Historic News for SA PCWs

It's not every day we receive an email with a subject line heralding such significance, but after some heavy weeks for many local schools losing government funding for PCWs, this email came through from [SMG](http://www.smg.asn.au)late this week:

Dear Support Group members and local churches, A great announcement from Michael Chant (CEO) to our partners in school ministry:“Today we received a phone call from the Minister for Education John Gardner informing us of the very exciting news that the Marshall Liberal Government will, for the first time, provide state funding towards the National School Chaplaincy Program inSouth Australian public schools. This has the effect of reversing its earlier decision to remove chaplaincy funding from many SA schools, and provides funding to those schools for the next 3 years. We are in the process of working through the consequences of this news at this late time of year and we want to assure you that we are working hard to maximise the benefit of this to the schools in your area. Please be patient with us as we contact all the stakeholders. Praise the Lord!”This is historic news as this is the first time that the State Government has provided partner funding to supplement the NSCP (National Schools Chaplaincy Programme). A significant catalyst to this wonderful outcome is the passionate voices of support from schools, parents and churches. So thank you for speaking up!If you or those you care about are directly affected and benefited by this news be assured all questions and negotiations will be attended to throughout January 2020 as we correspond with the Department for Education, Schools and Support Groups.“Pastoral care workers are valuable members of our school communities, and play an important role in supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.” Minister for Education John Gardner, Dec 2019.Once again, thank you so much for all you do to support the work of Pastoral Care Workers in your community. Kind Regards, [Lorraine Poole](mailto:Lorraine@smg.asn.au)Chaplaincy Services Administrator Schools Ministry Group

Praise the Lord indeed!!

If you'd like to know more about our local PCWs, and the main reasons that students access support from their chaplains, have a look at this really interesting [flyer](https://www.corouniting.org/d/d7rHXg9BEDlrqC3Ze08A6pDeQ)that SMG recently published highlighting their incredible role in school communities!


Generate Presbytery Nominations

At our AGM on Sunday the 24 November we will be voting for two people to represent us at [Generate Presbytery](https://generate.ucasa.org.au/) meetings for the next 3 years (until Dec 2023). A Presbytery is one of the inter-related councils of the church within the Uniting Church in SA who oversee the broader missional and pastoral care goals of the that Presbytery.

What is Generate Presbytery?

Generate oversees 115 congregations who have chosen to join it across the state as well as ministry agents in Chaplaincy and other roles. This includes the largest Uniting Churches in SA and some of the smallest. They have remote congregations and faith communities and congregations in urban cultural hubs, traditional and contemporary worship styles and everything in between, all working together to see every congregation strengthened in their mission to their community. Generate holds to an evangelical orthodox understanding of Scripture and the Basis of Union.

The four key goals of Generate Presbytery are:

- Seeing people come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ

- Growing passionate disciples

- Raising courageous leaders for the future of the church

- Seeing churches planted and renewed

For more information check out the [Generate website](https://generate.ucasa.org.au/).

What is the responsibility of the Generate Presbytery Rep?

- The Presbytery Reps have the responsibility of representing Coro at Presbytery meetings (Probably up to 3 per year).

- Read papers emailed to you prior to the meeting and vote on various proposals at the meetings.

- Communicate back to the church and or/council relevant matters of the Presbytery.

Contact [Simon](mailto:simon@corouniting.org) is you have more questions.


- Please pray and consider who you would like to nominate.

- Approach them and ask their permission to be nominated.

- Fill out the form and both sign it. Hard copies available at the Welcome desk, or see the accompanying PDF.

- Return nomination to the office by Thursday 21 November

- Voting will be by secret ballot at the end of the AGM on November 24. Elected nominees will be notified that day, and the congregation notified via e-news and at church the following Sunday.


2020 Vision and your response

Our 2020 vision was launched on Sunday 22 September.

We believe God has given us a clear direction for 2020 and beyond with a focus on training and equipping people at Coro for gospel ministry among their families, friends and work places.

Please watch [Simon's video](https://youtu.be/IGKY1bnEfys) and prayerfully consider your own response to this vision, particularly in the areas of financial giving and serving.

To help with this we have created some response forms (available both as online surveys and in printed form), and we would ask that you complete and return these by Sunday 13 October to enable us to plan ahead effectively.

For more information about Building a Discipling Culture, check out [bdc.org.au](https://www.bdc.org.au/).

See the [Our 2020 Vision](https://www.corouniting.org/d/De9Yrebe94X2odql7hD7ptywX) document.

Online Surveys

This year we have made both the giving and serving forms available as online surveys which you can access on any device using the links below.

Printed copies are also available at church or you can download them as PDFs to print off and complete yourself [here](https://www.corouniting.org/d/OlAekwfkux1IfzsInLn68yabF) and [here](https://www.corouniting.org/d/NMrab7s1l18AyyqtfmWdhehM1).

[Financial Giving to CoroUniting (online survey)](https://surveyhero.com/c/2cd25ab7)

[Serving and Being Church at CoroUniting (online survey)](https://surveyhero.com/c/041bc15b)

Message from Simon

In my [video message](https://youtu.be/IGKY1bnEfys), I encourage you to listen to my recent message on our vision, 2020 Vision preached on 22 Sep (linked [here](https://www.corouniting.org/messages/2020-vision)) as well as Cat's message on generosity, Taking hold of the life that is truly life preached on 15 Sep (linked [here](https://www.corouniting.org/messages/taking-hold-of-the-life-that-is-truly-life)).

We have a sense God is doing a new thing at Coro and we are praying that God will provide the resources to joyfully pursue this vision. Our prayer is that your gift of service and finances may be as bold and full of hope as our vision.

The best is yet to come.