Parish News

Parish News updated 24/9/2020.

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PARISH COUNCIL REPORT 10/9/2020 –

Jeremy and Danielle will take one week of Annual Leave 28/9/20 to 5/10/20, leaving Robert in charge.
Total Tree Services (marcvarnhed@gmail.com) will be removing a few trees from the Holy Trinity Car park on Thursday 17/9/2020, weather permitting, so please avoid the area on that day. The fallen Manna Gum was diseased it can’t be used for mulch but parishioners are welcome to help themselves to fire wood before or after Thursday.
We hope to replace the stone wall at the front of the car park in due course but that will be a slower process. It is expected that both of these jobs will be covered by insurance. Take care in the area.
Quite a bit of yard work has also been happening at St Aidan’s (hedges & agapanthus), St Stephen’s (fallen wattle) and All Saints’ (cemetery). Thank to the wardens looking after the properties even if we can’t fully use them yet, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Thanks to all who have supported & assisted at the funerals of Aleta, Ruth and Ann last week.
We rarely speak about the Parish’s finances in church but there was extended discussion on Thursday night so here is a summary of that: We originally employed an assistant minister, Matthew Taylor in January 2010 for two year terms but then made his position permanent. Robert Meischke took on this role in July 2018. Having an assistant is a great blessing. This Parish also commits to giving 10% of all offertories to Link Missions as a Biblical model of giving financially to ministry. We have a few term deposits and some bequests but interest income on them has diminished. We would like parishioners to know we have been using some of these cash reserves each year to cover the Parish’s expenses but at the current rate most of these reserves will run out in 2 to 3 years. Please be prayerful about your own giving and pray for wisdom for Parish Council as it continues to discuss how to be the best stewards of Parish finances. Next Meeting 8/10/20.

10% of total offertories to the Parish go to link missions as follows:
CMS – Nathan & Diane L. 45%
SHCEA Moss Vale, Bowral High 20%
ANGLICARE Moss Vale 10%
Anglican Aid 10%
Kairos – Prison Ministry, Goulburn 10%
RFS Chaplaincy – Robert M 5% (so a small part of Robert’s stipend will now come from the mission account in recognition of the time he gives to RFS. We will hear more on this)
BCA – Philip & Elke K. boxes only (collect March & Sept)
George Whitefield Bible College jars only (collect in November)
WEC – David & K. R. 0% as they left in August
Compassion Australia private sponsorship, Philippines.

WAR MEMORIALS Ronald Mc writes:
The last of the three of the Exeter memorial boards have just now been listed with the Register of War Memorials. They look good. I have also found out that the Exeter Public School also has a memorial board (ex-students I think)… Follow the links to see the final result.
Exeter St. Aidan’s Church WW1 ………………….……………… 27 Veterans
https://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw.gov.au/memorials/st-aidans-anglican-church-great-war-honour-board-exeter
Exeter St. Aidan’s Church Memorial Hall :
https://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw.gov.au/memorials/st-aidans-church-memorial-hall-exeter
Exeter Community Hall WW1 …………………………………. 40 Veterans
https://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw.gov.au/memorials/exeter-great-war-roll-honour
Thanks Ronald 🙂

SAFE MINISTRY TO CHILDREN & YOUTH:
Three years ago, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed down its finding and recommendations for institutions, including churches. For the past three years the Sydney Anglican Diocese has sought to strengthen its existing Safe Ministry policies and procedures in light of these findings and—more importantly—in order to fulfil our responsibilities to love God and love others as our Saviour commands (Matt. 22:37-39). This command is especially true for the children and youth in our church communities (Matt. 18:3-6).
The result of this review of policies and procedures is the Safe Ministry to Children Ordinance 2020 that directs our safe ministry practices, including the screening and training of leaders.
Within our Diocese, the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) is responsible for the equipping and training of parishes, including all paid and volunteer church workers in all matters related to Safe Ministry. (NB: “children” refers to all those under 18 years; i.e., all ‘children’s’ and ‘youth’ ministries in our church).
So, what has changed? And what do you need to do in response?
A Safe Ministry Assessment must be completed before January 1st, 2021 with all our existing volunteers who are involved in ministry to children and youth in our Parish (this is in addition to other usual requirements such as a NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) and Safe Ministry Training). (The safe ministry assessment has recently been completed with all our current SRE teachers)
Any questions? Ask Danielle in the Parish Office OR go to the PSU website: https://safeministry.org.au
(adapted from an Email 25/8/2020 from Rev Tim B. Youthworks)