bairnsdale.
BELOW: Margaret Down, Kathy Grabenweger and Lorraine
Wooding after the World Day of Prayer service held at St
John’s Bairnsdale. Photos: Jeanette Severs

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