Crossroads Connection



Rev. Val Johnson

Valerie Johnson, also Beanland. My family arrived in 1957 as £10 pommies [nothing for me], attended schools, then work as Children’s Librarian. 1971 First Tasmanian woman candidate as Methodist minister. I was ordained 1975; parishes until daughter’s birth 1982 then library work until retirement 2005. Next 2 years IIM Footscray, then various congregations [including Werribee], 2 years IIM Tasmania then more supply.  We’ve lived in Goulburn Valley, Western District, Coburg, Alice Springs, Lancefield, Bacchus Marsh, plus North & South Tasmania. I write, tell stories, paint and other crafts and run Children’s programme at Bacchus Marsh.

Sacred Edge


This year's festival at Queenscliff Uniting Church attendance was 250 people, experiencing song (Trisha Watts), conversations with LGBTI leaders (Ro Allen), Bollywood dance (Parvyn), the ecology crisis (Melanie Wells), The Story of Colonisation (Padraig O'Tuama) and indigenous culture (Robby Wirramanda - Narana Creations).



It's an outstanding event in the Presbytery of Port Phillip West's calendar of outreach in the community, embracing the arts - picture exhibition, food (Iraqi-Arabic feast), poetry and spirituality expressed in contemporary ways. (NT)



With Love to the World

There is one spare copy of the bible-reading guide, With Love to the World, available from Lyn O’Meara if you would like to see what it’s like.  You can order future copies from Lyn.

A wall painting of Christ, the Good Shepherd from the catacombs of Rome, 3rd Century.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Val Johnson)
12 noon Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Wyndham Playgroup
1 pm Sew ‘n’ Sow (Dorothy Rookes' Home)
Sunday: 9.30 am Service (Rev. Neil Tolliday)

Bible Readings – 19 May 2019

Acts 11:1–18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1–6; John 13:31–35

Rosters for Next Week

For 19 May 2019

  • Duty Elder:    Robert Renton
  • Greeting:       Mary Dixon
  • Morning Tea: Julie Rees & Elizabeth Barnes
  • Flowers:        Lorna Hodge
  • Reader:         FAye Docherty
  • AV Desk:       Chris Bradley
  • Prayers of the People: Mary Dixon
  • Piano:            Asanka Pakura

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.


May Boothby

May Boothby moved last year from Queensland to Victoria, and she is now a regular worshipper with our congregation.

She grew up in Hull, Yorkshire, UK. She had to leave school early to care for her family, and obtained work with Reckitt and Colman, famous makers of household products.

Every Sunday, May went to two church services and Sunday school, at the Church of England, like many young persons of her generation.

She met her husband–to-be Eric, when he returned from Army service in Burma, invalided out with malaria and dysentery.

In their early years of marriage they were both earning low incomes.  When their son Graham was eleven, they felt the time was right to migrate to Australia.  They waited two years, and having a friend at the University of Queensland, they gained sponsorship and flew as £10  Poms to begin their new life.

Arriving by plane, Eric and May had no furniture. They were helped by the airport chaplain and Methodist congregation in Toowong, Brisbane, with blankets and household items.  Eric began an administration job at University of Queensland, lasting 21 years.

May and Eric responded to their welcome; they joined the church at Toowong, and later at Kawana, and they were active in the life of the congregations.

Their son Graham completed degrees in science and medicine at University of Queensland; for 22 years he was a medical doctor in the RAAF, including posting to Point Cook RAAF base.

May became proprietor of the child care centre located under the hall, at Toowong Uniting Church; for ten years, five days a week, looking after the pre-school kids of local working parents.

Since retirement, Graham and his wife Jill found a house in Hoppers Crossing, and May, now widowed, has a flat and a work room for her beautiful patchwork quilting.

May’s four grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren bring her much joy.  She says, “Although life has brought hardship, it’s not what happens in life, but the way you deal with it.”

May values the welcome she has received at Crossroads.  “I’m happy with our church; I feel blessed.”


Church Camp coming up!

Join us for a weekend of fun, friendship, fellowship and COMMUNITY, which is our theme.  We will be heading down to Anglesea to the Burnside Camp grounds from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September.

You can arrive from 6pm on Friday evening and proceed to the dining room for a welcome coffee and to find your home for the next two nights.

There will be plenty of activities, both relaxing and adventurous that you can participate in.

Costs are $85 per person ($75 for Secondary Students, $65 for Primary Students, under 3s are free).

More information will be available soon.  You can also come on a day visit - $15.

Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the noticeboard.

For more information you can speak to Lauren Duckworth, Frances Geilen, Erin Bradley, Rob Bradley, Paul Cochran or Rose Geilen.


Iftar Dinner — the end of Ramadan

A wonderful aspect of Jesus command to love our neighbour is the gift of friendship, not only with people of Christian faith, but in this multicultural society, with folk of other religions.  Crossroads UC is represented at Wyndham Interfaith Council, and the Council has organised the popular ‘Places of Worship’ tours each year.

Members of Crossroads UC are invited to attend the Iftar dinner, Friday May 17, at Virgin Mary Mosque, 143 Hogans Road near Derrimut Rd, after sunset 5.25 pm.

The event is co-ordinated by Aziz Arshad. Aziz says: “It’s wholly catered for, don’t bring food. If you are in the prayer area, please remove your shoes.  Males and females will meet in separate rooms. Chairs are available. Clothing – modest. For visitors, veils or scarves not required.”

Each day during Ramadan, (beginning Tues May 6) practising Moslems fast until sunset.

I intend to accept the invitation; I can provide transport, or travel with you. Contact me on 0402 817 673.  (Neil Tolliday)


Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday

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