All posts by Brian Parkinson

Manningham Council’s Carols in the Gardens 14 December

Date:  Friday 14 December
Time:  6.00pm-7.30pm
Place Ruffey Lake Park

Featuring plenty of pre-show fun, free activities and entertainment for the kids, including face painting, a jumping castle, barbecue and giant games.  Jump into the free photo booth or get you photo taken with Santa to remember the night.  Show band Code One will kick off the pre-show stage entertainment at 6.30pm with a great mix of classics and Carols favourites.

It is a great opportunity to show Manningham churches working together in celebrating the good news of the Christ Child’s birth.


Special Christmas Services

Sunday 16 December      5.00pm      Carols at the Grove
147 Woodhouse Grove, Box Hill North

Thursday 20 December  7.30pm  A Quiet Christmas
104 Atkinson Street, Templestowe  Revs Gail & Alastair Pritchard

Monday 24 December     5.00pm     Family Service
104 Atkinson Street, Templestowe  Rev Claire Dawe

Monday 24 December    11.30pm   Midnight Service
104 Atkinson Street, Templestowe   Mrs Sharon Hyne

Tuesday 25 December     9.00am    Christmas Day
20 Westfield Drive, Doncaster   Rev Lucas Taylor

Tuesday 25 December     9.30am   Christmas Day
147 Woodhouse Grove, Box Hill North   Rev Fred Webber


Outdoor Service of Mourning for First Peoples 27 January

At its last Assembly in July, the UCA agreed that the Sunday before Australia Day be designated a day of mourning. This is a way to stand in solidarity with the First Peoples at a time that is celebrated by many in Australia but, at the same time, is the cause of much pain and grief to many others.  MUC is holding this day on 27 January at Westerfolds Park.  More details later.

Christmas Bowl 2018

Love Thy Neighbour – Share God’s Love Through the Christmas Bowl

This year the Christmas Bowl programs will assist people living through conflict and displacement and natural disasters in the following areas:

• Natural disaster response in Vanuatu
• Peace education in Pakistan
• Refugees and displaced people in war-torn Syria and in Jordan
• Drought stricken farmers in Zimbabwe
• Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

The problems are huge. We can, through our generous support of the Christmas Bowl, make a significant difference to the well-being of many of our neighbours around the world.

Please place your donation envelope in the normal offering plate or mail direct to Act For Peace Ltd. Be sure to write ‘Manningham Uniting Church’ in the section provided on the form. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Act for Peace Ltd-Christmas Bowl’.

Donations can also be made online

Somers Youth Leadership Conference 27 April 2019

Somers Camp is now 62 years old and has been taking over 100 young people from years 3 to 10 on camp in the July school
holidays to spend time together, to hear the Good News and to
just be themselves. 40 leaders join us aged 16/17 plus. They are trained in general leadership skills, how to have faith
conversations, Safe Church and the values and ethos of the
Uniting Church.

The leadership conference is offering the Saturday 27 April 2019 as a general leadership training day for any young people and young adults.  The church council agreed we could send a few
young people from our church free of charge.  I will be tapping
young people on the shoulder and I have approached Doncaster Secondary to see if they are interested.

Please spread the word far and wide that this opportunity is
available for only $95 for a full day’s training, all the resources
plus loads of food all day long.
  Somers Camp acknowledges the continued financial support of Richmond Uniting Church in being able to offer this training opportunity.
Rev Claire

Click to see conference flyer