Sharing your space

Sharing your space

COVID update 2 June 2020

Dear Friends and Members of Manningham Uniting Church (MUC), The COVID-19 group continues to meet to look at the easing of restrictions by the Victorian government and how we, as a church, might respond.  The group is following the advice of the Victorian government and the VicTas synod of the Uniting Church.  From 1 June, the Victorian government is allowing gatherings of up to 20 people inside.  Along with the current easing of restrictions, all groups must adhere to the following guidelines: up…

Winter – love it or hate it, we all experience it

If your first experience of Australia was a Melbourne winter, you might think twice about moving here. On all the tourist advertising, Australia is presented as a sunny, outdoor destination. I was speaking with some students from overseas once, and they were shocked that they had left

Ministry team still meeting during lockdown

You may or may not have seen members of the ministry team on church videos each Sunday (particularly in the ‘What’s on’ segment), but please be assured that even if you are seeing less of us, we are still present in a great many ways

National Sorry Day

There are a number of ways we can recognise and celebrate Reconciliation Week from the comfort of our own homes and we’d like to encourage us to do so.

Prayer Resource #4

This prayer resource is offered in the hope that it will sustain you whilst we are worshipping in different places. Just because we are not gathering together in one place as we would usually do on a Sunday morning, it doesn’t mean we aren’t gathering together as a community of faith and prayer. This fourth edition contains new offerings written from members of our community and other offerings from other writers.

English Speaking Classes move to online

Is English your second or additional language? You are invited to practise your English with volunteer tutors from Manningham Uniting Church in a free weekly online class. Register now to join. Places are limited. Our friendly classes will be run weekly for 5 weeks, starting on Friday 29th May. They will run from 10am to 10.40am. We would love to see you! Please fill in the form below and we will contact you with a zoom invitation: For more information:…

Getting ready for the World Knitting day

In preparation for the World Knitting Day, Adele takes you through what you need to know to be able to knit squares. And also, find the knitting pattern here for you to print and refer to during the knitting day event Don’t forget to register: Register here

Register now – World knitting Day

Knitting, he thought, was a comfort to the soul. It was regular. It was repetitious. And, in the end, it amounted to something. Jan Karon, At Home in Mitford Our World Knitting Day was such a success in 2019 that we decided to do it again this year. How? you might ask, given the corona virus restrictions on social distancing. The answer to everything these days seems to be ‘Zoom’, so we thought we would give it a go! Saturday…

Reflecting about Happier Times when in Isolation

While in isolation I’m reading some great novels by Australian women writers like Di Morrissey, Tamara McKinley and Fleur McDonald. Which books are you reading and enjoying? In the quiet moments I’m also thinking more often of happy memories of past times with family and friends. In the past we spent some lovely holidays on the surf coast. Now I’m enjoying re-reading some poems that I wrote in happier times – two years ago – about happier times with our…

New life in another place

Jessica was planning the watering system for her vegie box built from discarded timber. It was the size of an old galvanised bathtub, long discarded. The vegie box is a project while under lock down – an excuse for an old man to spend time with his granddaughter. The box took shape under the watchful eye of the old man, Jessica providing the labour. Measuring, assembling, drilling and screwing one piece at a time, the box standing assembled in the…

Nepal Reflection – Mountain Top experience

As I read the request for ‘Mountain Top’ experiences, I reflected about my trip to Nepal in February to March this year. Not quite the ‘Mountain Top’ experience to which you may be referring, but I thought I would share it anyway. The planning for our trek began early in 2019 after a group of friends and I completed the ‘Three Capes Track’ in Tasmania and we thought let’s do something bigger!  So, the plan to trek in Nepal started to…

Playgroup on Zoom

So when early into this year we had to re-think how we would operate Playgroup in light of Covid-19 and social distancing we quickly took up the challenge of how to keep in touch with the 17 families with 25 children.

United in our Grief

As I’ve been creating (and recreating) resources, and as I’ve been listening to you all share what you’ve been up to, I’ve been struck by something I couldn’t quite name until I was part of a collegial conversation – one of my colleagues said we were currently ‘united in our grief’.

Family Easter Charades by Zoom

Charades is a family tradition in our family over at least 3 generations. It is based on the charades from the ABC Argonauts radio program in the 50’s. I’m sure some of you will remember it. We have to guess a 3-syllable word from 3 short scenes where each syllable is used as a word