Posts from September 2018

Posts from September 2018

Peter Bartlett speaks at September’s Combined Service

The MUC congregation swelled by visitors from Ears Inc., packed the Atkinson Street church to hear special speaker Peter Bartlett, son of Don and Helen who, with his wife Rebecca and three daughters, spent 6 years working in Malawi, East Africa with Ears Inc. where they established a Hearing Clinic and Training Centre. Peter based his talk around Proverbs 31:10-31( read by Jon Martin) and the biblical story telling of Mark 9:30-37 (by Chris Mitchell). Peter particularly concentrated on the…

An intergenerational way to choose a mission project (or 2)

On the first Sunday in September, we shared that the Compassion donations have far exceeded the amount of money needed for the sponsorship of our 3 children around the world.  Instead of sponsoring more children, we decided to look at supporting another project or two.  The process we adopted was intergenerational and was in line with the UCA’s definition of mission.  We ended up selecting 2 UCA Uniting projects – one supporting young people in their education and another at…

Uniting Church Studies – An introduction

Scott Leslie – Transition Ministry Coordinator In July I spent a week taking a course called Uniting Church studies. The course is designed for people who are coming into ministry in the Uniting Church from other denominations, and for those coming from overseas. I met a great bunch of fellow students and it was encouraging to hear about their varied backgrounds, and their ministry in the UCA. On the first day we visited three church buildings in the CBD representing…

Mango Fundraiser Time Again

If you love mangoes, here’s your chance to again indulge in fresh juicy Kensington Pride mangoes like many of you have done over the last few years. They make a wonderful Christmas gift. Trays are picked and packed during the premium harvest and will be delivered in late November to early December, depending upon harvest, at a cost per tray of only $27 – 7kg (the same price as last year) – 14-20 mangoes depending on size. Profits support various…

Climate Change Rally at Ruffey Lake Park

MUC’s newly formed ‘Social Justice Action Group’ had its first outing on Saturday 8 September when members joined a Climate Change Rally at Ruffey Lake Park in beautiful sunshine. We were encouraged to draw our handprints on a large colourful banner calling for a fast and fair transition away from coal to 100% renewables. It was great to meet in good spirit with like-minded local folk who shared a passion for trying to turn the tide and are fighting the…

Minster’s Note – September 2018

“… walking with communities locally, nationally and globally”. Part One Human beings were created to be in relationship with each other. In fact, in order to continue to grow and become all that we could be – to self-actualise – we are dependent on the support and input of other people. (As much as it pains me as an introvert to admit it!) Therefore it is vital for individuals to belong to a community that nurtures, encourages and inspires them…