Our local Canterbury Council of Churches is part of the Victorian Council of Churches which runs an Emergencies Ministry.
With 800 authorised workers, representing 10 faith groups, speaking 57 languages, it supplies excellent support and services to families and local government municipalities for emergencies such as storm events, house fires, homicides and floods. There were 63 incident activations between January 2021 and April 2022. This ministry is now well understood and received by first responders and their commanders.
An exciting pilot program funded by the Victorian government, is making available 50 chaplains through the Emergency Ministry, for pastoral care to ambulance officers.
The Emergency Ministry motto is: Compassion, Care, Community, Dignity and Hope.