Coming events

Act for Peace photograph exhibition

Sunday 1 December,
2.00 pm
Williamstown Uniting Church, Electra Street
Come and see what your Christmas Bowl donation accomplishes. Please note, the exhibition times change to between 6.00 and 9.00 pm from Monday 2 to 9 December

Annual Advent beach huts exhibition

Every Sunday in December
Queenscliff Uniting Church, corner of Hesse and Stokes Streets.
New huts are opened all through the month under the “Aussie Christmas” theme.
Information, Heather Gallagher, Ph: 5258 2854 or E:

Combined charities
Christmas card shop

Thursday 7 November to Saturday 14 December
9.30 am – 4.00 pm (Thursday and Friday)
9.30 am to 12.30 pm (Saturday)
North Essendon Uniting Church, 132 Keilor Road
The shop is run by Lentara UnitingCare.

Christmas spectacular

Sunday 8 December, 2.00 pm
Bairnsdale Uniting Church
Pipe Organist Thomas Heywood presents an afternoon concert series on the George Fincham Organ. Light refreshments provided during intermission. Cost: $20 (from Collins Booksellers Bairnsdale, students free). Information, Ph: 5152 3524 or 5152 4046

Taizé meditation

4th Sunday of the month (except January), 7.00 pm
Eltham Uniting Church, corner Main Road and John Street
A Taizé meditation and prayer service, supported by a trio of musicians (guitar, flute and violin), in a quiet hall with wonderful acoustics.
Information, M: 0419 511 328, E: or W:

Christmas Bowl dinner

Tuesday 10 December,
6.30 pm
Williamstown Uniting Church, Electra Street. Celebrate Human Rights Day where Christmas Bowl started. Tickets: $20 per person or $40 per family. RSVP by Friday 6 December, E: or Ph: 9397 5481

Children’s Christmas
Nativity Dress photographs

Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 December, 10.00 am–12.00 pm
Glen Waverley Uniting Church, corner Bogong Avenue and Kingsway
Get into the festive spirit and let your children or grandchildren dress up, be part of the Christmas story, and have their photographs taken for free (available for collection on Tuesday 10 December at the Christmas morning tea event from 10.00 am). Information, Judith, Ph: 9803 8373

Burwood Christmas Festival

Friday 6 December
4.30 – 8.30 pm
Burwood Uniting Church, corner Warrigal Road and Hyslop Street
Featuring Animals of Oz, the Potted Palms Salon Players, and the Follow the Star display and Christmas Tree Forest (open until Saturday 14 December). Please contact us for opening time details.
Information, Felicity, M: 0449 751 402 or W:

Foundations to build on,

A history book celebrating 50 years of the St Andrew’s church building in Horsham is available for sale. It costs $20, or $25 with the 1972 Methodist and 1958 Presbyterian history books. These two are available individually for $5. Please add $4 for postage. Information, Jenny, Ph: 5382 4380

Final service

Sunday 19 January, 10.00 am
Herald Street Uniting Church, Cheltenham. Past members and friends are invited to mark 50 years of worship and the congregation’s final service.
RSVP and information, Ph 9583 6620 or 9584 3203


Sunday 29 December, 10.00 am
413 – 417 Camp Road, Broadmeadows
Past members and ministers are cordially invited for this celebration marking 60 years of worship in the Church building, and closing of the site. Morning tea and a time of fellowship will follow. Please bring any memorabilia of our time together.
RSVP by Friday 20 December, Val Williams, Ph: 9357 8551

Centenary celebration

Sunday 2 February, 2.30 pm
Derrinallum Uniting Church
A thanksgiving service followed by afternoon tea marks this momentous occasion. RSVP for catering and information, Ph: 5567 6734 or 5596 2060

30 years of worship

Sunday 26 January,11.00 am
Bolwarra Uniting Church, Portland. Please join us during the Australia Day weekend in celebrating 30 years of committed worship in the community. RSVP and information, Sue Reiffel, E:

Creative Ministries Network, UnitingCare

Justice and Dignity for Widows
The theme for this year’s Service of Remembrance reflects a growing awareness that the grief experience of families bereaved by a work-related death can be exacerbated by legal, administrative, information and other practical barriers that they face. All bereaved families are welcome.
Further details and RSVP:
Updated Treasurers manual

Accounting Services, the Interim Finance Committee and the Audit Committee are pleased to announce that the Treasurers Manual for congregations has been updated.
We acknowledge the generous support provided by KPMG with the provision of an intern, Prakesh, who assisted in this process. The manual is available electronically on the Synod website at Information, Heather Ackland, Ph: 9251 5236 or E:

Out of the shadows: images and voices of Sri Lankan war trauma

Australian Catholic University gallery. This is a fundraising exhibition supporting a centre for holistic healing. “These images show the legacy of a war where safe zones were routinely targeted, where bloody battles took place right in the midst of homes and lives, and where the civilian sacrifice was significant. Showing the everyday struggle of living with agonising disfigurement, harrowing memories and departed loved ones.” Shelley Morris – Photographer. Further details and RSVP:

Strathdon Community’s 11th annual Art Exhibition

Friday 21 to Sunday 23 March 2014
Prizes include “Best painting in show” ($1000) and the Joyce and Fred Carstens award ($400).
Di King is the guest artist and Pamela Pretty is the judge. Entries close on Friday 28 February at 4.00 pm.
Entry Forms available from, or 9845 3105

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

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