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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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Geebung celebrates 50 years

GEEBUNG UNITING Church will celebrate 50 years on 20 February with a service and lunch. Now part of the Kairos Uniting Church cluster in northern Brisbane, an old farm house was the setting for the first worship service in February 1961. Established as a Presbyterian Church, the farm house was the worship centre until May 1963, when the first permanent ...

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Breaking the communal fast

WHEN MARYBOROUGH Uniting Church member MarionTappenden felt a calling to help homeless people she wasn’t sure what to do next. “I had a vision four or five years ago of working with the homeless and it wasn’t until earlier this year that I finally found somewhere to take it,” she said. Hearing that her congregation was looking for new mission ...

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Walkers make tracks for Bible translation

DAVID CARNELL, Andrew Carnell, and Andrew Sav arrived home in Stanthorpe on 11 November after walking 2000 kilometres to raise awareness that there are still 2000 languages into which the Bible has not been translated. The trio left Cairns on 24 August and arrived in Stanthorpe on Remembrance Day. Mr Sav said he was not sure if he would make ...

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Gallery opens in CBD church

ST ANDREW’S Uniting Church in Brisbane’s CBD dedicated their new art gallery, the Vera Wade Gallery, on 17 October. Ms Wade was an active and long-time member of the congregation and had been a violinist in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. For many years St Andrew’s has fostered the arts in the city through concerts, choirs and organ recitals. Earlier this ...

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Colleges renamed

THE ANGLICAN Diocese of Brisbane has announced that two leading co-educational schools in Brisbane’s south-west corridor, currently administered by the Diocese but previously joint Anglican and Uniting Church schools, are to be renamed to reinforce their Anglican heritage. Archbishop Phillip Aspinall said Forest Lake College and The Springfield College would be renamed as St John’s Anglican College and The Springfield ...

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Charting new territory in Charleville

SIXTEEN BOYS from Green Point Christian College on the Central Coast of New South Wales travelled to Charleville in remote south-west Queensland in September to lend a helping hand to property owners in the area. The trip, currently in its seventh year, aims to help property owners who have been doing it tough, in previous years during the drought. The ...

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Magnetic Island powers up the grid

MAGNETIC ISLAND Uniting Church is now supplying sufficient electricity to the grid from its newly installed solar panels to power nearly two houses, making it a net contributor of energy, rather than a net user. The solar power was made possible by the Townsville Solar City project. The church paid nothing for the installation and gains nothing by it, but ...

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Green church web of life

THE QUEENSLAND Synod Green Church office would like to hear stories of congregations and agencies working to help the environment. Green Church volunteer Judith Dalton said sharing stories, information and resources can encourage and empower others. She said a recent Western Australian Synod Green Church survey found 200 different activities happening to do with environmentalism and conservation. "One church even ...

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Student Life Mission at Work

OVER 60 young people from the Student Life Mission came to the Gold Coast in November to witness to Schoolies. The Burleigh Heads Uniting Church opened its doors to the students for the 10 days they were on the Gold Coast, giving them a place to meet, worship, train and coordinate their mission. The young people came from various universities ...

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