November 2022 SMR News

Dear reader,

Welcome to the November Newsletter!

And a special hello to the numerous people new to the role of SMR - welcome to the madhouse of Safe Ministry! :)

Key Points:

  • Visiting leaders during summer
  • Now is the time to get trained
  • November face to face training

Visiting Leaders

Is your church hosting a team of visiting leaders this summer? Perhaps a team from the AFES conference, NTE?
Please check with your church leadership if this is happening, and be aware that any visiting leaders who are working with children will need to have Safe Ministry Training that we accept - so either our training or one of the accepted training sources listed on this page: https://safeministry.training/knowledge-base/how-should-we-treat-training-from-another-anglican-church-or-denomination/
Be quick to act on this so any visiting leaders have time to complete our training if they need to.

For short-term visiting leaders (generally less than 5 days), they can be exempt from the Safe Ministry Check.

Time to get trained!

This is my regular November reminder to urge anyone in your churches whose training is coming up for renewal - or for people who will need to do SMT for the first time - to NOT delay in doing so.
From now through to end of March is our busiest training of the year, with webinars in high demand and the Christmas/New Year break to factor in.

Things to consider:
  • Remember that Face to Face training is happening on November 12th and 19th.
    See https://safeministry.training/face-to-face-training/ for locations and courses.
  • From late November through to March is our peak training time. While the system manages the numbers fine, and we put on lots of extra webinars, people still get caught out.
    The answer: Do the training EARLY!
  • The webinars have a finite limit to the number of attendees at any one webinar. This is determined by our software licence and by the ability of the Presenter/Producers to manage the group. So when they reach capacity, we can't 'just squeeze one more in' - no matter how desperate they are!
  • If your church is running school holiday kids programs, please do all you can to get people trained well ahead of time. We always see people rushing and also sometimes complaining they cannot get into a webinar before the kids program starts.
  • While we do not advertise this publicly until closer to the time, it can be helpful for SMRs to know that:
    The last webinar for 2022 will be on December 21st
    The first webinar for 2023 will be on January 10th

Face to Face Training

The next face to face training events are just around the corner on:

November 12th and 19th

The locations are:
  • Saturday November 12th, 2022 |
    St Peter’s Anglican Church, Campbelltown | Essentials | 9.00am – 3.00pm
    St Alban’s Anglican Church, Lindfield | Essentials | 9.00am – 3.00pm
    Menai Anglican Church | Refresher | 9.00am – 12.30pm
    The Factory – Springwood Anglican Church | Refresher | 9.00am – 12.30pm
    St George’s Anglican Church, Gerringong | Refresher | 9.00am – 12.30pm
  • Saturday November 19th, 2022
    St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Bomaderry | Essentials | 9.00am – 3.00pm
We are finding that numbers for f2f training remain very low, so please do what you can to promote these events in your church to people who might benefit ASAP.

Don't forget that even for face to face training, everyone must have an account on the Training website, and must enrol in a course via the website. If older or disabled people struggle with that process, please do what you can to get assistance for them.

Enrolments will close at midnight on November 10th and 17th respectively.

Details here: https://safeministry.training/face-to-face-training/

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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.

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With warm regards

Neil Atwood
Parish Consultant
02 9265 1547
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