PARISH NEWSLETTER JUNE 2018
Mission: To dig wells of Christian Spirituality for disciples and seekers.
Vision: St Matt’s Anglican, Holland Park: a centre for Christian Spirituality.
We are now half way into the first year of the Mission Action Plan (MAP) that we developed to enhance growth within the St Matt’s community. I wonder how many of us have revisited the MAP since it was first launched late last year. Is it a document that we feel obliged to go back to from time to time just to see how we are progressing?
I have tried to keep the Parish Council abreast of progress in my Parish Priest’s Report to Parish Council each month. In some ways, we can say that we have made good progress in some of the elements of the MAP. Others have yet to be started and that is not fatal as the MAP was always designed to be implemented over a three-year period.
What I am particularly interested in at present is how we have engaged with the over-riding spirit of the MAP, not just the individual strategies outlined within it. That spirit is expressed in the names of some of the Key Result Areas of the MAP. I am referring to “Invitational culture”, “Welcoming community” and “Pastoral care”.
These sum up an aspiration that was clearly identified and enunciated during the Leading You Church into Growth Program. That aspiration was that we would become an invitational, welcoming and caring Christian community. I think that the “welcoming” and “caring” aspects have been reasonably apparent. In fact, I think that St Matt’s parishioners have been strong in these areas for a long, long time. They are probably best seen as innate characteristics of this community.
What I do not think has been very apparent is the “invitational” aspect. I think that we need to examine ourselves on just how willing we have been to invite people to the various activities and events that have been taking place in the first half of this year. The whole point of many of our strategies was to provided occasions for invitations to be issued to those who just might be waiting for the word.
If becoming invitational is a big challenge for you, then I recommend that you incorporate into your intentional prayers the hope that God might give you the wherewithal to overcome any reticence you have so that you might truly be an invitational disciple of Jesus, inviting others to join you in your journey towards God’s kingdom.
The process of the production and delivery of the new seats for the Chapel has taken so long that many of you may have thought that it was all off. Not a bit of it! The suppliers have advised me that our chairs are due to arrive in Brisbane by ship on 20 June. They should be cleared through Customs and then delivered within a few days after that.
I for one am excited at the prospect as the need to be able to use the Chapel space in a flexible mode has become more and more apparent to me the longer I have been at St Matt’s. The weekly Holy Communion Service, the Daily Offices, the Meditation session, the Bible Studies and Saturday Reflection Mornings will be so much more congenial and prayerful for those attending when we can utilise the Chapel. Let’s hope there are no more delays in supply of the chairs.
On Sunday 1 July, we will have the pleasure of the company of eight of the ordinands from St Francis Theological College at the 9am Service. They will be involved in an Intensive Weekend which involves them taking part in a series of talks, workshops and discussions over the Friday and Saturday at the College, and then a visit to one of the parishes in the Diocese (on this occasion, us) to broaden their understanding of the type of Anglican communities that they might find themselves ministering to one day. This would be a great day for us to have as many parishioners present at the Sunday Service as possible to take the opportunity to meet with these dedicated young Anglicans.
Monster Garagae Sale Saturday 7 July 7am till 12 Noon
Plenty of helpers needed. Contact Patricia C or Ruth L.
Sunday 3 June 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday 10 June 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday 17 June 4th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday 24 June 5TH Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday Service – Holy Communion at 9am each week
Wednesdays 7.30am Morning Prayer
Wednesdays 8am Christian Meditation
Wednesdays 5.30pm Evening Prayer
Wednesdays 6pm Christian Meditation
Thursdays 10.30am Holy Communion (Ladies Fellowship 3rd Thursday)
Fridays 9.30am Pilgrim Course – “The Beatitudes” commences 8 June
Tuesdays 9am to 10am
Thursdays 9am to 12 noon
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly as I should. Conduct yourselves wisely towards outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.