Care Ministry

 

A WORD FROM OUR CARE MINISTER, JO GIBBS

 
 
At this time of COVID-19 when there is so much change, uncertainty and increased stress, St Paul’s is here to help you. Whether that’s a regular phone call to check how you’re going, or connecting you up with local services as you make difficult financial decisions. We have teams of volunteers happy to help with shopping or getting you connected online with Sunday services. We’ll be regularly adding new links and information as they become available. You can contact the church office on 8858 1111 or email the Care Team at care@spch.org.au. We’d love to help.

 

OFFERING HELP AND ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE

Are you able to volunteer your time to help out? Do you need some help?
We would love to connect anyone who is able to offer help with those that need some help. Please get in touch with our care team through the links below and we will do our best to make sure everyone is well loved and supported during this time.

 

 

Also don’t forget that a great way to care for those around you is to drop in a note to your neighbours offering to help out. For a card you can print at home click HERE

PHONE SUPPORT

Would you like to chat to someone?
If you’re self-isolating or staying at home and would like some regular support, we have a team of volunteers who can give you a regular phone call. Email care@spch.org.au or call the church office on 8858 1111.

 

DONATIONS

If you have means and would like to help those in difficult financial circumstances, you can do this by:
1. Donating Coles or Woolworths gift cards to the office, and we will distribute them to those who need them. These can also be purchased online from Coles, Woolworths and other supermarkets and emailed through to care@spch.org.au
2. If you would like to donate money to pay for utility bills and similar expenses for those in difficult financial circumstances, then you can do so by donating to the Senior Minister’s Discretionary Account

 

Account Name: Senior Minister’s Discretionary
BSB: 032 173
A/C: 454 787
Please be assured that all transactions are treated with dignity and confidentiality. Cash donations to the fund can also be made at the church office, just ring ahead on 8858 1111 to ensure a member of our team will be there to accept your donation.

 

PRAYER

Please continue to be praying for the world, our community and our church during the time of COVID-19. If you want some more great fuel for your prayers, email to join the prayer network, or get the St Paul’s feed from the PrayerMate app. Instructions on how to do that can be found here. People are being connected up as Prayer Partners to pray together regularly over the phone or online. All prayer requests and questions can be sent through to prayer@spch.org.au 

DOMESTIC ABUSE

It may be that during this time of social isolation you are experiencing domestic abuse. We want you to know that as a church we’re here to support you. You can contact the church office or care@spch.org.au or any of the following help lines:
Phone 000 if you are in immediate danger
Domestic Violence Hotline for Advice (24/7)  1800 65 64 63 – Telephone crisis counselling and referral service for women
1800 RESPECT (24/7) 1800 737 732 – Confidential information, counselling and support service for domestic abuse
NSW Link2home (24/7) 1800 152 152 – NSW Crisis Accommodation Phone Line
Men’s Line (24/7) 1300 78 99 78  – Telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns

RESOURCES 

EMPLOYMENT
Australian Government Jobs Hub

 

ONLINE AND PHONE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Anglicare Counselling and Relationship Services
Ph: 1300 651 728
Click here to see a brochure outlining services

 

Life Line
Ph: 13 11 14 (available 24/7)
Visit: www.lifeline.org.au for helpful tips and resources for managing mental health during this time

 

Kids Help Line
Ph: 1800 551 800 (for ages 5-25, available 24/7)
Visit: www.kidshelpline.com.au for their helpful page on COVID-19

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Anglicare Food and Financial Assistance
Ph: (02) 8264 8600
Click here to see a brochure outlining how you can access emergency food and financial assistance

 

Salvation Army
Ph: 1300 371 288
Visit: www.salvationarmy.org.au to access emergency financial assistance

 

FINANCIAL COUNSELLING
Lifeline
Visit: www.lifeline.org.au for free financial counselling

 

National Debt Helpline
Ph: 1800 007 007 (Mon-Fri, 9:30am-4:30pm)
Visit: www.ndh.org.au for free financial counselling

 

MoneySmart
Visit: www.moneysmart.gov.au for helpful resources and advice in making financial decisions during COVID-19