There are NO physical Church Services at the moment due to current NSW Lockdowns. We are having a Zoom Church Service at 9.30am Sunday’s until we are allowed to resume services at St James. We do hope you will join us!
To join our Zoom Meeting (click on the following link:-)
*It’s a requirement that everyone involved in ministry to children, young people & any vulnerable people must undertake Safe Ministry Training every three years. Please check your certificates to see if you are due. Please see Jenny Hurst or call Annie in the office for assistance. Unfortunately as COVID prevented children’s ministry from taking place, many of us have inadvertently let our Safe Ministry Training lapse. Without properly
trained leaders, we CANNOT offer ministry to children. There are no face to face training sessions run by the Diocese anymore. If you need to update your safe ministry training, you can do so online, by following this link:
The cost for completing the safe ministry training is $30 and can be reimbursed by the parish. For those who may find completing the training online difficult, Jenny Hurst (Safe Ministry Officer) and Aleks are coming up with a plan. Please let either Jenny or Aleks know, if you need assistance completing the training. Important information on Working with Children Check Renewals from The NSW Office of Children’s Guardian:- The Working With Children Check lasts for five years, so If your contact details are up to date, you will receive a notification when it is time to renew your WWC number. A WWC number is like a driver licence – the number stays with you and is renewed before it expires. Do not reapply – you simply renew, and your WWC number will remain valid for another five years. Renewal applications cannot be submitted until three months before your expiry date but please try to do them as soon as you receive this renewal due notice. Then please let Jenny Hurst or Annie in the office know when you receive confirmation of the renewal so that we can update our records. Thanks to all those that have already given Annie notification of these renewals.
*Information on supporting Jasmine Horrocks:- It’s best to use the website at:- https://support.afes.org.au/support-jasmine-horrocks-newcastle-university-newcastle-4941 You can set up a direct debit or deposit system depending on your preferences (on the last page of the donation portal you can get the AFES office bank account details and a unique reference ID). Or you can also fill out a paper form and post it to the AFES office. Alternatively the church has offered to process cash donations, this can be done by putting the money in the plate in an envelope marked ‘Jasmine Horrocks’ (Although she can’t properly track individual donations through this method). If you need any assistance with this please see Jeremy or Jill or Annie in the office.
*Our farmers are still doing it tough. You can make a donation to help them at https://westernaircare.org/help-donate/ or at www.buyabale.com.au/hunter or phone—1300327624