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Bishop's Instruction - 18 March 2020 - Coronavirus Update 4 - Till Further Notice

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For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38,39

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3 April — Number 1 Employee with COVID at Anglican Care Storm Village Palm Sunday and Holy Week Diocesan Page Safety net and support for parishes – we are taking a diocesan approach PM announcement about church services being reviewed – update midweek Positive COVID19 Test Anglican Care has advised me that an employee of...

Dear friends in Christ, Being the Easter people Our Holy Week journey begins on Sunday and it will be a Holy Week like none of us have experienced before. I’ve heard some suggest that we should keep Lent going until we can return to public worship. I’ve taken a different view. In the liturgical calculation...

1 April — Number 1 Any use of a church building is by permission – permission for recording for streaming withdrawn Pastoral Care visits in exceptional circumstances I have been involved with discussions with the NSW Diocesan Bishops and also sought the views of my senior leadership team since the announcement on Sunday by the...

30 March 2020 Clergy, Churchwardens and Parish Council Treasurers – Circular #3 Thank you for the information that has been sent in Diocesan and national church leadership working quickly to clarify access to Commonwealth financial support Dear friends in Christ, Thank you to those who have sent in the information so far. We appreciate the...

29 March – Number 1 Any use of a church building is by permission  On Friday I advised that Diocesan Council had formally suspended any right of entry to church buildings during the COVID19 emergency period. For clarity, any use of a church building is by permission. The current permission is outlined below – This permission...

The Anglican Communion Office has produced a graphic stating “the church does not close, only the building. Because we are the church, the living body of our Lord Jesus and we are everywhere.” The graphic, with the diocesan logo attached, can be downloaded here. I encourage you to use it as a reminder that Jesus’...

Diocesan Council has determined that a parish must seek approval from the Diocesan Chief Executive to incur expenditure or make a payment in excess of $2500 unless the expenditure or payment relates to the diocesan invoices, utilities expenses or health & safety expenses. This approval can be sought by an email to the executive team. Diocesan...

El arzobispo Henry Ndukuba, nuevo primado de la Iglesia de Nigeria (Comunión Anglicana), nombrado durante un discreto culto en Abuja.

The new primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Henry Ndukuba, installed at low-key service in Abuja.

Le nouveau primat de l’Église du Nigéria (Communion anglicane), l’archevêque Henry Ndukuba, intronisé lors d’une cérémonie discrète à Abuja.

O novo Primaz da Igreja da Nigéria (Comunhão Anglicana), Arcebispo Henry Ndukuba, instalado em um culto discreto em Abuja.

Secuestradores liberan a dos mujeres anglicanas luego de una semana de cautiverio.

Sequestradores libertam duas mulheres anglicanas depois de mais de uma semana em cativeiro

Des ravisseurs ont libéré deux femmes anglicanes après plus d’une semaine en captivité

The Eighteenth Session of General Synod was due to be held 31 May – 5 June 2020. It has been postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Primate’s announcement is available here.  A new booking has been made.

The Archbishop of Melbourne, Philip Freier, steps down as Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia today (Tuesday) without a successor in place. A meeting of the primatial Board of Electors met in Sydney earlier this month (14 March) but failed to reach agreement on who the next primate will be.

A number of new restrictions on gatherings mean that home groups are no longer possible according to government COVID-19 guidelines.

Long-serving Sydney Bishop, Ivan Lee, has passed away more than four years after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.  Bishop Lee died last night (4th March) at Greenwich Hospital, where he had been receiving palliative care.

A former soldier has been announced as the new Anglican Bishop to the Defence Force. The Rev. Grant Dibden, a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, has been approved by the Minister for Veteran Affairs and Defence Force Personnel to be the Anglican representative on the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services.

The Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture and Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, the Right Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard, gave the homily at the church service to commemorate the beginning of the parliamentary year.