Tips for recording yourself for online presentations

Dear friends,

It has been so lovely to see our people  in our online worship and other presentations, sharing greetings, bible readings and prayers.

As one of the editors, I get to see your recordings many times and come up  with creative ways to present your contributions so that you are clearly seen and heard.

I want to encourage those of you who are “brave” enough, to consider joining the “digital worship roster”, to help present and prepare items for Sunday morning, Messy Church, Kid’s church and other opportunities we have to share the story of Jesus’ transforming grace and our lives as a community of faith.

Here are some tips for helping you to prepare a great video recording:

In summary:

  • – Smartphones are fine
  • – Record from a fixed position
  • – Make sure the light source is in front of you, not behind you
  • – Record in Landscape, not portrait
  • – Record in a quiet environment
  • – Do a test to check if you are loud enough
  • – Pause at the beginning and end of the video, and after a stumble so that the editor can work their magic
  • – Don’t be nervous! We love to see our people in our worship!

Thanks to Abigail and Christopher for their help with photos and sound effects!

We look forward to seeing many more St Luke’s faces and hearing your voices as we continue to gather virtually to keep one another safe.  If you are interested in helping to prepare a segment for one of our online ministries, please let either Paul or myself know by emailing the office – info (at)


Prayer Shawls For Bushfire Areas

Pastoral Connections have been seeking contacts who could take and make available to those in the fire-ravaged areas some of our hand-knitted and crocheted shawls, with a card assuring those suffering that we are praying for them. We have had a wonderful response, with the following distribution numbers and areas:

  • 6 shawls and 4 knee rugs went to Orbost on 11th January.
  • 7 shawls and 3 knee rugs went to a chaplain in Merimbula for delivery to Bombala on the 19th January.
  • 5 shawls went to Bright for distribution by the UCA minister.

We still have some available to give to those in fire areas. Please contact Beth on 52436874 if you know of someone who could be comforted by the gift, or who can take into the areas for distribution.

Prayer Shawls ready for delivery

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!

Uniting Barwon need Volunteers – Can you help?


Uniting Barwon urgently needs motivated, reliable NEWSTART clients to join our passionate team of volunteers.

Uniting Barwon (formerly UnitingCare Geelong) is an emergency relief agency providing assistance to individuals and families in our local community who need practical support during times of financial and personal struggle.

We need more volunteers to join the retail teams based at our Op Shops in Point Lonsdale, Drysdale, East Geelong, Hamlyn Heights, Corio, Norlane and Highton, and our welfare teams in Grovedale, Norlane and Winchelsea.

URGENT vacancies include:

  • Saturday 10am-12pm retail shifts at our Highton Op Shop
  • Saturday 10am-3pm retail shifts at our Hamlyn Heights Op Shop
  • Monday and Friday 9am-1pm interviewer shifts at Norlane

Other vacancies include:

  • Weekday 10am-4pm shifts at our 7 Op Shops (customer service, merchandising etc.)
  • Weekday morning and/or afternoon shifts:
  • Receptionist (organising client appointments, phone and face to face)
  • Clothing and food distribution (assisting our clients)
  • Pickups and deliveries (van crew member or driver)
  • Grounds and maintenance (mowing, weeding, cleaning etc.)
  • Interviewing (assisting our clients)
  • Sorting of donations (clothing and bric a brac etc.)
  • Assisting with our monthly book sale (sorting and selling books)
  • Welfare all-rounder (Reception, Interviewing, Food and Clothing distribution and Sorting at Grovedale and Norlane)
  • Admin, finance and business related roles

If you—or someone you know—would enjoy being part of a can-do volunteer team, please contact Elizabeth Hopkin on 4210 1113 or email


Support vulnerable people in the community and help make a difference.

*Volunteer appointments are subject to satisfactory Working with Children Check, criminal history checks and reference checks prior to commencement.

First Aid Training at Wesley Uniting Church

Volunteers at St. Luke’s are encouraged to consider First Aid training.  Please contact your Ministry Team Leader if you would like to attend. This course has been organised by Wesley Uniting in partnership with Cameron Walker, the UCA Vic/Tas Safety Officer. This is a great opportunity to refresh or learn new skills. The courses are fully accredited.

  • Tuesday 25th June 2019
  • Wesley Geelong Uniting Church 100 Yarra Street GEELONG
  • 9AM TO 3.30PM

These courses have been greatly discounted to $110.00 per person.

Catering will be provided. Please note that there may be a small charge to cover the catering costs.  

How to book:

  • Click on link to book online:
  • Clink on enrol and select continue button in blue.
  • Follow prompts to fill in details.
  • Payment to be made by credit/debit card (VISA or Mastercard) on enrolment to secure place.


  • Call 03 9530 7111 to book over the phone with Premium Health Customer Service
  • Payment to be made by credit/debit card (VISA or Mastercard) on enrolment to secure place.

Op Shop Volunteers Urgently needed


Are you keen to volunteer in the Porter Ave Op Shop 2 hours (or more) a month?

Uniting Barwon URGENTLY needs  motivated reliable volunteers from 10am till 12pm Saturdays!

Uniting Barwon (formerly UnitingCare Geelong) is an emergency relief agency providing assistance to individuals and families in our local community who need practical support during times of financial and personal struggle.

If you—or someone you know—would enjoy being part of a can-do volunteer team, please contact Elizabeth Hopkin on 4210 1113 or email

Support vulnerable people in the community and help make a difference.

*Volunteer appointments are subject to satisfactory criminal history checks, reference checks and Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

Clean Up Australia Day Sunday 3rd of March

Clean up Australia Day
Our environment is no place to leave rubbish and debris lying around, so we’re teaming up again to clean up the Barrabool Rd Stormwater Basins.  Please register and join us at the Clean Up Australia website, then spread the word to come along and work off those unwanted pancake calories from  the pancake feast following the church service on Sunday March 3; Clean Up Australia Day.
Be visible in our local community; help us to be seen cleaning and taking care of our locality.  Our efforts are making a difference; the quantity and types of rubbish needing to be removed from our local area is gradually reducing each year.

We’d love your help on the day if you would like to sign up to be a volunteer at our Clean Up site.  this is my volunteer page!

Want to get in touch or have a question about the Clean Up?

Contact Robyn at the church office 52442997.

Got a question for Clean Up Australia? You can send an enquiry to or give them a call on 1800 CUA DAY ( 1800 282 329 )

Thank you for your support! Remember – change starts with you!

Best wishes,


Sunday Morning Worship Rosters

St Luke’s has been blessed by the work that Pam Seller and Ian Pooley have done over the past several years in ensuring that our Sunday Morning Worship is well supported by the volunteers from the congregation.

From now on, the role of organising and co-ordinating the volunteers for Sunday morning Worship returns to the St Luke’s Office co-ordinator – Robyn Hodge – commencing with the March roster.  Roles that are usually organised by particular people will continue to be done by those people.
Volunteers can notify Robyn of changes and availability on 52442997 or email
There may be some hiccups in the first couple of months, but I trust that people will be understanding and gracious as any problems are sorted out.  Thanks to all of you who help the weekly Sunday Morning Worship service to happen!
Pam and Sonya on Morning Tea duty
Robyn Hodge, Office Co-ordinator.

Christmas volunteering fun at Westfield

From Rev. Ann Key

Over the past few years if you have done any shopping in Market Square round about Christmas time, you may have seen the nativity dress up, story -telling, or Christmas craft making.  Then again, you might not have, because it has been a bit hidden away.

However this year, after much negotiating on the part of the Reverend Elizabeth Breakey, Vicar of the Bellarine Gateway Anglican Parish, this ecumenical outreach will be right next door to Gloria Jeans. You won’t be able to miss it!

And so you, and your Congregation don’t feel left out of this wonderful ministry, this is to invite you to participate!

We need your help to make this work, and would appreciate your prayerful consideration, before saying you are too busy…

From the 11th –  22nd December there will be colouring in for adults and children(giant stained glass windows which will later go on display in the shopping centre), the opportunity for people/ families  to dress up in costumes and have a photo taken in the nativity(on-going), and story -telling (12.00 -12.30).

We only need 3-4 people each day, and will give instructions, information etc so that it is a great experience for all volunteers, each one of whom must hold a current Working With Children Check.

If you would like to volunteer and have a current WWCC, please contact

Reverend Elizabeth Breakey : vicar[at]  and let her know what you can help out. Only 7 days left to fill! Hurry, or you might miss out!  15, 17, 18, 22 and 23 December slots already gone!