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Easter Madness? More like Easter Radness

There’s nothing quite like throwing a bunch high schoolers into an action-packed weekend of worship, adventure and fun! Easter Madness 2018 brought together over 150 high schoolers, leaders and helpers from across Queensland to grow in faith, friendship and community. Emma Holmes reports. It’s hard not to just say “you had to be there!” in trying to grasp the overwhelming ...

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Without songs, worship would B–flat

The music flowed at Indooroopilly Uniting Church over the Australia Day long weekend with the 2018 Songwrite conference hitting all the right notes for creativity, collaboration and encouragement. David Busch reports.  Sponsored by the National Assembly’s Working Group on Worship, the Songwrite conference is now in its third iteration and this year saw 25 composers from four states attend. Indooroopilly ...

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How healthy is your worship diet?

This year’s Transforming Worship conference offered participants a great opportunity to explore the formative and transformative nature of Christian worship with like-minded lay leaders, ordained ministers and worship teams. Neil Thorpe reports. The Uniting Church’s guide for worship, Uniting in Worship 2, speaks of the importance of a healthy diet of worship for Christ’s people and this metaphor is helpful ...

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They’re new, what do we do?

Feeling at home in church. A cartoon by Phil Day.

For a community of faith to grow, it needs to make room for people who have never been to church before. Rev David MacGregor explores a variety of ways newcomers can feel at home in a new place. In our worshipping communities we struggle to make inclusion real in our life together, especially with those who have never previously belonged ...

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Handy tips for a drama-free church camp

Dirty dishes in a sink. Graphic by Uniting Communications.

What could be better than heading off for a weekend with your church family? Here’s a few tips about how to ensure that church camp is memorable for all the right reasons. Start early Once you have booked the venue, put together a timeline. Publicity is the key to good attendance so create a marketing strategy which gathers momentum over ...

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Five New Year’s resolutions for your congregation

Five New Year's resolutions for your congregation. Graphic by Ashleigh Pesu.

There’s nothing like the New Year to turn our minds towards setting new goals. Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of your New Year’s fresh start. Update your church sign The sign outside your church provides that critical first impression. Will people pause for thought or flee for the hills? Consider the most appropriate use of ...

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Living the gospel in 2015

Queensland Synod Moderator Rev David Baker. Photo: Holly Jewell

This is the first Journey of the New Year, so I want to outline for you again the discernment of the 31st Synod regarding the broad priorities for the church’s life going forward. Synod discerned the following: making our worship accessible and attractive growing our members in their passion and ability to share their faith planting new communities of faith ...

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Generation whatever: Bridging the worship divide

Worship is hands-on at Burdekin Uniting Church, where the congregation enjoys coming together across the generations. Photo by Burdekin Uniting Church.

Whenever two or three gather together in God’s name there will be at least that many views on how to worship. Add different generations into the mix, and being one in the Lord is a challenging task for any worship team. Dianne Jensen reports. We know that there are big differences between age cohorts, but why is it so difficult ...

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