If you’d love to see the talks from next month’s CMS Summer School in Katoomba and catch up with what missionaries have been doing across the globe, you don’t even need to leave your living room.

For the first time, the Church Missionary Society NSW & ACT has planned the week-long event as online only, after COVID in 2020 changed the plans for a split conference (online and in-person) last January to make it an all-cyberspace event.

So, although a number of people will still travel to the Blue Mountains next month to watch from their rental houses and soak up the mountain vibe, there will be no need for late changes to anyone’s plans – and no numerical limit to adult or kids’ programs.

It also means that people who don’t have the time or funds to go to Summer School in person after two years of pandemic can watch it at home for a fraction of the usual cost. There will also be a free online youth and children’s program – all adult registrations will include a link to the kids’ programs. 

The executive director of the Church Missionary Society NSW & ACT, the Rev Canon John Lovell, says, “While we of course look forward to gathering again in person in the future, we’re excited about how plans have come together for our online Summer School for 2022. We are looking forward to a great week of Bible teaching and having our eyes lifted to see how God is at work throughout the world as we hear from our missionaries. 

“We know the gospel of the Lord Jesus is the power of God for salvation – what a joy it is to begin the year being reminded of such wonderful truth and hearing story upon story of lives transformed through Christ, across the globe.”

The main speaker is the Rev Dr Andrew Shead from Moore College, who will unpack the book of Psalms in the morning. Archbishop Kanishka Raffel will speak on Sunday evening, with the book of Philippians covered on Monday to Thursday nights.

The livestreamed sessions will also include presentations from missionaries serving in South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Conference registration will also provide password-protected access to prerecorded material from missionaries in South East Asia and the Middle East who are unable to share via livestream.

Summer School will be held from January 8-14, and it is possible to register up until the closing day of the conference. For more information visit here.