Sharing your space

Sharing your space

Day of Mourning Service

This year, weather permitting, our Day of Mourning service will be held on 23 January at 10.00am at the Red Stringy Bark shelter, Westerfolds Park.  If the weather is not suitable the service will be held at Templestowe and a decision about this will be made on Thursday 20 January.

Christmas Bowl 2021 – First Sunday after Christmas

Every year Manningham Uniting Church supports the Christmas Bowl Appeal. The Christmas Bowl since 1949, people have followed Rev Frank Byatt’s legacy, coming together each Christmas across Australia and the world to provide safety in exile for people forced from their homes by conflict and disaster. Your gift through the Christmas Bowl will support local partners to meet urgent needs and help create a world where uprooted people have a safe place to belong. The focus of the Christmas Bowl…

Christmas Bowl 2021 – Christmas Day

Every year Manningham Uniting Church supports the Christmas Bowl Appeal. The Christmas Bowl since 1949, people have followed Rev Frank Byatt’s legacy, coming together each Christmas across Australia and the world to provide safety in exile for people forced from their homes by conflict and disaster. Your gift through the Christmas Bowl will support local partners to meet urgent needs and help create a world where uprooted people have a safe place to belong. The focus of the Christmas Bowl…

Christmas Bowl 2021 – Fourth Sunday in Advent

Every year Manningham Uniting Church supports the Christmas Bowl Appeal. The Christmas Bowl since 1949, people have followed Rev Frank Byatt’s legacy, coming together each Christmas across Australia and the world to provide safety in exile for people forced from their homes by conflict and disaster. Your gift through the Christmas Bowl will support local partners to meet urgent needs and help create a world where uprooted people have a safe place to belong. The focus of the Christmas Bowl…

Christmas Bowl 2021 – Third Sunday in Advent

Every year Manningham Uniting Church supports the Christmas Bowl Appeal. The Christmas Bowl since 1949, people have followed Rev Frank Byatt’s legacy, coming together each Christmas across Australia and the world to provide safety in exile for people forced from their homes by conflict and disaster. Your gift through the Christmas Bowl will support local partners to meet urgent needs and help create a world where uprooted people have a safe place to belong. The focus of the Christmas Bowl…

MUC Presents… Choir series

A musical concert series of events – vocal, instrumental, and choral through different genres of music – from classical to popular. Featuring the Chime Choir

Christmas Bowl 2021 – Second Sunday in Advent

Every year Manningham Uniting Church supports the Christmas Bowl Appeal. The Christmas Bowl since 1949, people have followed Rev Frank Byatt’s legacy, coming together each Christmas across Australia and the world to provide safety in exile for people forced from their homes by conflict and disaster. Your gift through the Christmas Bowl will support local partners to meet urgent needs and help create a world where uprooted people have a safe place to belong. The focus of the Christmas Bowl…

Christmas Bowl 2021 – First Sunday in Advent

Every year Manningham Uniting Church supports the Christmas Bowl Appeal. The Christmas Bowl since 1949, people have followed Rev Frank Byatt’s legacy, coming together each Christmas across Australia and the world to provide safety in exile for people forced from their homes by conflict and disaster. Your gift through the Christmas Bowl will support local partners to meet urgent needs and help create a world where uprooted people have a safe place to belong. The focus of the Christmas Bowl…

Christmas Bowl 2021 – Christ the King Sunday

Every year Manningham Uniting Church supports the Christmas Bowl Appeal. The Christmas Bowl since 1949, people have followed Rev Frank Byatt’s legacy, coming together each Christmas across Australia and the world to provide safety in exile for people forced from their homes by conflict and disaster. Your gift through the Christmas Bowl will support local partners to meet urgent needs and help create a world where uprooted people have a safe place to belong. November 17 is Christ the King…

DREAM STAGES

So, what now? But before we think about that, what happened to dream stage 1? Did it turn out as dreamt way back in the mid 00’s of the 21st century? Was the dream just about promoting connections or did it consider that once linked, it would generate its own life journey and end up at this point. More likely the former I’d reckon. So, what now? Hang on a minute, haven’t we almost arrived, and shouldn’t we take the…

New homes for Westfield drive goods

On Saturday 26 June, Westfield Dr (WFD) was open to congregational members who came and helped themselves to kitchen or office equipment or furniture, which won’t be needed in MUC’s new building. In exchange they donated funds to MUC Connections’ fundraiser for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. There was a great response and the total is already over one thousand dollars. Thanks to everyone for their generosity! Other items have found a variety of new homes: The Allen Organ was…

The Challenge of Change

As I began thinking about the ‘challenge of change’I remembered my mother’s quote: “A change is as good as a holiday.” No doubt, being part of the ‘post-war’ generation when my mother had four young children, holidays would have been few and far between, and could have been a distant ‘dream’. Keeping a positive attitude through tough times was difficult, I feel sure. Change in times of acute circumstances were necessary, and maybe some of you can identify with that…

Change is a fact of life

Change is a fact of life whether we like it or not. We don’t realise how much change governs our life from the day we are born to the day we die. For Instance, the weather changes all the time. Recently, I saw a young woman walking her dog. The weather forecast predicted a warm day although the morning was very chilly. The young woman’s outfit showed she was betting that change in the weather would come. To be prepared…

Embracing Change

Life is full of experiences, some pleasant, some less so. All of us have experienced much change – family life, work, health, church and other community groups, where we live, etc.. We can fear change or embrace it. Those of us who have been involved with MUC in recent years have been acutely aware that church life has also been changing – there have been aspects that have caused concern, and aspects that have caused excitement – some of us…

What I would have said at my induction on 27 June 2021 at 2.30 pm

First thing first, let me thank the triune God for the joy of serving the God who is Three but One. Second, I want to thank particularly Lisa, the chair of Yarra Yarra Presbytery for curating my induction. And particularly I would like to thank Ruth from MUC. She has tirelessly and patiently coordinated my induction, not one but twice (Added: now 3 times!). Thank you, Ruth. And I also want to thank my family, friends and colleagues who are…

I remember

It was a cold winters day. The phone rang. “Bob here,” said the voice. “We are having a dinner on Sunday night. Food and a nice wine provided. Why don’t you join us”?  I went, found people from other nearby congregations talking about merging. I soon learnt merging was a difficult word.  Sharing resources or working together were more acceptable phrases. As I reflect, I am tempted to do some research. But no, that will only sanitise my thoughts. It…

Dreams of Life Nearly Lived

Sid was now in the twilight of his life. His soulmate of more than sixty years, Jean, had passed away a few years earlier and Sid now had plenty of time to sit and think about the past. Most of those memories were of good events in his life but he did have a few regrets. He vividly remembered growing up on a wheat farm in the Mallee where the nearest town was five miles away and consisted of a…

Farewell to Rev Claire

Manningham Uniting Church is very saddened by the advice received recently that Rev Claire Dawe has decided to end her ministry with us on April 14th. Claire’s time at MUC has been and is much valued – her energy, intergenerational focus and pastoral care touched many people and she will be missed by us all. We thank Claire for all she has contributed as part of the MUC community and wish her all the very best for the future. From…

The ABC Conversation Hour

One of the recent episodes of the ABC conversation hour is looking at ‘How can older Australians be more social and connected to their community?’ Emma Hanna, our Missional Community Development Worker shares with Nigel Wright some of the initiatives around what we as Manningham Uniting Church have been doing in locally. It’s a great listen if you’ve got the time listen to the whole episode, but if you’ve only got a few minutes spare, Emma is on around the…