- Who we are
- What we do
This week the annual Synod of the Anglican Church of Sydney (the ‘parliament’ of our church) decided upon a new mission (‘Mission 2020′) to help focus us for the next five years. It include a vision, mission, values and priorities.
Our vision (what we dream to see happen) is:
To see Christ honoured as Lord and Saviour in every community.
Our mission (what we unite to do) states that:
We commit ourselves afresh, in the power of prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit, to glorify God and love our neighbour by proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ, calling people to repent and living lives worthy of him.
Our four key priorities are:
1. Reach all the lost in our Diocese with the life-giving gospel of Christ,
2. Deepen spiritual maturity among our members,
3. Equip our members to exercise their gifts,
4. Respond to the changing face of our society.
Let’s pray that this happens!
Gambling is seen by many to be part of the Australian fabric of life, but for many people, gambling is an addiction that wrecks the lives of individuals, families and whole communities.
In this week’s Synod, (the annual parliamentary-style meeting of the Sydney Anglican Diocese), we stood together to bring attention to this problem that affects so many in our community.
Indeed, $2 billion dollars a year is spent in the Illawarra alone on gambling!
We agreed to call on the government to put in some measures to try and reduce the impact of problem gambling, including a $1 maximum bet for pokies, a stop to putting a greater proportion of poker machines in lower-socioeconomic areas, and a call on gambling venues to come up with better ways to help problem gamblers.
We also agreed that Sydney Anglican affiliated organisations would get rid of any investments that make more than 10% or $50 million a year from gambling.
Let us pray for the people in our families and our region who have a problem with gambling, asking that they would find real hope in the real Jesus, not a false hope in the adrenaline bet that brings such pain and disappointment.