September 2021 SMR News #2

Dear reader,

Welcome to the second update for this month (although the previous one was title 'August'!)

Key Points:
  • COVID-related SMT extensions
  • Quick Access Codes Discount!

Safe Ministry Training Extensions

At it’s September 2021 meeting, Standing Committee approved a policy to grant extensions to Safe Ministry Training expiry dates for two groups of people in our churches during the current pandemic:

  1. Face to Face
    All people who HAVE to do face to face training have an automatic extension until March 31st 2022, when it is hoped that face to face training can resume.
    Note: this is NOT for people who prefer to use face to face training, but only for those who cannot do the training online for reasons of age, disability or lack of internet connection.
  2. Online
    Where a person has a genuine, COVID-19-related reason for needing such an extension.
Face To Face Training
The automatic extension for those who have to do face to face training should be managed by the Safe Ministry Rep, in consultation with the Senior Minister or his delegate. The Safe Ministry Record for such people should reflect the new expiry date of March 31st 2022, and a note explaining that should be added to their record. Those people will be able to do Refresher when face to face training resumes.
If face to face training cannot resume in a timely way, the March 31st date will be reviewed.

Online Training
Anyone who requires Safe Ministry Training who is able to do the training online, needs to do so.
But where a church member would normally undertake online training, but have extenuating circumstances that means completing the training before their expiry date is not possible, the Safe Ministry Rep should complete request an extension to their expiry date.

Note: This policy is not permanent and will be reviewed in a few months time. Expect it to be repealed as the pandemic eases.

This system should only be accessed by appointed Safe Ministry Reps, and the above information along with a simple form to request an extension can be found under the Information > Safe Ministry Representative menu on the Safe Ministry website.

As always, any questions, contact me as per the details below.

Quick Access Codes

In addition to the news of the new 'Quick Access Codes' system announced in the last newsletter, it is good to announce in addition that all purchases made of QA Codes will have a

10% discount!

So churches using QA Codes will save money as well as enjoy the convenience.
Read all about the QA Codes system here: https://courses.safeministry.training/bulk-quick-access-codes/

Are you new or new-ish to the role of SMR...

...then you are invited to a Zoom workshop that will take you through the fundamentals of your role.
Even if you have been an SMR for a while, you are also welcome.

There will be two opportunities for these, one during the day, one in an evening:
Daytime: Tuesday September 14th @ 10:30am
Evening: Tuesday September 21st @ 7:30pm

No need to RSVP, just click on the links above to join one of the meetings on the day/time

If there are any burning topics that any of you SMR's would like to see covered in a Zoom workshop - please do feel free to make suggestions.
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SMR Facebook Group

A reminder that we have a private Facebook group just for SMR's
  • A safe and private place for SMR's to ask questions, support each other, share ideas or solutions to problems, etc
  • The address is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173114257798286
  • Involvement in this group is entirely optional - but it is proving to be a useful extra channel for SMR's to chat amongst themselves and pose questions to me.

Keeping up to date with news

Newsletter Archive
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That's it for this edition...
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With warm regards

Neil Atwood
Parish Consultant
02 9265 1547