Queensland Synod News

What happens when young people are unleashed?

Over the weekend of 18-21 January, 160 teenagers and youth leaders hit the streets of the Sunshine Coast, performing Timely Acts of Generosity (TAG) – and they are not finished yet, reports Jane Moad. Attendees at the Queensland Uniting Church youth event, Summer Madness, spent an afternoon bringing a smile to people's faces, only asking for one thing in return: ...

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Youth service recognised by Australia Day award

Bernie Scobie, a long-time member of Paradise Point Uniting Church on the Gold Coast, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day 2013 Honours List. The award was made for service to the community through youth and charitable organisations. The new recipient is quick to point out he would never would have received the ...

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Children’s ministry takes centre stage at Ignite

The latest ideas and resources for children's ministry will be showcased at the annual Ignite Children's Ministry Conference and Expo in Brisbane next month. The day-long event is a project of the Queensland Children's Ministry Network, an ecumenical network which provides specialist training and resources. Ignite will include more than 40 displays and 70 electives, with delegates from 20 different ...

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New Bible study resource focuses on families

Two ministers from Deception Bay Uniting Church, John Dansie and Mark Cornford, are developing a new multigenerational approach to Bible study. The concept is based on Faith Chronicles, a program created by a church in America. The resource encourages families to spend 30 minutes to an hour hearing stories from the Bible and discussing a few simple questions, all while ...

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Legacy enables new mission in Redcliffe

THE legacy of one man's life and faith has become a gift that keeps on giving for Redcliffe Uniting Church and the peninsula community. When lifelong church member Neil Grant died in 2010, he left his estate to Redcliffe Uniting Church, which is using the interest on investments to support a range of mission and community projects. But it's not ...

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Bringing the Christmas story to life

Strolling through Indooroopilly Hundreds of people are expected to attend the annual Stroll through Bethlehem at Indooroopilly Uniting Church, Brisbane, when the church precinct is transformed into the ancient streets of Bethlehem. The free event will be held on 20–22 December from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Contact the church office on 3878 9535 or visit indooroopillyuc.org.au. Festival of Christmas Lights Elanora ...

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Education pioneer begins new chapter

"WHEN are you going to join the real ministry?" is a question that Dr Sue Fairley has been asked often during more than 45 years of service with the Methodist, and then the Uniting Church. "My answer then, and now, is that I was never called to the ordained ministry. "I always felt strongly connected to lay education, and still ...

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Creating leaders for challenging times

FOUR theology students graduated from Trinity Theological College in October. Acting Principal Rev Dr Malcolm Coombes says that Trinity graduates are moving on to exciting and challenging times. "This year we are seeing Fa Ngaluafe and Stephen Rothery exiting and have seen Craig Batty and John Dansie exit halfway through the year. "Queensland will certainly benefit from all their enthusiasm, ...

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If the hat fits, wear it

AT Camp Cobbold, people wear different hats. The city kids wear baseball caps, and the country kids wear big old Akubras. Some kids have never played cricket, and some have never mustered cattle using a helicopter. Both groups have travelled a long way to reach this idyllic spot in the Cobbold Gorge, six hours drive from Townsville. The mothers from ...

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State of the Synod

HOW are we, the Uniting Church in Queensland, travelling towards our Vision 2020? This is a good question to ask at just over a year since we gathered for the 29th Synod meeting. THE role of Moderator provides me with an opportunity to visit many places. Some places have enthusiastically embraced the call to be Uniting in Christ, acting with ...

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