We acknowledge the original custodians, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin alliance, of the land on which our buildings of worship stand and on which we gather.
COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
New beginnings for Uniting’s Op Shop
Judith A (pictured) is store manager of the new Uniting Opportunity Shop, at 39 Watton Street Werribee, now re-located from the former position in the hall at Crossroads Uniting Church.
The Op Shop’s beginning began 45 years ago with Dawn H, (pictured) Chris Clough, Jenny G, Rev Bill S and other members of the new Uniting Church in Australia in 1977.
Dawn says “It began as a meeting place, inspired from a bible study group. We had heard about a new venture in Geelong called ‘Care and Concern’ and followed it up. People started to bring donations of clothing. We took up a small space in the ‘West Wing’ of the church hall, which had to be packed up and tidied ready for Sunday School. Everyone helped.”
Uniting Op Shops are an important fund-raising arm of Uniting, whose aim is: to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.
Judith says: “I’m delighted that we are now on Watton, where it’s better and bigger and there is lots of foot traffic. I like the open space that we have for storage and display of items donated for sale.”
This writer looked around the shop and found treasures amongst the new and secondhand goods on display, and I met volunteers Jeanette and George.
Judith says: “We are part of the wider Uniting area network of quality op-shops. We need volunteers, helping and giving back to the community. It’s good if you can commit to a longer term, if possible. If you can consider volunteering, talk to Judith on 0466850634. And of course we accept donations of second hand goods in good condition,” she says.
The Uniting Op-Shop on Watton is open on six days: 9-5 Monday to Friday, and 9-5 Saturdays. Tel 90512090. (NT)
Charlotte Williamson: environment educator
This writer met Charlotte (pictured) in the Werribee Plaza this week, helping little kids excitedly discovering marine treasures – undersea creatures buried in a sand heap. (pictured).
It’s an education project of Werribee River Association, bringing the wonder of our local natural world to urban littlies. We spoke about her life leading up to this present work. Charlotte says: “I grew up near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk England. It was an outdoors childhood, helping my friends on dairy farms, so I paid attention to the natural world.
When my family migrated to Australia, I completed a degree in Ecology at Charles Sturt University, enabling me to see the bigger picture of environmental conservation.” Now Charlotte is in an education role with Werribee River Association working with schools.
We believe that care for God’s creation is our responsibility. Our Justice Task Group has for some years advocated for action at Federal government level to tackle climate change; the silence of major parties during this election is deafening.
Charlotte is working with local artist Dolores S-M, creating postcards depicting local Werribee scenes and fauna, on the river and Lollypop Creek. Did you know that “lollypop” is the sound of the frogs in the creek? These cards (pictured) are free from the Werribee River Association. Contact (NT)
UC Adult Fellowship (UCAF)
Meeting this Wednesday at 1 pm in the church foyer.
You’re invited to join with Christians from across these lands now called Australia, as we gather together in prayer in the lead up to the 2022 federal election.
Join us next Wednesday May 4, 7:30pm AEST for the Common Grace online Election Prayer Vigil as we gather in prayer, asking God to guide us with wisdom, give us courage to act and help us follow Jesus’ call to love our neighbours.
Through prayers, reflections and songs we will come before our God who “changes the times and the seasons; …removes kings and raises up kings; …gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding” (Daniel 2:21)
To join in you are invited to register at https://www.commongrace.org.au/election_prayer_vigil?e=dab3793d0bd4f16d8d914660d2357ba3&utm_source=commongrace&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=election_prayer_vigil_invite&n=2
National Reconciliation Week
is a national annual celebration that is held from 27 May to 3 June each year and encourages us to continue to build relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples of all cultures in these lands now called Australia. This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme is “Be Brave. Make Change” and Common Grace is leading us as Christians in these lands now called Australia with the theme “Reconciliation as Love in Action”.
During National Reconciliation Week all Australians are invited to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
- Tuesday: 11am Church Council Executive
- Wednesday: 1pm UCAF
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group
Bible Readings – 1 May 2022
Acts 9:1–20; John 21:1–18; Revelation 5:11–14; Psalm 30
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Snadra S & Margaret G
Housekeeping & Help
Pastoral care will be maintained during these difficult days but it is subject to the rules regarding access to hospitals and aged care homes.
- Rev. Annetia Goldsmith (9741 1084 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 email@example.com)
Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The Church Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.