Posts by Manningham UC

Posts by Manningham UC

Day of Mourning – 23 January

This year, weather and Covid permitting, our Day of Mourning service will be held on 24 January at 10.00am at the Red Stringy Bark shelter, Westerfolds Park. If the weather is not suitable the service will be held at Westfield Drive and a decision about this will be made on Thursday 21 January. Please register by phoning the Hub on 9846 2012 or emailing info@manninghamuc.org The printed service will also be online and mailed out for those who are not able or comfortable to meet in person. In addition, we are hoping to record the service and make it available on the website.

Back to School Service – 31 January

An in person service to be held at 20 Westfield Dr, Doncaster or live streamed to Woodhouse Grove, Box Hill North. (please register your attendance at either locations – info@manninghamuc.org or 9846 2012)

Worship – 17 January 2021

Join with us for our weekly service – for watching when you’re able or join with other congregation members at 10am. Led by Lorraine Parkinson and the Manningham UC congregation looking at Luke 2:41-52

Worship in the Coming Weeks

At this time, we are planning to re-gather in person for worship.  It will involve registering for services so that we can monitor numbers.  However, if you have been advised to stay away from others for medical reasons, if you are the slightest unwell, or if you are uncomfortable to attend in person, we will continue to ensure that worship resources are available online and in print.The plan is for one service at Westfield Drive which will be live streamed to Woodhouse Grove…

Worship – 10 January 2021

Join with us for our weekly service – for watching when you’re able or join with other congregation members at 10am. Led by Lorraine Parkinson and the Manningham UC congregation looking at Luke 2:41-52

UCA prays for USA

Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer has conveyed the Uniting Church’s prayers of solidarity with the people of the United States to the UCA’s partner churches in that country.

Good Enough

I have spent a few weeks as the Chaplain for the Selection Conference, a time when applicants for ordained ministry meet with a panel of people from across VicTas Synod in order to test their call to ministry. It’s a time of great challenge and vulnerability and is certainly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. With the COVID-19 restrictions, this has obviously taken place on Zoom with all of its inherent challenges. As Chaplain, my role has included…

The Magic Box

A knock on the front door, barely audible, broke into a conversation with Tanya over a cup of coffee.  Without a word she left her seat at the kitchen bench and headed for the front door. Shortly after she reappeared with a box in her hand. It was shoe box in size, square in shape.     Turning the box over, I could see it was sent by Merryn. I was interested. Scissors found in a draw, the tape on the box…

Reflection on Dementia

In the forward to the book ‘Memory Byways’,  which records dementia journeys through poetry, is written; “For a person on the Dementia journey… Time is no longer sequential; the present is the past, the future is yesterday…Personal identity becomes fluid, fantasy and reality merge; but love is remembered.” A recent Webinar ‘Best Practice and Support for People living with Younger Onset Dementia’ highlighted the individual nature of the dementia journey. There are, however, underlying common principles including ensuring the experiences…

Christmas

When I was growing up in England Christmas was in midwinter. My Mum and Dad always invited those who would otherwise spend the day alone to Christmas lunch with our family. We enjoyed gathering around our large table with whoever came. After we were married, my husband and I moved to the remote Highlands of PNG to live and work. Our first Christmas there was shaping up to be a lonely affair. At that stage we didn’t know many people.…

Christmas in the Ozark Mountains

Christmas in America’s heartland is a unique experience.  Especially in the region known as the Ozark Mountains where I was raised and came to faith in Jesus.  The Ozarks are known for their rugged terrain of hardwood forests, sparkling springs, subterranean caverns, and equally rustic history of pioneer settlement, superstition and fierce independence.  It also has a reputation for being the buckle of the American Bible Belt.  As a result, it is one of the few remaining places where Christmas…