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August 2020 Issue 2

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2020

With prayerful greetings, can we encourage that 26 - 27 SEPTEMBER be a further special time of National Prayer regarding the pandemic?

We all know the continuing impact of this pandemic, overseas and here. 

Sunday 23 August 2020

Our Gospel this Sunday takes us deep into the question of who we think Jesus is.

“you have shown us the foundation of our faith: give us the light of your Spirit that... we may be living stones for the building up of your holy Church.” Matthew 16:13-20

Help Families who have lost their homes 

Act for Peace are supporting families on the ground through their local partner, the Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees (DRPR).   

The Lebanon Emergency Appeal opened today (21 August) and donations are now being accepted by Act for Peace.

Refugee and Migrant Sunday, 23 August 2020

Rev Anne Hewitt has prepared worship resources. 

The NCCA is pleased to be able to share this with you for use in either worship or personal reflection.

Ration Challenge 2020

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Join the challenge Sunday 13 – Saturday 19 September 2020

In just 3 weeks’ time thousands of people across Australia will spend one week eating the same Rations as a refugee to raise money and save lives.  Will you join them? 

Sign up now for the Ration Challenge. Let’s show we really are #inthistogether 

Keeping Churches and Faith Communities safe

The NCCA Safe Church Program would like to share the following information and resources:

  • Salvation Army - Australian Domestic Violence Project Safe from the Start – listening to voices of children 
  • Anglican Deaconess Ministries, Mercy & Justice - Restoring Sanctuary Innovation Grant
  • NSW Office of the Children's GuardianImplementing the Child Safe Standards: A guide for faith based organisations 

Listening to Our Little People

Resource material for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

SNAICC - National Voice for our Children has produced images and videos for Aboriginal Children's Day (4 August), which are available on their website.

Victorian Government Briefing

NCCA President, Bishop Philip Huggins attended a recent briefing as part of the Multifaith Advisory Group to the Victorian Premier and his Department. The briefing was given from the Public Incident Management Team through the Occupational Physician, Dr. John Parkes

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A Just Recovery Post-COVID-19

The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) have released a Vision Statement which outlines a set of principles and key actions required for a better future in Australia. 

Australians raised their voices on 19 August

The 19 August was World Humanitarian Day and to mark this Australians were asked to 'mask up' and post on social media in support of Micah Australia's #End COVIDForAll campaign 

As an Ambassador of the campaign, NCCA President, Bishop Philip Huggins posted video of a prayer. 

Bells begin to toll for the future of the Earth

Saturday 22 August

Across Australia, Churches are coming together to toll their bells and hold prayer services to mark Earth Overshoot Day.

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1 September through to the feast of St. Francis on 4 October 

  • Catholic Earthcare Convocation: begins 26 August 2020
  • Anglican Board of Mission (ABM):  Climate for Change - A series of group studies about Christians and the Climate Crisis
  • Five Leaf Eco Awards: Australian Churches taking action for Creation
  • ARRCC: Living the Change Webinar 2: Reducing Waste, Wednesday 2 September  

Carers Mental Health Forum

Are you caring for someone with a mental illness? 

When: October 28, 2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEST

Where: Virtual on Zoom

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Financial Representatives of Australian National Churches (FRANC)

SAVE THE DATES: *Tuesday 13 October, 12.30 - 2 pm; *Friday 30 October, 12.30 - 2 pm and *Thursday 12 November, 12.30 - 2 pm. 

A series of three webinars will be an ideal opportunity of learning and collaboration.

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  • Webtalk: 10 years Human Right to Water - problems, positions, perspectives, 1 September 2020
  • World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel: 13-21 September 2020 

In Cinemas from 20 August

An inspiring film that highlights many realities for refugees, while still bringing hope. SAINT JUDY tells the story of a remarkable woman who overcame tremendous odds, and reminds us how one person can change the world. 

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Give now to the work of the NCCA. Just click on the donate button.  

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed.

(Prov.11:25 The Message)

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September
Season of Creation
1 World Emotional Trauma Awareness Day 
2 1991: Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act passed by Parliament 
6-12  National Child Protection Week 
7  National Threatened Species Day
10  RUOK Day