Posts from September 2020

Posts from September 2020

BUilding bridges Through STory

Building 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…


I was sorting through Mum’s old photos when I came across one of the Swan Hill Methodist Church junior choir. There was Mrs Arnott the elderly lady in charge, dressed in her finest outfit, a fox fur draped over her shoulder, hat perched on her head, with matching gloves. And there I was at the end of the front row.  Dad sang tenor in the senior choir. We sang a couple of duets. One, the 23rd Psalm to the tune…

Photo Competition

MUC is having a photo competition!  Simply email your happy snaps of God’s glorious creation to  You might even get your picture put on the MUC website! The winners will be announced on the 18th of October and will receive some cool prizes. From the tiniest mustard seed to the biggest mountain you can show off God’s creation in so many ways! We can’t wait to see your photos! More information: Contact Young explorers on 03 03 9846 2012;

Building Progress Photo update

See below the photographs capturing the recent progress on the Manningham UC and Community Centre. Thanks to David for his time photographing the buildings progress.

Pet Blessing Service Recap

This year our Pet Service was conducted in quite a different way to other years. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic it was conducted online. Initially I thought how can we do this? It was actually a great way to interact with our church family. It was wonderful to see people of all ages bringing their pets online for us to see. Pets included dogs, foster kittens, caterpillars, and chicken. We brought Robbie, our 5-year-old Shetland sheepdog. It is said that…

Conference – Climate Change and Pastoral Care

When one pictures a conference, images of delegates with lanyards around their necks and sandwiches cut into small triangles normally spring to mind. Not so the Climate Pastoral Care Conference, which was 100% online with meals coming from the participants’ own kitchens (and eaten while chatting in front of a screen). Claire and I attended the conference and were able to do so between other commitments while working from home (I actually attended as part of my role with Uniting…

About the Community Centre

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 and…

Some reflections on Racism and Reconciliation

Late last century the Australian Prime Minister said, “I don’t have a racist bone in my body”. I thought that that was a very confident statement for a person to make, especially one slightly older than I and brought up and schooled in Australia. For me, something that I think Dorothy McRae-McMahon said made much more sense. She said that, as a person brought up during the 1930s and 1940s, it was inevitable that her attitudes and reactions would be…

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

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…

Intergenerational Pilgrimage – Walk 5

Pilgrimages are religious journeys which people take to learn more about God and faith. Whilst we are not currently able to go very far and can only leave home for an hour, we can still go on pilgrimages. Why not decide on a pilgrimage walk and invite someone else or another family to do the same walk. Even though you are not able to walk it together, you can share what you discovered and talked about afterwards.


This place is envisaged to be vibrant and life-filled and we’d love you to be a part of it.We’re seeking your input. What can you imagine in these spaces? What would you do in these spaces? What would you participate in if it was offered? What space would you like to use?

Building Layout

Manningham Uniting Church & Community Centre will: Be open for hire, collaboration, innovation, creativity from Feb 2021 Offer flexible formal and informal spaces for large and intimate events, gatherings, meetings, workspaces. Be fully climate controlled, well served with wifi and audio-visual services, acoustic treatment Be fully accessible (DDA Compliant) Provide an onsite underground carpark with lift access into the main building Be a place where you, your business, or community group can belong, contribute and be. There will be numerous…