Posts by Manningham UC (Page 3)

Posts by Manningham UC (Page 3)

Intergenerational Pilgrimage – Walk 1

Pilgrimages are religious journeys which people take to learn more about God and faith. Whilst we are not currently able to go very far and can only leave home for an hour, we can still go on pilgrimages. Why not decide on a pilgrimage walk and invite someone else or another family to do the same walk. Even though you are not able to walk it together, you can share what you discovered and talked about afterwards.

Communion during COVID-19 – the wandering continues

A few months ago, I shared a theological reflection on communion during COVID-19. I said then that I had wrestled with this and spoken to colleagues, some of whom were celebrating communion online according to the Assembly guidelines and some of whom, like me, felt deeply uncomfortable doing so. Theologically, I view the church as a body – not a new or original idea! – a whole body with different parts which work together, not apart. At the time of…

Hope for the Homeless

There’s nothing like a pandemic to create changes! There is surely not one homeless person who doesn’t dream of change. Perhaps one of the good things that has been highlighted by COVID-19 is the plight of those without permanent shelter. Since March, the Victorian government has provided $15 million to homelessness organisations to find temporary accommodation in hotels for people who were sleeping in the streets. A further $9.8 million has been provided to keep them there, in the short…

Reflection from a Veranda…

When we first moved into our home, in an older suburb, I noticed that many people had put chairs on their verandas. Some of the chairs were old and sagging, others more modern. Most were accompanied by a table. We put a sturdy wooden coffee table on our veranda with a wooden chair either side. Our veranda makes a good place to sit, so one afternoon during the lockdown, I went and sat on one of the wooden chairs. The…

Quasquicentennial

A 125-year anniversary is called a quasquicentennial. This word is pronounced ‘kwos-kwi-sen-ten-ee-uhl’ and it may be used as a noun or an adjective. Thanks to Wikipedia. The Templestowe congregation of the current Manningham Uniting Church was established in July 1895 and the historic weatherboard church that is currently undergoing restoration was built and opened in 1896. So, 2020 is the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Manningham Uniting Church in Templestowe as the Templestowe Presbyterian Church, as a new…

Service of Remembrance

Recently, Rev Claire and Megan led a Remembrance Service on Zoom for those who had lost loved ones during the time of COVID-19, those who were revisiting past grief and bereavements, and those who were present to support and care for others. Rev Claire described it as a sacred time, a time that would not replace a funeral service, but a time of prayer which might bring comfort at this difficult time. To help those who do not have internet…

WALKING IN GOD’S CREATION

With the current enforced isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many families possibly having some spare time, walking may be an enjoyable pastime and provide some well-needed exercise. We are BLESSED in the City of Manningham with its many parks and local walks associated with the Yarra River and associated streams. We can thank the City Council and Parks Victoria for the upkeep of these wonderful parks. Did you know you can walk (perhaps cycling would be better) from…

Hughie and his Bucket

Each afternoon Hughie lent on the gate of his home. He liked doing this because he saw the young ones out walking with their families. He always said “hello” to them. It helped him to think of others rather than his own aches and pains. They were his community as well as others who came to help him. When he was younger Hughie was neither short nor tall but somewhere in between. And he had loved footy. He had once…

Lighten Our Darkness …

Lighten Our Darkness … Early one morning during my ‘quiet time’ I looked up and saw the intricate plaster ‘rose’ on the ceiling on which a stainless-steel rod was affixed.  I presumed the rod was hollow through which the electric wires ran conducting light to the shaded globe. Thinking about light my mind drifted to a framed poem that hangs in the same room near the light switch. The poem, by the late American poet Mary Oliver, is also about…

MUC’s AGM on ZOOM!

It was 11.00am Sunday morning.  We had just finished watching the virtual church service.  “Are you going online for the congregational meeting”, Joan asked. I pondered on that question as I sipped on a cup of tea.  Congregational meetings have never been my thing. I have always thought they were to be avoided wherever possible. As for a zoom congregational meeting, Mmm! not sure about that. It came to 11.15am and my curiosity got the better of me. I zoomed…

Prayer Vigil – Recap

On Thursday 30 July at 10.30am – 11.00am, MUC was one of four churches in the area to hold a combined prayer vigil because of the current crisis with COVID-19. Invitations were issued to members of the four parishes to join in this time of prayer. The other churches represented were Koonung Heights, Eltham and Warrandyte. For me personally it was very special to pray and meditate with like-minded Christians many of whom were unknown to me, but like myself…

What about the poor

At last I was boarding my flight from Cebu to Manila in the Philippines. It was Friday night; the plane was full, and I was late returning to my unit in Mandaluyong. Sitting next to me was an American.  He was dressed in a bib and braces, a bright floral shirt, a cap perched on unkept hair. A big man, possibly 50 years old. He was holding photos in his right hand, looking intently at each. I glanced across to…

Working from home Helpful Hints

Working at home during COVID-19 is not always as simple or as attractive as it sounds.  Some people thrive on it whilst others struggle with the balancing act of boundaries, responsibilities, and well-being.  This resource has been written to accompany a zoom discussion on Wed 12th August on how to cope with this situation of working whilst staying safe at home.