Posts from July 2019

Posts from July 2019

What are we reading from the Bible?

Just when you thought you knew about all the changes up ahead for MUC, we are soon to experience another one. It concerns which Bible passages will be read in worship each Sunday. There are good reasons for the change, which has been proposed by our Minister, the Rev Claire Dawe. The Worship Portfolio has approved the change, which will begin in September of this year. So why this change and what will it be like? To see that clearly,…

REFLECTIONS FROM 2019 VICTAS SYNOD MEETING (Part 2)

This was my first experience of Synod, which met over four mostly twelve-hour days recently. I didn’t quite know what to expect, as the general congregational image of Synod which I inherited was of a long unexciting meeting with lots of routine business to transact. I was pleasantly surprised as the program unfolded. Sure, there was a lot of reading to do as reports and proposals were made available in advance. There were approximately 43 reports and 26 proposals to…

Voluntary Assisted Dying Update

Members of the 2019 Synod of Victoria and Tasmania met to discern our response to the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation.The Synod heard a wide range of strongly and faithfully held views, from various theological and cultural perspectives In light of all this, permission was given to the relevant UCA institutions and associated hospital group within Victoria,to make voluntary assisted dying allowable for their patients, clients and residents, under the specific conditions of the legislation. For more information download:

Reflections from 2019 VicTas Synod Meeting

Bob and I along with Rev Claire and John attended the 2019 VicTas Synod meeting in early July I always return from a Synod meeting on a ‘high’ and wishing that more members of the congregation share in the same experience. It is wonderful to witness the enormous breadth of the wider Uniting Church’s work and to see the spirit of God working amidst robust debate as the blue and yellow cards of the consensus method of decision slowly give…

Pedestrian access between Wood Street and Atkinson Street

In 2015 Manningham Uniting Church (MUC) embarked on a journey to explore the redevelopment of one or more of its sites to better serve the needs of the community. The Templestowe site, between Atkinson Street and Wood Street, was chosen and after much planning and preparation the project is set to start in August. Together with diverse and flexible worship spaces, the new MUC community building will assist as a gathering and meeting place, and as a base from which…

Pet Blessing Service

Dogs, chickens, worms, rabbits were among the many that attended the Family@10 service to be blessed on Sunday 14 July 2019. Here’s a snapshot:

Aumann Grant Recipient Announced

Each year MUC, through its Mission Portfolio, provides a grant of $500 to assist a worthy young recipient in their education. The award is made possible by a donation from the Aumann family in memory of Dorothy Aumann. Dorothy was a much loved and revered member of Templestowe UC who always supported young people and would be delighted that these funds are helping a student to further their studies. A number of very worthy applications were received for this year’s…

Sharing God’s love in the highways and byways …

The doors of St Paul’s Cathedral in London were wide open, and with many other tourists we went in. While there, a message was broadcast. It was an invitation to attend the lunchtime Eucharist.   At the appointed time a group of us were led into the carved choir stalls that were adorned with red shaded lamps. As we gathered together the priest’s compassion, humility, and love embraced us all.   During the sharing of the bread and wine, the altar around which we gathered became a quiet oasis. Beyond us the footfalls and murmur of tourists to the Cathedral continued to ebb and flow.   All…

Introducing James…

We’d like to welcome James Tang James Tang, a ministry candidate, will be ‘’shadowing’ Claire until the end of November as part of his ministry training. James will spend 200 hours at MUC until November under Claire’s supervision, including undertaking 60 hours of mission related work in our congregation. He has experience of working with young adults and would like to explore a social justice issue. The project James intends to carry out is to work with the community and…

English Conversation Class – VIC ROADS

On Friday 21 June English class students and tutors enjoyed an informative presentation from two VicRoad’s staff members, Priya and Carol, on Road Rules, Safety, and what is required to apply for a Licence.  They outlined the services VicRoads provide and where to go for the various services and assistance.  Emphasis was placed on road safety, in particular the use of mobile phones while driving, which is illegal.  We are indebted to these two ladies for the time spent with us and the helpful information provided.  Helen Safe driving tips…

Prayer for Naidoc week (7-14 July)

Naidoc 2019 Theme:  Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future. Gracious God, you call on us to listen with care to each other.  May we hear the voices of the First Peoples, not just this Naidoc week but every week, as they speak to us of truth and treaty. May we be open to hopes and dreams as they are shared; may we know the challenges of hearing rather than talking; may we feel the discomfort of relinquishing…

A PURLER OF A DAY

What a great day our Knitters’ Group had for World Knitting Day.  Around 30 of all ages came along and enjoyed the fellowship of knitting together. We warmly welcomed five ladies who are not members of MUC, but came as a result of seeing our article in the Leader newspaper. Two others who responded to the article donated wool and needles.  A visitor, Judy, who is known as ‘the teddy bear lady’, came along with two big bags of teddies. She makes the teddies for distressed children in…

Homelessness – A National Crisis

Supporting those who have no shelter goes to the core of what Jesus  was on about.      1 John 3:17-18 “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”  The problem of homelessness is huge and growing. In Australia, on any given night some 106,000 people or 1 in 200 people are homeless; 56% are male and 44% female and about 17% of these are children under…

English Conversation Class – Cooking

Cooking is always a popular pastime so Wendy and I decided to ‘give it a go’ with the English Conversation Class, on 31 May, 2019.    We began by explaining the origins of Australian damper, and Wendy showed them a Camp Oven she had brought along, and explained its workings. Then came the damper making with students helping. Into the oven went the damper, and then we make scones.  While the damper and scones were cooking, a cut and paste worksheet…

Global Warning Recap

The recent production from Fresh Theatre was another high quality and successful event. Global Warning was a very successful climate change themed performance devised by the participants and drawn together by Jordan and the team.  The Cave at Atkinson Street was an ideal setting and, although people turned up on the Saturday night without tickets and so had to be squeezed in, it was the best performance of the four.  Gail and Alistair ran a session early on so the…