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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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Kairos – in God’s time

UNITING CHURCH members including Zillmere congregation’s worship band, Warriors for Christ, joined an ecumenical service to celebrate the Kairos prison ministry. As an interdenominational Christian ministry, Kairos team volunteers come from the Catholic and Anglican Cursillo and the Emmaus communities. Members of the Uniting Church have long been associated with the Emmaus movement and through Emmaus many have become involved ...

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Painting unveiled

BLACKWATER UNITING Church could be a great example for congregations looking for ministry opportunities to connect with the wider community. The ministerial placement has not been filled for many years and Blackwater had part-time support from the Emerald clergy until about 2002. The mining town congregation doesn’t have a children’s ministry but jumped at the opportunity when the Duaringa Shire ...

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Pacific women make a difference

QUEENSLAND WOMEN made up two thirds of the Australian delegation to the South Pacific area forum of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women in Tonga in late September. Seven nations were represented as 400 delegates focused on the United Nations’ Millennium Goals. They particularly considered how women make a difference in achieving those goals. Uniting Church Adult ...

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Murray Darling Prayer Pilgrimage

Breaking the Drought – Praying for Rain Murray Darling Prayer Pilgrimage 30th Sept & 1st Oct 2008 Warwick Marsh, Australian Heart Ministries and Ps Peter Walker, Australian Indigenous Christian Ministries, are undertaking a prayer pilgrimage along the Murray River from the Hume Weir to the Mildura /Wentworth junction of the Murray Darling. This prayer pilgrimage is being supported by the ...

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Dementia Awareness Week

The Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot launched three new free dementia training resources as part of Dementia Awareness Week on 18 September 2008. Minister Elliot joined Alzheimer’s Australia and the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia in Canberra to officially launch Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 19-26 September 2008. The theme for the week is Mind your Mind – and reduce ...

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