- Worship – 18 October 2020Looking at 1 SAMUEL 1:9-11, 19-20; 2:1-10, Rev Claire reflects along with contributions from other members of Manningham UC
- Reflection Points – 18 October 2020Listen and read today’s reading 1 SAMUEL 1:9-11, 19-20; 2:1-10, use the reflection document as a resource for your personal reflection
- When Feeling Hemmed InThe rhubarb stalks were spindly, and I wondered why. I soon learnt that the plant needed dividing. This made sense as the rhubarb had stayed in the same large pot in which we had transported it to our new home two years before. As advised I waited until we were on the cusp of spring before dividing it.One sunny day I gathered various implements with which I planned to extricate the plant from the pot. It was hard going as […]
- Wasting TimeWe moved, and downsized (sort of) – after 28 years at our wonderful previous home..The move came just before COVID-19 presented a particularly difficult challenge for many. I have, until recent days, been kept naturally busy on the issues and tasks that are a part of moving home. I am now feeling unusually organised and my mind has turned to a concern about wasting time due to the physical limits that have been imposed, at least temporarily, on life as […]
- OUR PENPALThe Community Building Team have implemented a penpal initiative with some of the members of the congregation. Here is a reflection from one partnership: Today is a special day for us. We just found a letter in our letter box from Oliver, our MUC pen pal. We now have three articles on the top of our lounge bookcase that have been sent to us. There is a card with elephants on it, a sand picture of a whale which Oliver […]
- WaitingI was having difficulty reaching my desk through the paper files on the floor. The time for a clean-up had long departed. The urgent need to find a misplaced piece of paper became the motivation to begin. In my clean up, my attention was drawn to a document I found on the floor. ‘Aerograms from our time in Zambia Africa 1971 to 1973’. Over 15 years ago, while cleaning out Mum’s house I found tucked away at the bottom […]
- Impact of the Coronavirus LockdownI asked Mum, “What did you do for a holiday when you were living on the farm”. “Well”, she said, “We never had many holidays. What with draft horses to feed, cows to milk, sheep to check and the chooks to lock up each night, there was always someone needed |at the farm”. “I do remember one holiday” she said. “I must have been about 12. There was a widespread polio epidemic. Dad packed us all into the Chevy. We […]
- When and how can we enjoy singing in church again?I hope you are all joining in singing lustily during our online worship services! The one thing I am most grieving about during this crisis is that it is looking like it will be quite some time before we can enjoy congregational singing. The reason being that singing is a very effective way of spreading the COVID-19 virus. When someone coughs, sneezes, shouts, talks loudly or sings, a huge cloud of droplets are propelled into the atmosphere and these droplets […]
- RelinquishmentOne evening I noticed a blackbird sitting on the top of our neighbour’s roof. As I looked at the blackbird with its sleek black feathers and golden beak the word relinquishment came to mind. Over the winter months I hadn’t heard it singing and I wondered if it had relinquished its ability to sing because of winter? During our lifetime, we have to relinquish many things ourselves. We’ve had to relinquish babyhood in order to become children. At the other […]
- BUilding bridges Through SToryBuilding Bridges Through Story. Today, everywhere we look, everything we listen to or see on TV or read in a newspaper or magazine, is overwhelmingly negative. Will we ever get on top of this virus and be able to keep those we love, safe? With no indication that we will beat this virus some time soon, we had to cancel Building Bridges Through Story for 2020. Well, that’s the disappointing news! How about some good news for a change? While […]
While our face to face gatherings have been suspended, we’ve been working hard to provide alternative options for you to connect and engage with.
- Introducing our New Supply Minister*After bidding goodbye to Rev. Dhirendra Narayan at the end of August – he has taken a permanent placement in another congregation – we now welcome Rev. Beth Bear. She writes by way of introduction: Hello MUC and thank you for welcoming me for the next few months. I am a Minister of the Word in placement as chaplain at The Scots School Albury and have been here since 2016. My favourite parts of my ministry are building community and […]
- Communion during COVID-19 – the wandering continuesA 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 […]
- Uniting Church Presidents MessageAssembly President Dr Deidre Palmer has recorded a pastoral message to all those in distress at the continuing COVID19 pandemic.
- COVID Update – 10 July 2020Dear Friends and Members of Manningham Uniting Church, As you know, the restrictions have been increased by the Victorian Sate Government due to the number of COVID-19 cases. As always, we continue to follow the advice of the State Government and the Synod. The following protocols are now in place for the next 6 weeks. The church buildings are closed – no church groups or tenants will be using the buildings – but the church itself is very much open […]
- Covid19: an unprecedented crisis?This is a study by John Bottomley called ‘Covid19: an unprecedented crisis?’ It is written for groups but it is something anyone could work through on their own. John’s writing is challenging but speaks of God’s hope for the world. Download the study here
- Whitehorse Manningham Libraries AUgust activitiesWhitehorse Manningham Libraries have organised 38 online events in August to keep you entertained, learning and amused this lockdown. For more information, follow their page or visit wml.vic.gov.au/files/August_Covid_Whats_On_Interactive.pdf
- ErgasiaErgasia is the Rev. Brendan Byrne’s podcast about the intersection of work and faith and a theological reflection on economics. Brendan is a Uniting Church Minister down the road at Heathmont who reflects brilliantly on spirituality of work and views human dignity in employment through a Scriptural lens. Brendan has written many articles on the theme of faith and work and this podcast has some great listens, for example, 19 May episode is about God’s call to pastorally care for those in […]
- Keeping your children safe online
Manningham Uniting Church operates under the guidelines of the VicTas Synod’s Culture of Safety Unit. We offer regular UCA Safe Church training, we have a designated culture of safety officer, Lynda Anderson, and we screen all employees and volunteers according to
the Synod guidelines. Our church leaders have current Working with Children Checks.
We offer the following document for your use. You will no doubt have received information and advice from your children’s schools. This may repeat or supplement what you already know but it is important that we communicate about this as a church.
- Prayer Resource #4This 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 fourth edition contains new offerings written from members of our community and other offerings from other writers.
- Local Library connectionsThere are some really great events, opportunities and resources in the local Library Whats On Program
- Online Courses at Living and Learning @ AjaniLiving & Learning @ Ajani has been working through this social distancing period to bring you these FREE ONLINE courses to help you to ‘stay connected’.
- Access MarsCheck out the real surface of Mars as recorded but NASA’s Curiosity Rover. https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/
- Getting ready for the World Knitting dayIn 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 […]
- Penguin ParadeWitness the cutest penguins returning to the world’s largest little penguin colony and let your mind wander as the playful story unfolds. Narrated by Michael “Wippa” Wipfli, experience the magic of Phillip Island’s LIVE Phillip Island Penguin Parade off the coast of Visit Melbourne. Tune in onto Australia.com Facebook page at 6:00 PM AEST Sunday, May 17.
- Manningham City Council Parenting Seminar SeriesThey say it takes a village to raise a child. Our parenting seminar series aims to provide parents the tools to manage difficult situations and help them be well informed and involved in their children’s lives. Over the next 12 months, we have partnered with some of Australia’s most acclaimed professionals to help you feel empowered by developing strategies and techniques to create positive change. All parents, grandparents and guardians interested in developing the emotional and social competencies of their […]
- Prayer Resource #3This 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 ChangeWhat 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 […]
- Melbourne Zoo Animal HouseMelbourne Zoo are live streaming the animals and the zoo keepers 24/7! What a fantastic way to experience the zoo and the animals from the comfort your own home. https://www.zoo.org.au/animal-house/
- Story onlineA fantastic opportunity to share the classics from your childhood with your children – with classics such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Tale of Two Beasts and newer stories in abundance. Story Online offers the opportunity to improve your child’s reading, writing and communication skills and is available 24/7. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes […]
- Comfort of the Natural WorldWhile the Corona Virus is so front and centre in our thoughts and actions right now, we may discover that the natural world holds great comfort, strength and reassurance.