Birthday bash at Burwood Heights


Burwood Heights Uniting Church’s English conversations group reached a new milestone last month when it celebrated its fifth birthday.

ECOS (English Conversations for Overseas Students) was formed in 2012 to provide informal English practice for international students, working holiday travellers, new migrants and refugees.

Approximately 11 to 17 participants gather at Burwood Heights Uniting Church every Sunday ...

City mouse/country mouse


This month, Glen Waverley Uniting Church in the suburbs of Melbourne and the tiny Western District town of Beeac will celebrate 10 years of shared Sunday services.

It was on 11 November 2007, that the 168km distance between the two congregations was traversed via the internet. The pioneering project uses technology to deliver the ...

Long service chorister

In 1946, the hugely popular George Logie Smith was director of music at The Geelong College and choirmaster at St David’s Presbyterian Church Geelong.

Keen to add young people to the church choir, he invited some dayboys at the college to become choristers. He believed that when the boys joined the choir young girls would ...

80 years in the Mallee

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On Sunday 24 September, the Walpeup Uniting Church was filled to capacity for its 80th anniversary.

Moderator Rev Sharon Hollis and presbytery minister Rev Gordon Bannon joined approximately 65 people in celebration at the town in the Mallee district, 130 miles (209km) south of Mildura.

A Christian community existed ...

Speed date a Muslim


First dates can be pretty awkward encounters, especially when you have nothing to talk about, but there were plenty of energetic conversations at the Speed Date a Muslim event held at St John’s Uniting Church Elsternwick in August.

Approximately 40 people from different faith backgrounds came together to hear the firsthand experiences of Muslim women ...

Laced with love for moderator


Lace was the theme of the latest city/country ‘showdown’ between two Uniting Church ministers at this year’s Synod meeting.

In what has become something of a tradition, Rev Cynthia Page and Rev Claire Dawe have enjoyed a friendly op shop rivalry for some years.

Claire is the minister for the Chelsea Parish, made up ...

Celebrating 175 years of witness in Geelong


One hundred and seventy five years is an extraordinarily long period by any measure – three quarters of the entire time of European settlement in Australia – but that is the anniversary being celebrated this year by the Wesley congregation at Yarra Street, Geelong.

On Sunday 22 October, this major milestone will be celebrated with ...

Still going strong 70 years on

Howard Secomb can look back on 70 years as an ordained minister but still wants to talk about the future.

“The faith is still strong,” the 95-year-old said after attending the Service of Tributes at Synod 2017, where he was the longest ordained minister in attendance.

Mr Secomb, who has been to every Synod ...

Presidential seal of approval


Visitors to Uniting AgeWell’s Noble Park Community might be surprised to see residents holding and stroking a very cute and quite noisy baby seal.

But what is perhaps even more surprising is that the cuddly critter is actually an advanced robot that has even charmed a former US president.

PARO, which stands for ...

Golden opportunity


When Julie Blake was flipping through Crosslight earlier this year, she noticed that the Kalgoorlie Uniting Church – in Western Australia’s remote Goldfields region – was offering accommodation in the manse in return for people willing to take services.

Julie and her husband Ricky were already planning a trip from their home in Tasmania’s North-West ...