Our Diocesan theme for 2023 is the Communion Forest.
The Archbishop of Canterbury writes the following in relation to the Communion Forest:
“We are living at a time of multiple global crises, emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and with climate change, conflict and an emerging food crisis. We need symbols and actions of hope. The Communion Forest is a symbol and act of hope”.
On a Diocesan and parish level, parishioners are encouraged to be involved in a wide range of creation care activities throughout the year. Tree giving and planting will take place to celebrate special occasions across the Diocese.
Parishes are encouraged to think about setting up plant and vegetable exchanges and to even organise monthly plant stalls.
Parishioners could meet for a walk in designated bushland, organise a speaker to share a gardening interest or have an Open Garden. Parishioners could also be involved in or initiate local community initiatives which relate to the environment.
It would be good to receive feedback on what individual parishes are organising throughout the year as we are nurtured by nature and God’s never-ending care for His people.
Come and hear one of the founders of the Communion Forest Initiative that is being embraced around the world – Rev. Dr. Rachel Mash – the Environmental Coordinator of the Anglican Churches of Southern Africa.
Communion Forest Picnic
Come along to our Communion Forest Picnic on Sunday, 15th October,2023 in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. The event includes a brief tour of the Heritage trees in the gardens provided by the Friends of the Botanical Gardens.
Training Day Notes
On Saturday 24 June the Ministry Development Committee held a day to encourage all those involved in leadership in the parish, both lay and clerical. The following are documents provided by the Workshop conveners.