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New faces in ministry

Iris Marais I come from humble beginnings and grew up in Johannesburg. My awareness of Jesus’ love for me led me to become a Christian when I was 16-years-old through a confirmation course in the Methodist Church in South Africa. This gave me a solid foundation in Christianity, but my time at Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London exposed me ...

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Why we mourn

Uniting Church congregations, agencies and schools across Australia observed a Day of Mourning on or around 20 January at the request of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, endorsed by the 15th Assembly in 2018. Journey reports on the service held at Tewantin Uniting Church on the Sunshine Coast. The Murdering Creek massacre at Yandina Station, as depicted in ...

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Deep roots and open arms make Bulimba a church for all

Multigenerational ministry at Bulimba Uniting Church is ensuring a healthy and engaged congregation at one of Brisbane’s oldest churches. Dianne Jensen reports. The beautiful white timber Uniting Church at the roundabout leading to Bulimba village is an easy Brisbane landmark to spot. This venerable church, which has served the community since 1866, is home to a small but thriving congregation ...

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Montville’s creative soul reflected in gallery

Nestled in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Montville Uniting Church has welcomed people into their church for over 20 years to pray, rest and reflect, but their recent addition of an art gallery has helped draw greater attention to how faith informs art and life. Ben Rogers reports. Montville may only be home to around 1000 people, but this tiny town ...

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Celebrating 25 years at Middle Park, Brisbane

When Centenary Uniting Church, Middle Park in Brisbane’s western suburbs celebrates 25 years on 2 December, the congregation will be reflecting on a journey of faith and witness which began in 1880. The current worship and community centre which was dedicated on 28 November, 1993 has its roots in a humble church constructed by pioneers at Seventeen Mile Rocks. This ...

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Church childcare celebrates ten years

Faced with the challenge of providing economically viable and Christian-centred childcare, Aspley Uniting Church members have used planning, persistence and prayer to make it happen. Dianne Jensen reports. On its first day in July 2008, Aspley Uniting Church opened the Aspley Early Childhood Education Centre (AECEC) in north Brisbane with four children and six staff. Ten years on, the centre ...

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How to give from the heart

Meet the Queensland congregation which has partnered with local child safety services and school chaplains to deliver practical help to those who need it most—and learn how your church can do the same. Dianne Jensen reports. Sometimes ministry starts with one person seeing a need and offering to help. Joy Godfrey, convenor of Redcliffe Uniting Church Give From The Heart ...

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Growing old gratefully: Gertie Booth

Tea roses in her wedding bouquet, washing and curling her hair in rags on Saturday night, and going to the Methodist Temperance Hall on Sundays. Gertrude (Gertie) Booth, who will turn 107 on 14 June, has clear memories from times long gone. Dianne Jensen reports. The diminutive and chatty Gertie Booth, born in 1911, attends Elanora Uniting Church on the ...

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Songs from the heart

St Andrew’s, Yeppoon uses the power of song to bring joy to people living with life-limiting conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Dianne Jensen reports. The familiar music cuts through the fog of dementia, nudging at long-lost memories. For the first time in many years, the elderly man slipped his arms around his wife and they began to dance. ...

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Community hub bowls over the locals at Highfields

When they needed a church home, the Uniting Church congregation at Highfields outside Toowoomba decided to create a community hub. James O’Callaghan reports. Highfields Community Church has redeveloped a bowling club into a community centre in the heart of Highfields, a growing community near Toowoomba. Rev Marius Kruger says it was growth that prompted the need for the new space, ...

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