What’s been happening

What’s been happening

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…

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…

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…

Aumann Education Grant

This grant was instigated as a result of a bequest given to the former Templestowe Uniting Church by the Aumann Family in memory of Dorothy Aumann, a much loved and revered member of the church who always supported young people. As a result, MUC awards $500 each year to a person who has been nominated by a church member, then selected by the Mission Portfolio, to assist with their studies. This year there were three worthy nominations for the grant,…

From Little Things Big Things Grow

I have been reflecting on our practice of acknowledging the original custodians of the land on which we worship – their elders past, present and emerging.    Standing tall at the Woodhouse Grove property is a large silver leaf stringy bark tree. It was a small seedling in the year 1820. In that year, an old woman, an Elder of the Wurundjeri peoples rests beside a campfire, its lazy smoke rises gently, then lost in a large tree canopy standing on…

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…