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Sign of the Times September

This month’s pick for ‘Sign of the Times’ is Windsor Uniting Church which is clearly pitching for family outreach. To enter your ‘Sign of the Times” send your picture to journey@uccentre.ucaqld.com.au

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Congregations invited to a partnership this Christmas

Gifts of time and love are the best Christmas presents is the theme of a bold new mission strategy for Christmas 2005. The Communication Services Unit will be partnering with congregations to produce high-quality, low-cost resources for Christmas outreach in their local community.  Synod Mission Consultant Rev Dr Graham Beattie says Christmas is an ideal opportunity to invite people to ...

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New recruit joins an old order

Emma-Kate Moore recently joined the Youth and Children’s Ministry Unit as a candidate for the Order of St Stephen, which begun in the 1950s as a way of allowing people to serve sacrificially in ministry. Director of the Youth and Children’s Ministry Unit Michael Jeffrey says the Order is a perfect vehicle for Emma-Kate to give a year in active ...

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Forest Lake College keeps growing

Moderator of the Queensland Synod Rev Allan Kuchler unveiled a shield representing the Uniting Church during Forest Lake College’s twelfth birthday celebrations. The College was a landmark development both for the Forest Lake community and the Uniting and Anglican Churches, the first time the two churches had formed a partnership to operate a school. A set of shields, each rep-resenting ...

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YACMU has secrets to share

Strange things are afoot in the life of the Uniting Church in Queensland in youth and children’s ministry. YACMU Director Michael Jeffrey reports hearing positive stories about ministry in many areas. “Day camps in the last school holidays were as large as they have ever been and youth workers are feeling good about their ministry and excited about the growth ...

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NCYC 2007 finds Queensland change agent

Queenslander Dave Andrews will be one of the keynote speakers at the National Christian Youth Convention in Perth in January 2007. NCYC 2007 revolves around the theme ‘Agents of Change’ which will empower delegates to change and cause change. Dave Andrews has worked in India where he founded Dilaram, a Christian community. In Australia, Dave and his wife have been ...

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Renewing RE teachers

The Renew Conference, 10 October, focusing on how religious education nourishes our community will be hosted by Clairvoux MacKillop College in Mt Gravatt. The conference is for RE teachers, chaplains, children’s ministry and workers with keynote speaker Professor Brian Hill. Other workshop leaders include: Carole Danby (Ministry Education officer) and Wina Wintour (Youth and Children’s Ministry Team) both from the ...

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Church colleges prove more than just motels

With a combined 300 year heritage Brisbane university colleges associated with the Uniting Church in Australia are caring for over 1000 students each year in a supportive Christian environment. Principal of Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland Dr Stewart Gill said that the colleges are providing more than just beds for students to sleep on. “We are offering pastorally ...

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Beenleigh party helps renovate Rarongo

Beenleigh Working Party member Mrs Rhonda Middleton believed that even they arrived, there was the sense that they were involved with something greater than renovation of some buildings at Rarongo Theological College. The group continued working on the two buildings that a work party from Pittsworth had began. This involved walls, floors, roofs plumbing and electrical work, then the painting ...

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Presbytery caring for its own

Inspired by intense feeling at the March presbytery meeting, many North Queenslanders have responded to the needs of Australia’s northern most congregation on Thursday Island. The most eastern congregation, Magnetic Island, donated over $1000 towards materials. Bruce and Rosemary Chamberlain (members of the Bowen Congregation) volunteered to help paint the church. The presbytery provided airfares. More volunteers will follow to ...

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