Hope you are well. Below is the new program for June through to August 2021.
It is a beautiful time of the year where we approach the celebrations of the Ascension and Pentecost. Also our Parish especially celebrates the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul, since one of our Chapels is dedicated to these great Apostles.
Our ADULT FELLOWSHIP continues on Wednesday night at 730pm in the Hall. The talks are in English. We have organised some evening English Liturgies and Supplications to the Virgin Mary on Wednesdays as per the program.
The ORTHODOX CAFE AND BOOKSTORE continues for young adults on Sunday after the Holy Liturgy in the Hall.
Free BYZANTINE MUSIC LESSONS are held on Friday evenings. PLAY GROUP is Thursday 10am in the Hall. SUNDAY SCHOOL for Primary and High School students is held every Sunday after Holy Communion in the Hall.
Our SENIORS GROUP is every Tuesday morning. It starts at 9.30am with a Supplication to the Virgin Mary and then in the Hall for coffee and a seniors program. We are looking to extend this to provide lunch as well!
We continue to ask for donations or bequeaths towards our new Parish Child Care Centre and Community Hub which is DA approved. We pray God helps us for this to come to fruition.
NEW INITIATIVE : FIRST AID AND MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING
We pray that you all remain healthy. In view to this we we are looking to run a FIRST AID MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING SEMINAR. This Standard Mental Health First Aid course will teach you how to provide initial support to other adults who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. MERAKI MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING will running the course. Throughout this course, you will learn about:
* Signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in adults (depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use disorders)
* Providing initial help
* Where and how to get professional support
* Effective treatments for mental health problems
* Mental health crisis situations and how to provide first aid (mental health crisis situations that are covered in this course include suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury, panic attacks, traumatic events, severe effects of drug or alcohol use, severe psychotic states and aggressive behaviours)
THIS WILL BE HELD FACE TO FACE OVER 2 FULL DAYS: SATURDAY 17th AND 24th OF JULY FROM 9am-4pm. The are only 22 spaces available. The cost is only $150 for 2 full days of professional training that includes lunch and tea. PLEASE BOOK ASAP at this link. We pray God blesses this mental health initiative of OUR PARISH’S ORTHODOX CAFE & BOOKSTORE AND PHILOPTOHOS.
CHRIST IS RISEN!
Livestreaming of recent services such as that for Matins and Divine Liturgy – Second Sunday in Lent – St Gregory Palamas (below) and other services now available at Saint Stylianos YouTube Channel
Iviron monastery is one of the biggest monasteries on Mt Athos. It is an amazing monastic community and building that is set in a beautiful area of the world: the Garden of the Mother of God! It’s been made by a professional photographer who spends a lot of time at the monastery. It is very inspirational and a blessing that we have such monastics praying for us . Enjoy!
VOLUNTEER SCRIPTURE TEACHERS NEEDED
We would like to kindly ask you to help our team of volunteer teachers to help young kids learn more about the Bible and the Orthodox Church in Public Schools.
Please look at becoming a Scripture teacher. It is not something difficult but it is a great blessing for all. In particular is would be good to be part of the “be there for me” campaign as some of our teachers are elderly and need support at this time. Please feel free to watch this video prepared by the body that coordinates Scripture in Public Schools for which we are members.
May God bless you and your family.
Fr Constantine Varipatis(can be contacted on 0418 511 212)