Messy Church Friday September 18th 2020

Hi Messy Church Friends!

Our next Messy Church Zoom will be 4:30pm Friday 18th September – put it on the calendar!

We will be talking about “How Precious and Special we are to God!”

Some fun things are happening during our actual Messy Church Zoom Meeting- including craft, music and catching up and seeing all our friends!

Some things to have ready for our Activity Time

  • Think about something that is Special to you (adults too), and bring it to our Zoom time so we can share your special treasure. It might be a toy, or a special rock, just something that means a lot to you.
  • Print out the two attachments to this Invitation- one is a word search and one is a colouring puzzle page- so have some colouring pencils and pens ready too.
  • Your singing dancing selves for some fun games and music.

Word Search

Colouring Puzzle Page

Thinking Spot

When we think of God’s Precious people in the world right now, and we know many are struggling in the strange challenging place due to the  pandemic or life experiences. But we often feel- what can we do? Some organisations that do help: Uniting World, Save the Children, UNICEF or World Vision.

Maybe a suggestion might be to make it a family project to find ways, through these organisations, that you can help to show that others are precious too.

We miss you, we hope you’re well and safe, and we look forward to seeing you again on Friday September 18th  at 4:30pm.

Love from St Luke’s Messy Church: Barbara, Shaghek, Paul, Judy, Jean and Robyn

PS have you read this book before?  We have a copy in the St Luke’s Library!

StLukes’s bookshelf: read

You Are Special
it was amazing
A timeless story, filled with the assurance of God’s love and offering insight into the ways in which we become anxious about our place and value in the world.

 


goodreads.com

Sunday 19th April: Easter 2 – Online Worship

Grace and Peace to you all, in the name of Jesus.

Heartfelt thanks to Linda Salamy for editing this week’s worship service so that I could catch up on some very behind university study!  Thanks to Paul and Sue for presenting our worship today.

We also have many families from our Messy Church community who celebrate Orthodox Easter this weekend as part of their traditions – here are some special greetings from some of them!

If you are wanting to sing today, you might enjoy this favourite – “Be Thou My Vision”:

We also have some multi-sensory activities for you to do at home:

Easter 2 Resources

You might like to try dyeing your own eggs with Costa and friends:

 

Please keep in your prayers our partners in the Pacific, particularly Vanuatu, as they deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Harold.    Here is an update from UnitingWorld about the impact of COVID19 on our partners from poorer nations:

Above all, we urge you to continue to uphold one another in prayer, and we pray that you and your loved ones stay safe and well, and know the transforming presence of Jesus through these challenging and uncertain times.

Sunday 5th April 2020 – Online Worship – Palm Sunday

Hello friends!

You can find our Palm Sunday worship on Youtube here:

In our second episode of Worship online, Paul shares a reflection on what Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem says about the kind of leader he is – a servant leader. In the turmoil of the COVID19 pandemic, what kind of service are you called to?

Linda leads us in prayers of the people and gives thanks for the people serving our community now, despite the risk to themselves and their families.

We meet Shaghek Qassabyan, our new Community Ministry Worker for St Luke’s.

Shaghek (R) pictured here with Rae Anderson and friend at the Garage Sale in 2018.

For some music listening, please enjoy “From a Still Small Voice” performed by Leigh Newton, with thanks to Craig Mitchell for sharing!

Lent event

As the COVID19 pandemic ripples through our UnitingWorld’s partner countries, we are more conscious than ever of the need to support our neighbours who have much less than we do.

The future of our world depends on people of all faiths and backgrounds being able to work together for good. In Maluku, Ambon, Rev Jeny is working with high school students to train up leaders for our region who embrace difference, respect each other and have a passion for peace.

Today we’ll meet the students and hear about Rev Jeny’s inspiring work.
Please visit www.lentevent.com to help it continue.  UnitingWorld continues to stand alongside people in Ambon and far beyond, and they need our help.

Please keep praying for Rev Jeny and her team, Mary, Attika, Petrus and Nyoman.

Resources for home

Linda Salamy has gathered some multi-sensory activities you can download and do from home in your devotional time.

Palm Sunday craft resources

Karen from Western Heights Uniting Church shows us how to fold our own  paper palm crosses:

We hope you have a peaceful and reflective Holy Week – may God give you the wisdom and insight to discern how you might continue to bring light and hope in troubled times, and may you be well, may you be happy, may you be safe in Christ’s love.

Stay tuned later today for a special Kid’s Church edition of online worship!

 

 

Sunday 29th March – Worship online

Hello friends,

Here is our first completely socially-distanced online worship service:

We hope that you are safe at home and feeling connected even though we are physically distant.  If you are looking for something to sing along to, you might enjoy this version of the Hymn “In Christ Alone”:

Lent Event

2 weeks ago, New Zealand commemorated the first anniversary of the Christchurch Massacre – a tragic reminder of the hatred, intolerance and misunderstanding in our communities, but also of the beauty of people pulling together to bring solace and solidarity. Today we meet three old friends – a mix of Muslim and Christian women for whom friendship across faith boundaries has proved rich and lifegiving. Do you know people of other faiths with whom you could have a (physically distant) meal and develop stronger relationships?

Next week: Blessed are the peacemakers

Message from the Moderator

Two great learning opportunities for developing faith communities

March is a busy month for learning about new ways of doing faith and discipleship.  If you’re interested in exploring faith for the 2020s and beyond, sign up!

Register here: https://www.ucappep.org/forming-disciples-in-a-missional-church/

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/new-and-renewing-gathering-tickets-87072412931

For more information, contact Mat Harry on mat.harry@victas.uca.org.au

 

Cruising in November with St Luke’s friends

Photo by Matthew Barra from Pexels

Princess Cruises….. November always appears to be a good month to take a well earned holiday before we turn our attention to celebrating Christmas. I am organising a Princess ‘Sapphire’ Cruise for 6 nights and 7 days commencing 10 November 2020. 

Destination: Depart Melbourne, Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and disembark Melbourne.

Cruising appeals to couples, singles, family and friends and promises a wonderful holiday. You are invited to join our cruise. 

Expressions of Interest close with me on Monday 2nd March ’20.

Rae Anderson

Mobile: 0413 888 884

 

Barwon Uniting Combined Pancake Day 10am-1pm Sat 22nd February

Uniting Churches of the Uniting Barwon Local Engagement Group

(LEG) are joining forces with Uniting to host a BIG Pancake Day Event

in the center of Geelong City. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our UCA presence across our wonderful city and support local community needs.  Proceeds earmarked for Uniting Housing and Homelessness Support Services in Geelong.

Volunteers are needed for the following tasks: 

  • Set-up – Pack Up: 9.00 to set up stall/kitchen From 1:00 to pack up
  • Cooks – to prepare and flip pancakes.
  • Runners – to replenish supplies to the stall
  • Admin – to do the paper-work and monitor the finances
  • Servers – to dish-up pancakes
  • Hosts – to be a friendly presence on the day, to share info about local congregations (and to distribute any hand-outs your congregation would like to share).
  • Coordinators – to coordinate volunteers, and oversee operations at the Central City stall site, and the kitchen.

LET’S GIVE GEELONG A BIG DELICIOUS TASTE OF OUR UCA HOSPITALITY – AND THE CHANCE TO HELP OUT THE VULNERABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

CONTACT LISA STEWART – Lisa.Stewart@vt.uniting.org TO REGISTER

Barbara and Pam – sharing the hospitality of God while raising funds for Uniting!