October 2020 News #2

Dear reader,
Welcome to the October 2020 SMR news - number 2.

This is another brief update to draw your attention to limited face to face training available in November


Face to face returns!

We are dipping our collective toes back into the waters of face to face training on Saturday November 14th.
We believe we have a solution that allows a small number of people to attend three locations around Sydney to serve those people who:
  • cannot do online training for whatever reason
  • are not eligible for the '70+' automatic extension to Safe Ministry Training for those aged 70 or over.
The locations are:
  • Lower Mountains Anglican Church at Glenbrook
  • St Michael's Anglican Cathedral Wollongong
  • St Andrews House, Sydney Square in the city
The only course offered will be Refresher, and all the sessions will be morning (9:30am-12:30pm).
Numbers will be strictly limited to 15 per location - first in best dressed.

All registrations must be made online with participants needing to create an account first, then log in, then enrol (select the 'Enrol in face to face courses' from the 'Training Info & Enrol' menu.

Please consider providing assistance with enrolment for anyone wanting to attend who is not confident with the technology.


Callout for your ideas for the pre-Christmas Frontline

I'll (Neil) be on leave for the first half of November, so the November Frontline episode will be later in the month, and probably only a month out from Christmas (gulp!).
So, for a different slant on the podcast, I wanted to ask you for your input.
I want to put together an episode full of your hints, tips and ideas.
I'm thinking they could be around the following categories:
  • Tips for doing Safe Ministry during COVID - what has worked, but maybe also any spectacular failures/bloopers - I promise I won't identify you!
  • Tips for how to prepare for Safe Ministry in new year - what to get sorted now (apart from the Safe Ministry Check!) so you hit the new year flying.
  • Completely UNrelated to Safe Ministry - how about a load of ideas how to celebrate Christmas this year? Fresh ideas for recognising Jesus' birth - perhaps in your family or in you church family. We have no idea yet what Christmas church will look like under COVID, but think outside the square and dream a little!
  • But don't be limited by those suggestions - be creative, but just have a Safe Ministry slant on your ideas!
Shoot all your super-organised, brilliant and creative ideas to: neil@safeministry.training and perhaps get a mention on air!

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That's it for this edition.

With warm regards

Neil Atwood
Parish Consultant
02 9265 1547