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.
& THE COMING WEEK
Attending Worship – COVID Restrictions
There will be some important and essential Covid restrictions that have to be met.
- There is no need to book.
- You will need to sign in using the QR Code every time you come to the Church.
- Please wear your mask inside the buildings at all times.
How my mind has changed…
A new series prepared by Neil T begins today. Our first contributor is Lyn O.
Lyn says: “My first vivid memory of my faith journey is of Easter in London, when I was quite small. My father took me to a church which was lit by many glittering candles. I was deeply touched by the beautiful scene.”
“We moved to Scotland in 1950. My parents were not churchgoers, but they encouraged me to go to the Bethany Hall Sunday School – a good experience of stories, songs and fun. Later there was a Church of Scotland girls’ club for 9–10 year-olds at the nearby parish church, in Falkirk.”
Lyn’s family emigrated to Australia in 1959, and they found a house in Laverton. “My Dad drove us to the St Thomas Presbyterian Church in Werribee, and I was about 15 years old. I remember the Rev. Les Rye.”
“After a gap in my later teen years, I returned to Werribee with my husband, who was Catholic. I attended church, and volunteered as a typist for the Rev. Peter Aumann, in an office in the red brick manse. I taught Sunday School, under the guidance of Viv Bleakley.”
“A significant life event for me was starting an office job in 1987 at World Vision, firstly at South Melbourne, then in 1993 at East Burwood. The staff joined in weekly worship, and I found my boss Ian Webber was a giving and forgiving person.”
“A powerful eye-opening experience for me was when I joined a staff tour to visit World Vision projects in Madras (Chennai) India and Masai country in Kenya; helping people help themselves. I found that God’s mission is world-wide, people-to-people.”
“Early in my life I took the Bible at face value. From my learning in the Uniting Church I’m aware that the biblical writers contributed their understanding of the stories they heard by word of mouth. In all of this there’s an underlying message of love. (1Cor 13:) ‘the greatest of these is love.’ I can’t think of God as punishing me. My experience of God is a loving presence.”
And this is Mary D’s story…
“I was an Anglican, and Blair was a Presbyterian. At University of Melbourne, both of us had been active in the Evangelical Union. This was a conservative fellowship of students. I’d done biblical studies at Ridley College, where the Old Testament came alive for me.”
“Blair and I were involved in (Anglican) Church Missionary Society conferences. We had a lively faith, committed to the spread of Christ’s good news.”
“At Crossroads Uniting Church there was a ministry team of two men. One was a charismatic Christian; for him real Christians spoke in tongues and believed the Bible to be infallible. He was forming a separate Pentecostal congregation.
Aware of the distress amongst our Crossroads members Rev Ian Stewart set about teaching the central truth of the Gospel. Preaching on the parables of Jesus, Ian showed that God’s Kingdom is not about extreme, exclusive religion. Such a view is destructive.”
“Ian helped me to focus my mind on the heart of the Gospel; God’s love is not conditional on our having special experiences.”
“The thing that really changed the faith of both Blair and me was the experience of a Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Congress (UAICC) camp in Halls Gap in 1986, where Charles Harris UACC founder taught that Jesus’ Gospel is concerned with justice for all humanity; including the dispossessed Australian indigenous people. UAICC leader in Victoria Vince Ross came to speak at Crossroads Werribee and touched our hearts. He showed us that Christians are called to walk the talk about truth and a fair go for our Aboriginal brothers and sisters.”
“I committed to prioritise my energy and time for the UAICC. Over 30 years this has brought me many rich experiences and special friendships on the journey with Aboriginal people in Australia and this City of Wyndham. I’m greatly encouraged in all this by the Justice Task Group of our congregation.
Wyndham Interfaith Network
Laurence Gray has invited people interested in joining the Network to the Harmony Week breakfast being held by Wyndham Interfaith at Wyndham Cache 243 K Road Werribee at 8.30am on this Saturday 5 February. Those who would like to attend are asked to bring a quote that inspires peace and harmony from their faith traditions to share. RSVP email@example.com
If anyone in the congregation has an old soaker hose that they no longer use, our flower beds of new roses would really appreciate a good soak. And if anyone is looking for a new interest in the new year, the Gardening group meets each Thursday morning for two hours, and would welcome you to join us. Special thanks to Simon R and his son Tyrick who whippersnipped and cut grass for 6 hours. (Geoff G)
Please remember the people of Tonga in your prayers
As they recover from volcano eruption, ash and tsunami. Vivid photos of the aftermath show the destruction of many houses. Many people have lost livelihood, home, water and food supply. You may wish to donate through Uniting World – our partner church on the ground is the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga.
The Uniting Church’s Pilgrim Theological College in Parkville
invites you to join a community of learning for people exploring the journey of faith.
The Rev. Professor Sean Winter, Head of College says: “We are all aware that the global crisis has highlighted our relationships with each other and with creation itself. Study at Pilgrim Theological College can provide you with resources for hope, transformation, liberation and justice.”
You can study part-time or full-time, face-to-face or on- line. Choose from church theology, ministry, leadership, pastoral care or scriptures. See the course guide for 2022 on www.pilgrim.edu.au Semester One starts on February 21.
Presbytery of Port Phillip West is offering
a Messy Church Camp on March 11–14, at Acacia, Halls Gap in Gariwerd (the Grampians). The theme is “Heroes,” with Bible stories, art and games. Enquiries: Linley.firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup.
- Wednesday: Church Council 7.30 pm at Crossroads
- Thursday: 9.30 am Gardening Group at Crossroads
Bible Readings – 6 February 2022
Isaiah 6:1–13; I Corinthians 15:1–12; Luke 5:1– 11; Psalm 138.
Rev Annetia G
Margaret B & Rose G
Jakob (& Roland)
Elaine B & Margaret G
Rev Annetia G
Margaret B & Helen G
Judy O & Dorothy R
Once again if you can assist with QR, Cleaning, Greeting please let the office know. Also please let us know if you would like to be included in the roster for Prayers of the People.
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 email@example.com)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.