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The Gippsland Anglican December 2010

The Gippsland Anglican December 2010

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December 2010 edition of "The Gippsland Anglican", the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland's monthly paper
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Mother Hubbard at Cann River

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Kids have fun at Cowwarr picnic pages 4 & 5

Saving money and spending for mission
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Volume 107, Number 11

December 2010

Published in Gippsland Diocese since 1904

Summer spent Joining in with Jesus under the Son
By Chris White
MORE than 700 Christian global mission minded people from the Gippsland diocese and all around Victoria are set to descend upon Philip Island in January 2011. This year, the annual Summer Under The Son conference will feature Reverend Hugh Palmer, rector of All Souls Langham Place, London. CMS Victoria’s premier event, will be held on January 14 to 19. With the theme: ‘All for Christ, Christ for All’, the conference is set to expand attendees’ commitment to global mission, and increase their passion for Christ. Hugh Palmer (above right) will speak each day of the conference, leading bible studies on 1 Corinthians. He was trained for the ministry at Ridley Hall, a theological college in Cambridge. The mission of All Souls’ church is to ‘Grow an international community to reach a multicultural society for Christ’, so Hugh is well positioned to speak about passion for mission into the hearts of all who attend. Other international speakers include director of CMS New Zealand, Steve Maina and former missionary and author, Naomi Reed. Steve Maina grew up in Kenya and has first hand experience of the influence that CMS and the Church had upon his country. He describes his work with CMS as a ‘return on the investment that has been given to Kenya’. Naomi Reed is a former missionary to Nepal and author of the award-winning book, ‘My seventh Monsoon’ about her time spent in Nepal, as well as ‘No Ordinary View’, ‘Over My Shoulder’ and ‘The Promise’. Each year, at Summer under the Son conference, CMS missionaries share their experiences and stories of God’s work. This year a number of missionaries who have links with the Gippsland Diocese who are attending the conference. Ken and Alison Thompson

work in rural Cambodia building relationships with local people by developing agricultural practices; Faye Donaldson has worked in Bangkok since 2006 encouraging Thais and expatriates in their Christian growth; Tim and Catherine Walker have finished their missionary training and will move to Rwanda to work in hospitals and train medical professionals. Other missionaries attending include John and Jill Morshead, who work in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in health training and theological education; Ian and Fiona Oates, also assigned in Tanzania, where Ian lectures at the theological college and works in church ministry while Fiona seeks to empower local people through solar power projects; and Charlie and Kathryn Fletcher who have been working with students in Mexico. Charlie Fletcher has recently accepted a position at Ridley Theological College, Melbourne as the Dean of Global Mission. This year, the evening meetings will be interactive streams. People can choose from sessions on Church-based mission, Development and Care, or Leadership and Student Ministry. Delegates will have an opportunity to interact with the missionaries, guest speakers and each other over issues related to mission and life. If you want to receive real encouragement to live your life All for Christ, attend Summer Under the Son from January 14 to 19. For more information visit www.summerundertheson.org or telephone 03 9894 4722.

IN Trafalgar parish, it has been a pleasure in October to baptise three young people who have wanted to mark their belonging to the family of God. On Sunday, October 24, Caitlin and Tim Irwin were baptised at St Mary’s at a special service for their family.They have both been growing in their faith and understanding of the Bible through the weekly Bible study that happens at the rectory each Wednesday evening. Lydia Jacka has been helping to lead this Bible study, also attended by Jono Sanguinetti and

Chloe Powell. Please pray for this small group and for other young people who are growing in their walk with Jesus. Caitlin was confirmed and the others admitted to Holy Communion on November 7. Jade Lynch (above) is the daughter of Kerrie Lynch and granddaughter of Nick and Lyn Solohub. Jade was baptised at St Mark’s Yarragon on October 3 and was delighted to receive a ’Beginners Bible’ as she can now read the Bible stories for herself. Contributed by Sue Jacka

Visit Numby Numby on December 9
THE refurbished Numby Numby accommodation will be dedicated at The Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park on Thursday, December 9, 2010, with a gathering the entire diocese is invited to. Refreshments will be from 5.30pm with the dedication, led by the Bishop of Gippsland, Right Reverend John McIntyre, beginning at 6pm. This celebration and dedication of the first of the new buildings are early signs of the vision for The Abbey as a centre for spirituality and the environment. It will be an opportunity for all to inspect and tour The Abbey, enjoy the grounds and surrounds benefiting from the Work and Worship parish groups, and give thanks to God.

The Gippsland Anglican is your award winning newspaper: Most Improved Newspaper (ARPA) 2001; Best Regional Publication (ARPA) 2003; Best Social Justice Story Highly Commended (ARPA) 2004.

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Index
Summer under the Son Work & Worship Picnics and camps Color in picture Baptism in waves Save lives with water How will you spend Xmas? Back to school & work Off to university Quiet day at the Abbey Angels for children Ordinations Diocesan Calendar Parish news Parish Officer’s Seminar 1 3 4 5 5 6 7 8 9 11 11 12 13 14, 15 16

An Advent message
Dear friends,
AS we enter Advent many of us are feeling worn out and we are faced with a lot more work. Buying Christmas gifts takes longer in a large crowd, decorating the house, readying for visitors. Life is more congested and much more frantic. It is very easy to lose contact with what is most important to us. Christmas for Christians can be a time to acknowledge their heritage and tradition. That is why many people attend worship at Christmas, though they may do so only occasionally the rest of the year. The readings we hear and the songs we sing remind us powerfully of God’s faithfulness; God’s saving deeds on our behalf, both in history and in our own daily living. Christmas is also a time of the year that families will make every effort to spend some time together. This is one time that friends will try to ‘catch up’, perhaps prior to Christmas. Christmas, the story of a small family 2000 years ago, has left a legacy of family connecting, sharing of friendship, building of relationships. For those with no particular faith or religious practice, Christmas often becomes a very special time because of the significant family gatherings that are possible. For those with even a fledgling faith, there is something magnetic about the story of Mary, Joseph and a small new born baby. This year will have seen many changes in us and our families. For some, there will have been tragedies and for others great celebrations and gatherings of family and friends. Nationally and internationally we have many challenges to face: the constant search and striving for justice and stability in our world; challenges for our longterm future in Australia. Yet, at this time of the year, we come together and the Christmas story, and all that goes with it, continues to draw us; it continues to have a strange, haunting power over us. That power is not just nostalgic; it is not even mostly nostalgic. As important as Christmases past have been — both that first Christmas in Bethlehem and our own personal histories around this season — that is not what draws us most compellingly. What draws us most compellingly is hope: hope for this present Christmas, and hope for the future. For there is something in all of this, that we want. Here in the story of shepherds, angels and that quiet birth; here in the triumph of the power of love over the love of power; here where peace, compassion, and gentleness are part of God’s good news for all people; here, even in the commercialised, over-blown sentimentality of the television specials and the tear-jerker advertisements – in all of this there is something we want. We want God to come to God’s people, and to God’s world, in gentleness, in love and with the hope of peace: Peace for our world, peace for our own lives. We want things to get better; we want this birth to happen again, to keep happening — in our lives and in our world. The good news of Christmas is that it can keep happening and it does keep happening. God has not deserted us. God has not left us alone. God still comes to us, pretty much as God did that first Christmas. God is still trying to reach us, and our world, pretty much as God tried that first Christmas.

Things have not really changed all that much. The hopes and fears of all the years are about the same now as they have always been. Life is more comfortable for some, less so for others, maybe more complicated for most. And still, God reaches out to us in a little baby born in an uneventful place. Born among us.

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With grace and peace for a blessed Christmas,

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Mother Hubbard’s Work & worship at Abbey ‘cupboard’ is bare
THE parish of Leongatha recently captured the essence of what Work and Worship is all about. On the first weekend in November 11, members of the parish led by their rector, Reverend Janet Wallis, rolled up their sleeves, put on their insect repellent and got to work tackling the external painting of the old managers’ residence, now known as the Ena Shuemack House, at A’Beckett Park. Not only did they complete 70 per cent of the task, they turned the back yard into a garden. It did help that members of the team included a professional painter and gardener. Leongatha is a long way from Raymond Island so everyone stayed overnight in the residence and in one of the park’s cabins. Once again Work and Worship Team leaders Brian Turner and Jane Macqueen led the experience which finished with a creative worship in St Barnabas Chapel. All enjoyed lots of fun and great food. Development Working Group Chair, Brian Turner commented: “Leongatha parish demonstrated that the issue of being a long way away can be overcome, that the experience is about offering voluntary work and ‘connecting’ parish leaders with this significant diocesan resource. “We are looking for another team of painters to complete the work begun by Leogantha parish, ‘handy’ volunteers are what’s needed, not necessarily a professional, as all the preparation work is completed. Ring me if you would like to help.” Reverend Brian can be contacted, on telephone 0408 216965.

Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard To get her poor dog a bone When she got there, The cupboard was bare, And so the poor dog had none. HOW tragic! Both Mother Hubbard and her dog went hungry that night. At St John’s church, Cann River, is also an empty cupboard which the congregation long to see filled so we can feed hungry people in the community and we find here with us. We firmly believe that God’s word is the bread of life, and all around us there are people hungry for His Bread. People whose lives can be blessed with teaching based on the Word of God. So we have decided to build a church library. The above photo of our empty cupboard is a little facetious: we actually have a shelf already occupied with local donations. We are inviting members of the greater diocese to help us build our collec-

tion. Specifically we are looking for books, DVDs, CDs or CDROMs with biblical teaching (whether or not the scriptural foundation is overt or direct). Any topic (parenting, mental health, relationships, addictions, spiritual growth, grief, ministry….) or kind of resource (eg. Devotionals, Bibles, Bible studies, references, novels, books, booklets, movies, messages….etc) is welcomed. The items need not be new, so long as they are in good condition. Then the hungry can come and feed on God’s Word and become more loving husbands and wives, greater leaders, wiser parents, encouraging friends, stronger children; overall, better people. Your donations and prayers for this ministry will bless our local people, families, community and church. If you are able to support us with a donation or would like to know more about it, please call Evonne Dubbeld on 03 5158 7216. Contributed by Evonne Dubbeld

ABOVE and top: Members of Leongatha parish worked hard to prepare and re-paint Ena Sheumack House and create a new garden at The Abbey of St Barnabas, then relaxed with a well-earned meal (below). Photos: Jane Macqueen

MU catches up with Bill and Robin

LEFT: At the Anam Cara quiet day held at the Abbey of St Barnabas, were Jane Macqueen and Reverend Canon Caroline Nancarrow. Bishop John McIntyre led the quiet day. See page 11 for report and more photographs. Photo: Jeanette Severs

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MOTHER’s Union (MU) Australia Council took place at Pallotti College, Millgrove late in October. With the theme ‘Journeying Together’, Gippsland MU was represented by then-president, Jan Misiurka. Four Gippsland members attended the Open Day. It was a year of election for MU Australia. Reverend Libbie Crossman will take over as MU Australia leader in 2011, with Jan Misiurka as Caritas Leader and leading Promotion and Development. Attendees investigated biblical journeys and focussed on Ruth and Naomi. Discussion covered social, physical and psychological needs, tools required and the loyalty and devotion in this particular case. The Parenting Encouragement

Program was discussed,with a short drama on ‘Passion for PEP’. Gippsland members were especially pleased to meet up with Bishop Bill Ray and his wife Dr. Robin Ray. Bill and Robin grew up in Gippsland and served in parish ministry at Bairnsdale. Robin was the keynote speaker on Open Day. Saturday, October 30, brought 20 Gippsland MU members together at Cowes for a Quiet Day, led by Rev. Greg Magee. All Saints Day was the focus with readings from Psalms, Revelation and poems by Anne Weems. Contributed by Beverley Foster

ABOVE: Robin and Bill Ray, Judy Bunting, Jan Misiurka, Beryl Brien. Bev Foster and Karin McKenzie.

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Forest camp in 2011

Team fun at family picnic
ONCE again, the cooperation of the Kidsplus+ Gippsland Network and participating families made for a very pleasant picnic day at Cowwarr Weir in November. More than 55 people enjoyed the games equipment, canoeing and water activities. Special thanks to David Gifford and Maree and Keith Barnes for the early setting up and Dave Gover assisting with the boating supervision . A reminder to parishes that the equipment photographed is available for use. Contact the Gippsland Kidsplus+ Network via gnicholls@swiftdsl.com.au or telephone Mary on 03 5127 2929. ABOVE right: Reverend Sue Jacka of Trafalgar parish with members of the Hicks family enjoyed paddling in the kayaks. BELOW right: Matthew, James and Simeon Gover, Abiar and Adier Maluk and Ayen Riek enjoyed the variety of equipment provided by the Gippsland Kidsplus+ network. BELOW: Micah Hicks shows even toddlers can join in games run by the Gippsland Kidsplus+ network. Photos: Mary Nicholls

CHILDREN and youth from all Gippsland parishes are encouraged to plan now to attend the annual KidsPlus+ camp arranged for the weekend of March 4 to 6.The Forest Edge campsite located at Neerim, is on the edge of the forest and bounded by a meandering river and tributary. Accommodation in several cabins and a recreation and dining hall will adequately provide for 60 to 70 participants. Activities include a challenging High Ropes Course, mini golf, climbing wall, swimming, forest walks, and many other fun challenges and good food, for which the Kidsplus+ diocesan camps have become renowned. Parishioners are asked to consider offering young people the opportunity to attend. The program

is for young people aged between six and 18 years and costs $95. Diocesan Kids Plus+ can access some money from the Dennis Buxton and the Val Downey memorial funds to sponsor a few children, however we would be delighted to receive offers for sponsorship for others from individuals or parish groups, if people are willing to support this activity. Please contact either Kidsplus+ treasurer, Annette Lade, at PO Box 574,Traralgon, 3844, or email gnicholls@swiftdsl.com.au or telephone Mary Nicholls on 03 51272929. ABOVE: Boys participate in rope activities at the 2009 Kidsplus+ diocesan camp held at Forest Edge. Photo: Mary Nicholls

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Cowwarr reunion in February for youth
ABOVE: All those who have attended Cowwarr in the past are invited to a reunion weekend on February 25 to 27, next year. The Cowwarr reunion will be held at A’Beckett Park, at The Abbey of St Barnabas. All youth and any leaders are invited to come along for some fun, food and fellowship in a relaxed enviroment. More information will be posted to parishes. For more details, telephone Jeanette Stevens on 0409 482 924 or Shelley Cooper 0412 588 317. Contributed by Shelley Cooper

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Note: Neither the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland nor the Anglican Development Fund Gippsland is prudentially supervised by APRA. Contributions to the ADF do not obtain the benefit of depositor protection provisions of the Banking Act 1959.

In these days of big financial challenges, some people have decided to transfer their savings out of the volatile share market to a cash investment. There are real benefits of making a cash deposit with the Anglican Development Fund. The return on your cash deposit (minimum $100, term deposit 12 months) is also positive with competitive interest rates: 3.75% At Call 4.75% Term Deposits to $20,000 5.00% Term Deposits $20,000 + A cash deposit means you can save and serve the church at the same time. And, unlike banks, there are no charges or fees for the operation of your account with the ADF. It is all part of our free and friendly service. One of the many advantages of a deposit with the Anglican Development Fund (ADF) is that access to your money is only a phone call away on (03) 5144 2044. We can transfer funds out of your ADF deposit to your personal cheque or savings bank account on the same day. So, invest in a cash deposit. Telephone us on (03) 5144 2044 or write to The Registrar at PO Box 928, Sale, 3850, or you can drop in to the Diocesan Registry at 453 Raymond Street, Sale for an application form to open an account with the ADF.

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CORNER INLET parishioners gathered at Waratah Bay on the coldest October day for 15 years. Reverend Tim Fletcher led a service and introduction for the baptism of Eileen Mc laren and Nicole Thomson who had decided to make their Christian faith public in the waters of Waratah Bay. More than 50 people gathered to support Eileen and Nicole, singing ‘Abide with me’ and ‘The Power of your Love’ in a sheltered tea treed area (below). Everyone then accompanied Eileen and Nicole to the water’s edge, singing ‘I have decided to follow Jesus’. Tim took first Nicole then Eileen out into the surf to be baptised. All attendees returned to Fish Creek Union Church for a heart, body and soul warming aftenoon tea. The Fish Creek Union Church recently celebrated 100 years of presence in Fish Creek with a large crowd and it is encouraging that faith is still growing and strong as evidenced by this baptism.. Contributed by Fran Grimes ABOVE: Eileen Mclaren (left) and Nicole Thomson (right) with Reverend Tim Fletcher, during their baptism in Waratah Bay waves.

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Save lives with water
By Elizabeth Keevers
THE Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) has launched PROJECT WASH, a webpage that tracks a donation to a water project in the Philippines in order to show donors how their donations are spent. Every year, around 1.5 million children die from diarrhea caused, in part, by unclean water. 88% of cases of diarrhea are caused by unclean water. ABM has been helping to build clean water systems in the Philippines since 1994, saving the lives of many children in the process. Melany Markham, Communication and Fundraising Manager of ABM said: “The question we hear most often from our donors is, ‘How do you know the money really gets there?’ so we wanted to be more transparent about what donated funds are spent on.” WASH stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – all the components needed to ensure a clean water supply. To ensure that the water supply is sustained, entire communities need to be involved in the building and maintainence of the water system. The webpage explains this and all the other components of a successful project. “It might surprise people to learn that, from every dollar donated to this project, 48 cents is spent on materials. Some people might question this, but the reality is, you have to make sure that the system is sustainable. It has to be right for the environment and someone has to be trained to maintain it locally,” said Ms Markham. When stuck by the need in developing countries, the impulse is to do something quickly. However, ill-

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considered solutions do not last. Donors are often disappointed when they put energy and money into a project only to return years later to find it neglected or dismantled. “Real, sustainable development takes time. If solving poverty were easy, we would have done it by now,” said Ms Markham. “Our supporters take a keen interest in how our work is done and want to know more. Most of the time, people understand it’s not always easy to achieve things

in developing countries – that it’s hard work and complicated.” PROJECT WASH invites people to take part in building a water system in the Philippines by joining a trip to the country in 2011.You can register your interest through the PROJECT WASH webpage. See exactly what it costs, how donations are spent and the direct benefits provided to villages in the Philippines.Visit online www.abmission.org/project_wash. Photo: Melany Markham/ABM

THE international aid agency Act for Peace launched its annual appeal, the Christmas Bowl, encouraging Australians to share their Christmas with war-torn communities. The appeal is set to hit back at the billions of dollars spent each December on Christmas gifts that prove to be unwanted. Act for Peace’s Executive Director, Alistair Gee said:“We’re injecting some meaning back into Christmas. It’s not all about socks, scented candles and neck ties. With the help of Australians, we’re aiming to raise more than $2.7 million to support war-torn and refugee communities around the world. What do we have to lose? Apart from socks and foot spas.” To coincide with the launch of the appeal, the aid agency has released a video campaign parodying the plethora of Christmas gifts that flood eBay and landfill sites immediately after Christmas. Mr Gee said: “Australians spent more than $1 billion on unwanted Christmas gifts last year. Donating just some of this money to the Christmas Bowl can provide lifesaving medicine for children in

Gaza, a house for a refugee family in Burma or train communities in Sudan to overcome conflict.” “The video aims to promote alternative gift giving when people in Sudan and Burma are in their hour of need. By sharing some of our Christmas cheer we can help secure the wellbeing of people who face persecution and uncertainty this Christmas,” said Mr Gee. Tens of thousands of Burmese people need protection and refugee camps are under immense strain. A former leader of a camp supported by the Christmas Bowl on the Thai-Burma border and now resettled in Sydney, Daniel Zu said: “Everything that happens in Burma has an effect on the border camps. The Burmese government forces are preparing for a major military offensive. Sources confirm that troop re-enforcements are occurring. There will be an humanitarian crisis on the border soon.” To make a tax deductible gift or order Christmas Bowl resources, please free call 1800 025 101 or visit: www.actforpeace.org.au Photo: Jane Couzens

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How will you ‘spend’ Christmas?

ABOVE, below and right: Church op shops are the place for good quality presents that may be a little loved but still have plenty of use for someone else. Photos: Jeanette Severs

By Jeanette Severs
HOW will you ‘spend’ Christmas and the summer season this year? At this time of the year, in the mainstream media, there is always discussion about the amount of credit people accrue in the leadup to Christmas and during the postChristmas and summer holiday period. There is a way to avoid the ‘credit crunch’ and still have a wonderful Christmas-giving time and summer holiday. Look no further than your church opportunity shop (or ‘op shop’) for presents, outfits and summer holiday gear. Church op shops can also help in the postholiday, back to school and work period and even in furnishing young people moving to university

or their own first home.

Christmas
WHAT is on your Christmas list this year? What presents will you give family and friends? Visit your church op shop and see the wide range of often quality gift items available. Op shops are no longer the dull, dark and musty places of last century. Op shops now stock a wide range of quality toys, games, teddy bears and dolls, porcelain ornaments, vases, pic-

tures, frames, linen, that all make for unique presents. You will find jewellery of quality and style. You might even find a unique addition to someone’s collection, or begin a new collection yourself. Take the time to have a good browse in the church op shop, look on all the shelves, including the ones up high and the ones down low. Maybe you won’t need to shop anywhere else. Some op shops also stock Christmas cards, usually supporting a mission agency. You will be helping yourself and looking after someone else too, shopping at a church op shop.

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HAVE you looked in your church op shop for your summer holiday fun? Thinking about starting an exercise program and trying a new sport? Have you found last year’s waterski suit has shrunk, or the children have grown? Look in your church op shop, you might find just what you need. Church op shops invariably have a wide range of secondhand books at very cheap prices, ranging from light reading to classics, hobby interests to ... almost any subject. Some op shops also sell videos, DVDs and music CDs. For quality family time, or relaxing with friends, you can often buy continued next page

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continued from previous page a board game or jigsaw, sometimes never used, in the church op shop. There is also a range of clothing and accessories available for babies, young children, teenagers, young and older people. It is worth a browse in the church op shop to see what you can find. Maybe this year you bought a holiday home for the family. How are you going to furnish it? Visit your church op shop, there is plenty of good furniture on sale, for vastly reduced prices.The kitchen or dining setting, shelving and cupboards, lounge setting, cutlery and crockery, glassware ... it is all to be found in the church op shops. For jam and sauce makers, remember to ask at the church op shop for jars and bottles when you make your preseves ... but get in quick, everyone wants them.

LEFT, above, right and below: Summer holidays and relaxing days can be enjoyed at a church op shop, buying jars for preserves, exercise and sports gear, books and more. Even a snow skiing trip overseas can be made cheaper if you are able to buy gear donated to the church op shop. Photos: Jeanette Severs

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SOME church op shops can help you with second hand school uniforms, helping you to save money where you can in the family budget. Sometimes it might be a school dress, a pair of school trousers, pieces of the sports uniform or a school hat. There are barely-used school shoes in op shops. Altogether you can be guaranteed if it is in the op shop, it is still in good condition and clean, but at a vastly reduced price to you. Op shops also stock a range of clothing suitable for people’s return to work. For men, particularly tradesmen, it could be good quality work trousers or shorts at a barely nominal price. For women, a new blouse or dress, still with the original designer tag attached, never worn. There is a wide range of good quality clean clothing in your op shop, for babies, children, men and women, including larger sized men

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LEFT, above, right, below: Clothes and shoes for all the family can be bought at church op shops. Photos: Jeanette Severs

and women. It is worth a look, because op shop staff make an effort to stock current fashion clothing. While you are there, browse through the jewellery on sale, for a bargain accessory.

Off to university or your first home
LOOKING for ways to furnish your first home, university or hostel room, or unit? Look no further than your church op shop.There is good quality furniture, including ta-

bles and chairs, sofas and lounge chairs, cupboards, shelves, even occasionally a bed base. Some church op shops sell refrigerators, microwave ovens, freezers and other electrical items. Church op shops sell plates and bowls, knives, forks and spoons, drawer inserts, cooking and serving utensils, teapots, glasses, mugs, mixing bowls, cooking pots, oven dishes, even tablecloths. You might find curtains for your windows in church op shops. Some op shop staff even make an effort to contact other op shops to help you locate items you need.

Giving and saving
OF course, spending your money in a church op shop guarantees you are making a smaller environmental impact, saving your money, and often re-using what were originally expensive and good quality items. You are also helping churches to help others in the community, through mission support. Altogether you are giving in more than one way, helping yourself and helping others. continued next page

You can say i care
What can you do for a child in need this Christmas?
This Christmas thousands of Victorian children will rely on Anglicare Victoria to provide the things that make Christmas special – gifts, food, and a loving, stable family environment. By making a donation to Anglicare Victoria’s Christmas Appeal you will ensure vulnerable children are supported and nurtured on their journey to a better life. Please donate online at anglicarevic.org.au or phone 1800 809 722

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LEFT, above, right and below: Moving out of home, to university or into your first home, can be made easier and cheaper by shopping at a church op shop for your furniture, crockery, cutlery, glasses and more ... and you are helping the church’s mission work. Photos: Jeanette Severs

BELOW: Jams, preserves and fresh fruit make great presents to buy at the church op shop. Photo: Jeanette Severs
The Anglican Diocese of Gippsland takes complaints of abuse and harm seriously.
If you may have been harmed by a Church worker, or know someone who has, please come forward. All complaints will be treated sensitively and confidentially. The Director of Professional Standards, Cheryl Russell, can be contacted on telephone 03 5633 1573, on mobile 0407 563313 or email cherylrussell1@bigpond.com The Anglican Diocese of Gippsland does not tolerate any harassment or abuse in its church community.

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Quiet day at the Abbey

Angels for children

FOURTEEN people recently journeyed to the Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett park for a day retreat facilitated by the Anam Cara Community and led by Bishop John McIntyre. As the attendees gathered in the church for worship several people expressed their appreciation of the opportunity to leave behind the busyness and commitments of everyday life to intentionally come aside and spend time in God’s presence. Time for worship, for thanksgiving and for listening to the still small voice of God that can often be crowded out in our busy lives. Bishop John led with a meditation on creation where he asked all there to cover their eyes and try to imagine the beginnings of all things as described in Genesis where all was in darkness and there was only God hovering over the deep. Participants then walked along the edges of the lake, sat in silence on the water edge, enjoyed the natural surrounds of the island or spent time in the chapel. Each was able to meet God in creation in their own way. In this beautiful part of creation it was not hard to sense God close through the lapping waves, observing the swans gliding by with their cygnets and in the joy of having a mother koala climb down to a low fork in a tree with her baby holding tight. Following a shared lunch, Bishop John then read from CS Lewis’ classic creation story from the Narnia chronicles. Participants listened to the words read and they came alive with the presence of God as all things were sung into being by Aslan. There was then space for some more silence and reflection before all gathered for a shared Eucharist. Part of the diocesan vision for the Abbey of St Barnabas at

By Emily Umbers
MORWELL Park primary school students remembered children in care this Christmas. The students decorated angels to represent the number of children in Out-ofHome Care services in Gippsland to help Anglicare Victoria launch the Bishop of Gippsland’s Christmas Appeal on Tuesday, 23 November at Morwell Park primary school. Anglicare Victoria is the State’s largest provider of foster care and will give a home to some 46 children within the Gippsland region over the Christmas period. The aim of the launch and the activity is to raise awareness of those chil-

dren spending time away from their family over Christmas. “Christmas can be a joyous time for families but we should not forget that many in our community will have a very different experience,” said Jane Anderson, Area Manager of Anglicare Victoria in Gippsland. Anglicare Victoria provides a wide range of services that support vulnerable children, young people and families all year round but demand for food parcels and other material aid is always highest during the Christmas period. ABOVE: Reverend Bruce Charles admires the Christmas angels (inset) made by the students.

A’Beckett Park is that there will be regular retreat days throughout the winter months of 2011. We are blessed to have ownership of this ‘thin place’ where many find that the division between heaven and earth feels to them ‘thin’, where for some the very place assists them in their journey into God.

TOP: The group who participated in the Anam Cara Quiet Day at The Abbey of St Barnabas, with a nature sculpture by Emily Nancarrow. ABOVE: Mabs Jones and Rosemary Pounder, both of Paynesville, at the Anam Cara quiet day. Photos: Jeanette Severs Contributed by Jane Macqueen

Letters to the Editor ...
Dear Editor,
My name is Susan Kellett and I am a doctoral student of The University of Queensland. I am researching the memorialisation and commemoration of nurses in stained glass windows of Australian public buildings, such as churches, hospitals, schools, etcetera. My challenge is going to be locating these windows in a country as large as Australia so I am asking for the assistance of the Anglican community to help me find these windows. If you know of any window that either (a) contains an image of a nurse – such as Florence Nightingale, Edith Cavell, the New Guinea Martyrs, Service nurses from the Wars or other nurses, or (b) memorialises a nurse – I would appreciate hearing from you. Please contact me with the name and location of the church or building in which the window is located in by one of the following means: Email: susan.kellett@uqconnect.edu.au Telephone: 07 3346 5269 (please leave a message if no answer) Post: Susan Kellett, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cavell Building, The University of Queensland - Herston Campus, Herston, Queensland, 4029. My sincerest thanks for any help you can offer.

Seniors must earn respect (with humour)
By Lisa Cowell
SENIORS must earn respect was the decision made recently at the Great Respect Debate held at the Melbourne Town Hall. Senior and young Victorians went to head-to-head in the debate which tackled the tricky topic of whether ‘Seniors must earn respect.’ The Great Respect Debate, hosted by not-forprofit aged care provider Benetas and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, was a major event of the 2010 Victorian Seniors Festival. At the debate the senior Victorians debating team, of former Governor General Dr Peter Hollingworth, CEO of Victorian State Emergency Service Mary Barry and 3AW personality and entertainer John Michael-Howson were on the affirmative side and made a compelling argument, that yes - seniors must earn respect. Bernard Salt, social commentator and columnist with The Australian and Herald Sun newspapers was on hand to adjudicate. He awarded the Affirmative team the winner. When announcing the reasons for his decision, Mr Salt explained he particularly enjoyed Dr Peter Hollingworth’s statement about living in a moneyobsessed society which impacts our levels of respect; Mary Barry’s take on the topic that we must earn respect throughout over lives - regardless of our age; and John Michael Howson who observed that modern parenting techniques might provide some explanation towards why some members of the younger generation act in a disrespectful manner at times. The team of young Victorians included Beatrice Paull, year 11 student from Lowther Hall Grammar; Wesa Chau,Victoria’s Young Australian of the Year 2010 and Bryce Ives,Young Citizen of the Year Ballarat 2002 and Executive Producer of ABC’s Heywire program.Their main argument was that being treated with respect is a basic human right, which everyone - not just seniors - deserves. The crowd also enjoyed the talents of Channel Nine personality Pete Smith who hosted the event. The Great Respect Debate followed a Deakin University and Benetas research paper launched in March 2010 called Respect in an Ageing Society. It was the first study in Australia to investigate the attitudes of society towards older people and what respect for older Australians means. The research highlighted a vast difference of opinion between older and younger generations about the value of older people in society today. As a result, Benetas brought the different generations together to debate whether ‘Seniors must earn respect’ at the Seniors Festival. Established in 1948, Benetas is an Anglican notfor-profit aged care services organisation. Benetas provides quality aged care services for more than 2,000 older Victorians within its 12 residential care facilities and through its extensive community care programs that enable older people to stay at home with support. Benetas is also one of the leading providers of dedicated day and overnight respite.

Susan Kellett, RN
PS:Two windows were dedicated to Louisa (Louie) Riggal, a VAD who nursed and died in Rouen France during WWI, in St John’s Anglican Church in Maffra. I was told about them by a local person and they are also mentioned in a recently published book on Victorian war memorials called ‘Remember Them’. There are also two war memorials - beautiful mosaics - dedicated to Louisa as well as Irene Singleton (Australian Army Nursing Service) who was executed by the Japanese at Banka Island during WWII at the Maffra library. Louisa was obviously very well loved by her community. As was Irene who trained at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and is also memorialised there.

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Our Diocese - Clergy News

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Heyfield welcomes Heather Retired clergy have birthday lunch
ON Wednesday, October 27, retired clergy gathered at Korumburra for a service at St Paul’s with the people of the parish. Guest preacher was Archdeacon Fred Morrey. The group then went to the local chinese restaurant for lunch with Bishop John, McIntyre, to help celebrate his birthday and enjoy fellowship together. Thanks to Reverend Jenny Ramage for the service and making all the arrangments. The next gathering will be on March 29, 2011, venue to be announced. Contributed by Laurie Baker RIGHT: Gwen Brown, Fred Morrey and John and Nancye Goodman.

THE very special occasion of Heather Cahill’s ordination as Deacon was celebrated in St James Anglican Church Heyfield, the same church where Heather was confirmed by Bishop Garnsey. Heather was born into a practising Anglican family living in Nambrok. Throughout her youth in Gippsland, she enjoyed being an Anglican youth leader and RE teacher. Later, she travelled to New Guinea and then slowly worked her way back to Gippsland, all the while continuing to worship, minister and play piano and organ in the Anglican church. Heather received her call to ordained ministry in 1999 and on Thursday, 28 October 2010, she came full circle back to St James to answer that call. Resplendent in red for Saints Simon and Jude, and decorated with beautiful spring flowers, the church was filled with her family, husband John, daughter Shiranee, son Shannon, sister Robyn, brother Phillip; friends, parishioners and clergy. Lorraine McPherson took the usual place of Heather at the organ to accompany the singers. With Bishop John McIntyre officiating, Right Reverend William (Bill) Ray, Heather’s brother-in-law, read the Gospel; Luke 6: 12-16, and Rev. Anne Turner gave the Sermon. She spoke of Bishop John’s vision for the Diocese, ‘To make Jesus Christ known here and now for Gippsland through the inward and outward journey’ and her belief in the absolute necessity of ‘the making and living the inward journey and the making and living the outward journey’ to bring this vision to life in our lives and ministeries. Rev. Anne explained that in the Gospel passage, Luke gives us a perfect example of the pattern to follow; Jesus spending time apart from his disciples to commune and pray with His Father, then returning divinely inspired, to choose the 12 disciples who would be the most suitable for his ministry. Rev. Anne commended that like Jesus, Heather and all of us take the time to be with God the Father, and from that communion, take divine inspiration and guidance to do our work in the church and wider community. After the presentation of Heather to the Bishop, and upon the completion of her vows, the congregation invited ‘Come, Holy Spirit, our souls inspire’. Bishop John invited Bishop Bill Ray to join him in the laying on of hands. Deacon Heather was vested with a red stole embroidered with doves, their wings outstretched in flight, and was given the gift of a Home Communion set from the Heyfield

parish. Deacon Heather later wrote: “I understand God has called me to work among the members of our faith community in the Heyfield district, including Tinamba, and with our wonderful group of older residents at Laurina Lodge.” How appropriate, and how special that, after Heather’s time of retreat and ordination, her first act of service as Deacon Heather in St. James’ Church was to baptise Jaxon Thomas Marshall, whose grandmother Jenny and greatgrandmother Mary were born in Heyfield.

New priests in parishes
A bus load of parishioners from Wonthaggi/Inverloch parish travelled to Sale recently to witness the ordination of Anne Perryman, along with Daniel Lowe from Warragul parish. Anne has fulfilled the role of Deacon in a non-stipendiary part time role in the parish since February this year. For Anne, her ordination has been the result of many years of prayer, discernment of God’s will for her life, study and parish service. Anne’s generosity, willing hands and compassion has been appreciated by the parish. The congregation looks forward with anticipation, to where God will use Anne’s gifts among them and in the wider community. Contributed by Jill Price ABOVE left: Newly ordained priests, Reverends Anne Perryman and Daniel Lowe, are presented to the congregation by Bishop John McIntyre. Photo: Lance Perryman LEFT: Reverend Daniel Lowe with his parents. Photo: Christine Morris

Lay clergy led into the Gospels
THIS year’s annual mixed lay retreat took place from October 18 to 20, at Pallotti College, Millgrove. There were 19 participants. In this the eighth year of the retreat being held, the leader was Reverend Ann Turner. Her theme was ‘Praying the Gospels’ and session by session she led participants ever deeper into the four Gospels. Basing her exposition on the understanding of Alexander Shaia, Ann showed us that at the core of each Gospel is: in Matthew, how to deal with change; in Mark, how to endure suffering; in John, the way to achieve joy in union with God and in Luke, how to mature in service. She led us into the desert, where God reveals himself to us; through the storm on the lake, where we learn to place our complete trust in Him in the midst of suffering and strife; and on to the Passover supper where he teaches us how to love and to serve through the washing of his disciples feet; and finally, through the vision of the Transfiguration we are

TOP: Churchwarden Margaret Beckett and Deacon Heather Cahill at the front of a full church for Heather’s ordination as Deacon at Heyfield. MIDDLE above: Deacon Heather Cahill after her ordination, with her daughter, Shiranee. ABOVE: Bishop John McIntyre, assisted by server Matt Chambers, with Heather Cahill during her service as ordination as Deacon. Photos: Cassandra Hall Contributed by Cassandra Hall

sent back into the world to serve. In the course of her presentation Anne was ably assisted by Brian Turner in a wonderful series of visual expressions of her theme which greatly added to our experience and as an aid to our understanding.

Once again our total experience was greatly enhanced through being so well looked after by those at Pallotti College, Millgrove. Contributed by Chris Bennie ABOVE: Attendees at retreat. Photo: Chris Bennie

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New Chinese Bible

The end of a centenary
THIS year Ridley Melbourne marked its centennial, celebrating the past and looking forward with hope. The centerpiece of the year was a visit by Don Carson who spoke at several centenary events, including the Annual Preachers conference, Centenary Dinner and Christ-Expo. Ridley also launched a history of the college titled, ‘Proclaiming Christ. Ridley College Melbourne 1910-2010’. Archbishop Dr Philip Freier wrote in the forward of the book: “Reaching a centenary celebration is always a cause for us to pause and reflect on the journey to that point and to look forward to the future ... the next hundred years will sow its triumphs and tragedies and we can be certain that a Ridley Melbourne theological education and ministerial formation will be no less necessary than it has been in the past.” As Ridley looks forward with hope to the next 100 years, well trained men and women are needed. Ridley’s vision is to be intentional and effective in equipping and forming able people for ministry and mission, ready to meet the opportunities of the future. Ridley needs you to partner with them by prayer, by encouraging people to study at Ridley and by your generous financial support. You are invited to share in Ridley’s investment in future mission. Peter Adam, Principal of Ridley, is “thankful for all God’s people who help to ensure that in God’s kindness, Ridley is able to have a lasting impact on students, and through them transform the church and convert the world”.

Diocesan Calendar
2010 December
4 Clergy family end of year gathering, Bishopscourt, Sale; 11am to 5pm 9 Dedication of Numby Numby, refurbished accommodation units, the Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park, Raymond Island; 5.30pm refreshments, 6.00pm dedication service; RSVP kerries@gippsanglican.com.au, daniellem@gippsan glican.com.au or 03 5144 2044; catch 5.15pm ferry from Paynesville to Raymond Island 25 Christmas Day Dec. 28 – Jan 3 Summer in Seaspray, Sale parish

2011
TBA Blessing of Ena Sheumack House; St Barnabas Abbey and A’Beckett Park, Raymond Island

By Sue Schokman READERS of the Chinese Bible have a new version after 91 years. When selecting a Bible in English one is almost spoilt for choice, but those who read the Chinese Bible have waited 91 years for an update. The Chinese Union Version (CUV) Bible was first published in 1919, and since then it has been the Bible for the Chinese-literate. In 2006 however the Hong Kong Bible Society saw the need to revise the CUV, in order to better serve diverse Chinese communities worldwide. Besides varied cultural practice, many of the Chinese characters used in the CUV are no longer commonly used. Out of this, the Revised Chinese Union Version was produced, with careful attention to precision and detail. Bible scholars from China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and the Americas – together with transla-

tion specialists from the United Bible Societies – were involved in the update. While approximately 15% of the text was revised, the dignified literary style of the CUV was retained, as it is cherished by Chinese churches worldwide. Representatives from the Hong Kong Bible Society (HKBS) have visited various countries to launch the RCUV (new complete version with Old and New Testaments), and next week will mark Australia’s turn. HKBS’s General Secretary, Dr Mary Leung and her colleague Dr Joseph Hong will launch the new version at the ‘RCUV Bible Conference’ to be held in Sydney. Prize-giving for the ‘Passion for Evangelism’ Award will also take place at the event, in appreciation of those who have been fervent about sharing the Word of God. The award recipients will each receive one of the first few RCUV Bibles available in Australia.

January

Dec. 28 – Jan 3 Summer in Seaspray, Sale parish 5 Bass Philip Island parish fair (Wednesday) 8 Lakes Entrance parish fair 14 – 19 CMS Summer under the Son conference, Philip Island; http://www.cms.org.au/branch/vic 21 Drawing of car raffle for Rwandan Seeds of Peace project 23 Diocesan Cursillo gathering, Sale, 4pm. Eucharist at 4pm followed by BYO picnic tea.

February

19 Ordinations, St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Sale; 2pm 25 – 27 Cowwarr reunion for past youth and leader participants; The Abbey of St Barnabas, A’Beckett Park; telephone Jeanette 0409 482924 or Shelley 0412 588317. 28 Anglican Women of Australia Gippsland Deanery rally; St John’s Metung; 10am; speaker Beth Hookey, AngliCORD

March
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PRIMATE OF AUSTRALIA
10 November 2010 Dear Brothers and Sisters You will be aware that for many years now Sudan has been engaged in a protracted civil war that has caused great devastation in the country. Following the terms of a peace agreement signed in 2005 the people of southern Sudan, a predominantly Christian area, will in January 2011 have the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine whether they wish to secede from the rest of the country and establish an independent nation. It seems likely there may be increased violence in the lead up to the referendum. The Episcopal Church in Sudan has appealed to the Anglican Communion to pray for peace as it approaches this tense time. In Australia too, communities of Southern Sudanese people are preparing to participate in the referendum. This is not without difficulty for many members of the Sudanese communities who will have to travel considerable distances and at some expense in order to register as voters and then again to cast their votes. The Anglican Board of Mission-Australia has prepared resources for use by Australian Anglicans as we pray for peace for our Sudanese brothers and sisters as they prepare for the referendum and on the day of the referendum. I encourage you to distribute this material to your dioceses and to offer your prayerful support to the people of Southern Sudan as they prepare for this historic vote. Yours in Christ

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Anglican Women of Australia Gippsland Deanery rally; Yarram; 10am; speaker Beth Hookey, AngliCORD Anglican Women of Australia Gippsland Deanery rally; Newborough; speaker Beth Hookey, AngliCORD Anglican Women of Australia Gippsland Deanery rally; Korumburra; speaker Beth Hookey, AngliCORD Anglican Women of Australia Gippsland Deanery rally; venue TBC; speaker Beth Hookey, AngliCORD Kidsplus+ primary and secondary aged diocesan camp; Forest Edge; contact Annette Lade, PO Box 574, Traralgon, 3844; or email gnicholls@swiftdsl.com.au or telephone Mary Nicholls, 03 5127 2929. National Cursillo Secretariat Meeting, Latrobe Valley Convention Centre; hosted by Gippsland Cursillo Ash Wednesday Mothers’ Union Lady Day; St Paul’s Cathedral Sale; 10am; guest Marilyn Oulds, Worldwide Mothers’ Union; BYO lunch TBC, retired clergy luncheon; 2pm to 6pm Good Friday Easter Day

April
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May

13 – 15 Gippsland Anglican 36th annual Synod; Drouin TBA Anglican Women of Australia Gippsland, general meeting TBA Anglican Women of Australia Ladies Retreat; Palotti College, Millgrove

June
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Clergy Conference Mothers’ Union June Join In Anglican Women of Australia Sunday Mothers’ Union AGM; venue TBA Men’s 34 and Women’s 35 Cursillos Back to Church Sunday Bruthen Parish Country Craft and Art Fair Anglican Women of Australia bus trip; contact Pat Cameron, tel. 03 5147 1990 Annual clergy retreat; Pallotti College Mothers’ Union East Gippsland AGM Anglican Women of Australia Rally and AGM, Sale

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The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall Primate

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ABOVE: Deacon Heather Cahill’s ordination was celebrated in St James Anglican Church Heyfield, on Thursday, October 28, 2010.After Heather’s ordination, her first act of service as Deacon Heather in St James’ church was to baptise Jaxon Thomas Marshall, whose grandmother Jenny and great-grandmother Mary were born in Heyfield. Jaxon’s parents, Kenny and Belinda, watch Heather baptise Jaxon. Photo: Cassandra Hall

THE Moe parish team was on hand once again selling tea, coffee and donuts at the annual Moe bonfire night. Good weather enabled the fundraising venture to make a worthwhile contribution to parish funds. Parishioners and friends enjoyed fine weather and colorful gardens, at the home and vineyard of Graham and Shirley Scott, at Moe South.They attended the annual blessing of the grapes. Afternoon tea and wine tasting completed an afternoon of good fellowship. Contributed by Sandra Tomlinson

ABOVE: The Blessing of the Grapes service held at the home and vineyard of Graham and Shirley Scott at Moe South, was led by Reverend Bruce Charles. who prepared and presented the short service attended by parishioners.This vineyard acts as a source of revenue for Lowanna College’s chaplaincy program as supporters raise income from harvesting the crop. Parish funds also benefit, from the High Tea and wine tasting following the Blessing of the Grapes service. Photo: Mary Nicholls

Battle at Trafalgar
OCTOBER was a very busy time for Trafalgar parish, with heavy involvement in the annual community festival, ‘The Battle of Trafalgar’.This festival goes for two weeks and includes three weekends of activities. On the first weekend, the local theatre group performed a melodrama, ‘Faith, Hope and Bertha’, providing great entertainment with four parishioners involved; Jo Porter directed the play and Brett Hicks, Len Makin and Sue Jacka all had roles. On the middle weekend, the community night at the recreation reserve was a great success and the games and craft activities provided by our church were greatly appreciated by the younger members of the crowd. On the final day of festivities, St Mary’s was transformed into a music café with local musicians providing entertainment while afternoon tea was provided by parishioners. Each of these events helped to ‘put the church on the map’ of local people, many of whom have had several generations without close contact with a church. How could a small rural parish manage to do so much in these festivities? We had great ideas and resources (especially the Kidsplus+ activities trailer) and we asked a variety of people to help out. There were volunteers from Lions and Rotary and a couple of other people who said they would like to be involved. The idea of ‘going to church’ is quite alien to most of the people we worked alongside to provide these activities, but this was a great way of working together to do some good in the community. Contributed by Sue Jacka

ABOVE and below right: St Thomas’ Anglican Church, Bunyip held their 108th annual flower show in the Bunyip Community Hall on Saturday, November 6. The local community gathered to show off their artistic arrangements and gardening talents.This was combined with several market stalls of local produce, craft, plants, Devonshire teas, sausage sizzle and more.There was a wonderful response to the colouring competition by children from schools in the area. More than $2000 was raised on the day and our thanks go to all who participated in making the day a success. A beautiful arrangement of flowers was displayed as a tribute to Joyce McDermid who for many, many years coordinated the annual flower show, until her death in 2008. Her dedication and passion ensured the show’s ongoing success and she will always be remembered for her valuable contribution to the church and community. Her daughter, Wendy, continues the wonderful work of coordinating the flower show each year. Contributed by Lina Scull Photos: Chris Bennie

ABOVE: One of the stalls at Cowes’ Ladies’ Guild fete.

ABOVE: Scenes from Trafalgar’s music cafe and community night.

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Pink fellowship at Morwell

ABOVE and below: St John’s fair on Saturday, November 19, began with breakfast and devonshire teas and the barbecued sausages did a roaring trade. The stalwart stall holders had worked very hard: there were decorated Christmas cakes and puddings, preserves, plants, fresh produce, cakes, books, craft work, raffles and so much more. Part of Francis Street was closed off and a display of interesting historical cars was to be admired and owners envied. A brass band played. Quilts were exhibited in the church, there was also a display of motor bikes and model aircraft as well as woodworking and a few private stalls at the rear of the church. Johnno’s, the Outreach Centre, and the garage sale at the shed, also did brisk business, hopefully adding towards their savings for a much-needed, extension.The coordinators Gael Morris and Jim East are to be congratulated on doing a difficult but good job; $9.500 was raised. Contributed by Ursula Plunkett Photos: Judi Hogan

IN late October the women of Morwell parish joined together to enjoy each other’s company and to raise money for breast cancer. Hosts were Reverends Heather Marten and Lyn Williams.They toiled all day in the kitchen to give attendees a wonderful meal. The rectory living room was jammed with people. We all enjoyed the magnificent food and really appreciated such a lovely meal being cooked for us. It was a great night of getting together. The fact that we could also raise money for breast cancer research was an added bonus. One of the paintings exhibited during the St Mary’s Art Exhibition was a scene showing a baptism at St Mary’s. The figures have dark skin, showing them as part of our Sudanese community. This brightly coloured painting is now hanging in the church itself. The artist, Jacquie Johns, has celebrated the service of baptism in the painting. Members of the Sudanese community at St Mary’s have been very moved by this painting. Pastor Steven spoke to everyone at the service, saying how he feels this painting is a declaration of the acceptance of his community. “We feel that St Mary’s is our spiritual home,” he

said. The congregation are determined the painting must stay with us. We are in the process of collecting sufficient money to buy the painting. Some money has been donated from outside the parish.There are many who wish to see the painting remain at St Mary’s. Contributed by Carolyn Raymond

ABOVE: The Girls Night In dinner for breast cancer was attended by many of the women from the parish. Reverend Heather and Rev. Lyn are in the background working away in the kitchen. BELOW: Sandy Johnson admires Jacquie Johns’ painting, hung in St Mary’s church in Morwell. Photos: Carolyn Raymond

ABOVE: Orbost parish’s St James’ fete was a great success, with many people involved in preparing for the day of fun and fellowship, very well patronised by the community. Stalls included cakes, sweets, jams, books and cards, plants, trash and treasure, a fairy floss stand, jumping castles devonshire teas, barbecue, and two raffles. A senior member of the Youth Group dressed up as a clown and wandered about handing out lollies. He was very popular.

ABOVE: In Leongatha parish, Tony Lindhardt from Leongatha SES accepts a cheque for $500 from Coral Johnston, president of St Peter’s Ladies’ Guild. Joan Smith was recently farewelled, with many thanks for her contribution to the parish. Leongatha parish recently held a successful garage sale. Photo: Marion Dewar

ABOVE: Ian Bristow, Mark Bourke and Michael Bristow at the community outreach Men’s Dinners hosted by St Mary’s in Mirboo North. The men prepare the meals, set up the hall and clean up, organise a guest speaker for the night and most importantly reach out to men in the community by inviting them to come and share the fellowship.The speakers have included Norm Walker from the Bushfire Recovery Group and a speaker from the Natural Disaster on Water Purification. Gwenda Dortmans from the Latrobe Regional Hospital Critical Care Unit spoke about organ donation which created much discussions from the members and many signing up to donate. Photo: Pam Pincini

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Our Diocese - Parish Officers’ Seminar

December 2010

Keen interest in parishes

Vale, Shirley
SHIRLEY Savige passed away recently, in Moe, in her ninetieth year. Her parents had been in Moe when her father was postmaster, so Shirley knew a lot of people when she settled there in 1948, following her marriage to Russell Savige. Always a staunch Anglican, Shirley supported many aspects of the church’s work, both locally and in the wider diocesan and national scene. Shirley was a keen correspondent and served for many years as a member of the church news board, and for 20 years she compiled ‘Around the parishes’ for the diocesan monthly newspaper, The Gippsland Anglican. Anglican Women of Australia had her full support and Shirley served for a number of years as publicity officer for the national executive. She travelled with other Gippsland women to the various national meetings and conferences and to an Anglican Board of Missions conference at St John’s College, Morpeth. Shirley always enjoyed travelling and especially detouring to see out of the way places she read about. In her own home parish, there was much local involvement.

By Jeanette Severs
THE Parish Officers’ Seminar, held by the diocese in late October, was well attended, with keen interest in the responsibilities of the diocesan and parish officers.There was discussion about how the diocese can help parishes access computers, software and the necessary skills learning and support to fulfil duties and obligations. John Mitchell, of Traralgon parish, addressed concerns to the Registrar, Brian Norris, about how the diocese and parishes communicate information about trusts and bequests, from potential and existing benefactors. “People need to be guided about how they can leave a gift to the diocese or a parish.And solicitors also need guidance to ensure the documents clearly accomodate the intent of the person,” said Jann Enden, of Bunyip, who spoke from her experience as a lawyer and involvement in creating trusts. Jaan particularly pointed out the need for the diocese to guide lawyers to ensure bequests are still relevant in, for example, 100 years time. Brian Norris also provided an opportunity to refresh and relearn some of the best reasons for holding meetings, or not holding meetings. He suggested posing the question, ‘will it matter if the meeting does not happen?’ to ensure it is necessary to bring people together. The gathering discussed planning a meeting; informing people why the meeting is being held; preparing for the meeting, including putting time limits to agenda items, prioritising agenda items and providing necessary information to enable decision making; structuring and controlling discussion at meetings, helping to keep discussion focussed; and summarising and recording, ensuring decisions and actions are recorded. Richard MacDonald, of Whittlesea parish and with Anglican National Insurance Program, discussed insurance, claims management and risk management for parishes. He described ANIP as providing an inhouse management service Australia wide for 22 Anglican dioceses and 14 Anglican care organisations.This included churches, schools, aged care facilities, retirement villages and welfare agencies, with a property value of $8.5 billion. He explained the diocese insurance cover includes property, public liability, professional indemnity and management liability. He also suggested risk management for volun-

teers. “How do you look after your volunteers?” Richard asked, suggesting induction and training programs. “The Anglican church recognises volunteers up to 95 years of age,” he said, suggesting that a person’s increasing age brings risk management issues. “We have a duty of care to ensure volunteers do what they can do, not what we might want them to do,” he said. Dale Dooley, of Paynesville, raised discussion about the many women who cook for the church, often in their own homes, and what risks the church might need to be aware of in those circumstances. “For example, if a volunteer slips over in her kitchen, while cooking for the church ... what are the issues for the church?” she asked. “We don’t want to stop people doing things that they want to do.” Richard took this issue on notice. He also suggested churches keep a key pass register, recording who has keys and which keys to church buildings. Richard strongly suggested always getting quotes for any work, preferably two quotes, and always insisting contractors provide references, qualifications, proof of appropriate insurance cover and a written agreement about what work is to be done, how, when and at what cost. Discussing security, he suggested preparing a list of all contents and assets, locking all electrical equipment away when not being used, locking cash away, and doing regular internal and external audits. Richard gave examples of electrical safety issues and, in discussing external audits, his examples included wet, slippery, leafstrewn paths after rain as a safety hazard. “You cannot do enough to be responsible for your parish, so do everything you need to do,” he said. Brian Norris announced that Bishop in Council had recently removed the phrase ‘Episcopal District’ from those parishes in Gippsland carrying that title, meaning all would now be known as ‘Parish of ...’. The gathering discussed balancing the need to ensure parish office holders while limiting an individual’s length of tenure in any one role or on parish council. There were suggestions of a three-year limit on the tenure of parish councillors and churchwardens, with one-third of people rotating off these bodies each year, enabling new people to contribute and learn skills. Colin Thornby, from Bishop in Council, rounded off the seminar with a presentation of the new diocesan website and encouraged those present to consider linking their parishes to the diocesan website. He offered to help parishes develop and link webpages. All attendees took home the new Parish Administration Handbook. TOP: Brian Norris takes a question from John MItchell at the parish officers’ seminar. TOP right: David Chambers and Philip Davis. MIDDLE right: Margaret Beckett and Joan Hall. RIGHT: John Mitchell and Kath Grandy. LEFT: Dale Dooley. Photos: Jeanette Severs

Shirley played the organ for many years, organised and arranged flowers for special occasions and helped with immunisations through Red Cross. CWA was another interest, particularly in their ‘Songs in Costumes’ programs. In later years, Shirley found much to interest her in Probus and she was always a gracious host. Her requiem eucharist was held at Holy Trinity, Moe, where her late husband laid the foundation stone in 1968. Attending the service were the present rector and four other clergy who had served as incumbents in Moe. Many will thank God for their memories of Shirley Savige. Contributed by Annabel Gibson

The Gippsland Anglican

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