What’s been happening (Page 2)

What’s been happening (Page 2)

Missional Community Development at MUC – living out our values, some great stories………

This contribution celebrates some very promising outcomes of MUC’s decision in 2015 to develop and implement a Missional Community Development Strategy (MCDS) that better connects with and serves our community. The MCDS responds to our MUC Strategic Plan ‘Our Journey Forward’ (OJF). Together with and supported by the broader MUC Ministry Team our Missional Community Development Worker (MCDW) Emma Hanna has really brought this to life over the last few years with a focus on being relational, Christ-centred, and risk-taking.…

The Woman in the Red Hat

She had seen the red hat in an ‘op shop’. As it was an expensive brand, looked new, and was being sold cheaply, she couldn’t resist buying it. It was a daring purchase for one who had become so conservative. But now she wore it with confidence, and it was a good companion for her greying hair. As well she had got to a stage in her life when she didn’t care what people thought. Maybe moving to a more…

Trust

At this time when we can’t see the COVID-19 virus, we have to trust our leaders and medical experts that it exists. Our faith requires we trust in an unseen God so perhaps this can help us. While our freedom of movement is curtailed our memories are free to roam unfettered. This allows us to double-dip into pleasurable moments we’ve experienced in the past. Recently my mind drifted back to something I’d seen last spring while walking along the footpath…

Recapping the Knitting day via Zoom

I would never have thought 5 years ago, when starting the MUC Knitters Group, that we would have had a World Knitting Day event on Zoom. But we did, and it was great! Our small group of knitters has met once a month (except December and January) for the past five years at the MUC Hub and with the help of others who couldn’t attend the meetings, have created hundreds of warm garments, blankets and soft toys, with the specific…

Acknowledging Refugee Week

This week is Refugee Week.  Usually we would be meeting in different ways to celebrate the cultures and stories of those seeking refuge or asylum in Australia, but we can’t at the moment.  However, there is still plenty we can do.   speak to members of our Connections group to find out what they need pray, pray and pray some more write to our politicians telling them we haven’t forgotten those people in detention centres despite trying to deal with this…

COVID update 2 June 2020

Dear Friends and Members of Manningham Uniting Church (MUC), The COVID-19 group continues to meet to look at the easing of restrictions by the Victorian government and how we, as a church, might respond.  The group is following the advice of the Victorian government and the VicTas synod of the Uniting Church.  From 1 June, the Victorian government is allowing gatherings of up to 20 people inside.  Along with the current easing of restrictions, all groups must adhere to the following guidelines: up…

Ministry team still meeting during lockdown

You may or may not have seen members of the ministry team on church videos each Sunday (particularly in the ‘What’s on’ segment), but please be assured that even if you are seeing less of us, we are still present in a great many ways

National Reconciliation Week – Dadirri

Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, an Aboriginal elder from Daly River talks of spirituality as a basis for listening. “What I want to talk about is a special quality of my people. I believe it is the most important. It is our most unique gift. It is perhaps the greatest gift we can give to out fellow Australians. In our language it is called Dadirri. Dadirri is an inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside…

National Sorry Day

There are a number of ways we can recognise and celebrate Reconciliation Week from the comfort of our own homes and we’d like to encourage us to do so.

English Speaking Classes move to online

Is English your second or additional language? You are invited to practise your English with volunteer tutors from Manningham Uniting Church in a free weekly online class. Register now to join. Places are limited. Our friendly classes will be run weekly for 5 weeks, starting on Friday 29th May. They will run from 10am to 10.40am. We would love to see you! Please fill in the form below and we will contact you with a zoom invitation: For more information:…

Access Mars

Check out the real surface of Mars as recorded but NASA’s Curiosity Rover. https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

The Resilience Project

A few months ago, long before we had even heard of Covid-19, I watched a young man being interviewed on breakfast TV. I was so impressed I went out and bought his book which was equally impressive.  Hugh van Cuylenburg was a primary school teacher who spent 12 months volunteering and living at an underprivileged school in the Himalaya. He came to realise that despite the underprivileged community the children were from, they were remarkably positive. By contrast, back in…

Getting ready for the World Knitting day

In preparation for the World Knitting Day, Adele takes you through what you need to know to be able to knit squares. And also, find the knitting pattern here for you to print and refer to during the knitting day event In the meantime, feel free to utilise this pattern and knit your own squares in your own time. We would be very happy to receive any additional knitted squares to turn into blankets. You can send your squares to…

COVID update 13 May 2020

Dear Friends and Members of Manningham Uniting Church (MUC), Premier Dan Andrews announced the easing of some restrictions in Victoria.  In order to keep everyone safe, Church Council would like to communicate the following to you all. The church buildings remain closed, but the Church is still open Worship will continue to be online with pastoral care offered through phone calls, mailouts, email and zoom.  Phone Rev Claire, Megan or Scott if you need pastoral support. Megan will continue her…

An Unexpected Death

The phone rang one evening at home. “We would like you to go to Bahrain to work with the Vocational Education Sector within the Ministry of Education.” It was my friend Enzo. “Not so fast” I said. “I am retired.” Three weeks later I found myself reading the documentation provided to me before boarding a flight to Bahrain. Arriving in Bahrain I was met by the project manager and driven to my accommodation. Next day I was introduced to the…

Prayer Resource #3

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. This third edition contains new offerings written from members of our community and other offerings from other writers. Download your copy of the third edition of the…

Climate through COVID to Change

What do you love and hope never to lose to climate chaos? – a question posited during our Earth Hour on-line service. It is a powerful and potent question and the more so as we grapple with an invisible virus wreaking economic havoc and more desperately, taking the lives of hundreds of thousands across our world. No respecter of geographical borders or social class, its impact of grief and suffering is incomprehensible and wretchedly devastating. Our hearts writhe with the…

Register now – World knitting Day

Knitting, he thought, was a comfort to the soul. It was regular. It was repetitious. And, in the end, it amounted to something. Jan Karon, At Home in Mitford Our World Knitting Day was such a success in 2019 that we decided to do it again this year. How? you might ask, given the corona virus restrictions on social distancing. The answer to everything these days seems to be ‘Zoom’, so we thought we would give it a go! Saturday…