Posts from 2019

Posts from 2019

Journey of Hope to Christmas Morning station 8

So what? And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,   and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’ Luke 2:13-14 Reflection And so you have reached the final station.  We hope that these stations have challenged you to consider current issues around the world, this nation, this community.  As you ponder the nativity scene in the stable, remember the messiness of life, the…

Seniors Christmas Luncheon

Lynette and I were delighted to receive an invitation from the Manningham Church Seniors Ministry to attend a Christmas Dinner on Friday 6 December.  On arrival we were surprised to see tables set for more than 60 seniors, resplendent with table decorations and bonbons.   Catering was provided by Tally Ho Catering Service and the ladies catered for our every need with efficiency and smiling faces. Initially we were offered a welcome cool drink followed by roast turkey and ham with…

Journey of Hope to Christmas Morning station 7

Wisdom of elders Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband…

Back to Bethlehem

A carol service with an alternative nativity was held at the Woodhouse Grove site on Sunday 15 December, 2019. Read more about the evening

Fresh Production – Fail Happy

Manningham Fresh Youth Theatre this season attempted something very different from any of the shows they have presented in the past. Our Freshies over this past season have been working hard in our workshops, but they haven’t learnt a single line! That’s because there were no lines to learn! Those who came along to ‘Fail Happy’ were asked for a ‘one word suggestion’ and with no script prepared the Freshies took the word, pulled it apart, transformed it and put…

This is your life

Back to Bethlehem ‘Back to Bethlehem’ seemed a good introduction to the Christmas story. But then what’s new in this familiar story told annually at this time of the year. I was attracted by the thought of a sausage sizzle, onions cooked to perfection, fresh white bread and an assortment of sauces. My disappointment, when at last, bread in hand I selected my sausage, I was told “no onions”.    It’s the golf, I was told.  The Presidents Cup had delayed…

Journey of Hope to Christmas Morning station 6

Seeking refuge Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’  Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what…

Inclusive church Resolution

Following its 12 August discussion, Explorers Small Group agreed to submit a proposal to the MUC Church Council for its consideration of an appropriate response. The proposal was embraced by Church Council for presentation to the November meeting of the Congregation which, with Church Council’s agreement, is asked to approve Explorers’ proposals. At a Congregational meeting on 24th November, Manningham Uniting Church adopted a resolution to affirm our intention to be an inclusive church. The Resolution agreed reads; As followers…

Journey of Hope to Christmas Morning station 5

Poverty While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2: 6-7 Reflection Poverty is a complex issue.  There are people just trying to survive in our community around here.  There are people who can only afford to pay the rent or buy food,…

People with Disability

The 3rd December wass the International Day of People with Disability. As a lead up to this day, at our combined service on Sunday 10 November, Rev Deacon Andy Calder spoke of people with difficulties and differences in our community and in the Uniting Church. He referred to defining stereotypes people hold about disability and importantly pointed out the overtones of terms such as ‘inclusion’ as presupposing a group which is ‘in’ and a group which is ‘out’. He emphasised…

Journey of Hope to Christmas Morning station 4

Leaders Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness. May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor. May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. May he be like…

Demolition Of the Hub

The building project is moving along… The building that housed the Hub on the Templestowe site has now been demolished. Thanks David for capturing this occasion! If you need to contact the Ministry team and the Administration Hub, it is now located at 20 Westfield Dr, Doncaster. The contact details remain the same: 03 9846 2012; info​@manninghamuc.org

Remembering A MEMORABLE DAY

During the early part of the 1990s it became apparent that the Bulleen Uniting Church in Kenneth Street was struggling, both financially and in limited active personnel within our membership. It was apparent that our Church, which had been so active during the formative years of the Bulleen district was unlikely to continue in its present form. With heavy hearts we engaged in conversations with Doncaster Uniting Church with the aim of instituting a merger of our two congregations, To…

Do you have a ‘thin’ place?

As it’s Advent, my Iona prayer and reflection books have been well thumbed. As I re-read them, I am reminded of previous Christmas services where I’ve used prayers and poems or been inspired by one of the songs or stories.   Iona is a small island off the west coast of Scotland. In the 6th century, it was the home of St Columba. It is the burial place of ancient Scottish, Irish and Norwegian kings and a 13th Benedictine Abbey. It…

Journey of Hope to Christmas Morning station 3

Australia’s First Peoples In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. Luke 2:1-4 Reflection: The Romans occupied Palestine…

The child who always asked “why”?

Ministers, just like all other professionals, are strongly encouraged to keep up to date with professional development and learning plans. This is partly about acknowledging that we are all on a life-long journey of learning, reflecting, and relearning. It’s not just about keeping up to date with latest ‘trends’ but about being open to new ways, to challenges, to different ways of viewing the world and faith. It’s about growing in discipleship and acknowledging that we do not remain static.…

Playgroup in new surroundings…

Many thanks to the amazing band of helpers who helped us move all the Playgroup toys, furniture and outdoor equipment into the church including upstairs onto the balcony and down to the cave. The removal of some pews has allowed for a fabulous space for Playgroup and the veranda is a great spot to ride bikes and cars as well as looking over the edge to all the work going on below. Morning tea is fun to have on the…

Journey of Hope to Christmas Morning station 2

Family violence An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet. Matthew 1:20b-22 Reflection:…

Art as an instrument of healing and connection at ‘Building Bridges Through Story’

 Attendees of BBTS were privileged to be able to view artworks from artists of Aboriginal and refugee backgrounds. During the morning break, four of the artists described a little of the context of their art. A common thread could be found with three of the descriptions – two from Aboriginal Australian women and one from a woman of refugee background. The common theme was the healing nature of being involved in art. It is a way of diffusing the feelings…