Supporting the community in times of crisis
Churches are an important part of a community’s fabric in social and spiritual recovery following disaster, and Uniting Church members are present in disaster affected areas and are both affected, and working to help their communities recover.
The Moderator is available to visit and support disaster-affected churches and communities. The Synod has a number of chaplains connected to response agencies including the military, Police, Rural Fire Service, NSW Ambulance and SES. Beyond this, the church has a number of disaster recovery ministries which are geared to be effective in times of emergency.
Securely donate to Disaster Recovery through the Synod of NSW and the ACT's Moderator's Appeal here
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The DRCN was established in 2009 following discussions within the NSW State Welfare Services Committee. This is an ecumenical chaplaincy ministry which is trained and coordinated by the Synod under a Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW Government through the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services (MPES). At the request of Disaster Welfare Services, the church sends teams of chaplains to evacuation and recovery centres, working alongside other welfare agencies. For more information on the Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network, click here.
Peer support is a widely-used strategy for the care of people during difficult times. The Synod has a group of peer supporters who are trained specifically in the care of ministry agents and congregations during emergencies and disasters. The role of the peer is to come alongside (not take over!) give practical support, resources and linkages to disaster funds and help facilitate special ministry (such as special disaster recovery placements and community recovery projects) and connection to disaster relief funds. For more information on Peer Support, click here.
Each Presbytery has at least one contact person who is designated the role of ‘disaster recovery contact person’. These people are trained annually to proactively connect with the Synod and help facilitate a coordinated response to traumatic events.
The Moderator has an ongoing appeal for disaster relief. This is used to alleviate suffering of disaster affected people and resource the church to minister in ways that help individuals and communities recover effectively.
Securely donate to the Synod of NSW and the ACT's Moderator's Appeal through Uniting For Good here. Please be aware donations to the Moderator's Appeal are not tax deductible. If you wish to make a tax deductible donation the Uniting Church Assembly also has national disaster relief appeal. For information on how to donate, click here.