CHILD SAFETY AT PLENTYLIFE

 

Committed to the safety and wellbeing of every young person.

As a Christian community, meeting together to worship God in the name of Jesus Christ, we affirm our commitment to the safety of each child and young person who interacts with our community.  God’s word makes it clear that all people are created equal and that any position of power is to be accepted humbly and with the intent of serving others, never to harm them.

Our faith motivates us to love everyone and never to discriminate against anyone, especially on the basis of age, race, gender, language, sexual orientation, disability or family/social background.  Therefore, we seek to protect the safety of all young people without exception. We want our church to be a place where young people can come to know and experience the love of Jesus and his followers.

View our Duty of Care handbook here.

Got a concern about Child Safety at our church? Here’s what to do:


In the event that the Senior Minister is involved in illegal activity the police must also be notified.

Church members follow these steps for updating or registering for a Working with children check (WWCC):

Click here to Register for a new WWCC.

Then click the Apply for Check’ button and follow the instructions.

After completing the form and providing the required proof of identity and photograph, applications must be lodged at a Victorian Post Office.

Under ‘Organisations,’ please list:

PLENTYLIFE ANGLICAN CHURCH
14 FRANCESCA DVE
MERNDA VIC 3754
Phone: 0400559867

Under ‘Occupational work code,’ please select:

64 Religious organisations

Note that the WWCC is free for volunteers.

 

Click here to Update or Renew your WWCC to be registered with PlentyLife:

  • Click the “I want to register” button
  • You’ll be asked for some details to confirm who you are
  • You’ll get an email to confirm you’re real, follow the link in that email
  • Login with your email and password
  • Select “Change my details”.
  • Scroll down and add PlentyLife as an organisation.

PlentyLife will be posted a copy of your WWCC once it has been approved. This copy will be put on confidential file for record keeping.

 

Police Checks

Please email the church office or ask Maria or Craig for a copy of the Police Check Form.

  • Each Police Check Form must be signed by the church office.
  • A minister is eligible to certify the documents and witness the signature of the applicant.
  • The church office will post and pay for each police check.

Kooyoora Ltd has been appointed by the Melbourne Diocese to respond to all complaints of misconduct including sexual, physical, spiritual or emotional abuse by clergy or Church officers. Kooyoora Ltd is an independent Professional Standards company which undertakes Professional Standards work for not for profit charitable entities.

The first step in making a complaint is to call the recorded information line at any time on: 1800 135 246

All information provided to this service is strictly confidential. The person taking a message on this number will ask you to give a name and your phone number or address so that the Director can contact you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can write to the Director:

Director of Professional Standards
Kooyoora Ltd
PO Box 329
Canterbury VIC 3126


Quick Links

Anne Fairweather is our “Child Safety Officer”. For any concerns regarding child safety please contact her on 0407223905

Senior Minister: Rev Craig Ogden Phone: 0430505593
Address: 14 Francesca Dve, Mernda

Child Protection Victoria: 1300 664 977
 

View our Duty of Care handbook here.

View our Plentylife Child Safe Policy here

Diocesan Child Safe Policy

Diocesan Child Safe Code of Conduct

Register for a new WWCC here.

Please email the church office or ask Maria or Craig for a copy of the Police Check Form.
See page for instructions.

 

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What We Believe

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God and inerrant in the original writings. We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that the lost and sinful man must be saved, and that man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe in and practice the holy ordinance of water baptism, which signifies the believer’s death, burial, and resurrection into new life with Christ Jesus, and the regular celebration of Holy Communion as commanded by our Lord.

We believe in the present ministry and baptism of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; those that are saved into the resurrection of life and those that are unsaved into the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Our History

In recognition of the tremendous growth forecast for the Plenty Valley, Bishop Stephen Hale set up a Taskforce in 2007 to investigate the possibility of establishing a new Anglican community in the area. With representation from local churches and Ivanhoe Grammar School, this Taskforce developed a plan that included the need for a point person to further the work. In response to this, two years ago St John’s Diamond Creek took a great step of faith by employing a staff member to not only serve its own congregation but to focus on establishing a new parish for Mernda. Craig spent his first year getting to know the area, building relationships and discerning what God was already up to in His mission of reaching residents and retailers with His love. Throughout the following year a core team began to form around a vision that arose again and again through prayer, of a red gum taking root in the heart of Mernda and growing while the roots reached out to every corner of the community. This vision of being organic church integrally connected to local community found a means of expression through the “Sheffield Model”, which was first developed by St Thomas’s in Sheffield (UK) nearly 15 years ago.

With a focus on “missional communities” the Sheffield model emphasises the need for Christians to meet with people in their own world rather than expecting them to enter ours. After spending time with the staff of St Thomas’s, Craig and the team began work on adapting the model for our own local context and subsequently launched two playgroups in the second half of 2010. A missional community has also begun forming around crafts and the creative arts which runs a stall at the Laurimar market to raise money for various causes. Three preview services were also held as God continued to draw people into the Plentylife community.

We now launch with a much clearer vision of who God wants us to be, a five-strong leadership team with responsibilities for missional communities, youth, families, and administration, and leadership for three missional communities focused on families, crafts and the creative arts and the outdoor life. And it’s true that we wouldn’t be at this point today if it wasn’t for the generous support of the Diocese, St Johns and other supporting churches! So now together we look forward to what else God might have in store for us according to His grace.

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