CHURCH ON ZOOM THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday we continue to meet for both services (at 9:30am and 3pm) on Zoom. You can join the Zoom meeting with audio and video on your computer/smart device or with just audio on your phone. If you have video calls available on your computer or device, follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a service sheet for the gathering. Services often include smaller breakout groups for sharing and learning. The morning service will be Holy Communion. Please have elements (bread and wine, or close as you can to these) at hand to be able to participate in this part of our service.
The meetings will open half an hour beforehand and you can join anytime from 9am/2.30pm, when there is a chance for informal sharing and conversation. It would be excellent if you could connect at least 5-10 minutes before the service is due to start. This enables us to ensure everyone’s connection is working so that we can start on time without interruptions. Your microphone will begin muted until the host activates it. These are measures recommended by the Diocese to minimise the potential for disruption. After each service, grab some refreshments for morning/afternoon tea and continue chatting if you wish. The service sheet details a number of protocols we have been advised to adopt to manage online gatherings and to meet Diocesan and Safe Ministry requirements.
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ST GEORGE’S NEWS:
ARCHBISHOP’S LETTER REGARDING HOLY COMMUNION
The Archbishop has written about how to celebrate Holy Communion in this time of COVID19. You can read his letter here. In short, it authorises the practice we began last week and will continue using.
ONLINE GIVING AND MESSAGE FROM OUR REGIONAL BISHOP
Thank you to all those who have looked into online giving since physical services have been suspended. All the details you need to set up electronic giving are Account Name: ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH PADDINGTON. BSB: 062 220 Account Number: 00902574. Thank you for your support of the Parish at this time. Our local Bishop, Michael Stead has produced a short (3½) minute video to encourage congregational generosity. We would recommend you watch it here: Giving Video.
BYRON ON ABC’s COMPASS
Do you remember when ABC’s religious affairs program Compass came and filmed our church services and the climate strike? The Compass episode on Christians and climate change, exploring the efforts and assumptions of believers in various parts of the country includes Byron as one of three people profiled. You can see the episode here: Compass site.
MIDWEEK OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT?
Would you like a midweek opportunity to connect? If you would welcome a chance to connect with others through the week (most likely via a midweek zoom call) for sharing, bible reading, prayer, a book reading group etc., please reply to this email with your ideas and interest.
PRAYER POINTS LIST
We have begun a list of prayer points, in light of what was shared last week on our service calls and updates through the week. Please update and use the list to pray regularly for each other as we seek to stay connected and care for each other in this strange period. There is a lot going on in our community at the moment. Please email email@example.com for a link to the page. Please only share as much as you would be comfortable sharing publicly, and if you are sharing information about someone else’s situation, please get their permission before doing so.
NEW PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
We’re delighted to announce that Annabel Ritchie from our Morning Service has become our new Parish Administrator starting this week. Annabel can be contacted on annabel AT paddington.church. We look forward to Annabel serving our community in this way!
Listen to Podcasts from Paddington Anglican
PEACEtalks. a monthly event (held on a Thursday or Saturday evening) hosted by Paddington Anglican Church aimed at serving the community by promoting and cultivating deep conversations about life, the world and everything. ‘PEACE’ stands for ‘political, ethical, artistic & cultural engagement’. Also on iTunes / Apple Podcasts by searching for PEACEtalks.
The Good Dirt – A podcast exploring the news stories you ought to know but might have missed, with Dr Byron Smith, Christian minister and ecological ethicist.
From Paddington Anglican. For those who missed it, a recordings Tim Costello on why Australia needs refugees is now on the web site and also on iTunes / Apple Podcasts by searching for Paddington Anglican.
On Android listen with free Podcast Addict, Podcast Republic, or Castbox apps, or for ad free try Pocket Casts ($3.99, on iPhone/iPad for $5.99 too) or Podcast Republic ($3.89 in-app purchase to remove ads). Just search for “PEACEtalks”, “The Good Dirt with Byron Smith” or “Paddington Anglican” – and all of these let you download a podcast when you have WiFi and then listen offline.