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What can we do to care for refugees?
Following the Federal Government’s announcement last year that they would accept 12,000 extra refugees from Syria & Iraq ,our church members passionately embraced the possibility of caring for them when they come. A Refugee Oversight Committee (ROC!) was set up—made up of Ted & Denise Bramble, Liz Paige, Tim McIleer, George Ward and Graham Crew. The Diocese of Sydney has also been calling together its agencies under the leadership of Anglicare to coordinate a response. ROC met with recently appointed Anglicare Coordinator, Zoe Paleologos. In summary the situation is:
So far just 250 refugees have arrived & another 2,500 will arrive by June. NSW is expecting 6-7,000 who will be located mostly in the south west of Sydney. The 12,000 will all come from overseas and will be either classed as Refugees or Humanitarian Entrants. The majority will be in the latter class and will require sponsorship and support from organisations, churches or individuals in Australia to qualify. Anglicare is now offering training to church members in caring for refugees. So our ROC is considering 2 options for our church:
i) to sponsor a family under the HE option .
ii) partner with a church in southwest Sydney who are supporting refugees.
ROC members welcome your interest, enquiries and suggestions.
Update for Bishop Isesomo in DRC (Congo) sent Wednesday 18th May
Dear friends, Greetings from Butembo/DR Congo. Thank you for your continual support through prayers. Last week , we had a meeting to evaluate the security situation in our region/ diocese . Since October 2014 to May 2016: 1116 people have been killed by machete,1470 people have been kidnaped, 1750 houses have been burnt, 27 schools have been destroyed, 13 health centres have been burnt, 34.297 displaced people, many women have been raped. Because of all this we have decided to spend 3 days in prayer means from tomorrow to Friday. Please join us in prayers. Bishop Isesomo, North-Kivu diocese.
Update from our Parish Envisioning Day
Saturday’s PED saw more than 30 leaders led in reassessing our Vision, Mission and Values statement by Dr Peter Moore who was the facilitator 3 years ago when we set our original Parish Vision. The results will be published soon for our members on our website and on paper, so that we can all prayerfully consider how these can best be implemented and better shape our church life together. Thank you to all who prayed and took part.
Election Day at Gymea
Our wardens have negotiated to host polling at our church on 2nd July for the Federal Election. We will be holding two stalls on the day to sell sausages and drinks, and to give away material about our church and the Lord Jesus. The wardens would love the help of our members to staff these stalls.
Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew