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Taking the plunge for funds

REV WAYNE McHugh is leading a band of swimmers into the Proserpine Pool to raise funds towards two church building projects this April. Plans for the St James Uniting Church are to extend the building to double its seating capacity and provide suitable office space. St Martin’s Church in Cannonvale is a shared venture. The property is owned by the ...

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James Haire to speak at the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

Four years ago the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Campbell Newman, instituted an annual “prayer breakfast” for churches in Brisbane. QCT and several of its member churches are represented on the steering committee. The event has broad denominational links. In 2009 the Prayer Breakfast will take place on Thursday, 7 May, arriving at 6:15am for a 6:45am start. The venue is ...

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Rev Dr Sue Algate Celebrates Thirty Years as a Minister of the Word

On a warm day, the 15 November 2008, the Nanango Uniting Church Parish, along with many friends, family and members of her other parishes, helped Rev Sue celebrate the 30th Anniversary of her Ordination. A ‘Service of Celebration’ was led by Rev John and Rev Heather Selwood and Judy Jerrard sang especially for Sue. The ‘Gallilee Song’ was sung by the congregation ...

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Artist at Christmas Festival in Beerwah

Talented Story telling Artist Lynton Allan featured at Glasshouse Country Uniting Church’s "Follow the Star" Christmas Festival in December. For the past 20 years Lynton Allan’s passion has been to take art off the wall and inspire audiences by performing live with his combination of visual art and creative storytelling. He is inspired by the diverse Australian landscape and its ...

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Indooroopilly expands its circle of care

Indooroopilly Uniting Church was having a review of their Circles of Care Pastoral Care program. In the ensuing survey, two Circles expressed interest in doing something for a local family in need for Christmas. Having mentioned this to one of the members of the congregation, SueAnne Swindon, a social worker who works for MissionAustralia, a shared vision of partnership between ...

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Kawana Waters Uniting Church welcomed Mercy Ships founder

Kawana Waters Uniting Church had a special visitor on November 16 when Don Stephens, Founder and International President of Mercy Ships, spoke about the work done by volunteers from Australia among 40 nations around the world since 1978. Don and Deyon Stephens were on a brief trip to the Sunshine Coast, Newcastle and Sydney to meet supporters and volunteers as ...

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Revisiting the story of God’s love

Another year, another Christmas. Another party, another present. What’s it all about? At Indooroopilly Uniting Church you can experience the original Christmas story often described as God’s Love coming in human form among us. For three nights before Christmas, 17th 18th 19th December, a pageant of actors portraying characters from the streets of Bethlehem where Jesus was born 2000 years ...

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Vale Geoffrey Collins

No matter what happens, God is with us. This is how Rev Geoff Collins ended his Sunday service only two days before his unexpected death on 14 October. He was 49-years-old. Geoff was born in Stanthorpe, Queensland on July 11, 1959 to Stuart and Rene Collins. A difficult birth meant that Geoff was born with a paralysed right arm. At ...

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Uniting churches in song

Most independently released CDs don’t sell more than 500 copies, but the Ballarat Uniting Churches have almost doubled that with the sale of an album they made for churches without choirs. United in Song II is the work of singers from Uniting Churches in the Ballarat area who wanted to produce a resource for use in regional and remote churches ...

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Sudanese congregation unlocking the doors

The South Moreton Presbytery has recognised a Sudanese congregation as an official faith community. The congregation worships at St David’s Uniting Church at Coopers Plains and is made up of 50 to 60 Nuer people, mostly refugees from Sudan. The Nuer people have been in the middle of the civil war in Sudan since 1983. In that time more than ...

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