The past week two things have dominated the news cycle: COVID numbers and a certain World number one tennis pro. Djokovic spent days in detention at the Park Hotel, Carlton. While detained, his family and supporters decried the living conditions as inhumane and unhygienic.
Videos and messages from the 34 other detained men show life in the Park Hotel is like a prison, breaching basic human rights. They came here lawfully. Their status as genuine refugees is recognised by the Australian government. Now that the famous detainee has been released, what of the men who remain? Will they be forgotten once again? Can we help these men find freedom?
Mehdi ‘celebrated’ his 24th birthday last weekend. He was 15 when he came to Australia and has now been in detention for nine years. He was held on Nauru until 2019, when he was medevacked to Melbourne where he has been held in detention ‘hotels.’
This week, we have compiled a few resources of how to help these refugees and asylum seekers.
With increasing covid numbers we have this week made the difficult decision to postpone the Twilight Organ recitals until further notice.
We continue in church services and hope to see those who feel comfortable in joining us to do so. For those who are choosing not to attend, we understand, and hope you can enjoy our online services. We miss you and look forward to being together when returning feels right for you.
Take care and stay kind, Margaret
St Michael's Notices
COVID-Safe in Church
When attending St Michael's services we ask that our community remembers to do the following:
Scan the QR code before entering or register their name and number with a Welcomer. If you can’t use a QR code, we are required to upload your contact information to Service Victoria within 24 hours.
Wear a fiited mask, covering nose and mouth, (unless exempt) when in church.
Be mindful of social distance.
Use hand sanitiser
In light of omicron's infectiouness and high case numbers, morning tea after church service currently on hold until this outbreak subsides.
While we no longer check vaccination status for church attendance, we hope that everyone who is able to get vaccinated or boosted will do so. This is the best way we have to protect vulnerable members of our community.
Offerings to support the ministry and shared life of St Michael's are received with gratitude.
Tap and Pay (In Church)
Give safely using the Tap and Pay donation points located at the entrance on the corner of Collins and Russel Streets and in St Michael's Walk Colonnade. To give, simply tap you credit and debit card, smartphone or wearable device on a 'Tap and Pay' device where indicated. Donations are set at $10.
Online Giving You can give to St Michael's online using the 'Giving' button on our website. We welcome your support via bank transfer or credit card using the online forms. Alternatively, cheques may be mailed to the St Michaels office. For regular or one-off offerings make an online deposit here: St Michael's Uniting Church. BSB: 083004 A/C: 515113338
Postponed: Thursday Twilight Organ Recitals The Thursday Twilight Organ recitals are temporarily on hold due to the widespread omicron outbreak. Watch this space - we'll be sure to let you know when they return.
Act for freedom Everybody deserves a safe home. For those who would like to take action and help the refugees and asylum seekers in detention in Australia, here are some ways to help, donate or get involved (from mamamia.org.au):