This Sunday at St Andrew’s Brighton is Sea Sunday – celebrating seafarers all over the world who work tirelessly to bring us the goods we rely on every day. In particular we thank God for the work of the ‘The Mission to Seafarers’, an Anglican mission doing vital work helping and supporting 1.5 million men and women who face danger every day to keep the global economy afloat. The Mission has a presence in 200 ports in 50 countries caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs through a global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers. They offer practical, emotional and spiritual support through ship visits, drop-in seafarers’ centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services. You can find out more about their work and to donate in support of the work of The Mission to Seafarers here.
All in-church services, except weddings and funerals, are no longer possible due to the stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions applying in Melbourne.
On Wednesday we celebrated our last in-church service for some time due to the reintroduction of the stage 3 COVID restrictions.
However, you can participate at home in:
· our video service on YouTube is available each Sunday – the link is at top of the Vicar’s News each week, and also on the Home page of our website
· our bi-lingual Zoom service on Sundays at 10am (join)- soon to include Holy Eucharist
· Morning Prayer in Chinese, a Zoom service on Wednesdays at 9.00am (join)
In addition, there are now Zoom bible studies available:
· in English – Thursday mornings at 10am (join), and
· in Chinese – Friday at 7.30pm (join).
Plus - ‘Catch up with the Vicar and friends’ is back on Wednesdays at 10.30am (join)
You can join on line or by phone. If you need help connecting with us, call 0421 321 321.
These activities and all the links and resources are listed on the website page:
“They are back!” – Communion packs (consecrated wafers intincted with wine) enable you to participate in the sacrament of Holy Eucharist during our video and Zoom services on Sundays. Click here or call 0421 321 321 for immediate delivery.
With COVID-19 restrictions increase3, it is now recommended (but not mandated) that masks be worn in public where social distancing cannot be assured. St Andrew’s has a supply of masks if you are regularly in a situation where wearing one might be necessary. Click here or call 0421 321 321 for immediate delivery.
Despite the doom and gloom in the news, our Op Shop is re-opening on Wednesday 15 July. Due to the escalation of the COVID restrictions, the Op Shop will trade on a reduced number of days - Wednesdays and Thursdays each week – 10am – 4.00pm, and, and for the next few weeks, it will be staffed by members of its management committee armed with gloves, sanitiser and masks. A COVID-19 plan has been agreed and submitted to the Diocese.
Glamour glasses have been found in the church after last Sunday's service. Jackie Onassis no longer requires them, but if they are yours please let the Vicar know and they can be dropped in to you.
Thank you to all those who have given generously to our appeal so far. Rebuilding our finances is an imperative if we are to sustain ministry in Brighton and maintain our facilities, particularly after September or whenever JobKeeper ends. On-line donations or donation form can be found here.