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The Uniting Church provides hope to Freestone community

The Freestone Uniting Church completed a remarkable turnaround earlier this year, with a rededication ceremony held to celebrate 155 years of service. James O’Callaghan reports. The small church in the Southern Downs district of Queensland was filled for their February service, a stark contrast to 2014 when it was earmarked for closure after its 150th anniversary celebrations. Rev Ansie Liebenberg—Warwick ...

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St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital nurse takes COVID-19 pandemic in her stride

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the health landscape, and roles like Infection Control Coordinator at St Andrew’s held by Lyn Cribb have been thrust into the spotlight. Journey reports.  Training, upskilling and process clarification have become a daily focus for Lyn, a nurse whose career spans 31 years working across surgical, endoscopy, theatre, oncology, Risk and Quality and infection control. Prior ...

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Remembering Rev Des Williams

Rev Des Williams (1934–2020) will be remembered for a faithful life of service to the church, including some 46 years of ministry. With service as a minister to various congregations as well as the padre of the Burke and Wills Patrol, Des’ ministry took him across the state including Noosa, Bundaberg, Mackay and Bundamba.  Born in Rockhampton, Des’ working life was dominated by work ...

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Local school students use technology to keep aged care residents connected

When COVID-19 put a stop to Bray Park High School students visiting the residents at Wesley Mission Queensland’s aged care community Anam Cara, the students and residents quickly came up with a solution. Journey reports.  The students this week started weekly Zoom calls with the residents, to help combat loneliness and isolation at a time when the residents are unable to have ...

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Remembering Rev Cecil Schloss

Rev Cecil Eric Schloss (1935–2020), Moderator of the Queensland Synod from 1992 to 1993, will be remembered for his effective and fruitful ministry extending over 45 years; a ministry characterised by faithful discipleship, adherence to Gospel imperatives, untiring and energetic service, and a commitment to ministry inspired by faith, hope and love. The inner assurance “I have been called” was ...

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Meeting God at the cross roads

Meeting God at the cross roads

Delma Lovell has two church communities; her home church of Bundaberg and Coral Coast (Bargara and Burnett Heads) Uniting Church from which she candidated in 2018, and Newlife Brisbane while living at Raymont Residential College and studying at Trinity College Queensland. Delma will complete her Bachelor of Ministry this year. I did not grow up in the church. It wasn’t ...

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Mission blossoms as more have a go

Mission blossoms as more have a go

The Queensland Synod Have A Go mission coaching pilot began in July 2019. Dianne Jensen checks in for an update on how coaching is helping turn ideas into reality. This issue we focus on two projects at Redcliffe Uniting Church. You have this great idea … but what comes next? Enter the Have A Go mission coaching pilot, an initiative ...

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Living out the call in a changing world

General Secretary of the Queensland Synod Rev Heather den Houting reflects on the recently released Mission Impact Report and the challenges and opportunities facing the Synod office and the wider church. Our church is a broad and complex organisation seeking to live out its call in a time of change. The Mission Impact Report, released in October, highlights the work ...

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Project Plenty – Hundreds of Voices Heard

Rev Heather den Houting reflects on the listening phase of the Project Plenty discernment process. Over the past six months, more than 600 people from across the life of the church have attended consultation and engagement sessions throughout Queensland. We have heard that people care deeply about the Uniting Church and want to see it prosper into the future. That ...

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Walking together on country

As part of the Queensland Synod’s ongoing commitment towards genuine reconciliation and its recently launched Covenant Action Plan (CAP), various Second Peoples from Queensland’s southeast visited Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) for a walk on country. Queensland Synod CAP Project Officer Erin Mawhinney reports. On the Queen’s birthday holiday in early October, 17 people from the Uniting Church, the Uniting Aboriginal ...

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