The Church Office hours have recently changed and effective immediately the Church Office will no longer be open on Fridays, however will be open on Mondays instead.
The new hours are:
with staff and others in at other times as well.
Sue Laycock, our Office Manager, will now be in the office Monday to Thursday and no longer on Fridays.
Do you have a spare laptop or device hanging around that you are not currently using?
We are looking to create a pool of laptops that can be borrowed for the next few months by those in our church family who are not currently able to access some of the online material and/or zoom meetings due to technological restrictions.
If you lend your laptop, Rob Ziersch will create a new user and set everything up for online zoom meetings. Your existing data will remain untouched and inaccessible. The laptop will then be lent out to someone who is currently unable to connect online. When this whole crisis is over the laptop will be returned to you. (Please understand that whilst we will take every care of your device, we are unfortunately unable to take any responsibility for any loss or damage).
Unused laptops or devices can be dropped off at Rob & Marie's home (10 Malbec St, Craigburn Farm) after first ringing Rob on 0422 544 627.
Conversely, if you would like to borrow a laptop, please call Rob to see if there is one available.
2020 Bible Reading Plan
[View the 2020 plan](http://www.orimi.com/pdf-test.pdf)
[Read more here](https://www.corouniting.org/resources/2020-bible-reading-plan) to find out all the details, and suggestions for how you might take part in this on your own, or with others.
It's not every day we receive an email with a subject line heralding such significance, but after some heavy weeks for many local schools losing government funding for PCWs, this email came through from [SMG](http://www.smg.asn.au)late this week:
Dear Support Group members and local churches, A great announcement from Michael Chant (CEO) to our partners in school ministry:“Today we received a phone call from the Minister for Education John Gardner informing us of the very exciting news that the Marshall Liberal Government will, for the first time, provide state funding towards the National School Chaplaincy Program inSouth Australian public schools. This has the effect of reversing its earlier decision to remove chaplaincy funding from many SA schools, and provides funding to those schools for the next 3 years. We are in the process of working through the consequences of this news at this late time of year and we want to assure you that we are working hard to maximise the benefit of this to the schools in your area. Please be patient with us as we contact all the stakeholders. Praise the Lord!”This is historic news as this is the first time that the State Government has provided partner funding to supplement the NSCP (National Schools Chaplaincy Programme). A significant catalyst to this wonderful outcome is the passionate voices of support from schools, parents and churches. So thank you for speaking up!If you or those you care about are directly affected and benefited by this news be assured all questions and negotiations will be attended to throughout January 2020 as we correspond with the Department for Education, Schools and Support Groups.“Pastoral care workers are valuable members of our school communities, and play an important role in supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.” Minister for Education John Gardner, Dec 2019.Once again, thank you so much for all you do to support the work of Pastoral Care Workers in your community. Kind Regards, [Lorraine Poole](mailto:Lorraine@smg.asn.au)Chaplaincy Services Administrator Schools Ministry Group
Praise the Lord indeed!!
If you'd like to know more about our local PCWs, and the main reasons that students access support from their chaplains, have a look at this really interesting [flyer](https://www.corouniting.org/d/d7rHXg9BEDlrqC3Ze08A6pDeQ)that SMG recently published highlighting their incredible role in school communities!