General Updates

General Updates

Introducing our Supply Minister*

My name is Rev. Dhirendra Narayan and I am an ordained minister within the UCA. Following my ordination, in December 2000, I have served in the Eastern Mallee rural parish, in Swan Hill, where I had five rural congregations spread over a large area. Following that placement, I served in Rosanna and then at Wesley, Box Hill, where I concluded my placement in 2018. After some much-needed time out I did some supply ministry at Plenty Valley, Mill Park, and…

Narrative lectionary readings

Until 13 September, the Narrative Lectionary does not set readings for each Sunday allowing the preacher to return to some themes or books of the bible, or to spend some time in other books and stories we don’t usually read and study together. Later in the year, COVID-19 allowing, we will be running a Bible study on the book of Revelation. This is one that chills the hearts of some and excites others, but it isn’t one we tend to…

Giving in a time of Crisis

We are all facing difficult times and some more than others. Even though we are not meeting physically we are doing many different ways to keep in touch. Some, who are in a position to do so, have indicated that they would like to keep on giving. Some who are better off at this time have indicated they would like to give more generously. This may even lessen the burden on others.

Manningham UC online

In this space you will find: our online worship space where we will be adding worship opportunities for you in your own space. For tomorrow there are two service options and a reflection opportunity the latest updates from Church Council and the Ministry team resources from our congregation members and other ministers and congregation to help you navigate this time while we’re not meeting in person as a community We’ll also be adding in more content as we go, such…

UPDATED MUC COVID 19 – Practices & Protocols #2 (19 March 2020)

Dear members and friends of Manningham Uniting Church, Following the latest advice, we are suspending all of our worship services until further notice, starting from this Sunday 22 March. This is so that we can keep everyone safe and, as much as we can, slow down the spread of the COVID19 in the community. This week, a small team has been working to identify ways we could still offer worship to you in case this happened. On the church website,…

What on earth is this ‘Messy Church’ thing?

It’s just Church! Messy Church is simply a way of being church. It isn’t a gimmick and it isn’t particularly new anymore, the first Messy Church having started over 14 years ago in the UK. The name sounds weird, I admit, and it isn’t a new concept at all, but I feel it has taken different lessons and experiences from a variety of places and has come up with something that engages people in a faith community who would not…

Inclusive church Resolution

Following its 12 August discussion, Explorers Small Group agreed to submit a proposal to the MUC Church Council for its consideration of an appropriate response. The proposal was embraced by Church Council for presentation to the November meeting of the Congregation which, with Church Council’s agreement, is asked to approve Explorers’ proposals. At a Congregational meeting on 24th November, Manningham Uniting Church adopted a resolution to affirm our intention to be an inclusive church. The Resolution agreed reads; As followers…

So what are we are reading each week? Some background and a quiz! (yes, there’s a prize)

So what are we are reading each week?  Some background and a quiz!  (yes, there’s a prize) September saw the start of the Narrative Lectionary at Manningham, a new order of Scripture readings for our Sunday services on a 4 year cycle. If this is all new to you, please refer to the read this post. I found myself pondering the importance of names in this first group of readings:the Garden of Eden and man naming all the animals after…

It’s Mangoes Fundraiser time!

If you love mangoes, here’s your chance to again indulge in fresh juicy Kensington Pride mangoes like many of you have done over the last few years.  They make a wonderful Christmas gift.  Trays are picked and packed during the premium harvest and will be delivered in late November to early December depending upon harvest at a cost per tray of only $27 – 7kg  (the same price as last year) –  14-20 mangoes depending on size.   All profits to…

Statement in relation to reporting in The Australian

Today, the Australian newspaper reported a story which contained false information. Please read the UCA Assembly’s response and talk to Rev Claire if you are unclear about anything contained. The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly (National body) have released a statement following: The Australian newspaper has published an article today on the Uniting Church’s decision on same-gender marriage.  Regrettably, the story includes a number of allegations in relation to a congregation in Queensland which are untrue. At the 15th Assembly in July…

What are we reading from the Bible?

Just when you thought you knew about all the changes up ahead for MUC, we are soon to experience another one. It concerns which Bible passages will be read in worship each Sunday. There are good reasons for the change, which has been proposed by our Minister, the Rev Claire Dawe. The Worship Portfolio has approved the change, which will begin in September of this year. So why this change and what will it be like? To see that clearly,…

Voluntary Assisted Dying Update

Members of the 2019 Synod of Victoria and Tasmania met to discern our response to the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation.The Synod heard a wide range of strongly and faithfully held views, from various theological and cultural perspectives In light of all this, permission was given to the relevant UCA institutions and associated hospital group within Victoria,to make voluntary assisted dying allowable for their patients, clients and residents, under the specific conditions of the legislation. For more information download:

Urgent: More help needed for English Conversation Class!

The English Conversation Class has commenced again this year with a significant increase in numbers each week. Last year we regularly had at least 10-15 students each week but this year it is closer to 30 students. We do very little advertising but the word seems to have got around! While it is wonderful to see so many attending the classes it does place pressure on the small number of helpers. Can you help? The class meets each Friday morning…

Lenten Study for 2019

Instead of a Lenten Study series over three or four Monday evenings this year, Manningham Uniting Church members are invited to engage with a daily study guide called Lenten Reflections, 2019. The Lenten Reflections comes in a very attractive magazine format, and includes  daily Bible reflections, prayers, activities and questions for discussion. Apart from the excellent, easy to read and well presented material, Lenten Reflections can be followed in the comfort of your own home, by individuals, couples, families, children…

Social Justice Action Group

During 2019 the SJAG will be providing regular articles to help us understand the importance of Social Justice and how we intend to take action on our behalf. This month the article will focus on the broad issue of ‘What is Social Justice’, that will provide the context for more specific discussions in later months. What is Social Justice? The term ‘Social Justice’ was first coined in the 19th century but the idea of social justice has a very long…

Fresh Youth Theatre

Fresh Youth Theatre is back again starting on 11 February with the production on 31 May and 1 June.  FRESH theatre engages young people in a workshop environment with two seasons a year. Each season comprises an original play created by the team at FRESH and workshopped by the young people themselves. Each play addresses a particular theme identified as an issue facing young people in society today. The young people are given the opportunity to engage in the vital…

Ministry to Seniors – The Year Ahead

The Ageing Community Short-Medium Term: To enhance the skills, resources (people and facilities) and structure within MUC to be able to understand and build upon the current church responses and to develop new initiatives in supporting people who are ageing within MUC and the wider community, to achieve our 10 year vision. The Ageing community ministry is supported by a focused ‘Think Tank’ group of six people who work with the Aged Ministry Coordinator. With other interested volunteers this year…

Marriage and same-gender relationships

The Assembly, the national council of the Uniting Church, has been considering the issue of marriage and same-gender relationships. This long conversation over almost 30 years in our Church has been a difficult one, as it has been for many people of faith. In July, 2018 members of the 15th Assembly meeting voiced a wide range of strongly and faithfully held views. Deidre Palmer is the President of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly (National body of the Uniting Church…

2019 Justice Dates for your diary

The Justice and International Mission Unit of the UCA Synod of Victoria & Tasmania (state body) has produced a comprehensive list of dates for 2019. Check it out and add the events to your diary

Somers Camp

Somers Camp is now 62 years old and has been taking over 100 young people from years 3 to 10 on camp in the July school holidays to spend time together, to hear the Good News and to just be themselves.  40 leaders join us aged 16/17 plus.  They are trained in general leadership skills, how to have faith conversations, Safe Church and the values and ethos of the Uniting Church. The leadership conference is offering the Saturday as a…
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