Well, as you all know, it’s Hanukkah time again. Yuletide. Winter solstice. All sorts of festivals and sacred dates bases around this time of year So that means it’s time to celebrate the most important of them all, the Birth of Jesus! Our very own celebration is happening on the dates shown in the picture- I recommend the kids service, it’s energetic and I hear those involved are practising long and hard to make this a year to remember!
Synod Report October 2013
Two weeks ago the Annual Meetings of Synod for 2013 were held to discuss the changes to legislation of the Anglican church of Sydney Diocese. Who attends Synod? The senior minister and two elected Synod Representatives from each parish. Other Ministers, such as assistant Minsters, and parishioners are welcome to attend the public gallery, but are not allowed to vote or take part in the discussion. Representing Gymea parish were Rev Graham Crew, Alan Watson and Barbara Archer.
Due to the election of the Archbishop by the Synod in August, this year’s annual meeting was compressed into three longer days from 2pm-10pm, but next year will revert back to the normal method of five shorter days over two weeks. The following subjects were discussed at this year’s annual meeting:
* A decision was made for Synod to go paperless by 2017. This will reduce running costs of printed materials and postage, but will mean that the Synod members will need to use a ‘tablet’ or download their own documents, some of which can be 150 pages.
* Bishops Court is currently on the market, and once sold money will be available to employ more bishops. Some are currently working in a voluntary capacity.
* The decision was made that board members of Anglican schools and committees will only be able to serve for fourteen continuous years. This will be an unpaid position. All board members are to sign a statement of personal faith in the Lord Jesus and God’s Word the Bible.
* Two more parishes have been reclassified as full parishes, Clovelly and Robertson.
* One of the indigenous congregations, which meets at Campbelltown Anglican Church “urges parishes to consider prayer, financial and other forms of partnership with our indigenous churches”.
* Synod requested Moore College and Ministry Training and Development in consultation with Safe Ministry Board educate clergy in regard to domestic violence and how to respond to it.
The Church Land Acquisition Levee (2.16% of Parishes General Giving)
Gymea Anglican Church bush Fire Appeal has now finished. We would like to thank those who have given and prayed. The Springwood church and community has expressed their deep thanks for remembering them in their time of need. However, aid is still needed, which you can give through Springwoods’ own appeal (click here to go to the page) and also to the wider appeal through Anglican Aid.
Thank you again to those who have given, who are praying or who have driven up with our contributions. It has been much appreciated. We are now also receiving gifts of non-perishable food items to replenish our food bank stock so we can continue to care for the needy of the Shire.
Everybody knows there’s a Federal election on September 7, right? RIGHT??? Well, GAC is helping you get ready for it. No Pamphlets, handouts, endorsements, etc. will be given, but on the night of September 2 we will present a 2 hour webcast featuring a panel of prominent Christian figures who will discuss the parties, policies and most importantly, Christianity of the major figures of the election. The webcast is done by the ACL (Australian Christian Lobby) which is a non-partisan group attempting to promote Christian concepts and interests at a parliamentary level. GAC is not itself undertaking the panel, just hosting the broadcast.
“ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton will facilitate the discussion between panel guests bioethicist Dr Megan Best, Wesley Mission’s Rev Dr Keith Garner, former attorney-general Robert McClelland, former deputy prime minister John Anderson and Centre for Public Christianity’s Dr Justine Toh. He’ll get their views on refugees, gambling, poverty, sexualisation of society, family and marriage, religious freedom, life issues and more.”
Come along to Gymea Anglican Church, 129 Gymea Bay Road in Gymea, at 7PM for the 7:30 start to the webcast, grab a cuppa and learn a thing or two you won’t hear in the mainstream media.
So if you wanted to know how the two main contenders claim the same belief but are so different, we might get that answered! Email me to submit questions for the panel – I’ve got a direct link to the submissions page – or visit http://webcast.australiavotes.org.au/ to learn more or submit a question yourself!
Where? Gymea Anglican Church, Main building.
When? 7 – 9:45 PM, Monday September 2nd, 2013
How much? TBC
Can I bring a friend? – of course!
If you want to read the texts Graham recommended in the sermon today, they are here:
John Pipers book, “This Momentary Marriage” is available to purchase online, if you can’t get a copy please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll track it down for you.