Direction and hopes for the future
We feel called to make Church accessible to everyone!

Now that technology offers us a safe and available space to gather for worship, study, devotion and community life together - we believe that gathering as God's children online will further the ministry of the Church while enriching us all to live as disciples of Christ.

We hope to outreach to people who don't currently have access to Church community and grow in faith as we gather in the name of God and in the memory of the Holy Hermits.

We know that our community is made up of people from many places, with different gifts to offer, and seek to enable every member to live out their faith online together and in the rest of their lives. 

Our reports and strategic plans can be downloaded from the pdf links below and the up to date buget can be found on the Give page. We are committed to transparency and ensuring that the whole community can engage with the direction and vision of our pioneer ministry.

Now that we are hosted by St John's Cathedral we will be submitting ongoing reports to Cathedral Council each month, which will in turn be recorded on this page in the downloads section below as well.

As we continue to discern the next steps on the path ahead here is a helpful article from the Alban institute at Duke University called Changing the Conversation: Nurturing a Third Way for Congregations which explores how we move into the next era of Church and make a way for Jesus to transform us and the world around us through the Body of Christ.

Genuine connection and community life has always been our focus, but this recent article 3 Things That Will Be True About Growing Churches In the Future,  shared by one of our members, celebrates this as a priority moving into the new ministry environment we find ourselves in post-pandamic. 

Being Together
Expectations of behaviour in our church community

At Holy Hermits Online we value fellowship and unity alongside difference, and discourage the bringing of anything that could be divisive or hurtful to our shared space where everyone is welcome. 

Jesus told us to love one another as he loves us. As Christians we know our life together is strengthened when our behaviour is consistent with our faith. However, our experience of being together can be difficult, particularly when there are differences. So it is important to be clear about how we will behave towards each other.

Being a community:

We will value the wellbeing of others.

We will encourage each other to participate in the life of the church.

We will consider the impact of our behaviour on others.

Relating to each other:

We will treat each other with respect and dignity, irrespective of ability, gender, sexuality, race, age or contribution to the church.

We will act with integrity and honesty in our interactions with each other.

Communicating with each other:

We will communicate respectfully with others, and not in a way that threatens, belittles or humiliates.

We will speak with integrity and honesty, and refrain from speculation and gossip.

Acknowledging difference:

We will respect those who are different from us and not isolate or ridicule them.

We will listen to and seek to understand the beliefs, opinions and practices of others, even when we do not share their views.

Responding to conflict:

We will accept responsibility for our part in a conflict.

We will be willing to play our part in resolving a conflict.

 

Resolution 45/14 of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia 2014 “Being Together”