Coming events 235 August

The Hub is open again
Tuesday and Thursdays

10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Glen Waverley Uniting Church, corner Bogong Avenue and Kingsway

This is a relaxed space offering light refreshments and a conversation space during school terms. The Hub hosts a special muffin morning tea on Thursday 29 August until midday.

Information, Judith, Ph: 9803 8373

Worship Angelica

First Sunday of the month (July to October)


St Leonard’s Uniting Church, Brighton Beach

The congregation hosts special musical performances as part of the morning liturgical service. On 7 July, Ping Jiang plays the Guzheng, a Chinese plucked zither with more than 20 strings and movable bridges. On 4 August, the Young Voices of Melbourne choir contributes to the service.

Information, Ph: 9592 9333, E. or W:

“Theology for the people”

Sundays (28 July to 18 August)

5.30 – 7.30 pm

Ringwood Uniting Church, Station Street

This four-part series by Rev Dr Monica Melanchton mixes the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and Christian tradition with issues of culture, identity, gender and more. This is an opportunity for inspiration without enrolling in a theology course.

Cost: $5, children free (soup, bread and children activities provided)

RSVP and information, Kerryn, Ph: 9870 6033 or E:


Multicultural Church Music Festival

Saturday 10 August

2.15 – 4.30 pm

St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

The afternoon features interactive audience participation singing African style call and response music, along with South Sudanese, Tongan, Chinese, Serbian and Burmese signing groups. A short prayer and praise service concludes the afternoon. Free admission, but please arrive early for a seat.

Dialogue in diversity – a moral compass for troubled times

Sunday 11 August

3.00 – 4.00 pm

Nunawading Uniting Church, 355 Whitehorse Road

This event is an open conversation with Emeritus Professor Joseph Camilleri OAM, La Trobe University. He has conducted numerous dialogues in local and international conflict situations as the founding director of the university’s Centre for Dialogue.

Cost: gold coin donation, with café discussion opportunity afterwards

Singularity sings for Africa

Sunday 11 August

2.30 pm

St John’s Uniting Church, Chapel Street, Cowes

Singularity presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous comic opera Patience. All proceeds support the continued success of Rubaga Youth Development Association (RYDA), Uganda.

Cost: $10 (adult), $5 (children/pensioners)

Patience – a performance

Sunday 18 August

2.30 pm

St James Uniting Church, Wattle Park

Singularity, a member of the Dandenong Ranges Music Council, presents a performance of this operatic collaboration by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Tickets: $10 with proceeds to Frontier Services

Information, Nancy, Ph: 9808 7848

An afternoon with Free Spirit
Sunday 25 August

2.00 pm
Glen Waverley Uniting Church, corner Bogong Avenue and Kingsway
Join us for an afternoon of songs and mayhem featuring sacred and contemporary music, and comedy.

Cost: $15 ($12 concession)

Information and tickets, Church office, Ph: 9560 3580

Healing the wounds of war

Sunday 25 August

10.30 am

St George’s East St Kilda Uniting Church, 4 Chapel Street

This is an annual memorial service honouring Australian defence personnel. Please bring battalion flags, banners and medals. Lunch ($10) will follow.

RSVP (for lunch) by Wednesday 14 August, Ph: 9692 9426 or E:

Information, Ph: 9731 0604

160 years of worship weekend celebration

Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September

St. Luke’s Uniting Church, Highton

Join us on Friday for a musical evening and a commemorative service at 9.30 am on Sunday. This features Moderator Dan Wootton. Planned festivities include a community luncheon after the service, historical displays and facility tours.

Information, Reverend Tony Johnson, M: 0421 331 894 or W:

Save the date! Positive ageing – abundant living in older age

Saturday 31 August

9.30 am

North Balwyn Uniting Church

In conjunction with Uniting Aged Care, this is a positive ageing seminar with keynote speakers Janet Wood (“Positive ageing, a new conversation”) and Rev Dr Stephen Ames (“A theology of ageing”). Also presented are 6 workshops with smaller discussions.

Registration, Nell, Ph: 9857 8412 or E:

Common Dreams conference

Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September

Manning Clark Centre, Australian National University, Canberra

These triennial conferences assemble renowned local and international speakers on progressive Christian issues. Professor Marcus Borg, Reverend Bruce Sanguin, Reverend David Felten, Dr Val Webb, Dr Lorraine Parkinson and others are presenters at this year’s event.

Information, Ph: 9571 4575 or W:

90 years celebration in the Church building

Sunday 29 September

10.30 am

Toolamba Uniting Church (formerly Presbyterian)

Please join the congregation celebrating this occasion with a parish service and light lunch.

Information, Brian Williams, Ph: 5824 1812

Marriage: An Interfaith Symposium

Monday 30 September to Tuesday 2 October

Thomas Carr Centre, Victoria Parade, East Melbourne

The program provides participants with knowledge and insights into how each religious tradition understands the institution of marriage, prepares for and celebrates weddings, and supports married couples through the many joys and difficulties of life.

Information, Ph: 9926 5708 or E:

100 Years Celebration
Friday 4 to Sunday 6 October

Hamilton Uniting Church

Hamilton UCA is celebrating the church centenary with a Friday evening concert, centenary dinner on Saturday and thanksgiving service on Sunday. A display of memorabilia will be available throughout. We look forward to having former members and ministers join us. Info: Elaine Edwards, P: 5572 4627, E: or Ian Black, E:

“Who is my neighbour?” – Uniting Church Adult Fellowship national celebration
Wednesday 16 to Sunday 20 October

Esplanade River Suites, Como, Western Australia

The event features Bible study leaders Reverend Dr Elizabeth Raine and Reverend Dr John Squires with guest speakers Sue Ash (UnitingCare West), Reverend Robert Dummermuth (Nullabor Frontier Services Patrol), John Knowles (Good Samaritan Industries), and Hon Justice John McKechnie (Justice of the W.A. Supreme Court). Outings and activities.

Cost: $990 (includes accommodation, linen and meals)

Information, David Wang, Ph: 9251 5255 or E:

150 years celebration

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October

Mount Macedon Uniting Church

The congregation has planned a weekend of activities to mark this occasion. This commences with the picnic lunch on the 19th (with participants in period costume where possible), followed by a special service and luncheon on the 20th. Especially encouraged to attend are all friends and former members of the congregation.

Information, E:

Decommissioning service

Sunday 20 October

2.00 pm

Keilor East (formally St Marks), corner Dinah Parade and Neville Street

Please join the congregation for this event that also marks 50 years of worship in the building. Afternoon tea follows.

Information, Barbara, Ph: 9449 8055 or Carol, Ph: 9337 6643

160th anniversary

Friday 8 to Sunday 10 November

Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton

Please join past and present members of the congregation (formerly known as Black Street Congregational Church) marking this occasion.

Information, Ph: 9592 4716 or E:

Methodist Babies Home annual reunion

Saturday 9 November

12.00 pm

Terrace Café, Melbourne Botanical Gardens

This is an invitation for people with a connection to the MBH South Yarra branch.

Information, Roger Watkins, Ph: 9546 1201

Presbytery of Gippsland bus tour

Monday 11 to Friday 15 November

This is a five-day tour of the area and some of its innovative ministries. It is open to all, especially those who partake in the annual UCAF tour, which is not happening this year. Accommodation provided is two nights each at the Grantville and Lake Tyers campsites.

Cost: $290, including most meals

Registration, Philip Liebelt, E:, Pst: P.O. Box 178 Trafalgar Vic. 3824 or M: 0400 631264

150 years celebration

Sunday 17 November

10.00 am

Newington Uniting Church, Wallington

Newington UCA is celebrating 150 years of Christian witness with a thanksgiving service followed by a BBQ lunch and display of memorabilia to mark this momentous occasion.

Friends, former members, Ministers and lay preachers invited to attend.

RSVP: by Thursday 31 October

Information, Ph: 5256 3034, E: or P: 4 Crane Court, Ocean Grove, 3226

From Honest to God

Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 November

Melbourne, TBA

This short conference marks the 50th anniversary of John A T Robinson’s book, a significant influence on the development of “progressive” Christian theology.

Information, W:

World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women South Pacific area seminar

Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 July 2014

Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane

Theme: “A Challenge to Live with Risk, Compassion and Celebration”

Join women from six South Pacific nations at this event, which features bible study leader Reverend Dr Elizabeth Nolan with guest speakers Reverend Amel Manyon (Dinka Faith Community, South Australia) and Rosemary Young (Frontier Services). Cost: $600 (includes accommodation, meals, linen, activities, ½-day river trip and 75th anniversary dinner).

Registration: Before Monday 30 September 2013 (30 places available)

Information, David Wang, Ph: 9251 5255 or E:

Rupanyup Church 100 year celebration

Saturday 7 (Woods museum visit, evening meal and fellowship)

Sunday 8 September (10.30 am worship and luncheon)

Join us and guest preacher Reverend Ian Johnson who was at the Church between 1972 and 1976, in marking this centenary and opening of the time capsule.

Information, Barry Baker, Ph: 5385 5141 or Anne Matheson, Ph: 5385 5138

UAC Strathdon Community: 10th annual children’s art competition and show

Friday 9 August

3.00 pm

Community Centre, 17 Jolimont Rd Forest Hill

Join students and parents from local primary schools for the art exhibition. The winning school receives an overall prize of $150, with individual prizes up for grabs as well. The main raffle prize is a Nintendo 3DS (RRP $200) and each adult admission receives entry into the draw.

Cost: $5 (adults), children free

Information, Ann Chan, Ph: 9845 3105

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