Earlier this year St John’s Lutheran Church in tiny Buccleuch near Peake on South Australia’s Mallee Highway has held its first confirmation service in nearly 20 years, when seven people were confirmed in their faith.
The draft LCA Child Safety Standards for Congregations were released for targeted consultations in May. Results will be analysed and submitted to the General Church Board GCB) for consideration in October. Pending GCB approval, implementation of the standards is expected to commence in early 2022.
God always intended that our formation in the Christian faith would be at the heart of family life. To support congregations in their partnership with families, Grow Ministries has created the new resource Woven Together to help parents nurture their children’s faith.
Perhaps the reason it seems risky to welcome a stranger is that we fail to see that we are one ourselves. But we are all different. There is no-one like you in the world. Being a stranger and seeing others as strangers it becomes easier to welcome the stranger, says school principal Adam Borgas.
Bringing together the educational skills of retired teachers with the learning needs of refugee children has been a match made in heaven for one Adelaide school. The ‘grannies’ have been sharing love and conversational English and literacy learning with 25 primary-aged children through the program.
When COVID-19 forced ALWS to cancel Walk My Way public events in 2020, there were fears children in refugee camps might miss out on support to go to school. Yet our Lutheran family rallied. And next month’s Walk My Way in SA’s Barossa Valley is another chance to bring love to life.
The LCANZ’s new congregational child safety standards will go through a consultation process in April and May. The LCA standards are designed to ensure that the church can meet its regulatory responsibilities in response to an increasingly rigorous child safety landscape.