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Sharing love this Easter

THE Queensland Synod’s Uniting Communications is again partnering with congregations to produce high-quality, low-cost resources for Easter outreach in local communities.

Easter is love is the theme of the 2012 Easter postcard campaign.

The back of the card will say “Share it!” and have a space for congregations to put their Easter service and event times.

Communications Manager Mardi Lumsden said the use of the word ‘love’ in many different languages represents the diverse nature of the Uniting Church and the formal commitment to being a Multicultural Church made at the Fourth Assembly in 1985.

“By using this theme we aim to encapsulate that Easter is a time of community and of people all over the world, from different cultures and who speak different languages, coming together as the body of Christ to celebrate the resurrection,” she said.

“As with the Christmas 2011 postcards, our theme once again stems from one of the Call statements the Uniting Church in Queensland made in its 2020 Vision: Acting with love.”

The aim of the cards is to present an image of the local Uniting Church as a place to worship and reconnect with the Easter story and to remind people that their local church is a big part of their community.

“Giving someone a card will not get them in the church door though; building authentic connections in the community is the only thing that will do that,” said Ms Lumsden.

“Giving them a card, however, might help break down the barriers or be a good reminder to them that their local Uniting Church cares about them and is active in the community.”

Additional materials provided online will include copies of the artwork for congregational use, PowerPoint templates, a video worship resource and inclusion in the online list of Easter service times and locations.

Queensland congregations that do not participate in the Easter campaign can still sign up to a special section on the Queensland Synod website (www.ucaqld.com.au) listing their Easter service times and locations.

A starter pack of 3000 postcards and 10 full colour A3 posters costs $185 (includes packing and postage to your congregation or delivery to your presbytery meeting, if printing timelines allow). Additional postcards are available at $150 for 3000 (minimum lot) and posters at $20 for packs of 10.

Registrations close Monday 13 February.

For more information visit www.ucaqld.com.au/easter2012 or contact Tara Burton on 3377 9834 or Tara.Burton@ucaqld.com.au