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Baptist Care SA Month 2021
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    Light in the Darkness calendar

    1 – 31 August 2021

     

    “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

    We are pleased to bring to you this year’s Baptist Care SA Month church resource.

    We value that both Baptist Care SA and Baptist Churches of SA are expressions of who we are as a movement of local churches. Each is an active demonstration of the Baptist movement’s collective commitment to following Jesus and this resource gives us the opportunity to celebrate the ways we truly are better together.

    We encourage you to engage daily as a congregation, as families and as individuals with the opportunities to celebrate, learn, take action and pray with us this month as we reflect on the various ways God brings light into the darkness through our combined efforts. 

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    1. SUNDAY
    PRAY

    Pray with us:

    Communities of Justice – with a focus on people from a refugee and asylum seeker background   

    Pray that the children in the care of Baptist Care SA feel safe and welcome and are successfully supported to transition into the world when they turn 18.  

    Learn more
    2 August

    2. MONDAY
    CELEBRATE

    Celebrate with us:

    This week is National Homelessness Week. We give thanks for partners like Cafe Outside the Square and Second Bite.

    We serve more than 670 nutritious meals every week – their support makes this possible.

    Learn more
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    3. TUESDAY
    TAKE ACTION

    Take action with us:

    In 2020, we provided 1,873 food parcels, gave out 1,792 food vouchers and served 18,343 free meals. Help us feed those who are doing it tough.

    Click below for food items in need. Donations to 11-19 Millers Court, Adelaide.

    Learn more
    Baptist Care SA Community Food Hub

    4. WEDNESDAY
    PRAY

    Pray with us:

    Today we pray for the 300-350 people who shop at our Community Food Hub each week.

    Located at 216 Wright St, Adelaide, anyone with concession card, student ID or ImmiCard is welcome to shop! We pray each customer is blessed.

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    5 August

    5. THURSDAY
    CELEBRATE

    Celebrate with us:

    Give thanks for local partners including Temple Christian College and Flinders Street Baptist Church who support our services with food and supplies.

    Together, we can shine a light in our community!

    Learn more

     

    6 August

    6. FRIDAY 
    LEARN

    Learn with us:

    Our Church Support Team can support individuals and churches to care for one another and build stronger communities.

    We run face to face and online training in pastoral care, mental health and more.

    Learn more

     

    7 August

    7. SATURDAY
    TAKE ACTION

    Take action with us:

    We have all been made in God’s image.

    Why don’t you take some time with the children in your life to reflect on how God has called you to partner with Him in bringing light into times of darkness?

    Draw us a self-portrait.

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    8. SUNDAY
    PRAY

    Pray with us:

    Communities of Liberation – with a focus on people experiencing homelessness

    Today we pray for the 6000 children, women and men who are experiencing homelessness tonight across South Australia.

    God we pray for their safety tonight and that they may soon find a safe place to call home

    Learn more
    9 August

    9. MONDAY
    CELEBRATE

    Celebrate with us:

    We give thanks to God for shining light into the darkest situations. Stories like Lachie’s, from our Tumbelin Farm program, give cause for celebration and hope.

    Click below to hear Lachie’s inspiring story in his own words.

    Learn more
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    10. TUESDAY
    TAKE ACTION

    Take action with us:

    Our Inner City site offers a safe space where people who are sleeping rough can enjoy a hot shower and a nutritious meal. Help them start their day well by donating soap and towels to 11-19 Millers Court, Adelaide.

    Learn more
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    11. WEDNESDAY
    PRAY

    Pray with us:

    Baptist Care SA’s innovative ‘Living Connected, Living Well’ program has just been funded under the State’s new Community Connections initiative.

    This much-needed service responds to the needs of people who are not eligible for an NDIS package, but who are isolated and require support to live in the community.

    Please keep these clients in your prayers that they may be blessed with connection and a sense of wellbeing.

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    12 August

    12. CELEBRATE

    Celebrate with us:

    We give thanks for the wonderful goals young people in our Flexible Learning Options (FLO) are achieving.

    Praise God for the 425 referrals received into the program and celebrate the 259 current participants who are on track to achieve their SACE.

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    Kitchen volunteers

    13. FRIDAY
    TAKE ACTION

    Take action with us:

    Demonstrate God’s love through volunteering

    Volunteer with Baptist Care SA and make a difference in the lives of South Australians who need a helping hand.

    Learn more
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    14. SATURDAY
    LEARN

    Learn with us:

    With a range of free and paid courses, the Community Learning Hub – Baptist Care SA’s new online learning platform – connects users to on-demand courses for personalized learning.

    Learn more
    Baptist Care SA, Family Mental Health Support Services, Adelaide

    15. SUNDAY
    PRAY

    Pray with us:

    Communities of Shalom – with a focus on people living with mental health conditions       

    Each year 1 in 5 people in Australia experience a mental health disorder.

    Pray that families will seek and receive helpful assistance which enables their recovery from their mental health issues.

    Learn more
    16 August

    16. MONDAY
    CELEBRATE

    Celebrate with us:

    Praise God for the individuals and churches who have partnered with us to help meet the unprecedented need for our Emergency Relief Program in recent months.

    Learn more
    Camp bonfire in the mountains at sunset

    17. TUESDAY
    TAKE ACTION

    Take action with us:

    Why not roast some marshmallows over an outdoor fire and tell some of your favourite stories of camping up at Mylor Adventure Camp!

    Limited spaces are still available for 2021! Bookings open for 2022.

    Learn more
    18 August

    18. WEDNESDAY
    PRAY

    Pray with us:

    Today we pray for our residential adventure therapy program Tumbelin Farm. May the young participants build strong and positive relationships, and their time at the farm empower and encourage them to make positive life changes.

    Hear Tumbelin Farm Team Leader, Travis Doecke explain how we help clients embark on a journey of recovery, address underlying issues and help foster lasting change.

    Watch video
    Close-up shot of warm blankets on a bench

    19. THURSDAY
    CELEBRATE

    Celebrate with us:

    We give thanks to God for your response to our call out for warm blankets, coats and beanies. In the chill of Winter, these items provide comfort and dignity. Thank you!

    Learn more
    20 August

    20. FRIDAY
    LEARN

    Learn with us:

    Our Urban Education program provides interactive, informative and fun sessions on complex social issues, inspiring young people to become involved in their community. 

    Looking for a life-changing weekend experience for your students?
    Book a Friday or Saturday Rough Sleep Out and allow your students to experience first-hand what it is like to sleep rough.

    Learn more
    21 August

    21. SATURDAY
    TAKE ACTION

    Take action with us:

    Each year we help find homes for 150 young people who have been homeless.

    Maybe your small group could gather up some treats and some practical items and maybe a game – and present them in a backpack for one of these young people – just like these ones which we received in August last year!

    Learn more
    22 August

    22. SUNDAY
    PRAY

    Pray with us:

    Communities of Inclusion – with a focus people living with disabilities

    One of the greatest challenges young people with disabilities face is communities that don’t make them feel included.

    Pray for ‘Co-design and Connect’, a project that supports churches to develop inclusion strategies for children and young people with disability, so they can participate in church and community life.

    Learn more
    23 August

    23. MONDAY
    CELEBRATE

    Celebrate with us:

    We give thanks for the way God is moving in our movement through churches partnering in Collaborative Community Projects with Baptist Care SA.

    Stories continue to emerge from these programs, of light shining in the darkness as ordinary people connect and do life with their community.

    Learn more
    Outdoor portrait of toddler boy

    24. TUESDAY
    TAKE ACTION

    Take action with us:

    The children in our Care Pathways programs have faced many challenges in their young lives. Show them you care and buy a board game or a book to enjoy.

    Learn more

     

    Toward Home

    25. WEDNESDAY
    PRAY

    Pray with us:

    God we pray for the staff and volunteers who are part of the new Toward Home alliance.

    They are the face of a dedicated group of skilled and motivated organisations, including Baptist Care SA that heralds the beginning of an exciting new era of compassionate social support and intervention services.

    Please pray with us that vulnerable South Australians will receive timely and appropriate support that inspires hope and builds capacity to enable them to take steps toward the lives they want.

    Learn more
    26 August

    26. THURSDAY
    CELEBRATE

    Celebrate with us:

    Celebrate five years of additional funding for Baptist Care SA’s Family Wellbeing Services.

    Baptist Care SA will provide counselling services for children and families as well as to Early learning centres, schools and community centres. All families who come into our service will be linked into community supports for ongoing sustainability.

    We give thanks for all staff who contribute so richly to the work of Baptist Care SA, and for the time, skills and care they offer.

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    27. FRIDAY
    LEARN

    Learn with us:

    We give thanks for our dedicated Disability Pathways staff who continue to support our valued NDIS clients to reach their goals. It’s a privilege to work with our NDIS clients.

    Click below to learn about client Jonah’s story.

    Learn more
    28 August

    28. SATURDAY
    TAKE ACTION

    Take action with us:

    Safe Pets Safe Families, ‘Paws and Pals’ events provide people doing it tough with free vet care for their furry best friends.

    Consider donating a tin of pet food or a new dog leash to the WestCare Centre at 11-19 Millers Court, Adelaide.

    Learn more
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    29. SUNDAY
    PRAY

    Pray with us:

    Communities of Grace – with a focus on people exiting the prison system.

    We pray for those who are leaving prison to find a pathway that leads them away from reoffending.

    The Baptist Care SA ‘Breaking Free’ program seeks to offer local churches the opportunity to engage with men and women who have spent time in prison and are wanting to move forward with their lives.

    If you would like to be involved, please contact Richard Hawke
    E: rhawke@baptistcaresa.org.au.

    Learn more
    Mylor

    30. MONDAY
    CELEBRATE

    Celebrate with us:

    As COVID-19 gripped the nation, more than 60 Anangu women and children became stranded in Adelaide unable to return home to the APY lands.

    Building on strong partnerships, Baptist Care SA offered its facilities at Mylor Adventure Camp as a temporary home to this group.

    We thank God for His protection during the pandemic and ensuring their safe return to Country in these challenging times.

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    Prayer Walk

    31. TUESDAY
    VIRTUAL EVENT: PRAYER WALK

    Join us in a virtual prayer walk from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm this evening as we pray together via Zoom for the people of our state that are in relationship with Baptist Care SA.

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