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Bev’s sea of faith

A CONGREGATION mostly interested in a good time, a work place that literally shifts underfoot and the death of a parishioner you’ve only just met – these are some of the challenges of any new ministry. They were also a few of the circumstances retired Uniting Church minister Rev Bev Ham encountered on what some would consider a dream job; ...

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Getting ready for Lent Event

FOR MANY people, the start of a new year provides time to reflect on life, get priorities in order, and begin life’s journey afresh. The annual Assembly-run Lent Event will kick-start 2010 in the right direction starting 17 February. With 199 Uniting Church congregations from Queensland signed up to take action against poverty it looks like being another strong year ...

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A new kind of pancake day

Pancake Day is alive and well and living in the spiritual heart of Brisbane, Wesley Mission Brisbane’s Albert Street Uniting Church, this February 16 from 7am to 10am. Armed with barbeques, a marquee, and a dose of goodwill and heart, volunteers from the Albert Street Church congregation will be selling pancakes to passersby on the corner of Ann and Albert ...

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Minister closes a fine innings

HAVING announced his “retirement” 20 years ago, Reverend Aubrey Baker will officially bring his innings as a Uniting Church minister to a close tomorrow. His final sermon at the 9am service at Lifeworks Uniting Church, Russell Street west, will bring down the curtain on an interesting and varied career of more than 50 years that has taken him across Queensland. ...

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Voices soared as rain came down

HUNDREDS of Ipswich families got into the Christmas spirit at Carols in the Park on the weekend despite the evening rain. The skies opened just as the carolling began but Reverend Peter Hobson said the Glebe Road Uniting Church event on Saturday was still great fun. “I think it was the first time it’s rained since we’ve done the carols ...

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Cleveland celebrates 100 years

A weekend of Celebrations was recently held to give thanks to God for 100 years of Worship, Witness and Service. People retuned to Cleveland from many parts of the State and Interstate to share in our Celebrations and to catch up with old friends and share stories of their time with the Cleveland Congregation. It is 100 years since the ...

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In over their heads

WHAT BEGAN at a Girls’ Brigade devotional meeting with a group of Grade five girls came to a conclusion in a group baptism at Pine Rivers Uniting Church on 15 November. In July Brigade leader Ros Mortimer told her girls about John the Baptist. A number of the girls had not been baptised and asked plenty of questions. A leader ...

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Coolum kids raise funds for a mad Summer

Billie Brooke, Alaina Yeates and Aleisha Brownie are no different than any other 13-year-olds that desperately want something. But these girls are more than willing to go out and get it themselves if they have to. The girls have started a campaign to get them to the Uniting Church ‘Summer Madness’ camp at Alexandra Headlands in January. Rather than asking ...

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Church lives on in rural Queensland

IT HAS been thirteen years since the release of the document Being Church in Rural Queensland (BCIRQ). This document was signed by leaders of the Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran and Uniting Churches, a number of whom gathered at Highfields near Toowoomba in September. BCIRQ was designed to provide “a framework for action” and to inform lay people in rural areas of ...

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VALE Myrtle Shield (1912 – 2009)

Myrtle Kentish was a member of a pioneering family who settled the area beyond Tara/Dalby. Myrtle was born on 21 April 1912, and spent her youth in Ipswich and Brisbane . She married Clifford Browne, a Methodist minister, in 1936. Their ministry embraced Nanango, North Rockhampton , Gympie, Kedron, Townsville and Annerley circuits.  Myrtle served in many capacities: as a leader ...

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