The Struggles of Cobar Nyngan Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral minister, Rev. Jo Smalbil and her husband go around the Cobar Nyngan district visiting people and offering support and conversation. In this drought stricken area of Australia farmers struggle both financially and emotionally. Unfortunately the support from Frontier Services to this area will cease at the end of the financial year. Rev. Jo said “It is a sad sign of the times that everything these days, including ministry revolves around money or the lack there of.”

To show our concern, a retiring offering will be taken up over the next three Sundays. Over the past 18 months Uniting Church patrol ministries in Australia have dropped from 22 to 9. It is hoped that we can assist in some way so Rev. Jo and her husband can continue their ministry and assist families financially with the support of other Churches such as ours.

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Mission Planning Day: April 24th

Our next Mission Planning Day will be on Sunday 24th April after church.

You are invited to attend and contribute your thoughts and ideas for the mission of our congregation over the next twelve months.

Our current Mission Focus centres on:

  • Pastoral Care
  • Engaging Community
  • Families

This includes: Samaritans Purse, Bible Study, Craft Group, Silver Threads, Prayer Group and Godly Play.

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Pastoral Counselling Certificate IV

The Pastoral Counselling Institute are taking applications for their Cert IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, commencing in March next year.

The course teaches you to relate your faith and listening skills to provide competent care for people. Introduction to counselling, communications skills, chaplaincy, basic counselling skills integrated with theology are the first subjects in the Certificate IV in Pastoral Counselling Skills.

This course trains people to provide practical visitation in both parish and community settings, provide effective listening and care and compile a referral list for further counselling if required.

Course modules are on the brochure on the noticeboard, for a full prospectus, please visit the website.

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Pastoral Care Day

This is a one day workshop for anyone interested in receiving an introduction to pastoral care within the Uniting Church framework, and would also serve as a refresher for those already actively involved in providing pastoral care.

It is next Saturday 3 October from 9.30am – 5.00pm, at the Centre for Ministry, 16 Masons Dr, North Parramatta. Cost is $100 for the course materials and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

To register please go their web-page,

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Pastoral Care Workshop

Uniting Mission & Education are running a Pastoral Care workshop at the Centre for Ministry at North Parramatta on Wednesday 8th April, from 9.30am – 4.30pm. The workshop will look at pastoral care techniques using the Pastoral Partner model. It will explore relationships, how to engage in a meaningful conversation, dealing with loss and grief, as well as the joy of growing new friendships. It is ideal for all people and congregations seeking to grow healthy and lasting relationships.

To register online visit ednesday-workshops or contact Bronwyn Murphy on 8838 8920.

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