Support for Financial Hardship

Cases of Hardship requesting Financial Aid

Where cases of financial hardship or need arise by community members, the Church has a moral and spiritual responsibility to provide assistance on grounds of compassion. The Church Council will consider cases of hardship which are:

  • Under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand,
  • From Armenia,
  • Are not covered by any other Armenian Church Diocese.

Hardship requests will be considered on a case by case basis and assessed for authenticity and “real” need.  Cases should be presented in writing or alternatively, verbal requests documented and presented at a Church Council meeting. Cases will be considered without prejudice, with due diligence and confidentially.

Where a case is considered to be genuine, the Church Council will undertake an appeal to raise funds within the church community which includes parishioners, members of Bible study or prayer groups, welfare groups etc. Generally speaking, appeals will only be publicised internally on church noticeboards and conveyed by word-of-mouth and to church sub-groups. Receipts will be issued to all donors using the “Donations for Special Purposes” Church Council receipt book.

The Church Council will have the discretion to also contribute to appeals from church funds. A letter of acknowledgement of the funds will be requested from the recipient to account for the transfer of monies. Names of donors will also be acknowledged in Looyce as “Donations for Special Purpose” unless requested otherwise who wish to remain anonymous.

Financial Aid as Community Citizens

As citizens who live in communities and more significantly as a Christian community, the Church has a moral and spiritual responsibility to provide assistance at times of calamity, disaster and crisis which call for broad-ranging help.

The Church Council may undertake an appeal to raise funds within the church community which includes parishioners, members of Bible study or prayer groups, welfare groups etc. The Church Council may also elect to donate all or part of the proceeds of a Sunday collection plate to the appeal in which case an announcement will be made by the priest in the church before the collection is undertaken. Generally speaking, appeals will only be publicised internally on church noticeboards and conveyed by word-of-mouth and to church sub-groups. Receipts will be issued to all donors using the “Donations for Special Purposes” Church Council receipt book.

Proceeds raised for the appeal will be donated collectively under the name of the ‘Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Trinity’ to a registered charitable organisation such as the Australian Red Cross.