Has it been a time like no other! Well, certainly not in my life time. Mackay Street Chaplains have felt the blow of the lock-down. However, we seek to maintain our service in a different way. You can now contact us for a chat and maybe even request a prayer - completely confidentially, of course, by contacting us on 0476 120 400. It is the number on our wristbands! Many of you have it already, but now we have Chaplains on stand-by from 8am-10pm ready and willing to be a caring, non-judgmental and listening ear. We do hope to see you all out having a great time again soon, but in the meantime.... we are still here for you. :-)
We've been BUSY - We've marched in the ANZAC parade, meeting for Prayer at 11:30am each Wednesday and been organizing some exciting activities....
Lots of exciting things happening this month, beginning with our Training night on the 14th May 2018. Nigel Dalton teaches us about drugs and alcohol. We welcome anyone who is interested in joining us to come along.
Also, the end of this month is the National day of thanks. To that end, Mackay Street Chaplaincy are celebrating a whole month of giving thanks... and a couple of fun activities also.
We invite any and all of our networks to a little thanksgiving cocktail soiree. For more information go to the news and information page and download your invitation. Or click on the handy link below
WE JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR FRIEND
RSVP by 20th May to: http://mscthanksgiving.rsvpify.com
On October 9th, four Chaplains attended the National Chaplaincy Conference. Lots of great exciting things to report back. The plan is to pass on some of the great things we learnt at our next Chaplains meeting.
Our Chaplaincy monthly meeting is always open to anyone who'd like to know about Chaplaincy and joining us on the streets.
This thing we do is an amazing adventure - I highly recommend it.
On the 7th of August at 6:30pm at 21 wood street Mackay, Benita from Liquor Licensing will be talking to us.
Those who haven't recently attended Mental Health Training are encouraged to register for Safe Talk training, taking place on the 26th of September.
But wait .... there is more.....
Chaplains sharing time is planned for early September.... this is where Chaplains learn from each others experiences.
We are a great lot. If you'd like to check us out and see if you might like to join us, you are most welcome. Please use the contact page of our website or contact us via the phone number or email listed on our website.
This Sunday Mackay Street Chaplaincy will be giving a presentation about who we are and what we do. This is happening at the City Impact Church in Wellington Street, Mackay on Sunday morning at 9:30 am.
If anyone would like to be there, I'm sure you are most welcome.... especially our Chaplaincy family. It is always great to have other members there to give their perspective on how they've found the experience of this amazing adventure.
Please let Niki know if you would like to attend out end of year Christmas dinner on the 15th of December.
Recently we've begun to see a greater incidence of festive costumes on the street. There were Halloween costumes and Hen's night antics and pretty soon many end of year dinners and parties.
According to the Police reports, the crime in the city heart has had a 25% reduction.... THAT IS HUGE! We like to think that we are part of that good news story.
The benefit for all, is that you can know that a night out can be safe and can be great. Friday and Saturday - remember we are on the WesPac corner as well as wondering around. If you need us, we are always happy to help.... it's what we do.
Pretty soon we will have our own end of year dinner. The celebration is not just end of year, but also Christmas and also our birthday. December is our 4th Birthday...! Four years of being on the streets.
The grand opening was FABULOUS! Check out the write up on the Police Link : http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/mackay/2016/09/15/street-chaplaincy-opens-new-mackay-premises/
Please remember that you can contact us any time to find out how you can be involved.... or even just tag on to a shift and we'll show you what we do. We love to talk about what we do and we love being with people.
We are entering a very busy season with business and organizations having end of year celebrations. Remember where to find us - WestPac Corner! We are there to help you have a wonderful and safe night out. Take care and stay safe :-)
22nd of August will be a really important meeting for members. They will be presented with the changes that have occurred as a result of the tender.
We are now in our new premise 21A Wood Street. Operations are happening differently, but smoothly and all is very exciting.
On the 5th of September we will have a Training night with a trained presenter in mental health first aid. This is a refresher for all our Chaplains, and essential training for our trainees.
.... And all these events will take place at 21A Wood Street.
VERY EXCITING NEWS AND EXCITING TIMES AHEAD.....
We have been waiting for news on this funding from the Government and now the word is out. Here is a message from our President:
Dear friends / fellow-chaplains,
Wonderful News! We have been awarded the tender by the Department of Communities, Qld. Government. From July 1 therefore we are officially the 'Care Arm' of the Safe Night Mackay Precinct. (Keith and I are now representing MSC as members of the Mackay Safe Night Precinct (SNP) Board), as Niki and I are representatives on the City Safe Committee of Mackay Regional Council.
Our funding comes as part of a contract – which means we have obligations to the department and must provide services in accordance with that contract, according to the requirements of the local SNP Board.
Being awarded the tender will inevitably lead to changes. We are working toward procuring our own shop-front premises in the CBD to give us a base for storage, training, etc.
This is a very significant difference from the way we have functioned in the past, but we invite you to think and pray about the implications for yourself and we want you to come along to a special meeting on Monday 18 July to discuss issues regarding the contract, in particular regarding the ramifications of this remuneration. It is really important that everyone who can possibly attend does make it a priority to come to this meeting.
The bottom line is that our outreach and care on the streets will not be changed but its management will have a firm base for at least the next two years As we move forward, we want to do so in a way that keeps every current chaplain on board.
Despite the fact that the official start date is July 1, we want to implement changes slowly, smoothly and thoughtfully and we want to do so with your input and support. Please keep the committee (Steven, Keith, Niki, Helen, Rob, Bree, Kathy, Tracey and myself) in your prayers. We are currently meeting two or three times per week and working well together. As President, I want to commend your committee members for their dedication and care for you, and the people we serve in the City Heart.
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