Posts from January 2021

Posts from January 2021

Rev Alistair Macrae speaks out on the controversy around the 2021 awards in Crosslight.

I have decided to join the ranks of Australia Day award recipients who are handing back their awards in response to the “upgrading” of Margaret Court’s Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) to the highest award of Companion (AC). As an avid sports fan, I celebrated the awarding of an AO to Mrs Court, a suitable recognition of her outstanding sporting achievements. I question, however, why it was deemed appropriate by the committee to upgrade her award….. read in…

Change the Heart Through Prayer

Following our Day of Mourning service on Sunday, this is an opportunity to join with Common Grace and explore Change the Heart through prayer led by this nation’s First Peoples.  The service will be broadcast via tv, radio and online.  Weblink here:Common Grace

Day of Mourning – 24 January

This year, weather and Covid permitting, our Day of Mourning service will be held on 24 January at 10.00am at the Red Stringy Bark shelter, Westerfolds Park. If the weather is not suitable the service will be held at Westfield Drive and a decision about this will be made on Thursday 21 January. Please register by phoning the Hub on 9846 2012 or emailing The printed service will also be online and mailed out for those who are not able or comfortable to meet in person. In addition, we are hoping to record the service and make it available on the website.

Back to School Service – 31 January

An in person service to be held at 20 Westfield Dr, Doncaster or live streamed to Woodhouse Grove, Box Hill North. (please register your attendance at either locations – or 9846 2012)

Worship in the Coming Weeks

At this time, we are planning to re-gather in person for worship.  It will involve registering for services so that we can monitor numbers.  However, if you have been advised to stay away from others for medical reasons, if you are the slightest unwell, or if you are uncomfortable to attend in person, we will continue to ensure that worship resources are available online and in print.The plan is for one service at Westfield Drive which will be live streamed to Woodhouse Grove…

UCA prays for USA

Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer has conveyed the Uniting Church’s prayers of solidarity with the people of the United States to the UCA’s partner churches in that country.

Good Enough

I have spent a few weeks as the Chaplain for the Selection Conference, a time when applicants for ordained ministry meet with a panel of people from across VicTas Synod in order to test their call to ministry. It’s a time of great challenge and vulnerability and is certainly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. With the COVID-19 restrictions, this has obviously taken place on Zoom with all of its inherent challenges. As Chaplain, my role has included…

The Magic Box

A knock on the front door, barely audible, broke into a conversation with Tanya over a cup of coffee.  Without a word she left her seat at the kitchen bench and headed for the front door. Shortly after she reappeared with a box in her hand. It was shoe box in size, square in shape.     Turning the box over, I could see it was sent by Merryn. I was interested. Scissors found in a draw, the tape on the box…