Crossroads Connection



Global warming issues

Belmont Uniting Church is giving leadership in tackling global warming.  The public is invited to three seminars – Christian perspectives on Earth’s environmental crisis.

Sunday Oct 20, at 5-6.30 pm Peter Rayner, Professor of Climate Science, Melbourne University,“The science of climate change & some practical steps”.

Sunday Oct 27, at 5-6.30 pm Peter Saunders, Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, “Climate change and Laudato Si – a Christian response”.

Sunday Nov 3, at 5.30-6.30 pm Jan Murphy, UCA Eco-ministry researcher and teacher; Graeme Garrett, Anglican priest and theologian “Out of the whirlwind; on being the church in the climate emergency”.

At Belmont UC, 42 Thomson St., Belmont.  A light meal will be offered at 6.30 pm. RSVP

Multi-Faith Dinner

2019 Multi-Faith Dinner, at the Encore Centre, 6.30 pm on Wednesday October 23. Guest Speaker Bishop Philip Huggins. This year it will celebrate “social inclusion and harmony”. Tickets  are  $25:00, the meals are all vegetarian this year and there are 10 spots per table and 300 for the event. Please  use the  online booking  system which also ask for purchasers to name the faith they identify with. This helps to assist with planning. Please  list  Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Scientologist, Other or None.

Bhakta Dasa

Bhakta Dasa, Chairperson of Wyndham Interfaith Network, invites members of Crossroads congregation to the annual Multi-Faith Dinner, on Wednesday 23 October, at 6.30 pm at the Encore Centre, Derrimut Road.

Bhakta and his wife Bhakti welcomed me to their home, “Meditation House” in Tarneit, where the view looks toward the young trees growing in the Davis Creek wetland.  We talked about our life journeys:  “The search for truth never stops,” says Bhakta.

A leader in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)  movement in Melbourne since the 1970s, Bhakta founded the famous “Gopal’s Restaurant” in Swanston Street at that time, with the help of a master chef.  Later he set up meditation centres in Seaford, Bambra and Bell Post Hill, Geelong.

His passion for creating beautiful art began with studying for the Diploma of Art at the then Caulfield Technical College.  For many years, Bhakta has been Communication Officer with ISKCON, based at the Hare Krishna Temple in Albert Park.  Recently he helped organize the annual Festival, attended by 12,000 people.

Bhakta is a member the Faith Community Council of Victoria, and a member of the Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee of the Victorian Government.  He says: “Inter Faith is the best way that people can dispel anxieties and prejudice about other religions.  There is no need to be fearful. If we are to live harmoniously, inter-faith provides leadership, and it is a powerful way of overcoming misunderstanding.”

Fête news - its on Saturday 19th October

For the plant stall, this year, to ensure we have enough time to sort and price plants, we are asking that all stock be delivered no later than this Wednesday. We would also appreciate donations of any plastic bags you still have at home. We have a number of volunteers (Mary, Blair, Lorna and Erin) to help on the stall but we still need four more volunteers—please contact Carmel.

Fête stall set-up, 6 pm Friday 18th October: All helpers very welcome!

Bible reading roster

Would you be interested in joining the bible reading roster? An opportunity will be created for interested people to be given some training and support. Contact Julie Rees after church.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship services

9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Ian Pearse)

11.45 am Lisu Service

2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Today: 11.30–12.30pm Beach Clean-up: meet at the barbecues near the river mouth, Beach Rd, Werribee South.

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup (Foyer

Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup; 6 pm Fête set-up

Saturday: 9 am Church Fête

Bible Readings – 20 October 2019

Jeremiah 31:27–34; 2 Timothy 3:14–4:5; Luke 18:1–8; Psalm 119:97–104.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 20 October 2019

Minister: Rev. Ian Smith (Vic. Council of Churches)
Duty Elder: TBC
Greeting: Mary Dixon
Morning Tea: Julie Hamilton & Jan Bradley
Flowers: Margaret Forrester
Reader: Paul Cochran
AV Desk: Paul Cochran
Prayers of the People: Rose Geilen
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.


Derek Humphrey OAM (1927–2019)

A full congregation overflowed into the foyer on Wednesday 2 October, when friends and family from  near and far gathered to wish “God be with you” to our dear friend Derek.

The Rev. Jenny Hayes led the funeral and thanksgiving service, and she preached on Paul’s second letter to the Christians in Corinth.

Playgroup Leader Jan Bradley

2019 is Jan Bradley’s ninth year as leader of our two Monday play groups. Myra Kempson, Maureen Curtis, Julie Rees, Alyssa and Carly are helpers.  Jan is a qualified Primary Teacher, who gives experienced know-how and caring guidance.

“Our early group from 9.30 to 11.30 includes new-borns to age 4.  The afternoon group from 12.15 to 2.15 includes 3 year-olds, plus 4s and 5s. Numbers in the two groups average at 8-10, “ says Jan.

“We meet all the criteria for Uniting Church early childhood education—we are multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-faith.  Being multi-generational means that we have mums, dads and grandparents involved.  Everyone gets along!”

“We provide an opportunity to create valuable networks for anyone looking to share the highs and lows of parenthood,” says Jan.

“Play group comes within the scope of pastoral care in our Crossroads congregation, and in informal ways we connect with other aspects of the church’s life.  We have additional volunteers helping occasionally.”

Talk to Jan if you feel you are suitable to volunteer.  You will need a working with children check. And, in your prayers remember Jan and the helpers with playgroup—a significant outreach of Crossroads Uniting congregation.


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

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