15 December, 2020

2021 Bible Reading Plan

Over the last two years a number of us have been reading the Bible together as a part of our desire to be a people focused on Jesus. This was a part of a three year Bible Reading Plan and 2021 will be year 3. It has been really helpful and fun for those of us who followed this over the last 2 years. We encourage everyone, even if you missed out last year, to join with us this year and be encouraged as we encounter God through the Bible readings each week.

We've got a few options on how you can join us below. Developing a Bible reading habit can be challenging so let’s do it together. By doing so, not only will you read the Bible (either by yourself or in groups) but you have the opportunity to share with others the insights you are gaining from the readings and be encouraged to keep going.

We are following Tim Chester’s 3-year Bible Reading Plan which will take us through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice (see the back of this flyer). It’s in weekly chunks so there is no pressure if you happen to miss a day. It’s flexible and manageable.

There are a range of ways you could join us:

- Read the set readings on your own and prayerfully journal your thoughts.

- Read the readings, journal your thoughts and have a weekly catch up with two others (a reflection triplet) in person over a cuppa or over the phone or skype. Sign up by [emailing the Church Office](mailto:office@corouniting.org).

- Join a WhatsApp group by texting Cat Patrick on 0425 752 140 and share your thoughts with a group of us.

- Get your Life Group involved and use the readings as the basis of your sharing each week.

- Join Simon 9am Saturdays from February 1 in the chapel for shared reading.

Previous years:

- [2019 Bible Reading Plan (Year 1)](https://www.corouniting.org/d/Vm343PMQD1PLMqK8UmYevvCjN)

- [2020 Bible Reading Plan (Year 2)](https://www.corouniting.org/d/e5DEKf2r7ezT9IdZ4tVoOB8Zn)

17 April, 2020

Life Group Leaders Training Resources

This page seeks to resource our Life Group Leaders and contains the handouts and further information from our Training Sessions. These are listed below:

- Nov 2019 - [The Purpose of Life Groups and How to Lead a Bible study](https://www.corouniting.org/d/H4spiDXGwKHnaX7krPYNNi8jh) (with [Uncover bookmark](https://www.corouniting.org/d/kwRTI0Z2sZ95uykmfKJpBCqnP) and [One-to-one Bible Reading (COMA) resource](https://www.corouniting.org/d/Vy3by05PCUWLj2FzORUSsYJCg))

- Mar 2020 - [Encouraging individuals to grow through Life Groups](https://www.corouniting.org/d/b2fTrkBm9UfpSOQ3Q9hbXnCPz)

- Mar 2020 - [Zoom for Life Groups](https://www.corouniting.org/d/0Ov7Pm2hNgAvtmcWdlnxMwrnU)

- Apr 2020 - [Pastoral Care for Life Groups, anytime and during COVID-19 restrictions](https://www.corouniting.org/d/GY68H0RdAoZIsj1MUlZaBY9s7)

- May 2020 - [Engaging with Scripture online](https://www.corouniting.org/d/PvyRKkH0tRcyKH3P83aSleJhH)

We will be updating this page as further training is provided which will at this stage take place in person, covering the following topics:

- Encouraging our Groups in Evangelism and Mission Support (see Sam Chan's video - [Evangelism in the COVID-19 Crisis](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EAsk5UJADI))

- Encouraging our Groups in Seeking Justice

Contact [Cat Patrick](mailto:catrionapatrick@gmail.com) for more information.

Also linked are the [Life Group Bible Studies on 1 Corinthians 1-4](https://www.corouniting.org/d/MzoltSMWWzrOqAHMXLtjzGT5N) (series: Fool's Gold - Jul/Aug 2020) prepared by Graham Buxton.

Update (June 2020) - In this period of change brought about by COVID-19, many of our Life Groups are meeting online. Refer to the linked [Zoom for Life Groups](https://www.corouniting.org/d/0Ov7Pm2hNgAvtmcWdlnxMwrnU) resource for further information. Zoom has also created a ['How to Zoom' YouTube playlist](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKpRxBfeD1kEM_I1lId3N_Xl77fKDzSXe) and Margaret Strickland's husband, Alan, has also put together a comprehensive document [Using Zoom for Online Meetings](https://www.corouniting.org/d/yQmApgkLL7vyUfstIoKBWfSYB) that may be of additional help.

26 September, 2019

Screening Checks

What different Screening Checks are there?

There are several different Screening Checks that may be required for people who volunteer or work in the Uniting Church. The most common of these are:

- [Working with Children Checks](https://screening.sa.gov.au/types-of-check/new-working-with-children-checks) (WWCCs)

- [General Employment Probity Checks](https://screening.sa.gov.au/types-of-check/general-employment)

- [Vulnerable Person Related Employment Checks](https://screening.sa.gov.au/types-of-check/vulnerable-people)

How do I know which Screening Check I need?

The [Information on the Screening and Authority Process](https://sa.uca.org.au/documents/safe-church/screening/Information-on-the-screening-and-authority-process.pdf) sheet includes details about which Screening Checks are needed when. This information is summarised below:

Working with Children Check (WWCC) - valid for 5 years (portable)

See our [Working with Children Check](https://www.corouniting.org/resources/working-with-children-checks) resource page for information or continue reading to apply for one.

General Employment Probity Check - valid for 3 years (non-portable) and required for:

- Ministry Agents in active service (eg. Ministers and Pastors) and employees in the church

- Church Council members and office bearers

- Anyone who is rostered or requested by a church leader to drive members to/from church activities

- Anyone who deals with or handles money

Vulnerable Person Related Employment Check - valid for 3 years (portable) and required for:

- Ministry Agents in active service (eg. Ministers and Pastors) and employees in the church

- Anyone who undertakes intentional pastoral care on behalf of the congregation

- Anyone who leads or assists with worship services in aged care facilities or hospitals

- Anyone who works with refugees or migrants

- Anyone offering social support services (eg. counselling, financial support, soup kitchen)

So, how do I apply for these Screening Checks?

Screening Check requests are facilitated by the SA Synod via an application made on the [Safe Church Screening](https://sa.uca.org.au/safechurch/screening) page. Information collected from this application will initiate a Screening Check with the DHS.

Use [this flowchart](https://www.corouniting.org/d/FaeybjdxhLl5IZu5i6ip5N86g) (which refers to the below two information sheets) to follow the process through.

- [Information on the Screening and Authority Process](https://sa.uca.org.au/documents/safe-church/screening/Information-on-the-screening-and-authority-process.pdf)

- [Process for Screening Checks](https://sa.uca.org.au/documents/safe-church/screening/process-for-screening-checks.pdf)

If you have any queries, please contact our [Safe Church Congregation Liaison](mailto:office@corouniting.org) (Sue Laycock).

* Note that if you are under 18 you will still need to go through the first part of this process, however you will be unable to verify your ID online and will need to complete a 100 point check via the DHS website.

* Note that if you don't have an Australian driver's licence and an Australian passport (acceptable even if expired for up to two years) or a numbered Australian birth certificate or a numbered Australian citizenship certificate, you will need to complete this [100 Point Identity Verification Check](https://sa.uca.org.au/documents/safe-church/screening/100-point-form.pdf) instead of using the online DHS process.