Dear Members of the Diocesan Family,

The Diocese of the Northern Territory:
The Diocese of the Northern Territory is giving thanks to God for fifty years of ministry as a separate Diocese. Before 1968, the Northern Territory was a part of the Diocese of Carpentaria. Please find attached an invitation to celebrate this important landmark.

Invitation Northern Territory Diocese-_50.pdf

Anglican Mothers Union Australia - NQ (AMUA-NQ):
I congratulate Mrs Anne Watkins and her Executive for an excellent Diocesan Conference held in Cairns recently. Each of the five objects were discussed and members sought how to action both the vision and the objectives. For those who do not know the five objectives and the vision, they are:

Vision:

Our vision is of a world where God's love is shown through loving, respectful, and flourishing relationships.

Objectives:

To promote and support married life.
To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children.
To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service.
To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children.
To help those whose family life has met with adversity.
We assure AMUA-NQ of our prayers as they reach out and support people in the journey of life.

The Federal Member for Dawson - Mr George Christensen:
I was made aware a couple of months ago that the Bishop of the Murray proposed, God willing, to make Mr George Christensen a deacon in the Church of God on the 7th July 2018, in Murray Bridge, South Australia.

Yesterday, various press agencies announced that Mr Christensen would be ordained in July. This has led to some people contacting me, seeking clarity on a number of matters. One is asking whether Mr Christensen is being ordained by “Letters Dimissory”. “Letters Dimissory” is when a bishop of a Diocese (say NQ) asks a bishop of another Diocese (say The Murray) to ordain a person for this Diocese (NQ). The answer is no. There has been no such discussions. People have enquired about when a person is ordained and not residing in the Diocese the person was ordained in. It is my understanding that the Primate is aware of this matter.

There has been enquiries in regard to who will license Mr Christensen. I am aware that there are various options and at this stage this matter is still under discussion. One factor is that Mr Christensen intends to re-nominate for the seat of Dawson for the LNP, in the next Federal election.

I ask you to pray for Mr Christensen and the Bishop and people of the Diocese of The Murray.

The Role of a Deacon:
I refer people to pages 785 to 787 the Exhortation and Examination of a Deacon.

A deacon is to be an ambassador for Christ, proclaim the good news of God’s love so that people may be moved to faith and repentance.

A deacon also lets the transforming love of Christ be known as well as strengthening the faithful and teaching the young.

A deacon has a liturgical role in the Eucharist which includes reading the Gospel, introducing the confession and leading the dismissal.

Within the Anglican Church there is the order of Distinctive Deacons, who see their ministry as reaching out into the community and bringing the needs of the community to the community of faith for support and prayers.

Prayers:
Please pray for:
The Reverend Scott Hedley as he undergoes further assessment and recuperation.
The Reverend Craig Mischewski from Weipa, who has been diagnosed with lymphoma. Craig is meeting
with medical specialists next week to chart a way forward. (Weipa is a co-operative Ministry Unit with the
Uniting Church and Craig is a Uniting Church Minister.)
For the Ministry Unit of Weipa as they adjust to Craig’s news and as they plan for further ministry.
For Diocesan Council this weekend.
For the preparations for Synod.
For those responsible for seeking a new Bishop.

Ministry Conference - 6 to 8 June:
The conference is open to clergy and lay people. People are required to find their own accommodation. The conference will commence on Wednesday afternoon at 5pm, dinner will be supplied and the conference will close at 4pm on the Friday. There will be a couple of locations. The NQ Cowboys have offered us their facilities as well as providing us with input in the area of leadership. Finalising these arrangements is taking longer than I had hoped, for which I apologise.

Queensland Provincial Clergy Conference – 30 July to 2 August:
The theme of this conference is ‘Reimagine Faith Formation for the 21st Century. The venue is Sea World Resort, Gold Coast and is open to all clergy. You can register on line at: www.anglicanchurchsq.org.au/events

The Reverend Canon Greg Lynham:
I have appointed Greg as the new Deputy Chancellor. Greg replaces Mr Michael Fellows who has served the Diocese well not only as Deputy Chancellor but also as Chairman of Committees. We thank Michael and assure both gentlemen of our prayers.

The Ascension:
I pray that you will have a strong sense of Christ as King as well as knowing that Christ is close. As the closing words of St. Matthew’s Gospel state, “And lo, I am with you always, even to the close (or end) of the age”.

Wishing you every blessing.
Yours in Christ

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

 

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