Posts from May 2020

Posts from May 2020

Winter – love it or hate it, we all experience it

If your first experience of Australia was a Melbourne winter, you might think twice about moving here. On all the tourist advertising, Australia is presented as a sunny, outdoor destination. I was speaking with some students from overseas once, and they were shocked that they had left

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…

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 tothe 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.

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.

Prayer Resource #4

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 fourth edition contains new offerings written from members of our community and other offerings from other writers.

Message from the Vic/Tas Synod

For more information around the directions for congregations, amongst the easing of restrictions – download the recent communications from the Victorian Tasmanian Synod

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.

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…

Penguin Parade

Witness 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 Facebook page at 6:00 PM AEST Sunday, May 17.

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…

Manningham City Council Parenting Seminar Series

They 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…
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