What’s been happening

What’s been happening

Learnings from Uniting Neurological Support Services (UNSS)

Six months ago I started with Uniting Neurological Support Services (UNSS) in a pastoral care role. At the time I wondered how it would fit in with my role at MUC, and what challenges I might face. The role at UNSS is quite different, and involves me meeting with and interacting with residents and staff at two locations in Burwood East and Glen Waverley. There are 36 residents who live at UNSS and each has different needs. Let me reflect…

‘When the going gets tough’

When I began as a Home Missionary, long ago, last century, we were appointed for a maximum of three years and there was a saying at the time amongst us to describe the experience of those three years which went: First Year – IdoliseSecond Year – CriticiseThird Year – OstraciseNo wonder we rarely got a fourth year!! I guess Jesus must have been in his second year in the reading John 6:1-13. He went to his home town and, as…

Lent Reflection (week 6)

Reading Our reading this Sunday is Mark 11:1-11, Palm Sunday. (see bible reading here) Our symbol is obviously palm leaves This is the beginning of what we call Holy Week and reminds us of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, a welcome which contrasts Good Friday. Palm Sunday is when people march for refugees – however this will not be happening this year given the COIVD-19 situation. However, Rev Claire has written a prayer march which you can do from your own…

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. There also are those who at this time…

Earth Hour – 28 March 2020

What do you love most and not want to lose to climate chaos? Introduction Reading – Genesis Chapter 1 & 2 Lights If you can, please, turn off your lights to as a symbolic gesture that you are connected with a world wide earth hour community Welcome A Litany of Confession Response Except for the lone wave by Grace Nicolls Like a heiress drawn to her light-reflecting jewels, Atlantic draws me to the mirror of my oceanic small days and…

Prayer resource

This prayer resource is offered in the hope that it will sustain you whilst we are worshipping in different places. Just because we are not gathering together in one place as we would usually do on a Sunday morning, it doesn’t mean we aren’t gathering together as a community of faith and prayer. We will be adding to this resource over the next few days as members of our community write their own prayers and reflections. Please keep in touch…

Viral Kindness

Using this #viralkindness card extend love and support to your neighbours at this unsettling and difficult time. On Friday my kids and I placed the attached cards in our neighbours letter boxes complete with our contact details. Within 24 hours I was contacted by 2 of our elderly neighbours expressing their gratitude. In a time of great uncertainty and necessary social distancing and isolation you can not underestimate the power of kindness. We found the act of extending care and…

Farewell To The Fellowship Group

The Men’s Group of the Doncaster East Methodist Church was started in 1971 by the minister, Reverend Colin. We met on the first Tuesday of each month beginning with an evening meal at the Coffee Bean restaurant in Warrandyte followed by a guest speaker. The format of the meeting remained the same for many years through a number of significant changes – In 1977 we became part of the Uniting Church in Australia, in 2005 we amalgamated with the Deep…

Lent Reflection (week 5)

Reading Our reading this Sunday is Mark 13:1-8, 24-37 which describes how the temple was destroyed the Romans. (see bible reading here – Mark 13:1-8, Mark 13:24-37) Our symbol is a stone Stones remind us of Satan tempting Jesus in the desert, the stones thrown at people regarded as sinners, and Peter as the rock or foundation of the early church.  When the Romans destroyed the temple, they took the stones and used them elsewhere thus destroying the centre of…

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…

History of the grumpies

The Grumpies began about ten Years ago when we learned that Frank always had coffee at Michel’s Patisserie at the Pines every Tuesday afternoon. A few of us thought it un-neighbourly for him to be on his own so we made point of joining him. We have done so on most Tuesday afternoons ever since. At first our numbers were small but over the years others joined to the extent that we now draw from a group of about seventeen…

COVID 19 Pastoral Care information

Can we please remind you of the following contact points for support. For spiritual and pastoral support: Rev Claire 0410 827 597 Rev Bob 0419 572 168 Megan 0417 558 376 Scott 0403 756 724 For practical support: Moses Lee 98462012 / 0415665413 Contact our email: care_network@manninghamuc.org if you cannot reach anyone via phone. Remember you are not alone. If you need information on symptoms etc., follow this link to the Department of Health website: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

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,…

Maintaining a Safe & Caring Community (COVID 19)

A small team of leaders has been working hard to keep up to date with the current official advice about the virus COVID-19. You will understand that the situation is changing quickly and so we are putting in place some safe practices and protocols to ensure that no-one is isolated or lonely or feeling anxious on their own. Prayer: With this in mind, let’s begin with a prayer to remind us that we are a community of faith believing in…

World Day of Prayer Services

Once again the annual services at 10.00am (St Peter’s and Paul’s) and at 8.00pm (St. Kevin’s) were both inspirational, spiritually rewarding and well attended by members of MUC. Both the West and East committees would like to thank you for your continued loyalty. Due to Pauline Smit’s effort both services were enriched by black Zimbabwean ladies who participated in the services wearing national dress. At the evening service a white Zimbabwean lady who just happened to be on our committee…

Lent Reflection (week 4)

Reading This Sunday’s reading is Mark 12:28-44 and includes a story where a scribe genuinely listens to Jesus and wants to learn more about his thinking. (See bible reading here) Our symbol is bread Jesus is described as the bread of life and reminds us of the feeding miracle with loaves and fish, manna in the desert, and communion services.  Sitting and sharing a meal together is a sign of friendship because, as we talk and as we eat, we…

A review of In My Blood It Runs

Following Emma’s advice we saw the film In My Blood It Runs as part of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival at the Cinema Nova.  It was serendipitous that there was a review of the film by Jake Wilson in the previous week in The Age that helped us understand something more of a most complex film. The main figure is Dujuan, a young Arrernte boy from Central Australia. Dujuan speaks four languages, one of them English, and is…

Easter Services Explained

Palm Sunday? Palm Sunday traditionally begins Holy Week with the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem – this is when we become green in the church as we decorate the worship space with palm branches. It’s also the date of the Palm Sunday march showing support for people seeking refuge and asylum. There is always a group from our church which marches with our Manningham banner so join us, more details from the social justice group – info@manninghamuc.org At the Sophia…

Drop off day – EWaste & Chemicals

The Manningham Council is organising a free waste drop off day on Saturday 14 March as was held last year. If you have items such as computers, printers, cables, small electronic toys, paint, household batteries, polystyrene blocks or flattened cardboard, you can drop them off at the depot in Blackburn Road.   Last year, for those who could not get to the drop off depot, some MUC members brought their e-waste to Westfield Drive and this was transported to depot in…