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Clayfield arms rehabilitation

CLAYFIELD UNITING Church, in Brisbane’s inner-north, raised over $4000 for DRUG ARM (Drug Awareness, Rehabilitation and Management) last year through a series of events. The congregation has supported the work of DRUG ARM over the past few years. DRUG ARM is a not-forprofit organisation founded on Christian values and principles, committed to reducing harms associated with alcohol and other drug ...

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Oxley members get their hands dirty

Oxley Uniting Church members, in Brisbane, and ncyc11 volunteers (pictured right) took to the streets distributing bread and 400 bags of ice to those without power. Seven Oxley Uniting Church families were flooded. The congregation set up an impromptu creche/child drop-in centre for parents needing to clean flooded homes, offered food and drinks to the community and volunteers, and acted ...

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Called to be Christ

The 12km line of single vehicle traffic snaked its way back up the Toowoomba range. Usually the ascent takes five minutes. This time it took an hour. The great scar, from the huge wave of water that had assaulted the main street of Toowoomba, continuing unstoppable down the range, was visible all around us. Who knows when things will be ...

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Esk community in shock

After consistent rain for some months, and five inches that morning, the town of Esk, north of Wivenhoe Dam in the Brisbane Valley, was inundated with water at around 2pm on Monday 10 January. Sandy and Redbank creeks broke their banks, ripping up trees as they converged and tore through the railway bridge, sweeping vehicles into the street before flooding ...

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Rural churches muster faith

The Mary Burnett Presbytery will host the Rural Muster in Nanango from 13-15 May. Rural Muster is a three-day gathering of Uniting Church ministers and lay people from country Queensland and smaller urban congregations to seek God’s direction for ministry in their communities. Previous Rural Musters have been held in Mundubbera, Roma and Oakey. Organisers encouraged people from all over ...

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Town of Esk in shock after flood

After consistent rain for some months, and five inches that morning, the town of Esk, north of Wivenhoe Dam in the Brisbane Valley, was inundated with water at around 2pm on Monday 10 January. Sandy and Redbank Creeks broke their banks ripping up trees as they converged and tore through the railway bridge, sweeping vehicles into the street before flooding ...

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Maryborough celebrates 130 years

ON FRIDAY 8 October the congregation of St. Stephen’s Uniting Church in Maryborough re-enacted the laying of the foundation stone of the church. 130 years ago on that date the stone for the new Presbyterian Church was laid. The church was officially opened on 20 November 1881 and cost around £4400. It remains a conspicuous landmark in Maryborough with its ...

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Aitkenvale celebrates 125 years

AITKENVALE UNITING Church celebrated 125 years of church community in Aitkenvale, Townsville, on 23 and 24 October. There was much remembering about good times with memories sparked by photos and memorabilia. On Sunday over 170 worshippers attended a service in the morning, which was followed by a family picnic. Minister Rev Mark Dewar led the congregation in giving thanks for ...

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Montville brings gifts

MONTVILLE UNITING Church’s annual Christmas display will this year focus on the work of Act for Peace and the Christmas Bowl with a thought provoking exhibition. Through posters, banners, DVDs and stories about real people facing real challenges, The Gifts of Life exhibit will emphasise those gifts that make a difference in their lives: shelter, security, clean water, food, seeds, ...

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Revamped Indooroopilly church opens doors

SATURDAY 4 December was the opening of the redevelopment of the Indooroopilly Uniting Church. The conclusion of the redevelopment brings to fruition ten years of planning and twelve months of construction. Opened by the Moderator Rev Bruce Johnson the contemporary glass-fronted structure makes a dramatic connection between the earlier Methodist Church of 1917 and the church built in 1976 for ...

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