making disciples of Jesus
We are looking to employ a Children and Families worker to join us in our mission to make disciples of Jesus, here in Deloraine.
Details can be found here: https://anglicantas.org.au/children-and-families-worker-parish-of-deloraine/
Contact Josh for more information
Last year, we launched a 'once per month' evening of Worship and Bible study. This was a place to begin to explore what it might mean to come together as God's people, regardless of our church affiliation, to lift our voices and our hearts in worship and to encourage one another as we read the bible together.
During the Covid shutdowns, we have been praying and reflecting a lot, and asking God about his purposes and direction for the various ministry areas that we are involved in. As a lot of people have experienced, Covid has us an opportunity to consider just how busy life was, and whether we want to simply continue to do all the things they used to do. While the bible study evening itself wasn't just a 'busy task', we began to increasingly feel that God wanted to shape it and use it.
This Sunday (27th September), we relaunch the evening under the new name 'The Hearth'. We are moving to join together more frequently (on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month), and there are a few other changes as well.
I have attached a PDF document to this post so that you can read the idea behind the name, the heart and purpose for the evening, and see some of the other changes that we have made.
As we re-launch, we are going to be studying Paul's letter to the church in Colossae - a letter that speaks boldly of the supremacy of Christ and his sufficiency for us. Josh and Naomi will be hosting us this week, with a hearty (and gluten free) stew to warm us into the evening.
So please, come gather at 'The Hearth' with us.
blessings in Him, Josh
With our Annual meeting coming up on Sunday, you can download our reports booklet below. It will be held after our regular church service on Sunday 30th August, with the meeting slated to begin at 10:35am. If you would like the finance reports, please get in touch with Josh so that he can get them to you once they become available.
If you are unable to attend in person, but would like to join the meeting via Zoom, please let Josh know and he will be in touch with you to let you know the arrangements.
While the whole situation with Covid-19 remains fluid, as we have seen with its drastic re-emergence in Victoria, we are aiming to resume in-person services for most people on Sunday August 2nd. To enable this there will be some changes to the way we gather and the services we offer – and we will need your help!
Some more details…
The Deloraine Anglican church exists to make disciples of Jesus, building for eternity. Regardless of what else has gone on in the world, Jesus is still the head of our church and has still given us the same disciple-making mission. The strategies that we have used in the past to be active in this mission may need to change, and the strategies that we use in the future may not even be recognisable yet – but we are confident that God is still at work in and through us.
It’s not just us who have had to change. The COVID19 pandemic has changed our world. Lockdowns, social distancing, economic downturns, fear of getting sick, fear of death, inability to travel interstate let alone overseas. These are just some of the new things we are all coming to terms with. Some of these changes will be with us longer than others. Some things will return, others will not. What is certain is this experience has changed how we view the world. We need to move forward in light of this new situation and its ongoing effects on us all. As restrictions ease, we won’t go back into a pre-COVID world and a pre-COVID strategy, but forwards into a new normal of a post-COVID world.
Initially when the Tasmanian Government released its 3-stage timeline, Stage 3 restrictions were due to lift on 13th July. Obviously, Tasmania has made great headway in reducing the spread and risk of the virus. This has meant that restrictions have eased and lifted faster than we anticipated which is wonderful. However, as we’re seeing on the news this week, things can very rapidly change and whole swathes of Melbourne are now locked down due to the spread of the virus. Once the interstate travel restrictions are lifted it is highly probable that new cases of COVID19 will be detected in Tasmania. It is also not outside the realms of possibility that we could have another lockdown here or that more restrictions could be imposed on gatherings of people in Tasmania. Let’s pray it isn’t so, but as we move forward we simply must consider the risks still present and plan accordingly.
As I’m sure you’re aware, the Government has legislated a number of conditions on workplaces to allow them to re-open as safely as possible in the ‘new normal’. There are a number of these conditions that we must comply with, prior to reopening our Church and hall for any activities. This legislation requires us to implement a formal COVID19 safety plan, including at least:
1. Regular surface cleaning/disinfection
As you can see, things have changed and the requirements placed on our church in order to gather for worship are significant.
Please be aware, our restart may be delayed.
With all of the above in mind, we are setting out the following plan to resume in-person worship. It is our intention (subject to government health advice) to resume in-person worship from Sunday 2nd of August for the majority of people in our Parish in a COVIDSafe way. Of course, due to the ever-evolving nature of this pandemic this date may be delayed. In order to facilitate in person worship in the safest, simplest, flexible and most sustainable way there will be a few changes to our services.
1. Live Streaming will continue
There are 3 reasons why we will continue to have our worship services online – perhaps even permanently:
2. Soft Opening
As I communicated prior to going on leave, at 2pm on July 19th and July 26th we will hold an in-person gathering at St Mark’s. This is primarily to allow us to make sure that our systems are working and to adjust anything that we need to before coming back to worship on a regular basis in August. The service will be a repeat of the service that will be streamed on those Sunday mornings and is primarily aimed at those unable to access online worship.
Singing is a higher risk activity, due to increased droplet spread, however we have been advised that it is currently allowable in our services, provided there are no active cases of Covid-19 in our community. This will need to be checked each Sunday before our gatherings, and we will need to be prepared to be flexible about removing singing from our services if the need arises. Combined with the spread out seating arrangements, we won’t have a formal choir for the time being – this is something we will review in due course.
Similarly, Communion is a higher risk activity with regards to the spread of germs. This means that there will be changes to the way we celebrate communion (which I will communicate in due course), and I have made the decision that we will celebrate communion once per month in the current environment (further details below).
5. No tea and coffee post services
Initially there will be no food or drinks served following the services. We hope to add this in due time. In the meantime, as there are less restrictions on gathering in our homes, perhaps some of you might like to invite a few people to share a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit at your house after our worship services.
6. Seating arrangement
In order to enable ease of cleaning, keeping people from different households 1.5m apart, and enabling a safe people flow, some pews have been blocked off, seating is indicatively marked on the open rows, and there are arrows on the floor to indicate the flow of movement. Please only sit where marked.
7. Limited numbers in the building.
With the 1.5m rule and 2m2 per person rule there are a limited number of people who fit in the church. What this number is, actually depends on the number of ‘households’ who turn up. If we get lots of individuals then less people fit, if we get more household groups of twos, threes and fours, then many more people fit. If we begin to have problems with too many people turning up (what a wonderful problem!) we will investigate a ticketing system of some kind.
8. Children’s and Family Ministry
Our services will continue to have a Children’s talk in them, and as families join in we will provide suitable activities to help develop the young people in our community as disciples of Jesus. We are working on a return for our Family Together ministry in the near future.
Reviewing and Changing Arrangements
This is just our first step back to in-person worship. We are expecting changes in governmental requirements over the coming weeks, months and year will require us to tweak and change our service times and seating arrangements, as well as the many other aspects of this plan.
Part of our new normal is going to be getting used to change that is forced upon us by the world we live in. And in fact, that’s not such a bad thing as we seek to be innovative and flexible in how we present the good news of Jesus to the world around us and help each other grow in our faith.
We need your help
If you are willing to help with various roles in services, or with the regular cleaning procedures, and are in one of the vulnerable categories (over 70, over 65 with an underlying health condition, over 60 and of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent), we need you to first speak to your doctor and get clearance to volunteer. It is our responsibility to ensure that you are not putting yourself at unnecessary risk. You will need to let Josh know that you are able and willing to help so that new rosters can be drawn up – we especially need help with cleaning, check-in (formerly sidesperson), bible reading and prayer rosters.
** Please note: you do not need a doctor’s clearance to simply come and worship with us**
Please let people know how to connect to us.
Please communicate with us, especially if you are feeling uncertain.
Please be patient with us – for some we will be moving too quickly, and for others this process will feel interminably slow.
Please stay home if you are feeling unwell at all – we don’t want to put our volunteers in a position to have to turn people away.
And most importantly, please pray for us!
Worship at Deloraine Anglican July / August
Sunday 12th July – 9:30am Live Stream
Sunday 19th July – 9:30am Live Stream & 2pm In-person ‘soft opening’ for those
unable to access online worship
Sunday 26th July – 9:30am Live Stream & 2pm In-person ‘soft opening’ for those
unable to access online worship
Sunday 2nd August – 9:30am Live Stream from St Mark’s
(finishing with Holy Communion for those present)
Wednesday 5th August – 2pm Holy Communion at St Mark’s
(for those unable to come on Sunday)
Sunday 9th August – 9:30am Live Stream Morning prayer from St Mark’s
Sunday 16th August – 9:30am Live Stream Prayer, Praise and Proclamation from St Mark’s
Sunday 23rd August – 9:30am Live Stream Morning Prayer from St Mark’s
At this stage we will make our 9:30am timeslot the regular meeting time, however this will also need to be reviewed once we get a better idea of how smoothly our morning runs.
In 2020, Holy Week - a week where we prepare to remember the death of Jesus and celebrate his resurrection - is unlike any that I have personally known - indeed the Easter celebration this year is most probably unlike any that have been celebrated in the history of the church!
Within our Parish, we normally gather at St Mark's each evening at 7:00pm to pray and worship together, and continue to prepare ourselves for the significant remembrance of Christ's death on Good Friday and his glorious resurrection on Easter Morning. The nightly gatherings are often small and intimate, whilst our two bigger gatherings help us to remember and to celebrate what Christ has done for us.
Though this year will be different, we will still be remembering and celebrating together online.
Mon-Thurs nights at 7pm, you can join a live video on our Youtube channel, where Josh will lead us in evening prayer.
It will be a simple and intimate time of prayer and reflection. If you have a prayer book you can follow along, or else you can download a copy of each evening's service here: https://tinyurl.com/uj73zzv (services will be uploaded on Monday morning)
Friday at 9:30am we will stream the Good Friday service from St David's Cathedral in Hobart on our Youtube Channel
Sunday at 9:30am we will Live Stream our Easter Celebration service, including the Easter Message from Bishop Richard. More details will be provided about this service later in the week.
I encourage you to join with us as you are able to this week, as we continue to live out the vision that God has given to us in making disciples of Jesus, building for eternity.
As mentioned in our Live-streamed service this morning, at 3:30pm today (April 5th), Bishop Richard Condie is hosting a prayer meeting for the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can join simply by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/941777599
Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows us to gather 'face to face' from wherever we are in the world. You can find instructions on downloading it here: https://tinyurl.com/qnbjs2h (links to a dropbox folder)
If you prefer, you can choose to phone into the prayer meeting instead:
From your landline, dial: 70182005 When prompted, key in 941777599#,
and then just push # again when asked for participant ID
While we are unable to gather together for our normal worship, we want to still stay connected through opportunities to worship together online and open God's word together.
You can subscribe to our Youtube Channel to tune into our services each Sunday morning at:
We are running our LEGO Club online - check out our Facebook page for details:
We are also going to be looking for opportunities to meetup face to face online using Zoom - attached are two 'how to' articles to download Zoom so that when we set up our meetings, you will be able to join in with us
If you are interested in supporting the ongoing work of the church here in Deloraine, you can give online:
Acct Name: Parish of Deloraine
BSB: 633-000 Acct: 166644088
Please find below a letter that Josh sent out this afternoon to update about some of the changes in our Parish.
You can also find the Bishop's Pastoral letter by clicking through to here
Dear Sisters and Brothers
Today our Bishop announced the hard decision that we are ceasing large gatherings (over 10 people) and public worship in our churches, as part of our ongoing response to the Covid-19 outbreak. You can find a message from the Bishop here.
This is not an easy decision to take, but it is the one that we believe is in the best interest of our community, our health sector, and most importantly those who are most vulnerable across Tasmania.
We are currently putting together a plan so that we can meet in smaller groups to worship and gather around God's Word together during this time. I will be prioritising communication of this in the coming days, especially with those who are unable to access social media.
Further information will be added to this site and our Facebook page in the coming days.
Please be assured of my ongoing prayers and support during this time, and know that above all else, God is sovereign - he is our refuge and strength, and our hope is secure in Jesus.
Please contact me directly if you have further questions at this time,