May 2023 SMR News

Dear reader,

Welcome to the May Newsletter!
I hope you enjoyed a refreshing Easter celebrating all that Jesus has done for us, and reminding us why we do what we do in the Safe Ministry space..

Key Points:

  • Positions vacant
  • June face to face training
  • SMR 101 - Zoom workshops
  • Junior Leader Training
This is as good a time as any to let you all know that come September 23rd, I start long service leave which will take me up to my retirement date in early 2024.
That means that the Office of the Director of Safe Ministry (ODSM) are now advertising for the two positions I currently hold. They are:

Parish Consultant - This is the role most of you will know me in.

Web Developer - This is the role that happens behind the scenes - especially in the area of our online Training system

They are both part time and if you or someone you know is interested, all the details can be found here:
Parish Consultant - https://www.sds.asn.au/parish-consultant
Web Developer - https://www.sds.asn.au/web-developer-odsm-job-ad

New and new-ish Safe Ministry Reps - Zoom Workshops

The next SMR 101 Zoom workshops will happen in March.
If you are new (or new-ish) to the role of SMR, then invest a hour in this workshop and reap the benefits!
No booking or rego required - just boot up your device at the right time and click the appropriate link below. Have your questions and a notebook ready!

NOTE: I have had to change the time of the March 14th Zoom to 1:30pm on that day. Apologies for that. Zoom link remains the same

Two days/times - identical content.

Face to face training

The next batch of this year's face to face training events will open for registrations In the next couple of weeks:

Saturday June 24th.

Details will be found here: https://safeministry.training/face-to-face-training/

Locations are:
  • Central Villages Anglican Church, Lawson - Essentials
  • St Johns Anglican Church, Moss Vale - Essentials
  • Carlingford Anglican Church - Refresher
  • Liverpool Anglican Church - Refresher
  • Albion Park Anglican Church - Refresher

    Useful info:
  • Applicants for face to face training need to have an account on the Safe Ministry Training website, log in and enrol in the course.
  • Once they complete the course, they will be emailed their certificate a day or so later, and a copy of their certificate details sent to you, their SMR.
For the rest of 2023, here are the dates and locations. These are also available any time on https://safeministry.training/face-to-face-training/

Saturday 26 August 2023
St Andrew’s House, Town Hall | Essentials | 9am – 3pm
Saturday 2 September 2023
St Andrew’s House, Town Hall | Refresher | 9am – 12.30pm

Saturday 11 November 2023

St Paul’s Anglican Church, Chatswood | Essentials | 9am – 3pm
Wilton Anglican Church | Essentials | 9am – 3pm
Christ Church Anglican Church, Mortdale | Essentials | 9am – 3pm
St Paul’s Anglican Church, Riverstone | Refresher | 9am – 12.30pm
St George’s Anglican Church, Gerringong | Refresher | 9am – 12.30pm
St Michael’s Anglican Cathedral, Wollongong | Refresher | 9am – 12.30pm

Enrolments normally open 4-6 weeks before each date.
Please encourage those in your church who would benefit from face to face training to get in and enrol - and be prepared to assist them if necessary with the technology.

Junior Leader Training

It's been great to see the Junior Leader Training system get lots of use in the last year or so. Here are some tips and reminders, based on the emails and support tickets I get:
  • All Junior Leader training information can be found here: https://safeministry.training/junior-leaders-course/
  • Once your church is set up in the Junior Leader system (triggered by the submission of the form on the JL page), you don't need to submit further forms - unless to want to set up additional Training Groups. Each Training Group your church has is permanent and your church can just cycle through Junior Leaders in the system as much as you want.
  • All enrolments for your JL's is managed by your church Training Mentor. Unenrolments of JL's happens automatically when their six month enrolment period expires.
  • If your church has 17 year olds coming into leadership roles, they can do either the JL course or the Essentials course (recommended). If the latter, parental permission and the Senior Ministers agreement is required, and those all are handled at the local church level (ie: we don't need to know about them). Even mature 16 year olds may be able to handle Essentials with the same caveats as for 17 year olds.
  • When a JL turns 18, if they are continuing in leadership, they must complete Essentials by the time they turn 18 - even if they have only completed the JL course relatively recently (hence the comments above for 17 year olds).
  • A JL can apply for a WWCC when they turn 17 year and 9 months.
Hope that helps!
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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! Back soon with more info about what is happening in the Safe Ministry scene.

If you are no longer the SMR for your church, please unsubscribe using the link below and drop me an email to let me know.

With warm regards

Neil Atwood
Parish Consultant - Safe Ministry Team
02 9265 1547
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