Posts by Manningham UC

Posts by Manningham UC

MUC Connections Fundraiser

Help 26 newly released refugees as they start a new life in Melbourne Connections seeks your help in raising funds to support 26 detainees who were released from Melbourne’s Park Hotel and MITA (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation) last month (August 2021). These refugees were brought to Australia from PNG and Nauru under the Medevac legislation so that they could receive treatment for health problems. After being released from closed detention they are now starting a new life, but have very…

DREAM STAGES

So, what now? But before we think about that, what happened to dream stage 1? Did it turn out as dreamt way back in the mid 00’s of the 21st century? Was the dream just about promoting connections or did it consider that once linked, it would generate its own life journey and end up at this point. More likely the former I’d reckon. So, what now? Hang on a minute, haven’t we almost arrived, and shouldn’t we take the…

New homes for Westfield drive goods

On Saturday 26 June, Westfield Dr (WFD) was open to congregational members who came and helped themselves to kitchen or office equipment or furniture, which won’t be needed in MUC’s new building. In exchange they donated funds to MUC Connections’ fundraiser for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. There was a great response and the total is already over one thousand dollars. Thanks to everyone for their generosity! Other items have found a variety of new homes: The Allen Organ was…

The Challenge of Change

As I began thinking about the ‘challenge of change’I remembered my mother’s quote: “A change is as good as a holiday.” No doubt, being part of the ‘post-war’ generation when my mother had four young children, holidays would have been few and far between, and could have been a distant ‘dream’. Keeping a positive attitude through tough times was difficult, I feel sure. Change in times of acute circumstances were necessary, and maybe some of you can identify with that…

Change is a fact of life

Change is a fact of life whether we like it or not. We don’t realise how much change governs our life from the day we are born to the day we die. For Instance, the weather changes all the time. Recently, I saw a young woman walking her dog. The weather forecast predicted a warm day although the morning was very chilly. The young woman’s outfit showed she was betting that change in the weather would come. To be prepared…

Embracing Change

Life is full of experiences, some pleasant, some less so. All of us have experienced much change – family life, work, health, church and other community groups, where we live, etc.. We can fear change or embrace it. Those of us who have been involved with MUC in recent years have been acutely aware that church life has also been changing – there have been aspects that have caused concern, and aspects that have caused excitement – some of us…

What I would have said at my induction on 27 June 2021 at 2.30 pm

First thing first, let me thank the triune God for the joy of serving the God who is Three but One. Second, I want to thank particularly Lisa, the chair of Yarra Yarra Presbytery for curating my induction. And particularly I would like to thank Ruth from MUC. She has tirelessly and patiently coordinated my induction, not one but twice (Added: now 3 times!). Thank you, Ruth. And I also want to thank my family, friends and colleagues who are…

I remember

It was a cold winters day. The phone rang. “Bob here,” said the voice. “We are having a dinner on Sunday night. Food and a nice wine provided. Why don’t you join us”?  I went, found people from other nearby congregations talking about merging. I soon learnt merging was a difficult word.  Sharing resources or working together were more acceptable phrases. As I reflect, I am tempted to do some research. But no, that will only sanitise my thoughts. It…

Dreams of Life Nearly Lived

Sid was now in the twilight of his life. His soulmate of more than sixty years, Jean, had passed away a few years earlier and Sid now had plenty of time to sit and think about the past. Most of those memories were of good events in his life but he did have a few regrets. He vividly remembered growing up on a wheat farm in the Mallee where the nearest town was five miles away and consisted of a…

Farewell to Rev Claire

Manningham Uniting Church is very saddened by the advice received recently that Rev Claire Dawe has decided to end her ministry with us on April 14th. Claire’s time at MUC has been and is much valued – her energy, intergenerational focus and pastoral care touched many people and she will be missed by us all. We thank Claire for all she has contributed as part of the MUC community and wish her all the very best for the future. From…

The ABC Conversation Hour

One of the recent episodes of the ABC conversation hour is looking at ‘How can older Australians be more social and connected to their community?’ Emma Hanna, our Missional Community Development Worker shares with Nigel Wright some of the initiatives around what we as Manningham Uniting Church have been doing in locally. It’s a great listen if you’ve got the time listen to the whole episode, but if you’ve only got a few minutes spare, Emma is on around the…

Farewell, but it’s time to welcome a new era

Now that restrictions have eased, and congregations can gather for face-to-face worship we are ceasing to provide pre-recorded worship services. However, our Fellowship@10 service will be available here to watch from the following Monday for those for whom 10.00am Sunday is not convenient. Our pre-recorded online space was able to connect in people during the lockdowns of 2020 – we connected in with our existing congregation and created new friends throughout the community. We hope that those of you who…

Worship 18 April 2021

Welcome as we trial a new look online pre-recorded service. We invite your feedback around what your experiences have been while engaging in pre-recorded worship. Please share with us at info@manninghamuc.org

Worship 11 April 2021

Welcome as we trial a new look online pre-recorded service. We invite your feedback around what your experiences have been while engaging in pre-recorded worship. Please share with us at info@manninghamuc.org

Maundy Thursday

Join in with the Young Explorers with the Holy Week activities. Make bread on this years Maundy Thursday