Local Church News

On board for outreach

Rev Bruce Cornish and YWAM volunteer Krystal Cochran in front of the MV YWAM PNG. Photo by Ryan Alexander.

Townsville Central City Mission has partnered with our closest neighbours in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to deliver essential medical care. Dianne Jensen reports. The Uniting Church congregation at Townsville Central City Mission were quick to jump on board to assist with financial support and volunteers when YWAM (Youth with a Mission) Medical Ships came to Townsville in 2010. Since then ...

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Maleny branches out with Christmas tree festival

Maleny Uniting Church, Christmas tree festival. Photos were supplied.

Traditional Christmas celebrations complete with nativity scenes and religious carols might be too much for people used to an increasingly-secular Christmas, so Maleny Uniting Church is using the humble Christmas tree to bridge the gap between church and the wider community. Rohan Salmond reports. Christmas time is a great opportunity to share the love and hope of Jesus with people ...

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Strangers love this church in paradise

St Mary's by the Sea in Port Douglas. Photo by Elizabeth Clark.

When was the last time the sound of singing drew passers-by into your church? Dianne Jensen discovers why people can’t walk past St Mary’s by the Sea in Port Douglas, North Queensland. At the picturesque St Mary’s by the Sea in Port Douglas, the worship service is relayed by loudspeaker to the markets just outside. The voices from around the ...

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Albert Street celebrates 125 years

Evelyn and Douglas Levingston celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at Albert Street's 125th anniversary high tea. Photo by Wesley Mission Brisbane.

Hundreds of people have joined in worship, song, fun and laughter to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Albert Street Uniting Church. As one of the most iconic and photographed landmark’s in Brisbane, the historic church has witnessed more than 25 000 worship services, 5000 christenings and 15 000 weddings, since it opened in November 1889. To mark this significant milestone more ...

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Making a habit of helping

Ipswich Habitat for Humanity volunteers at a Brush with Kindness event in October: Wayne Hill (front) and left to right: Stephen Palmer, Ken Fischer, Ray and Kath Browning, and Dawn Foote. Photo by Trevor Foote.

Dianne Jensen reports on how the Glebe Road Uniting Church congregation in Ipswich is helping Queenslanders to keep a roof over their heads. Whether you are a dab hand with a paint brush or more at home with gardening gloves, Habitat for Humanity can use your skills. The Glebe Road congregation has become the hub of the Ipswich chapter of ...

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Friendship builds future

Girls singing at St James' Church of North India, Kangra. Photo taken by Frances Guard.

Relationship, not finance, is king in church partnership. Ashley Thompson talks to UnitingWorld and Maleny Uniting Church about their unique relationship with the church behind the Kangra Girls’ Hostel ministry in northern India. “[He said,] ‘We don’t want your money. Please don’t just go back home to Australia after your time here and send money to us’,” Paul Moore of ...

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Weipa welcomes cultural return

(L-R) Teddy Barkley (Cultural Advisor), Philemon Mene (Napranum Mayor), Irene and Stuart Scott and more. Photo taken by Brooke Prentis.

The return of irreplaceable artefacts to the Weipa community has been welcomed by the descendants of Old Weipa Mission. Brooke Prentis reports. Four woomeras, a dilly bag and some pieces of lacework taken from Old Weipa Mission have been returned to the Weipa community by grandchildren of the missionaries who worked there almost 100 years ago. On 8 July 2014 ...

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Both are transformed

Lovelyn Tonavi from Guadalcanal United Church in the Solomon Islands congregations and Kristy Coleman from Beenleigh Regional Uniting Church participate in a pastoral care workshop in Aola village. Photo taken by Alan Robinson.

Bruce Mullan looks at two very different churches with a great partnership. The United Church in Solomon Islands Guadalcanal Circuit and Beenleigh Regional Uniting Church in Logan have nothing much in common except a partnership which has been inspirational and transformative for both churches. Stephen Haase first travelled with two others from Beenleigh to the remote village of Koleasi in ...

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Day camp blossoms in Roma

Uniting Church day camp at Roma was packed with adventure. Photo taken by Shannan Rothery.

Take 45 primary school children with loads of energy and a bush paddock under a wide blue sky, and you have a Uniting Church day camp. Dianne Jensen reports. “It was cold and windy, but we had an absolute blast!” says Jodie Beitz, Roma Uniting Church member and one of the directors of the day camp held in Roma in ...

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Setting a place for everyone

Andy's Place volunteers at Friday lunch. Photo taken by Frank Millett.

Bundaberg families are “one unexpected expense away from crisis,” UnitingCare Community regional director Richard Johnson told NewsMail late last year. A free hot meal has never been in greater need. Ashley Thompson reports. Established 15 years ago by Judy Gallagher out of Bundaberg Uniting Church, Andy’s Place is a community-run soup kitchen offering three free meals a week to anyone ...

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