Celebrating 60 years of preaching

One of Dorothy Gordon’s earliest memories as a lay preacher was the night the Russians launched the Sputnik satellite into space.

“There was a very small congregation that night. There weren’t many of us there because they were all looking at Sputnik,” Dorothy recalled.

Dorothy’s journey to become a lay preacher began more than 60 years ago when ...

Reasons to celebrate

RANDALL PRIOR AND GILLIAN STEWARD

The 1960s was a visionary time in Alexandra in Victoria. Optimism for the future was high.

The growing number of children in church saw the construction of a building to provide more space for the thriving congregation.

The foundation stone was formally laid in 1966 and the church ...

From little things big things grow

One young congregation member’s desire to make a difference has inspired Buninyong Uniting Church to raise much-needed funds for homeless people in Ballarat.

Last December, nine-year-old Leila asked her parents if she could do something to help those struggling with financial difficulty during the Christmas season.

With the support of her parents, Leila set about making ...

Rev ready for motorcycle ministry

Tell Andrew Delbridge that he has to get on his bike for the new role of Alpine Regional Resource Minister and he couldn’t be happier.

The role, created by the Presbytery of North East Victoria, calls on Mr Delbridge to develop resource networks and provide ministerial and pastoral support for a region that extends just ...

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

MERLE POLE

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 ...