Mind the Gap
The “Gap” between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians in some key areas is widening according to the 2020 “Closing the Gap” report card. Just two of the seven targets designed to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians have been met. The two areas that are on track are early childhood education attendance and year 12 attainment for Indigenous Australians aged 20 to 24. There has been little progress against the other five targets, which include employment, school attendance, life expectancy, child mortality rates and literacy and numeracy. A key target to halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under the age of five within a decade is not on track, with a slight improvement in the mortality rate for Indigenous children outpaced by the improvement for non-Indigenous children, which has caused the gap to widen. On the measure of literacy and numeracy, the target to halve the gap in reading, writing and literacy has still not been met, but the report notes “improvements”. Employment targets have also been missed, with the Indigenous employment rate stable at 49% compared to 75% for non-Indigenous Australians. The life expectancy target, which aims to close the life expectancy gap by 2031, is also not on track.The report card notes that in 2015-2017, life expectancy at birth was 71.6 years for Indigenous males, which was 8.6 years less than non-Indigenous males, and 75.6 for Indigenous females – 7.8 years less than non-Indigenous females. These figures are food for prayer and action. Our Indigenous Ministry Update on Friday 20th March will help us to see what God is doing among in this challenging environment. You might also want to catch the award winning documentary “The Australian Dream” on ABC iView. Here is a link with more information https://about.abc.net.au/media-room/landmark-documentary-the-australian-dream-premieres-on-abc-in-february/
Why join a Connect Group?
The New Testament highlights the corporate nature of Christian faith. We are not saved alone and we do not believe alone. That is why meeting together as a Church is essential for God’s people. We meet to express our fellowship together – to serve and encourage one another. For the same reasons, meeting regularly with a small group from Church is important. Our Connect Groups are designed to help us connect with God, with each other and with our world. Each week of the school term we produce discussion questions linked to the sermon. These questions have an emphasis on application of the Bible because we know that small group discussions where members know each other well are a great way to help us live out our faith in our day to day lives. While Bible study and discussion is an essential part of a Connect Group meeting, it is not the only thing that happens. Members share what is going on in their lives and significant time is devoted to prayer (actually praying, not just talking about praying). A healthy Connect Group will look beyond itself and pray for our church with our various ministries, our link missionaries and mission organisations we support. It will also pray for the witness of members in their workplace, family and neighbourhood. Prayer for the needs of our community, our nation and our world, including Christian brothers and sisters persecuted for their faith will also feature in a balanced group prayer life. Our church and our ministry would be enriched if more of our members “signed up” for Connect Groups. Talk to Steph or Janine about the possibilities.
SMBC Women’s Conference
TOPIC: Run for your life: Bible Talks from the Book of Hebrews
WHEN: Saturday 7 March 2020
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon and Roberts-Dale Campus, 140 Croydon Ave, Croydon Park
WHO: Women of all ages
COST: Standard: $79 (before 5pm 28 February) | Late Comer: $89 (before 12pm 6 March)
SPEAKERS: Rachel Ciano, Clare Deeves and Janet Riley
Click here for more information and to register.
2020 Annual General Meeting
Date: Sunday 8th March
Venue: St Anne’s Auditorium
It is AGM time again. Our AGM is an important time to review the past year’s ministry and to look forward to the year ahead. We receive reports from each staff member and ministry coordinator and vote for office bearers. We elect 2 Wardens (as Senior Minister I appoint one) and 6, 9 or 12 Parish Council members ( the number is determined by the meeting). For every three elected members I appoint one. We also elect our two Synod Representatives who take part in the Annual Synod (Parliament) of our Diocese. Synod normally meets for 5 days each year to deal with the policies, administration and initiatives of our Diocese. Most of the almost 300 Anglican Churches in our Diocese are represented by their Senior Minister and two elected representatives (non ordained). The other election we conduct at the AGM is for five Parish Representatives who serve on an 11 person Nomination Committee. Their task is to nominate a suitable person to the Archbishop to be appointed as the next Senior Minister of St Anne’s. Please pray for our AGM and prayerfully consider nominating people for election to various offices. The Wardens and I are happy to answer any questions you have about the AGM and related matters. Greg Burke
“Reaching out to Ryde” Discussion and Planning Afternoon
Sharing our faith with others can be difficult, because we don’t always know how to bring it up the conversation. We want people to know Jesus, but maybe there is a step or two we need to consider in order to get there. We’d love to invite everyone at St Anne’s to have a think and plan some ideas as to how we can do this better as a church. This won’t be a course on evangelism, but rather thinking about how we can build bridges for those conversations to happen more naturally. As a church, we think it’s important to reach out to our local area, our neighbours and our friends, so please come along, have a think and share your ideas!
When: Saturday 14th March 3-5pm
Where: In the Auditorium
Indigenous Ministry Update
You are invited to hear BCA’s Indigenous Ministry Officer, Neville Naden, speak at this update meeting. All welcome.
Combined SRE Commissioning Service
Local Churches in the City of Ryde are combining to “commission” their SRE (Scriptures) teachers for their vital ministry this year. You are invited to come and hear from teachers sharing their experiences, pray for and Commission them and to be encouraged from God’s word. We will also meet Ashley Gow, the new SRE Coordinator/Teacher at Ryde Secondary College.
When: Sunday 22nd March 2:30pm
Where: St Anne’s Auditorium.
Afternoon tea will follow the service. Please come and support our teachers.
This will be operating during Ramadan in Lakemba, from 23rd April to 23rd May. See Janine to enquire about volunteering.
Prayers for those in need
Please pray for Audrey and the Olegasegarem family.
Ask God to comfort, strengthen and deepen the trust of those who are sick, grieving, or in special need at this time.
Which of the four gospels was written by Jesus’ original disciples?
SOAP Bible Readings
Read Scripture daily, write a few thoughts, an application and then pray.
Week beginning 24th February
* Mark 8:27-9:1
* Sermon Reading
Remove from me their scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes. (Psalm 119:22)