Record Fundraising by a National Community
In a year where a lot of people and a lot of organisations have been forced to look inward and scramble to keep the lights on, churches and individuals around Australia have demonstrated that unprecedented change and upheaval will not stop them from having a positive Kingdom impact on the world around them.
More than 300 people across more than 50 churches, schools, and clubs took the Safe Water September challenge this year, and drank just water for the month of September to raise money for life-changing safe water projects in rural Zimbabwe and Vanuatu through Global Mission Partners and Churches of Christ Overseas Aid.
This year the national community raised $177 666, breaking fundraising records for the second year in a row. By giving up all their non-water drinks like coffee, tea, and juice and inviting their peers, family, and friends to donate, challenge takers have raised enough to provide easy access to safe drinking water to approximately 8,000 people in remote and vulnerable communities.
A lack of access to safe drinking water has profound impacts on communities across the world. Clean water for drinking and washing is the easiest way to dramatically reduce illness in communities, particularly in children and infants. With easy access to clean water, people—particularly women and girls—no longer have to walk more than 30 minutes each day to get water for their families. That time can be re-invested into their families, their education, their farms, and their businesses.
The water projects funded by Safe Water September are community-led in partnership with Showers of Blessing, Zimbabwe, and the Conference of Churches of Christ in Vanuatu. You can find out more at safewaterseptember.org.au.
The embody and Global Mission Partners team would like to extend a massive thank you to all the churches and individuals around South Australia who participated in the challenge. Well done, and enjoy your drinks!
Churches of Christ ADF Chaplain, Rev. Luke Skipper has created a new resource that seeks to bring the Good News to current serving members of the Australian Defence Force and to the Ex Services Community. Originally the now titled ‘Army Christian Services’ were filmed with the intention to aid Soldiers and other Defence Force Members who whilst training found it increasingly difficult to get to Church.
Feedback was then received that this Christian resource would also be of great value to the Ex Services Community. The understanding being, that many in the Ex Service Community still have a strong affiliation/connection to the military and that this would be a great resource to help them engage with the Christian message.
The Services are short in duration (about 30 minutes) and feature topical messages that are easy for anyone to relate to. Messages are about topics like Worry, Time, Being Thankful, Friends, Enemies and other important topics relevant to all.
The Ex Service Community is extremely vast and we need help to get the word out. What we are seeking to do is to get this resource promoted widely. How can you help? Please share these Services on your social media accounts and to put up PDF Posters anywhere possible places like RSL’s, Ex Service Associations, Shopping Centres, Community Noticeboards, Places of Work, Study and Recreation. If you would like to be involved further we are also looking for passionate Christian people who want to outreach to this community to join the team who can meet with people from their geographic area and answer their questions or simply talk and share with them about Christianity.
Army Christian Services are now available on Facebook Page: Army Christian Services or go to the web lnk below.
If you would like to help or have any questions please feel free to email Australian Army Chaplain Luke Skipper at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Autumn edition of Participate includes:
A reflection for Lent
News from GMP, CareWorks, Blair Athol, Happy Valley, Elizabeth, Goolwa and Sherpa.
We are looking for someone with experience in administrating Child Safety within a Community organisation.
Churches of Christ in SA&NT Inc are looking for someone to work with volunteers from our 50 churches in South Australia to help ensure they are equipped to make their family and Children’s activities safe. You will be working with people who have a passion and energy for seeing children enjoying and loving being a part of their faith community. They will look to you to provide the administrative support to make those places safe ones.
The role is 3 days per week and with a flexible working environment, it will suit someone looking to work school hours. The initial contact is for 12 months. In addition to having experience in administrating Child Safety within a community organisation, administration experience with the PRODA National Redress Scheme portal is desirable.
To apply for this job please use the attached job description and person specification as a guide to write us a cover letter outlining why you believe you would be suitable for this role. In addition to the Cover Letter attach an up to date CV. Applications close March 6th.