29th Synod

29th Synod: Together on the Way, Enriching Community

AFTER FIVE days, members of the 29th Synod of the Uniting Church in Queensland closed the meeting in worship on Wednesday 12 October, 2011, at Alexandra Park Conference Centre on the Sunshine Coast. More than 340 voting members from all over the Church in Queensland joined visitors, staff and volunteers to celebrate the work of God through the Church and ...

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Country wins out over City in Synod football game

The crowd spilt out onto the ground as the Synod Charles Farnsworthy III memorial touch football game commenced on Sunday 9 October 2011. In true Synod meeting tradition the ‘grudge’ match between the City and Country teams was hotly contested with the series locked up one all. City was boosted by at least four representatives of FUN Synod, with their ...

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Celebrating ministry

The second day of business at the 29th Synod meeting of the Uniting Church in Queensland (Sunday 9 October) closed with a celebration of ministries. Since the 28th Synod meeting, in 2008, nine ministers retired, 14 passed away, 11 were ordained, and one youth worker was commissioned. Minutes of Appreciation were given to retirees Rev David Bernard, Rev Dr Robert ...

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Synod worship gets messy

On Sunday 9 October, members of the 29th Synod experienced worship as Messy Church. Led by FUN (For Under Nineteens) Synod delegates and the South-East corner youth and children’s workers, people roamed between 13 different activities based on the reading John 15:1-17 (The Vine and the Branches). Synod Bible study leader, Rev Wendi Sargeant, reminded members that “it’s OK to ...

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Worship amazes on first day of business

Worship on the first business day of the 29th Synod of the Uniting Church in Queensland was a reflection on the Call, “Uniting in Christ”. Bible study leader, Rev Wendi Sargeant, encouraged members of Synod to decorate cardboard cut-out people on their tables to represent all the people at the meeting as an “intercession action”. During the day people decorated ...

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Synod finances on the way, but not there yet

The Synod’s financial position was described as “at best stable” but “not out of the crisis” in the Finance, Investment & Property (FIP) Board report to the 29th Synod on 8 October. FIP Board Chairperson, Andrew McBryde, stated that the Synod was “on the way, but not there yet" and outlined the direct strategies the FIP Board were pursuing to ...

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Past Moderator reflects on times of struggle and joy in the role

On the first day of business of the 29th Synod, Saturday 8 October 2011, immediate past Moderator, Rev Bruce Johnson, reflected on his three-year term and the lessons learnt along the way. He said three words that summed up his term as Moderator were debt, disaster and discipleship. Mr Johnson began as Moderator in 2008 at the 27th Synod when the ...

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People on the way induct Queensland’s first female Moderator

The 29th Synod meeting of The Uniting Church in Queensland began on Friday 7 October 2011 with a celebration service and the induction of new Moderator, Rev Kaye Ronalds, at Unity College in Caloundra. Around 700 hundred people gathered with songs of praise in a celebration of the diversity of the Church in Queensland and to induct Queensland’s first female ...

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