The World Day of Prayer (WDP) is a worldwide movement dating back to the nineteenth century which brings together Christian women of all traditions for an annual day of worship and prayer. On the first Friday of March more than three million people in over 170 countries join in a service prepared by the WDP Committee of a different country each year to celebrate both unity in Christ and cultural diversity. This year the service was designed by the WDP Committee of Malaysia. Its theme was “Let justice prevail”. As is usual, the order of service was made available in many different languages for use around the world.
Canberra Region Presbytery is hosting two workshops on working with children and vulnerable people, on Friday June 24, and repeated on Saturday June 25. Anyone who is involved in ministry with young people (0-18 years old) or other vulnerable people (disabilities, aged etc) should attend. Anyone with leadership or pastoral roles should attend. These workshops will address both NSW and ACT legislation requirements.
Legislation relating to the safety of children and vulnerable people by both NSW and ACT Governments is either in place or will soon be in place. The Uniting Church has adopted a Safe Church Training Agreement through the National Council of Churches which is consistent with the Government legislation.
Training for people affected by both the legislation and new church policies is being put in place by the NSW/ACT Synod. An information pack is being prepared which will be distributed separately to all ministers in placement and Council secretaries.
The first training workshops in the Presbytery of Canberra Region will be held as follows
Friday 24 June 2011 9.30am-3.30pm at St Columba’s UC, Braddon
Saturday 25 June 2011 9.30am-3.30pm at Queanbeyan UC
Contact: Emma Parr, Child & Vulnerable Persons Protection Coordinator 8276 4290 email: emmap at nsw.uca.org.au
The Presbytery hopes to run the workshops again later in the year for those who can’t make it in June.
St Columba’s Uniting Church, previously Braddon Presbyterian Church, will celebrate its 80th anniversary at a service on 3rd June 2007 at 10.00 a.m. If you were baptised, married, or worshipped here or had other contacts, you are invited to share in a special service which will celebrate our Scottish heritage. Rev Neil Reid, Moderator-Elect of the NSW Synod of the UCA, will speak. Leading Canberra soprano, Louise Page, will sing. Lunch will follow in the church halls.