Posts by Manningham UC (Page 3)

Posts by Manningham UC (Page 3)

Photo Works from Kay

Kay has been an active member of Doncaster Camera Club and the Australian Photographic Society since 1976 and of the Doncaster Templestowe Historical Society since 2003. She still participates in these groups. After contracting a disease about a decade ago that progressively destroys the muscles in arms and legs she now lives in an Aged Care home, moving about in a powered wheelchair. Although unable to use a camera she still enjoys making and sharing photographs. She has a device…

Worship – 22 November 2020

Join with us are Worship this week is looking at Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; then 31:31-34. Led by Rev Beth in her final service with the Manningham UC congregation

Feedback on Justice and International Mission Cluster work areas

So please fill out the survey over the page and post it back to:Justice and International Mission ClusterCentre for Theology and Ministry29 College CrescentParkville, Victoria, 3052 Or e-mail your feedback to mark.zirnsak@victas.uca.org.au. Please provide your feedback by 31 January 2021. The cluster can only adopt new issues if there are enough people who want to be resourced on it. The levels of response are: Strong support – you are willing to be very active on the issue, such as encouraging…

Communion Service

A pastoral response to this challenging time, Rev Claire will be holding a communion service on zoom.  Some of our members will not be able to join us on zoom so Rev Claire have produced this resource for you to follow at home. (Download here) Not everyone will feel they want to take part in this communion service – that is perfectly valid but, if you do want to join us please bring bread and juice or, if you can’t safely…

MIdday Prayer

We know that people are tired of zoom and being online.  It’s been a long time!  Perhaps you are finding prayer and worship difficult at this time.  This is a prayer or liturgy resource called Midday Prayer which you could use at home with your family or on your own.  It is written by Rev Dr Sally Douglas, Minister of Richmond Uniting Church.  It has responses to prayers and you can choose your own readings so it could become a holy habit,…

Acknowledging NAIDOC week

Uniting Churches are marking a rescheduled NAIDOC Week from 8-15 November 2020 with the theme ‘Always was, always will be’.  Sharing stories of Aboriginal and Islander achievement, connecting with local Traditional Owners and learning about the covenant relationship between the UAICC and the UCA are all great ways to celebrate NAIDOC Week.  This video of Deirdre and Rev Mark in conversation sets the scene for that sharing and those relationships.  At Manningham, we will be acknowledging NAIDOC Week in our service…

Invitation for Expressions of
Interest for Design of Mural

Background  Manningham Uniting Church (MUC) is redeveloping its Templestowe site to create a new Manningham Uniting Church & Community Centre. The purpose of this new MUC & Community Centre is to be a truly inclusive, welcoming, safe place where people can be who they are, find connection, discover meaning, offer their experiences and learn from others. It welcomes the community as equal partners in the daily sharing of its spaces and is to be a place offering options for positive…

When Feeling Hemmed In

The rhubarb stalks were spindly, and I wondered why. I soon learnt that the plant needed dividing. This made sense as the rhubarb had stayed in the same large pot in which we had transported it to our new home two years before. As advised I waited until we were on the cusp of spring before dividing it.One sunny day I gathered various implements with which I planned to extricate the plant from the pot.  It was hard going as…

Wasting Time

We moved, and downsized (sort of) – after 28 years at our wonderful previous home..The move came just before COVID-19 presented a particularly difficult challenge for many. I have, until recent days, been kept naturally busy on the issues and tasks that are a part of moving home. I am now feeling unusually organised and my mind has turned to a concern about wasting time due to the physical limits that have been imposed, at least temporarily, on life as…

OUR PENPAL

The Community Building Team have implemented a penpal initiative with some of the members of the congregation. Here is a reflection from one partnership: Today is a special day for us. We just found a letter in our letter box from Oliver, our MUC pen pal. We now have three articles on the top of our lounge bookcase that have been sent to us. There is a card with elephants on it, a sand picture of a whale which Oliver…

Waiting

I was having difficulty reaching my desk through the paper files on the floor. The time for a clean-up had long departed. The urgent need to find a misplaced piece of paper became the motivation to begin. In my clean up, my attention was drawn to a document I found on the floor.  ‘Aerograms from our time in Zambia Africa 1971 to 1973’.      Over 15 years ago, while cleaning out Mum’s house I found tucked away at the bottom…

Impact of the Coronavirus Lockdown

I asked Mum, “What did you do for a holiday when you were living on the farm”. “Well”, she said, “We never had many holidays. What with draft horses to feed, cows to milk, sheep to check and the chooks to lock up each night, there was always someone needed |at the farm”.  “I do remember one holiday” she said. “I must have been about 12. There was a widespread polio epidemic. Dad packed us all into the Chevy. We…

When and how can we enjoy singing in church again?

I hope you are all joining in singing lustily during our online worship services! The one thing I am most grieving about during this crisis is that it is looking like it will be quite some time before we can enjoy congregational singing. The reason being that singing is a very effective way of spreading the COVID-19 virus. When someone coughs, sneezes, shouts, talks loudly or sings, a huge cloud of droplets are propelled into the atmosphere and these droplets…

Relinquishment

One evening I noticed a blackbird sitting on the top of our neighbour’s roof. As I looked at the blackbird with its sleek black feathers and golden beak the word relinquishment came to mind. Over the winter months I hadn’t heard it singing and I wondered if it had relinquished its ability to sing because of winter? During our lifetime, we have to relinquish many things ourselves. We’ve had to relinquish babyhood in order to become children. At the other…