Bishop Mark has written to all Parishes about the gradual restarting of activities under the three step National roadmap for a COVIDsafe community. His advice to us is: “While it is legally possible to have a service for a maximum of ten persons, my strong advice is that Step 1 is not the time to re-introduce Sunday public worship, recognizing that many members of our community are among the most vulnerable. It will also allow Parishes and Ministry Units time to plan for a resumption of public worship as restrictions are further lifted. This position is supported by the unanimous decision of the six other Diocesan Bishops of NSW.” As you would have observed recently at any place that people need to attend for essential purposes, there have been highly visible measures put in place to keep people safe. There are also other activities and plans which aren’t so visible. Before we can meet for public worship (possibly in Step 2 of the National Plan) each Parish will need to p
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When the Bishops of the Anglican Province of New South Wales decided that public worship should be suspended from the 22nd of March so that the virus wasn't spread during our gatherings, Christ Church in Queanbeyan was planning a celebration for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Wednesday 25th March. This was to incorporate the Diocesan MU (formerly Mother's Union) Lady Day service, the admission of Veronica as a MU member and a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Reverend Mary Thorn being made a Deacon. As you can tell, none of this happened! For some time people had suggested that it might be a suitable gift for the Rev'd Mary to restore a framed newspaper front page which remained on display in her home. The refurbished page has been returned to the frame and given to Mary. The image can be seen below and viewed at a larger size by clicking this link Larger image Congratulations Mary!