Crossroads Connection


Today’s Worship Leader

Rev. Eileen Ray


Eileen Ray is back for her second visit, having led worship at Crossroads  on January 13.

Ordained originally as a Baptist  minister and now attending Ascot Vale Uniting Church, Eileen’s last placement before retirement in 2015 was at Sandringham Uniting Church where she ministered for 10 years.



L2P—Learner Driver Mentor Program

Help needed!  The Learner Driver Mentor program is run by Laverton Community Integrated Services Inc. and they are looking for volunteers who are prepared to teach young people to drive who otherwise would not have access to a supervising driver.  Mentors will be provided with a car, petrol, insurance, training and support.

To become a volunteer driving mentor, you must hold a current Victorian driver licence, attend training to help you prepare for the role, be interested in helping young people and commit to helping them become safe drivers and increase their ability to seek employment and opportunity, and commit to supervising one driving session per week.

To find out more, contact the L2P Program Officer on 0487 465 687 or or see

Marriage and the Same-Sex Vote

To reach out to another
In love is enough
To commit totally to another
Is a gesture of completion
To be accepted by another
In return is a fulfilment
So rare a gift bestowing honour
Respect for what is held between
A recognition of the offering of life
That gives forever centre-ing
Freedom to be cherished and affirmed
Openly to trust and to be trusted, without fear
These are the dimensions of this wondrous day
This special day that holds out hope
That speaks of being equal, being one
That brings into the light a birthing just begun

(Poem by Denham Grierson, Turning in Time, p. 27)


Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)

We will be starting the year as we did last year at the Phoenix Hotel 22-30 Wallace Avenue Point Cook.

They are serving senior meals with limited choice, but of course you don’t have to be a senior to enjoy the O.S.L.O. lunches.

Everyone is very welcome but we would appreciate it if you contacted  Elaine or Lorna on the Thursday prior to the lunch if you needed to cancel . Looking forward to another year of monthly lunches.

Contact Elaine Belcher or Lorna Hodge for bookings

Did you know that this year marks the 20th anniversary of OSLO?  Lorna and Elaine have arranged 200 lunches!  What a record!  (Ed.)

Mustard Seed International

Commencing this week on Fridays 5–10 pm and Saturdays 10 am–1.30 pm (except during rehearsals for Wyndham Theatre Co.) a new African youth group will operate at Crossroads.

With Love to the World

Lyn O’Meara arranges for members of the Congregation to receive each edition of With Love to the World, a daily bible reading guide.  There is a spare copy in the magazine rack now, if anyone is interested in having a look.  If you are interested in becoming a subscriber, please speak to Lyn.

Pastoral Care and Contacts

Please contact Robyn Tomkins for any general pastoral care matters.  Contact the Church Council Chairperson, Robert Renton, for other matters as required.

From the Lewises

“Dear Friends at Crossroads,

I like the Post card, we are cool cats living in our unit.  Thank you again for our double farewell.  We really appreciated your generosity. We are reminded of you all, every day, when the lamp is on, the rose in the garden, the painting on the wall, and of course I am loving Mike on his UKE (not).  X Caz.”

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Eileen Ray)

Activities this week

Monday 11: 9.30 am Playgroup; 7.30 pm Card Making at the Geilens’
Thursday 14: 8 pm Home Group at the Savorys’
Friday 15: 1 pm Sew ‘n’ Sow at Vivien Bleakley’s

Next Sunday – 17 February: Epiphany

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Dr D’Arcy Wood)

Bible Readings – 17 February 2019

Jeremiah 17:5–10; Psalm 1; I Corinthians 15:12–20; Luke 6:17–26.

Interfaith celebrations

Friday 15 Feb: Nirvana Day, which is a Mahayana Buddhism holiday which celebrates the day when the Buddha is said to have achieved Parinirvana (complete enlightenment) upon the death of his physical body.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 17 February 2019

Duty Elder: Mary Dixon
Greeting: Salote Tupou
Morning Tea: Zelda Cations & Dorothy Rookes
Flowers: Bev Cox
Reader: Kevin Edgar
AV Desk: Noel Savory
Prayers of the People: Blair Dixon
Piano: Wendy Barnes


Vivien Bleakley

Vivien continues to pack lots into her life, with children and grandchildren, and she contributes to the Crossroads UC congregation in many ways.

From her childhood in wartime Birmingham, faith is important to her. Vivien attended a Congregational church close to her home, and she still remembers influential Sunday School teachers.  In 1957, Vivien and her first husband travelled to Australia, intending to visit here for two years. Now she counts the blessings of more than sixty years in Werribee.

She and her husband and two girls were invited to the then Werribee Presbyterian church; she found her church family, a support network in times of loss and grief, and lifetime friends. She helped with the beginning of Care and Concern.

Vivien worked as an assistant at the Woodville Park kindergarten for many years; at age 39 she started HSC, then gained Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University, and she completed a Master in Education at VU.

When her second husband died of golden staph in the Alfred Hospital, Vivien fought a hard fight to achieve proper medical protocols in order to minimize its incidence in the future in Australian hospitals.  She lectured and taught Early Childhood studies at VU, and in Intellectual Disability programs at Yooralla, St  Albans. Her contribution to the Wyndham community was recognized when she was named “Wyndham Older Person of the Year” in 2002.

Two years ago, severe illness overcame Vivien; she values the loving care of family and Crossroads minister and friends during Mercy Hospital and Uniting Age Well Manorvale recuperation.

From her experience as a mentor, Vivien speaks highly of Kids Hope as providing opportunity for Primary School students to overcome disadvantage.  Generations of Sunday School at Crossroads over 17 years have journeyed with Vivien, exploring our faith in Jesus.  Her passion for children’s learning continues as she volunteers with CRUNCH program for young persons on Sunday mornings.

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton.  We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten.  If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.


Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.   Email