New Rosters for Term 4
If you are on a roster, please let the office know by Friday 5th October if you will be away any Sundays from 21st October to 23rd December. This Roster will not include Christmas Services.
Ministry in the drought – news from our link church in Walgett
Tory Cayzer has shared some stories of the drought and the church’s response.
Here are two:
A young couple are hand feeding grain to 1500 sheep each day. He does fencing west of Bourke to provide income (which means they can’t get government assistance), so she looks after the sheep alone. He had a motorbike accident this year and so has had considerable time away in hospital having his face reconstructed (in that time they lost 200 sheep). We were able to give $1000 from Anglican Aid toward sheep feed.
An elderly lady feeds her housebound husband and then feeds all their cattle. In between, they drive 100km to doctor appointments. Her widowed sister lives close-by. She is on a part-pension but things are tough; one of her sons is able to help on the property but will probably have to move away for more reliable work. It was great to be able to give both sisters a cheque to help with household costs.
BCA Boxes are due for collection this month. Please hand your box to an usher, or leave it at the office.
Our Stix ‘n’ String knitting and crochet group is affiliated with the Knit4Charities Inc, an Australian Internet-based association of dedicated knitters, crocheters, sewers and other crafters, who give warm clothing and comforting items such as blankets and toys to needy people throughout our Country.
In April, a plea was received from Dubbo Health Service: “Our paediatric Emergency Department, paediatrics assessment unit and the paediatrics ward are in desperate need for teddies, but we just don’t know where to get them from.”
Our team responded to the call, creating about 50 families of teddies. We have received a Certificate of Appreciation from Western NSW Local Health District on behalf of the Dubbo Health Service Distraction Therapy Project. The citation reads: “… for the provision of beautiful knitted items for sick kids in our department.”
Well done, Fellow ‘Knitwits!’
Refugee Volunteer Training .
Anglicare is offering two free training modules for people supporting refugees.
Module 1 is “Understanding Mental Health in Refugee Contexts” and will be held at St Anne’s from 9:30am – 4:30pm on Saturday 29th September.
Module 2, “Accidental Counselling” will be held from 9am – 4:30pm on Saturday 10th November, also to be held at St. Anne’s.
Registration is essential – go to https://www.anglicare.org.au/ and click on the Events, Courses & Training tab then choose” training” and “refugee training”.
Safe Ministry – Working with Children Checks.
At St Anne’s we work hard to ensure the safety of everyone who attends our church services and all who are involved in our ministries. We are particularly concerned that children, young people and other vulnerable people are cared for. Everyone involved in ministry to children needs to have an up-to-date Working With Children Check (WWCC). You can apply for a WWCC, or to update your existing WWCC, online and once you have an application number, you need to attend a Service NSW Office (e.g. The one in Macquarie Centre) and supply photo ID (e.g. NSW Driver’s Licence). Once you have done this, you will receive your WWCC number via email. The staff at Service NSW or our church office staff can help you with the online application if you don’t have access to a computer. Once you receive your WWCC number, you need to provide this to Katie Bolton for our Church’s records. There is no cost for volunteers for this process.
If you have a WWCC number, it is now mandatory to keep your contact details up to date. The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian has recently provided the following notification:
“Personal details must be updated. Everyone who holds a Check is now legally required to update their contact details, including any name or address changes, within three months – just like your driver licence. And like your licence, penalties will apply for people who don’t update. Updating your details is simple – go to www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/check and follow the directions. You can even find your Check number here if you don’t have it to hand.”
This is an important change to take note of. If your contact details have changed since you received your WWCC number please update them as soon as you can. Talk to Katie or other staff members if you have any concerns.
Complying with these requirements is an important and practical way that we can express the love of Jesus for the children and young people in our care.
NSW Drought Relief – Anglican Aid
Anglican Aid has set up a program to distribute aid to drought stricken rural families through local Anglican Churches in the Diocese of Armidale and Bathurst. Please pray for drought-breaking rain and consider contributing to this appeal. Donations are tax deductible. See Anglican Aid’s website for details anglicanaid.org.au or call 1800653903
- Please pray for Wayne and Helen and their family and the staff and students at Bingham Academy as their city is affected by political problems and violence. Pray that the situation will settle soon.
- Pray for churches and Christians in China as they are impacted by the government’s introduction of its “Social Credit” score. This has the potential to severely limit personal and religious freedoms. Pray for godly, committed and well trained pastors for the growing number of house churches.
- Continue to pray for the RACE board as they seek to cover classes in term 4 and find a suitable coordinator for next year.
Prayer for those in need
Ask God to comfort, strengthen and deepen the trust of those who are sick, grieving, or in special need at this time, especially Des.
How many books are there in the Bible?
Week beginning Sept 24
* Revelation 7:9-17
* Sermon Reading for September 30