Posts by Manningham UC (Page 3)

Posts by Manningham UC (Page 3)

Nepal Reflection – Mountain Top experience

As I read the request for ‘Mountain Top’ experiences, I reflected about my trip to Nepal in February to March this year. Not quite the ‘Mountain Top’ experience to which you may be referring, but I thought I would share it anyway. The planning for our trek began early in 2019 after a group of friends and I completed the ‘Three Capes Track’ in Tasmania and we thought let’s do something bigger!  So, the plan to trek in Nepal started to…

Story online

A fantastic opportunity to share the classics from your childhood with your children – with classics such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Tale of Two Beasts and newer stories in abundance. Story Online offers the opportunity to improve your child’s reading, writing and communication skills and is available 24/7. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes…

Comfort of the Natural World

While the Corona Virus is so front and centre in our thoughts and actions right now, we may discover that the natural world holds great comfort, strength and reassurance.

Playgroup on Zoom

So when early into this year we had to re-think how we would operate Playgroup in light of Covid-19 and social distancing we quickly took up the challenge of how to keep in touch with the 17 families with 25 children.

Am I a Racist?

It was a normal chaotic early morning market day at the college. Students were picking fresh vegetables from nearby gardens. Crates loaded with live chickens were stacked beside the 4-ton Ford truck. Stephen the mechanic was fitting a new battery to the truck. This precious battery had arrived at the Farm College the previous evening after six long weeks waiting. No more jump-starting the truck each morning.  I was in the workshop measuring out engine oil when a loud explosion…

United in our Grief

As I’ve been creating (and recreating) resources, and as I’ve been listening to you all share what you’ve been up to, I’ve been struck by something I couldn’t quite name until I was part of a collegial conversation – one of my colleagues said we were currently ‘united in our grief’.

Family Easter Charades by Zoom

Charades is a family tradition in our family over at least 3 generations. It is based on the charades from the ABC Argonauts radio program in the 50’s. I’m sure some of you will remember it. We have to guess a 3-syllable word from 3 short scenes where each syllable is used as a word

ANZAC Mountaintop Experience

The driveway of my house is far from being a mountain top. Everything around is flat and low lying, there is a creek across the road. Nevertheless, on ANZAC Day this driveway became a kind of mountain top.

The Bush Ball

There was great excitement in The Bush. It was the summer solstice, by far the biggest day in the bush calendar, for it was the day of the Bush Ball. It was the day when all enmities were put aside and all living bush things, fauna and flora, come together to celebrate their luck in being born into the great Australian Bush. What a range of creatures were in attendance. The biggest were the massive gumtrees, they were very popular…

A Strange, Secluded Time

How have we found these past weeks, during this time of isolation? What has sustained us, or pained us, during this period? We have had so much time on our hands. It has been possible to sit back, and quietly consider our current situation. There have, for all of us, been highs, and lows. By this last week of April, I feel that the highs have, so far, outweighed the lows, and hope that this has been the case for…

Worship 26 April 2020

Call to Worship Song – Do not be afraid, I am with you Bible Reading – Acts 3: 1-10 INtergen Activity Song – One more step along the world I go Reflection Song – Lord of earth and all creation Prayer of REMEMBRANCE Offering For more information about the opportunity for offering see here Song – I think of you A prayer for the world and the Lord’s Prayer Song – A Song of Peace Blessing What’s COming UP Cuppa Calls…


“You’ll never know what you can do till you try”, is a saying that Frank and I have come to understand since we have been doing ‘outside’ volunteering, with Outback Links, Blaze Aid and joining a work party to Tonga. It all started in 2005 when we were touring in South Australia. We heard on the radio about a volunteer group needing helpers to rebuild fences, plant trees and clean up after a bushfire on the Ayre Peninsular. This was…