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Covid-19 updates

21 December 2020

Today we announce the sad news that we are no longer able to proceed with an in-person conference for CMS Summer School in 2021.

As a result of the recent COVID-19 outbreak and the tighter restrictions that have been introduced as a result, it is no longer feasible to proceed safely with plans for an on-site program.

CMS Summer School 2021 is now running as an online-only conference for adults. Online resources for youth and children will be provided to encourage families to engage in God’s word throughout the week.

We share your disappointment that we cannot gather for CMS Summer School 2021 in person. However, we can trust that God is still at work even as we meet online.

What will an online-only conference look like?

The online-only conference will begin with a livestreamed session on Saturday night at 7pm, and then livestreamed sessions in the KCC Auditorium from Sunday–Thursday.

You will also have access to a selection of pre-recorded mission content.

Plus, our Youth and Children’s leaders will be providing resources to help families engage in global mission and teaching from the sermon on the mount.

Final details for CMS Summer School, including links to the online content, digital booklet, and more, will be available late December.

Online-only registrations are still available for the reduced price of $100 per booking. Register for the online conference now!

14 December 2020 

In-person adult registration for CMS Summer School 2021 has reopened for one week only! Get in quick as numbers are strictly limited.

New CMS Summer School adult program

The dates for CMS Summer School are 2–7 January. There is no Friday program in 2021.

You are able to choose between attending main sessions in the morning (9–11:30am) or afternoon (4–6:30pm). These will be repeated Bible talk and missionary sessions.

All attendees will have access to a selection of online pre-recorded mission sessions, with talks from our international speaker, CMS Australia speaker, and CMS missionaries.

There will be no evening sessions at Summer School in 2021 (except Saturday evening).

Registration for our Youth and Children’s programs has now closed. In-person registration is available for adults only.

Registration closes 9am on Monday 21 December (or earlier if we reach full capacity). Register now!

20 November 2020
New options for the adult program

There are now new options for the adult program, providing more opportunities for attendees to enjoy the Summer School conference.

Main sessions will be repeated in our new morning (9–11:30am) and afternoon (4–6:30pm) timeslots.

If you have previously registered to attend CMS Summer School in person, you will have received an email inviting you to submit a preference to attend in the morning, afternoon, or online-only. Please note that in-person registration is currently closed.

If you have registered for the online-only conference, you will receive a link in December to stream the full conference.

All attendees will also have access to a selection of online pre-recorded mission sessions, with talks from our international speaker, St Andrew’s Hall speaker, and CMS missionaries.

Due to the nature of the current restrictions, there will be no evening sessions at Summer School in 2021.

In December, we will mail a Summer School pack to all current attendees, which includes a conference booklet, pen, and more.

Youth and Children

Please note that our Youth and Children’s program is only available for those who have already registered for Summer School. In-person registration is currently closed.

The Youth and Children’s programs have also been updated for CMS Summer School 2021. Each year group will now be placed in a separate program, to align with NSW government restrictions.

It is with sadness that due to COVID-19 limitations, we have had to cancel the Crèche and Pre-school programs. The new timings for the 2021 Youth and Children’s programs are outlined below.

Kindy – Year 5 programs: Running in the mornings from 9–11:30am

Year 6 – 12 programs: Running in the afternoons from 4–6:30pm

At this stage, we are planning for all programs to be held at Katoomba Primary or High School.

Please note that this year, you will not be able to bring children to the CMS Summer School main site.

9 November 2020
Registration update

Due to the overwhelming response of the CMS Fellowship in booking for an on-site conference, and in light of current COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to close in-person registration for CMS Summer School in Katoomba.

Registrations to view the conference online are now being taken below for the reduced price of $100 per booking. If multiple families are watching from the same location, please include them in the same booking.

More information will be available in the coming weeks.

8 September 2020

We are so thankful and excited to see the number of people who have registered for CMS Summer School so far! Below you will find an update regarding the conference format, refunds, and our Youth and Children’s program.

Should CMS Summer School become an online-only conference?

At this stage we are continuing to proceed with plans for a largely on-site conference, and are prayerfully optimistic that government restrictions in January 2021 will enable us to move forward in this way.

We understand that under current restrictions, we would not be able to hold a physical Summer School conference, and are aware of the number of Christian organisations who have cancelled their events or moved them online.

Our contingency plan is to move Summer School to a livestream-only conference if restrictions do not permit us to meet in person. However, we do not want to make this decision until it is necessary.

We are praying and hoping to be able to gather physically, enabling our missionaries to engage with supporters face-to-face. This will be especially valuable for our secure workers who are unable to safely share about their ministries in an online format.

What happens if I can’t attend in person?

There will be a livestream available for those who have registered but have found they are no longer able to attend in person.

Regardless of the format of the conference, Katoomba will remain the central hub and broadcasting location of Summer School. We are committed to maintaining a familiar setting for Summer School, even if attendees are spread across the Blue Mountains region and must watch the conference from their accommodation.

Will refunds be available?

We understand that there is a level of uncertainty around CMS Summer School 2021 and thus as a sign of good will, we will be providing full refunds for those who wish to withdraw their application at any time before 9 January 2021.

Partial refunds will also be available if you choose to watch the conference online, or if government restrictions require Summer School to move to an online-only conference.

You can request a refund by emailing

If you choose not to accept a refund, your money will be allocated to the cost of running Summer School, however you can choose to have your registration fee allocated to a missionary you support instead. Simply email us advising us of a missionary you would like to support in this way.

What about the Youth and Children’s program?

You will have likely noticed that under the current restrictions, non-essential school activities are not currently permitted. However, government guidelines are constantly under review and there is some optimism around school activities in Term 4.

Given that Summer School runs beyond this timeline, we are hopeful about the possibility of proceeding with our Youth and Children’s program. As mentioned, refunds will be available if the program does not go ahead.

We hope this information gives you confidence in applying for CMS Summer School 2021. Updates will continue to be shared here when available.

29 July 2020

We are proceeding with plans for an on-site conference for CMS Summer School 2021 (2–8 January) in Katoomba.

Watch this video for an update from John Lovell, the Executive Director of CMS NSW & ACT, about our plans to proceed with the conference in a safe and scalable way – in line with possible government restrictions in January.

While there will likely be some changes to the 2021 conference, you can be assured of excellent Bible teaching, encouraging stories from missionaries, and an exciting youth and children’s program at Summer School.

We will have the privilege of hearing in-depth Bible talks from Carl Matthei, who serves Campus Bible Study (the student ministry of the University of New South Wales). Carl will be exploring with us Jesus’ words from the sermon on the mount.

We can also look forward to challenging talks from David Williams, Director of Training and Development for CMS, Mark, director of a partner organisation in the Middle East, and Glenn Davies, the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney.

As we face a world that continues to need to know Jesus, would you consider joining us at CMS Summer School and engaging in global mission this January?

26  June 2020 

We are pleased to announce that we are going ahead with planning a full conference for CMS Summer School 2021.

We are looking forward to being able to engage with adults, children and youth at Summer School, and are carefully planning how to do this safely and effectively amidst possible COVID-19 restrictions.

More information will become available in July. For now, please save the date and get excited for a great week of engaging with God’s mission!