What’s been happening (Page 12)

What’s been happening (Page 12)

MUC’s English Conversation class moves to Westfield Drive!

With the upcoming building works at Atkinson Street, the English Conversation class moved to Westfield Drive at the beginning of 4th term. The volunteer tutors and students have settled in well and are enjoying the extra space and comfort of the carpeted meeting room. The proximity of the large well-resourced kitchen is very useful for our morning tea breaks too. Word of mouth continues to bring along new students who enjoy the friendly and supportive atmosphere. We now have 16…

Mission Portfolio Supports College Captains to attend Asset Based Community Youth Development Training

The Mission Portfolio sponsored two of Doncaster Secondary College’s 2019 College Captains, Abbey and Josephine, to attend a one day training workshop on Asset Based Community Youth and Development in late November. Rev Claire and College Wellbeing Coordinator Drew Hanna participated in the day with them. The workshop focused on how to unleash youth leadership in and with community – for now, not just the future. Participants looked at Asset Based Community Development as both a youth leadership identification tool…

Psalm 88

O Lord, God of my salvation, when, at night, I cry out in your presence, let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol. I am counted among those who go down to the Pit; I am like those who have no help, like those forsaken among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, like those whom you remember no…

Ministers Note – November 2018

In the coming month or two we shall begin hearing Christmas Carols piped into supermarkets and shopping centres. In times before education systems promoted widespread literacy, carols – along with hymns – acted as educational tools to aid the remembrance and spreading of stories, doctrine and theology. In fact even into the modern era, often the verses of the theology many people can most easily recall were authored by Wesley, Watts or Newton from hymns, rather than Paul, David or…

Spring Together Intergenerational Camp at Merricks

It was great to see so many MUC people involved in the family camp. Fifty or so people stayed full time with more staying for one night or coming down for the day. We ended up with ninety people participating in the Sunday afternoon communion service. The camp committee did a brilliant job of organisation, with Saturday activity sessions offering a range of diverse activities from which to choose. Each activity had a designated leader who coordinated the participants in…

Celebration of 65 years of Rev Fred Webber’s Ministry

On 21 October, 80 members of MUC gathered for a combined worship service at Woodhouse Grove.  At the same time, 90 fellow members were enjoying activities at the UCA Merricks Lodge campsite. Visiting members received a warm welcome from Grove regulars including a special welcome from Grove stalwart David Lord. After the service we enjoyed fellowship over a ‘cuppa’ and a table full of delicious cakes and biscuits, provided by Eileen Moran and Barbara Lord.. The service began with the…

Celebrate Ageing – Forget me Nots

The Fellowship@10 service led by Chris Mitchell  also focused on the story of the infant Jesus being received in the temple by Simeon and Anna both of whom had awaited the coming of the Christ and had lived righteous lives. We put aside our thoughts about the theology of the wording and sung some old favourite hymns such as ‘Trust and Obey’ and ‘Blessed Assurance’ and Closed with returning to an old Sunday School chorus ‘We have an anchor’! Over…

Celebrate Ageing – Fellowship@10’s Celebration

On the cusp of Dementia Awareness Month (September) and Victorian Seniors Celebration (October), services to celebrate ageing were held on 30 September in all MUC’s worship locations. At both Fellowship@10 and Woodhouse Grove people were encouraged to exhibit the freedom to dress as they pleased in the spirit of Jenny Joseph’s poem‘Warning’ Over morning tea we shared cupcakes decorated with forget-me-knots lovingly prepared by Jenny. At Fellowship@10am Chris was worship leader. On the communion table were several symbols of what…

Celebrate Ageing – Family@10

On the cusp of Dementia Awareness Month (September) and Victorian Seniors Celebration (October), services to celebrate ageing were held on 30 September in all MUC’s worship locations.  At both Fellowship@10 and Woodhouse Grove people were encouraged to exhibit the freedom to dress as they pleased in the spirit of Jenny Joseph’s poem‘Warning’ Over morning tea we shared cupcakes decorated with forget-me-knots lovingly prepared by Jenny Ellis. It was such a good idea of Megan’s to have a service in each…

Celebrate Ageing – Woodhouse Grove’s Celebration

On the cusp of Dementia Awareness Month (September) and Victorian Seniors Celebration (October), services to celebrate ageing were held on 30 September in all MUC’s worship locations. At both Fellowship@10 and Woodhouse Grove people were encouraged to exhibit the freedom to dress as they pleased in the spirit of Jenny Joseph’s poem‘Warning’ Over morning tea we shared cupcakes decorated with forget-me-knots lovingly prepared by Jenny. With a red hat on my head, 30 plus cupcakes each beautifully decorated with a…

Minister Note – October 2018

Prayer is a vital part of the life of a faith community – personal prayer and corporate or communal prayer. It doesn’t matter where or when you pray, or even how you pray, it’s the fact that you spend time communicating with the Spirit of God. We all know this! One thing I’ve learnt over the years is that it’s very difficult to remain cross with someone you pray for, so I seem to pray a lot for Peter Dutton!…

Peter Bartlett speaks at September’s Combined Service

The MUC congregation swelled by visitors from Ears Inc., packed the Atkinson Street church to hear special speaker Peter Bartlett, son of Don and Helen who, with his wife Rebecca and three daughters, spent 6 years working in Malawi, East Africa with Ears Inc. where they established a Hearing Clinic and Training Centre. Peter based his talk around Proverbs 31:10-31( read by Jon Martin) and the biblical story telling of Mark 9:30-37 (by Chris Mitchell). Peter particularly concentrated on the…

An intergenerational way to choose a mission project (or 2)

On the first Sunday in September, we shared that the Compassion donations have far exceeded the amount of money needed for the sponsorship of our 3 children around the world.  Instead of sponsoring more children, we decided to look at supporting another project or two.  The process we adopted was intergenerational and was in line with the UCA’s definition of mission.  We ended up selecting 2 UCA Uniting projects – one supporting young people in their education and another at…

Uniting Church Studies – An introduction

Scott Leslie – Transition Ministry Coordinator In July I spent a week taking a course called Uniting Church studies. The course is designed for people who are coming into ministry in the Uniting Church from other denominations, and for those coming from overseas. I met a great bunch of fellow students and it was encouraging to hear about their varied backgrounds, and their ministry in the UCA. On the first day we visited three church buildings in the CBD representing…

Climate Change Rally at Ruffey Lake Park

MUC’s newly formed ‘Social Justice Action Group’ had its first outing on Saturday 8 September when members joined a Climate Change Rally at Ruffey Lake Park in beautiful sunshine. We were encouraged to draw our handprints on a large colourful banner calling for a fast and fair transition away from coal to 100% renewables. It was great to meet in good spirit with like-minded local folk who shared a passion for trying to turn the tide and are fighting the…

Minster’s Note – September 2018

“… walking with communities locally, nationally and globally”. Part One Human beings were created to be in relationship with each other. In fact, in order to continue to grow and become all that we could be – to self-actualise – we are dependent on the support and input of other people. (As much as it pains me as an introvert to admit it!) Therefore it is vital for individuals to belong to a community that nurtures, encourages and inspires them…