Christmas is coming – organise your cards now from the Leprosy Mission, Uniting and Uniting World

Not wanting to emulate the shops, however given the slower delivery rates of letters through Australia Post these days, those of you who still like to send Christmas cards may be interested in the charity cards we have available.

A thankyou from our visiting speakers last year

Leprosy Mission

Val Grills, our Leprosy Mission “champion”, is ordering cards through the mission to sell to our regular church supporters this year.  If you would like to place an order through the church, please send an email to the office and we will let you know what is available once Val’s order has arrived.  You can also support the Leprosy Mission through their online shop here:


They have some beautiful and useful items available which would make great gifts for the people you’re missing.   Our friends at the Leprosy Mission have called to let us know that they are praying for us and to offer their support – some of you may remember the visit of Tim and Amar last year to share the good news of the work they are doing to help people with Leprosy overcome discrimination and have a good quality of life.


Uniting Christmas cards are available in packs of 10 for $10 from the office on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Cards can be dropped off to you in the 3216 postcode.

Uniting World

Uniting World is working with our church partners in other countries to try to limit the impacts of COVID-19 as well as other work of poverty mitigation and peace building.  You can support their work through purchasing gift cards which represent things like health care or school packs, or goats and chickens!

If you’d like to place an order, you can check the online “Everything in Common” gift catalogue here:

and email the office to place your order and organise payment – or simply shop online!  We do have gift cards left over from last year here at the church.


Christ Church Winter Woolies and Wonders Market

From our friends at Christ Church in Geelong:

Don’t miss the Winter Woolies and Wonders Market

at Christ Church Hall, cnr Moorabool and McKillop Streets, Geelong…

on Saturday 27th June 2020 from 9.30am- 1.30pm….

including –

  • knitted and wearable items
  • cakes and slices
  • jams and preserves
  • plants and bargain bins!

… and lots more too!

….social distancing and all health restrictions will be met, and there’s lots of on site parking! …don’t miss this great opportunity to get that special present for that special someone.. or for yourself! …

…don’t miss the 2020 Woolies Market!

Community Appeals Underway at the moment

Friends, the office is receiving  quite a few end of financial year appeals for support from local community organisations as well as our Uniting Church agencies.  I thought I would post them here in case these are causes you would like to support.

Anam Cara House:

Barwon Health Foundation:

Frontier Services Bush Chaplaincy:

The trusted friend who turns up at the gate


Changes to Honey Sales

Dear Friends of St Luke’s,

Peter Gill has been looking after the Edmonds honey sales in support of the Bushikori Christian Centre in Uganda for many years.

Peter is now storing the honey at his home, and welcomes all those who are needing honey to contact him on his mobile 0428 716 578.

Winter is a good time for crumpets and honey!

(Here’s a recipe for the crumpets to go with the honey.)

Enjoy a song from the children at the centre singing for visitors from Church by the Bay in 2014:



St Luke’s Community Garage Sale Saturday 22nd of February

St Luke’s is holding a Garage Sale on Saturday 22nd of February from 8am to 12 noon.


Funds raised go toward activities supported and undertaken by St Luke’s, including Men’s Shed, Repair Cafe, providing Household goods to newcomers and others in need, and much more. You are welcome to book a site at the sale and sell your own items too!

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.



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