Posts from November 2019

Posts from November 2019

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…

SHARED GARDEN MAKES WAY

After almost 6 years of operation the Shared Garden has made way for our new development. This is an exciting time, but also a little sad for the small group of gardeners who have nurtured it for that time. It has been very successful. Happier times were when playgroup children visited to pick strawberries, tomatoes and other produce; morning teas enjoyed by gardeners and others, working bees to set up the planter boxes with shared refreshments; plant stalls for the…

Journey of Hope to Christmas Morning station 1

As we begin Advent, we enter a time of expectation and anticipation.  Christmas churns up so many memories of celebrations as well as feelings of grief and confusion. These stations, written by our Minister, Rev Claire Dawe, offer you the opportunity to focus on the Christmas message of hope through the lens of justice, grace and love.  Every few days, a new station will be available for you to ponder.  We hope they will encourage you to connect these ancient…

What should Christians do about Climate Change? – Spring Together CAmp reflection

It was fantastic that MUC’s camp last month focused on Climate Change and that I was surrounded by like-minded people who also cared passionately about where the World is heading. Simply put, the distinct possibility of the extinction of much of God’s creation, and humankind in particular, has to be the core issue for our time. For me, the most alarming reality is that despite the well-meaning efforts made around the world to date to limit carbon dioxide emissions, notably…

Fresh Theatre Camp

The Manningham Freshies headed off to Camp Oasis in Mt. Evelyn for the annual FRESH CAMP. Where they met up with all the other Freshies from across the other 3 Fresh Youth Theatres. Over the three days the Freshies were given the opportunity to explore creatively through a number of different challenges. It started with our wide game, where two teams competed against each other to gain the most points by capturing pegs from each other. The teams came up…