Dear Members of the Diocesan Family,

Thank you:
Robin and I thank everyone who attended the Thank You Gathering we hosted at the Lodge earlier this month. Many travelled quite some distance. We thank you for the effort you made and for your presence.

Dates - 2017:

4 December - Royal Commission Redress Issues (Bishop)

5 December - General Synod - addressing the issue of what it means to be in Communion (Bishop)

6 December - Diocesan Council

14 December - Diocesan Executive

The year is rapidly coming to a close, but there is still much to do before the Registry closes on Thursday 21st December, at 4pm.

Dates - 2018:
Wednesday 3 January
8am The Registry re-opens.

Friday 5 January, 6pm
Induction of The Reverend Stephanie Patching at St Matthews Mundingburra.

Tuesday 30 January to Friday 2 February
Clergy and Lay Retreat at Seville Mercy Conference Centre Cairns. (Details tbc).

Saturday 10 February 9.30am to 3pm
Extraordinary Synod at St James’ Cathedral Townsville. Also, the Extraordinary Synod mailing will be posted after DC on 6 December.

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 June
Synod – venue The Cathedral School, with Sunday Eucharist at the Cathedral.

Christ the King Sunday:
This coming Sunday, the Anglican Church along with other Christian denominations celebrate Christ the King. This day has an interesting history, but the focus at the end of the liturgical year is to encourage us to explore how we will serve Christ our King in the next liturgical year.

The Gospel reading (Matthew 25:31-46) reminds us that our faith must be expressed in action. In the book of James (2:17) we read, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”.

I invite us all to spend some time this weekend reflecting on how we can serve Christ our King more intentionally in the new liturgical year.

The World:
There are many areas across the globe that require our prayer and attention.

Those who have been left, and I would go further and say abandoned on Manus Island and for a just solution to this crisis.

The dreadful situation in the Middle East where people are suffering from enforced starvation.

The political situation in Zimbabwe, that President Mugabe will hear the wishes of the people.

Gender-Based Violence:
I addressed this issue in a recent Presidential Address and there was an important General Synod motion.

I invite the Diocese to join the MU in this 16 days to break the silence.

Mothers’ Union use 16-Days to Break the Silence, Lift the Shame, and Shift the Blame

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is urging Christians to “stand up and speak out for justice and dignity for all” in support of a Mothers’ Union campaign against gender-based violence. The Mothers’ Union (MU), a cutting-edge global Anglican mission agency, is taking part in the annual international 16-Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from International women’s Day on 25 November and runs through to Human Rights Day on 10 December. As part of it, the MU is asking people all over the world to take part in a symbolic “Global Moment” on 26 November.

Anglican Mothers Union North Queensland are hosting a White Ribbon Day seminar at 10 am on Saturday 25 November, at St Matthew's Mundingburra. Please see the attached flyer.

White Ribbon Day Invitation.pdf

More details are available on various other websites.

Year Book – November 2018:
The Year Book will go up on the Diocese’s website on Monday 27th November. A hard copy of the Year Book will be forwarded to Ministry Units with the Ministry Unit Activity Return forms, Annual General Meeting Returns and the Estimate of Assessment for 2018.

Cursillo:
The Cursillo commissioning of teams will be held at Holy Trinity Ingham on Saturday 16 December at 9.30am, followed by a session with Bishop Bill on “Faithfulness in Service”.

If you are interested in being a member of the next Cursillo team, please contact Jacqui and Lui Gallo on 07 4095 0271, or if you wish to provide any contact detail updates to Robin Hyde on 0409 129 201 or remwhyde1@bigpond.com

Advent:
As mentioned, this year is the shortest Advent season. I have been asked about services. Where possible Advent 4 should be kept and Christmas celebrated.

Please be assured of my prayers as you prepare for Advent. I invite each of us to reclaim Advent, so that it is not assumed into the commercial Christmas activities that have well and truly started.

Wishing you all the best and be assured of my prayers.
Yours in Christ


The Right Reverend William (Bill) Ray
Bishop of North Queensland

 

 

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