We have received the following advice from the Archbishop this week. Fr Jeff asks that we please all take note and co-operate in a spirit of mutual respect and care.
“It is now recommended that everyone attending church should wear a face mask. It is permissible for those preaching or leading the service to remove their mask temporarily in the conduct of their ministry, but should be 3m distant from the congregation while so doing. This is in line with the general advice that where social distancing is not possible, then a face mask is recommended, as it is for indoor settings with a higher risk of transmission.
While we should be encouraging the wearing of masks in church, it is not mandatory. We must not, therefore, prohibit entry to those who choose not to wear a mask to church.”
Please avoid attending church if you have any symptoms which are listed on the NSW Health website:
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- fever (37.5 ° or higher);
- cough and/or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing);
- sore throat;
- loss of taste and/or loss of smell;
Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include fatigue, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite.
Get In Touch with Fr. Jeff if you are struggling with the present situation or are in need of prayers for friends/family. The Wednesday healing service is a good opportunity to come to Church to pray for healing and peace for yourself and loved ones.
Sunday School/Children’s Ministry has now resumed with social distancing and hygiene measures in place. Please come along and join us
Remember Mission Giving: The parish has benefited greatly from members switching to electronic giving. Thank you all again for this. However, with this change, our mission giving may have been neglected. If this is so, you can leave your mission giving at the church in an envelope clearly marked to ABM or other mission agency. The Website giving button also allows us to nominate a donation to ABM as well. In the current circumstances, our mission agencies, like the churches, are in greater need. Please remember to support ABM and our other missions.
Wednesday Healing Service — has resumed and is observing Covid-19 restrictions re seating and receiving communion. A biblical discussion, currently on Matthew’s Gospel, takes place following morning tea in the hall – all are invited.
Confirmation – Booked in for Sunday 23rd August: Bp Michael Stead has confirmed he will be here for confirmation. Please keep our four Confirmees Alex, Lucy, Nicholas & Nam in your prayers.
ABM — Feast of the Commemoration of the New Guinea Martyrs: 11.00am on Saturday, 5 September 2020 at St Mark’s Church, 8 The Mall, South Hurstville. Refreshments in the Parish Hall following the Eucharist. RSVP ESSENTIAL — by Monday 31st August.
Any notices for the service booklet will need to be submitted to the Parish Office email by Wednesday evening at the latest.
Food for our little friends — Thanks for the food scraps which are now not going to landfill and so reducing the production of harmful greenhouse gasses, especially methane. If you would like some worm castings for your garden you can leave a bucket or bag at the rectory with your details. Our little fertilizer factories have been doing a wonderful job and the fruit of their labours is now available.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community: Sunday: Eddie, Susan, Stephanie, Edwin, Leilani, & Carmen Reddy; Monday: John Reimer; Matilda Rinker; Graham Sadler; and Ken Searle; Tuesday: Peter Seymour; Andy Serafin & Colin; and Louisa Silverman; Wednesday: Ray & Laurel Sommer; and Raboom & Nol Takham; Thursday: Karlene Thompson; Christine Thurley; and John Tonetti; Friday: Stuart Veitch, Jo Burton & Laurence; and Nadia Wheatley; and Saturday: We pray for all health workers dealing with our current Covid-19 pandemic, particularly medical professionals dealing with those affected by Covid-19. We pray for everyone struggling psychologically or financially at this time, that they may know they are not alone and are able to ask for and receive the help and support that they need.
Prayers for the sick: Kristen Harley; Stephen Thurley; Kevin Tibbey; Glen; Kiki Chun; Br Noel Jeffs (SSF); Edna Chambers; Br Michael Saminatham (SSF); Sam George; Mary Middleton; Louise Middleton; Barbara Reyne; Victoria Keighery; Fr John Bunyan; John Hardy; Louise Trott; Christina Rees (CBE); John Bowen; Verity Wright; She Kar Nair; Ron Nath; Ronan Nath; Veronica Nath; Ram Chander; Rev’d Val Tibbey; Maureen Clunas; Wolf Winter; Linda Macqualter; Esther Middleton; Suzanne Campton; Meaghan Patterson; Peter Cinelli; Ruth Champion; Joyce Reddy; and John Dickson.
Recently Departed: Margaret Tonetti.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Grace Johnsen; Ian Scott; Mary Sotiriadis; Neil Daniels; Arthur Ayers; and Maria Bugle.
Saints Commemoration: 10th Aug: Laurence, Deacon & Martyr at Rome (d.258); 11th Aug: Clare of Assisi (d.1252), and John Henry Newman, Cardinal & Theologian (d.1890); 13th Aug: Jeremy Taylor, Bishop & Spiritual writer (d.1667); 14th Aug: Mary, Mother of our Lord, and Twentieth Century Martyrs including: Maximilien Kolbe, Friar (1940), Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theologian (d.1945), Maria Skobtsova, Abbess in Russia (d.1945), Martin Luther King Jr, worker for civil liberties (d.1968), Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda (d.1977), and Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador (d.1980).
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Andrew Reddy; Jennifer B.; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Beth Armstrong; Ann Jeffs; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Lyn Carrington; Gary & Karen Steiner-Hill; Pauline Newell; Barbara Beecroft; Lochlan Lonesborough; Ann Connolly; the Perkins Family; Fr Peter Carlsson; Dayalan Saminathan; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Victor Anyarisi; Baby Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay; Robert & Lyndall; Kit & Ben; Hiro Itadani; and Rosemary Bradford.
Readings for Next Sunday — Mary, Mother of Our Lord: First Reading: Isaiah 61.10–62.3; Psalm: Song of Mary (APBA p.31); Second Reading: Galatians 4.4–7; & Gospel: Luke 2.1–7
Readings for the coming week: Evening Prayer
|Sunday||Genesis 35||Psalm 85||Romans 11.7–16|
|Monday||Lamentations 4.1–11||Psalm 94||Romans 9.1–13|
|Tuesday||Lamentations 4.12–22||Psalm 97: 98||Romans 9.14–24|
|Wednesday||Lamentations 5||Psalm 103||Romans 9.25–10.4|
|Thursday||Song of Songs 1||Psalm 102.12–28||Romans 10.5–13|
|Friday||1 Samuel 2.1–10||Psalms 45||Revelation 12.1–6|
|Saturday||Songs of Songs 3||Psalm 104.26–37||Romans 11.1–12|