Welcome to the Pastors’ Pen – an update for life at SCPC…
Once a term, Peita (our Ministry Coordinator) and I aim to book in a meeting with the Principal and Administrative/Business Manager of Lismore High. We have aspired to do this with the school to be proactive about any concerns they, or we, may have (rather than waiting for them to come up and having to deal with them in a reactionary manner). This approach has been a blessing for both parties!
Last week we meet with the Administrative/Business Manager as the Principal was unable to attend. Neither party had a great deal to discuss. We asked about the possibly of accessing a defibrillator from the admin block at LHS if the need happened to arise. Following further discussion, we workshopped the possibility of a defib being purchased by LHS for the main hall which SCPC could contribute to. We will await guidance on this idea. We also discussed room usage and ensuring our pack up and cleaning systems remain at a high standard.
It was super encouraging to see how committed LHS are to ensuring we have usage on weekends and that it is not disrupted unnecessarily. At this point they are not aware of any dates in the coming term that would affect our usage, which is helpful for us in planning.
Finally, I’m not sure if I communicated this earlier in the year, but in our meeting last term we created a terms of usage agreement with the LHS executive. In this meeting they proposed that for 2023 we only contribute a 50% usage fee, following the year of devastation and disruption we all experienced in 2022. How cool is that! Furthermore, they commented that they were aware families like ours (and others from SCPC) are invested in the school community and how they see the great benefit that investment brings to community partnership.
So please, like we did last Sunday, continue to pray for our relationship with Lismore High School and pray for those involved in the school community – that they would be wise, humble and agents of light.
The apostle Paul’s prayer from Colossians seems adept:
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:2-6