Safe Water September

July 11th, 2017

Poverty is a lack of choice.

For one month, experience that lack of choice.

Safe Water September is a challenge to drink nothing but water for the entire month of September, to raise funds for safe water projects in rural Zimbabwe. Yes, you can still eat food, but no coffee, tea, soft drink, fruit juice or milkshakes! For every $20 you raise, one person gains access to life-changing safe water. This means kids are back in school, child and maternal deaths are dropping and communities are being transformed!

Globally, 650 million people don’t have access to safe water – we want to change this.

Join us – sign up to take the challenge now!

If you want to learn more about the challenge including things like whether you can have communion, milk on your cereal or sparkling water, we recommend heading to our resources section on our website www.safewaterseptember.org.au downloading the Challenge-Taker Guide and reading the FAQs! If you still have other questions – we’d love to hear them! You can email us at info@embody.org.au

Watch and share this video to find out more and to spread the word!

Safe as Churches Conference

May 22nd, 2017

The Safe Church Program of the National Council of Churches held its biennial conference in Melbourne last week.  A number of Churches of Christ representatives attended this, along with representatives from many other churches.

Presentations were made on family violence prevention from the Government-sponsored organisation Our Watch.  This website has many videos and other educational resources available.

Gerard Mansour the Commissioner for Senior Victorians gave a presentation focusing on preventing elder abuse.

Greg Gebhart gave a presentation on eSafety, and showed a number of videos and resources for parents, educators, and victims that are available on the eSafety website.

All of the websites linked to above have resources that might be helpful for church leaders, those involved in youth and children’s ministry, those in seniors ministry, and for anyone in assisting those touched by domestic violence. All of the presentations are available here.

 

 

Selfie Sunday: Meet, Pray, Learn

March 30th, 2017

The Selfie Sunday website is now live!

You may use this site to:

  • Meet people and churches! Find churches using the search function or the map of Australia.
  • Pray for churches! You’re invited to put church prayer requests into your personal prayer list or church newsletter.
  • Learn about the ministries of other churches. Look out for creative ideas you might implement in your own church community.
  • Contact other churches via their website, email address or Facebook page.
  • Plan a visit! Check out local churches in when on holidays or when moving.
  • Participate – If your church isn’t yet part of the big picture, check out how to run a local “Selfie Sunday”

If you have experienced any problems with uploading photos or information, please email contact@selfiesunday.org

Thanks to all the churches who participated in Selfie Sunday last year. You are a part of history in the making. Check out your church profile, and other church profiles so you can “meet, pray and learn”.

 

An Ethical Easter

March 30th, 2017

If you would like to make sure the Easter Eggs you purchase this year do NOT involve child trafficking, our friends at Stop the Traffik have put together a guide here.

There are other advocacy ideas on the Stop the Traffik website also. The suggested the supermarket assessment might be used as a youth group activity at your local shopping centre. Activities for children can also be found on the site.

 

Discernment, Decision-Making and Reception

March 20th, 2017

A conference entitled “Leaning in to the Spirit: Discernment, Decision-Making and Reception” will be held in Canberra on the 6-9 November. Papers are invited at present on this theme. This is the 4th International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism: see here for more details.

South Sudan Emergency Famine Appeal

March 16th, 2017

A famine has been declared in South Sudan, and many lives are at risk among our brothers and sisters there. Global Mission Partners is partnering with the ACT Alliance South Sudan forum members and the South Sudan Council of Churches.  These organisations have staff and resources on the ground and can act quickly and provide Food Relief, Nutrition, Emergency Health, seeds, tools and care. Around 250,000 severely affected people across South Sudan will benefit. Your tax-deductible gift to GMP through Churches of Christ Overseas Aid (COCOA) will bring humanitarian assistance to those in greatest need. See here for more details.

Global Gathering and GMP trip

February 9th, 2017

Twenty-five Australians were part of a gathering of three and a half thousand people at the World Convention Global Gathering in Damoh. A report of this by Gary Holloway can be found here

After this, thirteen Australians were part of a group led by John Gilmore to visit a number of GMP’s Indian partners. Dennis Ryle’s India Journal gives a personal account of this whole trip.

Further stories of the GMP tour, and many other stories of our overseas mission partners, can be found on the Global Mission Partners website.

 

 

 

Good News

November 10th, 2016

Who wants to hear Good News? If you’re interested in finding out news from around the country, you can subscribe to State Churches of Christ newsletters. You can subscribe to GMP to hear about the wider work done through Churches of Christ in Australia. You can also subscribe to the National Council of Churches in Australia newsletter to learn of wider ecumenical work, and to World Council of Churches for international church news.

NSW: http://freshhope.org.au/newsletter

Qld: http://www.cofc.com.au/contact-us

SA&NT: http://www.churchesofchrist-sa.org.au/subscribe/

CCVT: http://www.churchesofchrist.org.au/home/news/articles

WA: http://cocwa.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=754627286cb440d30c6c1f25c&id=7e37fd0254
GMP: http://www.inpartnership.org.au/subscribe

NCCA: http://www.ncca.org.au/

World Council of Churches: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/en/resources/e-news

Selfie Sunday Updates

October 7th, 2016

It’s great to hear of so many Churches participating in Selfie Sunday around the country!

You can now upload your photos and church stories on the Selfie Sunday website.

Check out the Selfie Sunday uploading instructions before you begin.

Make sure your church is Part of the Big Picture!

Selfie Sunday Survey and FAQ

September 21st, 2016

Selfie Sunday is nearly upon us… so it’s time to respond to your Frequently Asked Questions:

What’s Selfie Sunday again?

A day to take a snapshot your church community. Read the documents on the Selfie Sunday website to learn more.

Aside from taking photos, what information would you like?

Please fill out a response to this survey as much as you can: Selfie Sunday Questionnaire

What is the date of Selfie Sunday? The postcard doesn’t say.

A recommended date is the 16th of October. However, you can use any Sunday in October that suits your church.

Is Selfie Sunday just for small churches? How do we take a photo of a lot of people?

Selfie Sunday is for churches of all sizes; a snapshot in time of the hugely diverse Churches of Christ family. Large churches might chose to take a photo the big sea of faces, or take photos of different segments of the church so that the faces are more recognisable. If you need to submit more than 10 photos, email contact@selfiesunday.org

Why are you asking for information about our church?

So we can get to know and learn from our wider church family.

Selfie Sunday is also a snapshot in time for future historians, in the same way the Jubilee History tells us about the early days of Churches of Christ in Australia.

How do we submit photos and information?

Find the UPLOAD tab on the Selfie Sunday website. This will generate a profile for your church. If you have difficulty using this, you can email contact@selfiesunday.org

What do we do if we can’t answer all of the questions?

Just do what you can! Don’t miss out on your church being Part of the Big Picture.

What about privacy issues?

You will need to let your congregation(s) know their photo will be used on the Selfie Sunday website, and allow anyone to leave who doesn’t consent to this. Checkout the website for more information and forms.

Why is there an option to include names of people in the photo?

Selfie Sunday is a community building exercise. One of the fun things you will be able to do on the fully-formed site is search for the names of people you met on a camp in 1963, or who attended the same youth group in 1975, or who you met at State Youth Games in 1999 (etc).

Selfie Sunday will also create a historical resource for your children’s children’s children (etc). The information for Selfie Sunday will be stored forever! It will be interesting to trace Churches of Christ families over time.

If it is difficult to record everyone’s names, (especially for large churches) a named photo of the church leadership team will be a helpful inclusion.

What do I do if I have questions or difficulties?

Please check out www.selfiesunday.org in the first instance. General questions can go to Janet Woodlock: jwoodlock@churchesofchrist.org or 03 9488 8800. Technical questions can be directed to contact@selfiesunday.org

 Thanks for the interest and enthusiasm from so many in supporting Selfie Sunday. Make sure your church is Part of the Big Picture!

 

Janet Woodlock

Federal Coordinator

Churches of Christ in Australia

 

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