Crossroads Connection


Today’s Worship Leader

Eileen Ray was born in Tasmania, where she married Rob and had two children. She was raised in Salvation Army and Baptist churches.  Eileen tells her story—

In 1985 I had a strong call to ministry.  We eventually moved to Victoria in 1989 because the Baptists in Tassie hadn't decided whether to ordain women.

I was ordained in 1995, and served in three different Baptist churches, all in Western suburbs, before having a long time unemployed. This came to an end when I realised that my preaching calendar consisted of an array of Uniting Churches, and decided that the warm welcome I had received there was a sign of the call of God to change denominations.. I was accepted by the Reception of Ministers committee, and after completing the appropriate study ministered at Sandringham Uniting for almost ten years until my retirement at the end of 2015.

My husband and I attend Ascot Vale Uniting, where he is on the roster to play the piano, while I run a garden swap there once a month. This garden swap is advertised on Facebook and through the Moonee Valley Council 'My Smart Garden' program. It is held after church, so tea and coffee can be provided. People from all over the City bring anything garden or food related to swap. It started out very small, but now we get 12-20 attendees, a few of whom are from the church. We have decided that instead of being known as "the church that burnt down", we want to be known as "the garden church".

Until I had a knee replacement in June, gardening was my hobby.  Since then most of my time has been taken up learning to walk again.  We also have two tiny grandchildren, who we sometimes babysit.


Jesus was baptised when he was about 30 years old.  He had lived a normal life, presumably as a carpenter, with his mother, sisters and brothers around him, up to then.  To be baptised was a sign, mostly to himself, that he had a new direction in life, and one that was greatly challenging.

It was an enormous step to take, even greater than that of Abraham.  What turmoil did he go through to make that decision?  (RR)


Nomination for Church Council membership

Nominations will be sought for election to membership of the Church Council commencing Sunday 3 February, and to assist anyone who is interested in finding out more about what is involved in a position on the Church Council is invited to attend a brief meeting following morning tea on Sunday 3 February.  Please indicate your interest to Robert Renton.  The election will be held at the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday 24 February.

Tip Tickets

We would welcome donations of tip tickets to help defray costs for the clean-ups around the church and at the manse in Filippin Crt.  If you can help, please see Geoff Gook.

Wear a name badge!

Now is the time for you to wear a name tag at church!

Consider how you can help (1) those people with a short memory, (2) visiting supply preachers, and (3) newcomers and visitors to our congregation.

It’s also good to get into the habit so our new minister will be helped by having name badges prominently displayed!

Request a personal Uniting Church name tag from Rose Geilen in the church office (open on Thursday mornings in January).  Leave your name with Rose, and pay her $12 in advance, and she will order a new tag for you.

Church Office and Connection

Church Office hours until week beginning Monday 29 January: the office will be open 9.30 am–12 noon on Thursdays only.  Phone 9741 1084.  Email

Connection will continue during January.  Please contact me by Tuesday.

Join us in prayer for…

  • New families having to deal with the demands and difficulties of parenthood and society.

Maternity hospital staff as they celebrate with joy the birth of babies and comfort the families who have lost a baby in some way.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Eileen Ray)

Activities this week

Most activities will resume at the beginning of February.

Next Sunday – 20 January: Epiphany 2

9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Angela Tampiyappa)

Bible Readings 20 January 2019

Isaiah 62:1–5; Psalm 36:5–10; I Corinthian 12:1–11; John 2:1–11.

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Robert Renton
Greeting: Robyn Tomkins
Morning Tea: Betty Parker & Mary Dixon
Flowers: Valerie Martin
Reader: Lindsay Davis
AV Desk: Rob Bradley
Piano: Wendy Barnes


Sharon Tyrell

Sharon Tyrrell’s professionalism and compassion as a social worker shines through, as we talk in Uniting Wyndham’s “new manse” building.

As a Bachelor of Social Work graduate, Sharon started with McKillop Family Services Geelong.  Nineteen years ago Sharon began her employment at the then Werribee Support and Housing.  She was appointed Coordinator of Bridges Foster Care in 2000.

Sharon is now the co-ordinator of Child, Youth and Family Services, embracing Reconnect West (early intervention youth homelessness), young parents supported play group, and foster care.

“Out-of-home care has its joys and issues”, says Sharon. “Young people come from a wide range of family crises, needing different types of care.  Respite for weekends, emergency, short-term or long-term; all these are options to be considered.  Court orders can determine the care that is specified for a child or young person at risk.  We are bound by Government regulations regarding placement families, and careful screening is conducted with those people who offer as foster carers.”

“I’m delighted when I hear of a young person who has been helped through difficult teenage years by our foster carers, and has achieved outcomes such as completing VCE.” says Sharon.

“In the fast pace of life, with overwhelming demands on parents, children are sometimes ignored;  attention-seeking behaviours are regarded as nuisance. Empathy is in short supply.” A goal of out-of-home care is to restore validation; a sense of purpose, for young people who have had their dignity damaged and their self-worth crushed.

Uniting Wyndham is always in need of foster carers.  Mostly they are in the 30s to 60s age range, having a realistic understanding of their own capabilities. Church members are welcome to offer themselves for consideration.

Contact Sharon Tyrrell or the Foster Care Team at Uniting Wyndham 9742 6452 Mondays to Fridays 9am to 5 pm. (NT)

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