Apologies for needing to cancel last Sunday’s service. We will meet as a community on Sunday, 11 August together with the Glennie Old Girls Association. The Rev’d Zoe Browne (GOG 2005) will be conducting this service as I will be attending the Anglican Schools Australia Conference in Hobart.
Other services for the remainder of the year for your calendar will be on Sunday, 8 September and Sunday, 13 October which will be our Pet Blessing service for this year.
Bush Ministry Fund Raffle
A beautiful children’s rocking horse has been donated to raise funds for the Bush Ministry Fund. This raffle will be drawn on Saturday, 17 August and tickets will be available in the Junior Years reception. The rocking horse is spending a week with us in Junior Years reception from 2 to 13 August. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Any support you are able to provide for our churches in remote areas would be greatly appreciated with the chance to win a beautiful gift for a little person in your life.
Founder’s Day Celebration
All members of our school community are welcome to join us for a whole school service of Holy Communion to celebrate Founder’s Day on Wednesday, 7 August at 12:00 pm in the Clive Berghoffer Sports Centre. We are pleased to be able to welcome Bishop Cameron to join us for this service.
Plans for Ribbon Day Wednesday, 28 August are well underway with the Chapel and Donaldson House Committees. We are still looking for donations for the mega raffle. These can be dropped at Mrs Rollason’s or Rev Sharon’s offices. Tickets will be on sale at the Donaldson House dinner this Friday and at school prior to the event.
Mary and Martha
The gospel reading from this past Sunday is a favourite of mine. Mary and Martha welcome Jesus into their home. Martha is busily preparing the meal while Mary is sitting at Jesus' feet listening to him. Martha is frustrated that Mary is not helping her, as would have been the custom of the time and she comes to Jesus expecting him to tell Mary that she should be helping. But instead, Jesus says that Mary is doing what she needs to do, praying and listening. (Luke 10:38 - 42)
I can imagine what this scene would have looked like, as I’m sure many of you can when your siblings or other family members are hanging out while you do all the work. For me, this reading is about balance. The balance between work and rest. Both are essential in life, but often we focus too much on the work and not enough on the resting and listening. Our society does not often value times of rest, retreat or meditation as they appear unproductive or not quantifiable, but they are so essential for a healthy life. At school, we are teaching the girls about mindfulness and meditation and the importance of finding time for reflection. We are also opening The Recharge Room where girls in Middle and Senior Years are able to come and find a quiet place during breaks. Please read Mrs Jodi Blades article for more information.
We all need moments of stillness and quiet each day. Many Christian traditions offer us practical ways to reflect on our day, week or life struggles. Ignatian Spirituality offers a daily prayer called The Examen which helps to put each day into perspective https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/. Benedictine Spirituality offers a great balance between work, rest and prayer with the motto Listen with the ear of your heart. I belong to the community at Jamberoo Abbey in NSW and their website offers great suggestions for how to balance our lives in different ways. https://www.jamberooabbey.org.au/. Our focus for the rest of this year will be on ways to work on balancing all the demands on our time and resources, including the need for rest, relaxation and enjoyment. May we have a little of both Mary and Martha this weekend.
The Rev’d Sharon Baird