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Churches support Christmas Bowl

GENEROUS GIVING by churches around Australia to the Christmas Bowl, the annual program of Act for Peace, will help people in war-torn communities worldwide to rebuild their lives. Churches in Queensland responded to the Christmas Bowl in creative ways. At Montville Uniting Church on the Sunshine Coast, the church’s annual Christmas display focussed on the work of Act for Peace. ...

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Caboolture boys spike win

THE MORAYFIELD Community Uniting Congregation can now claim a national title-winning volleyball team. Tasmania was the destination of nearly 400 boys and leaders of The Boys’ Brigade triennial Pan Australian Camp in January. Campers from around the country boarded the Spirit of Tasmania to cross Bass Strait. During the nine days ofcamp there were many activities and experiences including climbing ...

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Trinity welcomes new staff member

TRINITY THEOLOGICAL College welcomed the new Director of Old Testament Studies in February, Dr Jason LeCureux. Dr LeCureux studied at Lincoln Christian University in Illinois, earning an MA in Old Testament and an MDiv in Historical Theology. His wife, Cara, also did a Masters degree in Christian counselling. They come to Trinity after four years in Cheltenham, UK, where Dr ...

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Esk organist proves age no barrier

WHEN MARJ Skinner first played the organ for Esk Methodist Church the congregation was swelled by soldiers based in the local showgrounds and saleyards. It was a sad day for Esk when they were shipped out to defend New Guinea against the Japanese. “The Sunday services were not the same after that,” she said. On 16 March Mrs Skinner celebrates ...

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Aussie fun

JO AND Matt Patrick serve the BBQ at the Wellers Hill Tarragindi and Yeronga Uniting Church’s Australia Day games day and BBQ. The event became the perfect opportunity to assist some of Brisbane’s flood victims and connect the church to the local community. The BBQ in Yeronga Park attracted 80 people. “Over the last few weeks we’ve all worked together ...

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Celebrating Camp Constable

AFTER FORTY-TWO years of helping to create an environment of fun, friends and fellowship, the Camp Constable campsite at Mt Glorious has closed. A service of recognition for the outgoing Camp Constable committee was held at The Gap Uniting Church on 13 February to celebrate the many good times and achievements over the years. In the 1960s the three congregations ...

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Broadwater Road supports parents

IN LATE February Broadwater Road Uniting Church, in Mansfield, Brisbane, celebrated the 20th anniversary of their Parent Support Group. The anniversary celebration on 27 February also honoured founder, Amy Wruck, who retired from the playgroup at the age of 80 after 15 years. “I started the group because I felt that we were an inwardlooking church and we needed to ...

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Reverend helps victims

THE Lockyer Valley received a special visitor to lend an ear to the pain and experience of flood victims. Reverend Bruce Johnson, the Moderator for the Uniting Church in Queensland, paid a visit to the Laidley community after touring disaster areas around Queensland. Based in Brisbane, he stopped for lunch at the Laidley Uniting Church after he visited to console ...

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Burdekin bags church

WHAT STARTED as a pipe dream at a craft market meeting has turned into a nationwide venture for the members of the Burdekin Uniting Church in North Queensland. The Burdekin congregation wanted to give away reusable shopping bags with the Uniting Church logo on them to patrons of their annual Craft Spectacular, which attracts around 1000 people. Buying 1000 bags ...

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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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