Covid -19 2nd Update
All information you will be receiving on the Covid-19 crisis highlights how what we are facing and our strategies to deal with them change on a daily (if not hourly) basis. We are certainly finding this at St Augustine’s, Unley.
By the Grace of God we remain in front of the challenge.
An Open Church/Pastoral Care
Since our 1st update we have unfortunately been forced to close the church. Our efforts to keep it open for a period of time each day to allow you to pray sadly can no longer occur.
We continue, by the grace of God, to be able to offer phone based pastoral support by our two ministers should you need it. You can seek support as follows:
- Ven. Mee Ping Lau via his mobile phone 0410 089 039 or
- the Rev. Peter Williams on 08 8370 4716
We encourage you if you are struggling with the impact on your life to seek spiritual assistance through either Minister. If you require specialist medical help you may find this help from here.
On Line Worship Services
We successfully trailed on line services last Sunday. They were made available via You Tube. Our senior Minister went Solo.
This coming Sunday we expect to conduct our services through You Tube again. This time there will be support by one of our Wardens through the use of Zoom technology. Like last week, we will provide access via our Facebook page.
To watch the service go to You Tube and search “Unley Church”.
Our new Parish Council
At the end of last week’s service the new nominated members of Parish Council were announced. This week will we confirm these nomination as elected.
This group we congratulate for putting their hand up this year of all years. You have an enormous responsibility. At the same time this Parish Council has an opportunity to set the future of the Parish, unlike any other in our history.
Aggies remains open. We are serving our local community through this outreach in two ways.
- The opportunity to donate goods no longer needed by you or
- To provide at affordable priced goods that you might need in these challenging times.
We will remain open as long as you need us to be, or until we are forced to close by Government directive.
Covid -19 1st Update
As advised in an earlier post today, and in keeping with advice from both our Diocesan Leadership and the Federal Government, St Augustine’s Unley has decided to pause all Sunday Worship Services in the Church Building until further notice.
While we are yet to determine A NEW arrangement for our AVM (we will in due course) we can announce some measures already taken as follows:
- Online Services:
You may be able to join online ‘time together’ tomorrow via youtube.com by keying in “Unley Church” in ‘search’ at the same time as normal Sunday services’,a s follows.
09.00am English Service online
11.00am Mandarin Service online
- Church will open during weekdays between:
10.00am—3.00pm for private prayers
*Strictly abide the DISTANCING RULES
- FRIDAY PAYER TIME @8AM
Our church Bell, along with many others, will be ringing at 8am each Friday, a call for all to pray.
4. Aggies will remain open for business as part of our support to the community BUT we ask every CUSTOMER to strictly follow the Government’s DISTANCE RULES.
5. Minister/Clergy in contact: you may like to contact our Pastor the Ven. Mee Ping Lau via his mobile phone 0410 089 039 or the Rev. Peter Williams on 08 8370 4716.
- Thank God for all our Wardens, and Parish Council Members who have faithfully served us over the past 12 months. With the conclusion of their role, they have achieved great work for the Church. May the Lord bless them and our Church. We now await the election of a new team of Parish leadership in due course.
Archbishop Geoff has called on church communities to pause for prayer
This pause can be for just a few minutes to pray for:
– an end to the pandemic
– healing for people suffering from the illness
– those researching a vaccine
– our political and community leaders as they try to provide – wise leadership
– our health workers as they are at the front line
A suitable prayer could be…
Almighty and All–loving God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we pray to you through Christ the Healer
for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19
in … and across the world.
We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss
of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.
Give wisdom to policymakers,
skill to healthcare professionals and researchers,
comfort to everyone in distress
and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
who showed compassion to the outcast,
acceptance to the rejected
and love to those to whom no love was shown.
– Archbishop Michael Jackson, Dublin & Glendalough
From our Senior Minister the Venerable Mee Ping Lau, a letter concerning the Covid -19 Virus and its impact on in-church worship.
Please be advised that, as a result of the Government’s latest directive concerning limiting indoor space to 4m2 per person, we are requesting you do not attend in person our church services until advised otherwise.
We are investigating how we might provide you with essential components of the service such as the sermon. This week we are looking at sending you an abridged version of Peter’s sermon by email and posting it onto our web site. Other forms of keeping you connected to God will be examined and advised in due course.
You may like to try to check in online on youtube.com and searching for ‘unley church’, you may be able to see us onsite. You will also find regular updates on our Facebook Page
If you have need for pastoral care please give me a call.
Next week’s AVM will likewise not be held in person. We are investigating how we can observe our obligations in receiving reports and in electing a new parish council. Once we have worked this out we will let you know.
In the meantime may I suggest to you that you pray this prayer
The Venerable Mee Pin Lau
St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Unley SA 5061
183 Unley Rd. Unley SA 5061
Tel. 7073 9539 Mobile Ph. 0410 089 039