Posts from June 2019

Posts from June 2019

Stories of Playgroup

Last weekend, Chris, Lynda and I attended a Saturday training session at the Uniting Church’s Centre for Theology and Ministry on playgroup ministry. Sorry, no photos as it simply never occurs to me to take them! I haven’t attended for a couple of years although I had been a regular attendee as had Chris and Lynda – do talk to them about their thoughts and learning. I was so thankful I had taken the time to organise life at home…

Why Christians disagree over the Israel Folau saga

Here is some deep theological thinking rather than easily digested sound bites. This is the gift that church can offer our community – thinking deeply about these issues, reflecting theologically and ethically rather than being swept along with the flow. Originally published on The Conversation, Geoff Thompson, (teaches systematic theology (doctrine) at Pilgrim Theological College in Melbourne, and is Associate Professor within the University of Divinity.). Geoff is also a Uniting Church Minister. He shares his thoughts and perspective: Read…

Introducing… Young Explorers

On Sunday 9 June, we relaunched our young people’s program as ‘Young Explorers’ connecting with the study and fellowship Explorer group that has existed in the congregation for some time.  At Family@10, we will have regular services led entirely by our young people, regular services where we all stay together for the entire time, and age appropriate programmes too.  The young people will be dropped at the hall, parents will sign them in (Safe Church) and then they will rejoin…

A Platform for Change

As it is not illegal to seek asylum one must wonder why it has been government policy for so long to detain asylum seekers off shore or even in detention centres on the mainland. The rather excessive misplaced funding that has gone into establishing these facilities even to the reopening of Christmas Island in case ……..what? In 2017 a very diverse group of people from refugee backgrounds, actors, academics, community groups and NGOs worked together to articulate a platform of…

Musical Memories

I arrived at the WFD parking lot before the advertised starting time for Musical Memories to find several cars already parked there.    On leaving the car park I noticed Megan was about to enter WFD with a walker loaded with shopping bags.   I heard Neil being given some last-minute instructions to be near his phone at 3.30pm.    On entering the foyer area of WFD I heard discussion coming from the meeting room.  Chairs being set out; the PA system being tested by Brian and Tony.   People were arriving, Les with his daughter,…

Leadership training for young people

On the weekend before I flew to the UK on the Monday, I spent the weekend with an incredible group of young adult leaders at Somers.  For 60 years this camp has been run by the Uniting Church and the preceding denominations. The 40 leaders are aged between 16 and 30 and undergo selection processes and training to ensure they can plan and run the camp for over 100 children in the first week of the July school holidays. The…

Minister’s Message – June 2019

Written from International Messy Church Conference, May 2019 I’m currently sitting at the table in my brother-in-law’s house in Wales having spent the night here after the end of the International Messy Church conference.  I’m finishing off my final essay for the postgrad and writing this piece.  My mind is a whirl trying to process everything I’ve heard this weekend.  Despite the planning, the effort and the expense of just getting here, it has been so worthwhile, something I did doubt…

English Conversation Classes 14 June 2019

Just a quick note to let you know that this week’s English Conversation’s Classes (Friday 14/6/2019) are cancelled due to a funeral being held at the Westfield Drive site. Normal classes will resume the following Friday 21 June 2019. We look forward to seeing you then. For more information: see our calendar or contact Marion  or Tricia on 03 03 9846 2012 info@manninghamuc.org
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