Posts by Manningham UC

Posts by Manningham UC

VENUE UPDATE: Day of Mourning Service

VENUE CHANGE TO 20 WESTFIELD DRIVE, DONCASTER Sadly the forecast for Sunday is unpredictable.  To ensure the comfort and safety of all our attendees, and to avoid last minute confusing changes, we are moving the service from Westerfolds Park to the church in Westfield Drive. Please ensure all your friends are aware of this change.  If you live in a retirement village, please share so everyone knows. Don’t assume people will know of the venue change. We regret this decision…

Never left to Struggle Alone

I bet the angel that appeared to Mary didn’t have bright, orange-dyed hair.  Mine did.  At the time I was struggling through an unfamiliar cavernous supermarket, trying to drag a broken basket on wheels towards the checkout.  I was hot and bothered when suddenly my ‘angel’ appeared.  Unbeknownst to me she had witnessed my struggle and offered to help me.   She took the recalcitrant basket, shepherded me towards the checkout, unloaded my groceries and after seeing me safely on my…

Ecumenical Collection for The Christmas Bowl 2019

On Christmas Eve, Manningham churches conducted  ecumenical collections for the Christmas Bowl outside Woolworths Macedon Plaza, Woolworths Devon Plaza and Coles Tunstall Square. An excellent total of $3540.85 was collected, the amounts from each venue being approximately equal.

Concert at Mercy Place

Sixteen children from seven families who attend Family@10 put on a concert at Mercy Place where Wilma (a regular attendee at Family@10) lives. The children sang some of the songs from their school musicals as well as songs they have learnt at Young Explorers. It was a fun afternoon with time after the concert to chat with the residents before afternoon tea. We all had a most enjoyable time and have been invited to come back again next year. Dear…

Christingle 2019

Our service began late as lots of people were finding it hard to secure a parking spot – but as we were assured – “it won’t be long and we will have our new building and parking will be ok”. The Advent candles were lit as readers appeared from the east, west, north and south. The service was led by Rev Claire with lots of singing of carols. Some words of some carols were a little different and it seemed Drew had…

blessed are you – East Gippsland

This prayer of blessing was written by Presbytery of Gippsland UCA Minister Rev Jennie Gordon in between shifts working at a firezone relief centre in the town of Bairnsdale. She asked us to share it for all affected by the bushfire crisis. blessed are you – East Gippsland blessed are youwho walk the scorching beachesand shelter in the oceanbrushing burning embersGod beside you blessed are youwho weep with grief and sorrowand bear an ashen imageof a life of green and growingGod beside you blessed are…

Lessons learnt…

…FROM OUR CLOSE CALL WITH ONE OF THE MANY RECENT THE BUSH FIRES Dale and I watched, from our balcony, the Bundoora bush fire rapidly growing in size and heading in the direction of our home. Our first thoughts were that we’ll be fine as the CFA, the MFB and the helicopters will arrive soon. However, with the strong winds behind the flames, the pace of the fire’s advance was frightening. It looked as if the fire would miss our…

Funeral Workshop Recap

The funeral worship held at Westfield Drive on 4 December  was extremely helpful and informative. Megan opened proceedings and introduced James and Peter from Bethel Funerals* who gave a comprehensive presentation about what to do to plan for a funeral and happily answered all questions. The presentation began with the useful information that if someone dies at home, the first call is to the ambulance. The paramedics are able to sign the death certificate to save calling the doctor also.…

The Christmas Luncheon

I was glancing through my emails on my phone when George wandered into the hall at Westfield Drive. We greeted each other as George sat down beside me.  “Must be a party on today” said George, as he glanced across the room. Before us were a row of tables neatly set up with white tablecloths and decorated with a Christmas theme. There was a shortbread biscuit in a clear plastic sleeve for each person.  The top was tied with a…

Journey of Hope to Christmas Morning station 8

So what? And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,   and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’ Luke 2:13-14 Reflection And so you have reached the final station.  We hope that these stations have challenged you to consider current issues around the world, this nation, this community.  As you ponder the nativity scene in the stable, remember the messiness of life, the…

Seniors Christmas Luncheon

Lynette and I were delighted to receive an invitation from the Manningham Church Seniors Ministry to attend a Christmas Dinner on Friday 6 December.  On arrival we were surprised to see tables set for more than 60 seniors, resplendent with table decorations and bonbons.   Catering was provided by Tally Ho Catering Service and the ladies catered for our every need with efficiency and smiling faces. Initially we were offered a welcome cool drink followed by roast turkey and ham with…

Journey of Hope to Christmas Morning station 7

Wisdom of elders Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband…

Back to Bethlehem

A carol service with an alternative nativity was held at the Woodhouse Grove site on Sunday 15 December, 2019. Read more about the evening

Fresh Production – Fail Happy

Manningham Fresh Youth Theatre this season attempted something very different from any of the shows they have presented in the past. Our Freshies over this past season have been working hard in our workshops, but they haven’t learnt a single line! That’s because there were no lines to learn! Those who came along to ‘Fail Happy’ were asked for a ‘one word suggestion’ and with no script prepared the Freshies took the word, pulled it apart, transformed it and put…

This is your life

Back to Bethlehem ‘Back to Bethlehem’ seemed a good introduction to the Christmas story. But then what’s new in this familiar story told annually at this time of the year. I was attracted by the thought of a sausage sizzle, onions cooked to perfection, fresh white bread and an assortment of sauces. My disappointment, when at last, bread in hand I selected my sausage, I was told “no onions”.    It’s the golf, I was told.  The Presidents Cup had delayed…

Journey of Hope to Christmas Morning station 6

Seeking refuge Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’  Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what…

Inclusive church Resolution

Following its 12 August discussion, Explorers Small Group agreed to submit a proposal to the MUC Church Council for its consideration of an appropriate response. The proposal was embraced by Church Council for presentation to the November meeting of the Congregation which, with Church Council’s agreement, is asked to approve Explorers’ proposals. At a Congregational meeting on 24th November, Manningham Uniting Church adopted a resolution to affirm our intention to be an inclusive church. The Resolution agreed reads; As followers…