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Nerang Uniting Church celebrates 140 years in the community

One hundred and forty years ago Nerang was a town still growing from infancy with a small array of shops, a telegraph office, a local school and little economic interest in “tourism”. But over the near century and a half the church has stood the test of time welcoming the faithful and being a home for God’s word in the ...

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Stan Klan celebrates 50 years as a Lay Preacher

James O’Callaghan profiles Stan Klan of Toowoomba who will soon celebrate 50 years of service to the Uniting Church as a Lay Preacher. On Sunday 24 January 2021, Stan Klan of Toowoomba will take the service at St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Toowoomba. For many churches around the nation it will be just another Sunday but for Stan it’s a ...

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Volunteers C.A.R.E. to revitalise pastoral care volunteering

James O’Callaghan looks at a new initiative from the Synod Chaplaincy Commission created in partnership with UnitingCare Queensland to curve the declining trend of pastoral care volunteers within the Queensland Synod. During the 1990s and early 2000s there was an increase in pastoral care volunteering with many seeing it as their way of serving God and receiving a tremendous amount ...

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150 years of worship in Warwick

James O’Callaghan reports on the 150th anniversary celebrations for Warwick Uniting Church. On the 22 November 1870, the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church was opened in Warwick. One hundred and fifty years later, the congregation has moved buildings and withstood natural disasters, continuing to thrive and provide vital services to the community. Despite COVID-19, the congregation was steadfast in organising a ...

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Redland Bay Uniting Church celebrates 140th anniversary

Saturday 25th April marked the 140th anniversary of the Redland Bay Uniting Church (previously the Redland Bay Methodist Church) but due to the COVID-19 pandemic there were no celebrations held on that weekend. Celebrations will be held when they are permitted but in the meantime the Redland Bay Uniting Church has compiled some snippets of its early history and some ...

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Crafting community, one stitch at a time

The Hatton Vale Happy Crafters at Hatton Vale Community Uniting Church are using their creativity to serve others and model the love of God. Dianne Jensen reports. The busy parking lot at Hatton Vale Community Uniting Church is the first indication that the Hatton Vale Happy Crafters are both happy and thriving. Inside, there’s a buzz of conversation and the ...

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Solar savings at Ashgrove West

Ashgrove West Uniting Church in Brisbane’s western suburbs recently had solar panels installed and the investment is already paying dividends. The Ashgrove West site has a church and a two-storey hall that is rented out to community groups, with many activities held during the day. Church council member Calvin Hanton says that the congregation has been considering solar panels for ...

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Toowong’s student mission has global impact

Toowong Uniting Church is reaping the benefits of connections with international students by providing an avenue to explore faith and transition into life in Brisbane. James O’Callaghan reports. It may seem like a world away from the glitzy buzz of Shanghai, Tokyo or Seoul but for some international students the inner city Brisbane suburb of Toowong has its own distinct ...

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New faces in ministry – Winter 2019

David Paasi Not having grown up in the church, I had a conversion experience 11 years ago while reading the Gospel of John. My ministry is a little bit different to some of the other ministries within the Uniting Church as it is charismatic in nature. Uniting Church frameworks have become more open to charismatic renewal, particularly in healing. My ...

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Church plants integral to the survival of the church

In the first of a series of articles looking at the projects in the Presbytery Mission Program, James O’Callaghan meets three church plants at various stages of development across Queensland. The greatest missionary in history, St Paul, had a rather simple, two-fold strategy. First, he went into the largest city of the region (Acts 16:9,12), and second, he planted churches ...

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