Crossroads Connection



The Black Messiah

Val Martin provided this photo of the Black Messiah in the Regina Mundi Catholic Church Soweto.


It’s a reminder that we tend to ‘see’ Jesus and the biblical world through the lens of our own world and life.


The Regina Mundi church was the scene of a terrible massacre during the Apartheid period.




Sunday 26th May we will be going to one of our favourites venues at China T at Sanctuary Lakes Shopping centre. We have a banquet of entrée, 4 main courses plus special fried rice and finishing up with ice cream and fruit salad for $25. All are welcome. Please contact Elaine Belcher for booking numbers before Thursday 23rd May.

Uniting Collection Box

Needed items include tins of soup, cereals (esp. Weetbix), pasta, tins of tuna, baked beans and spaghetti, 2-minute noodles, tinned tomatoes, jars of pasta sauce, vegemite, jams and honey, UHT milk, muesli snack bars.  Thanks for all the help each week!

Justice Task Group

You are invited on Monday 20 May, at 7.30 pm to the Crossroads Justice Task Group meeting, at Heathglen Retirement Village, 2 Glendale Court, Werribee.

Topics for discussion will include - Aboriginal and Islander support banner, asylum seekers in our community, energy audit for our church's carbon footprint, and liaising with Uniting, our agency next door. All welcome—Enquiries Neil Tolliday or Rob Bradley.

Join us in prayer for…

·       For the elimination of violence against women and all those who work for it.

·       Our political leaders and new government who we entrust to build an Australian community where all can flourish.

·       Our friends of different faiths as they mark occasions of holiness and significance in their lives, in anticipation of shared peace, love and reconciliation.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Neil Tolliday)
12 noon Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: 2 pm Seniors Afternoon Tea in the Foyer.
Thursday: 8 pm Home Group at the Savory's
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Wyndham Playgroup
Saturday: 6.30 pm Saturday Night Take Away at Frances Geilen’s

Bible Readings – 26 May 2019

Acts 16:9–25; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22–22:5; John 14:23–29 or John 5:1–9

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 26 May 2019

Minister: Rev. Valerie Johnson (5367 3074)
Duty Elder: Kur Mag
Greeting: Robyn Tomkins
Morning Tea: Margaret Dent & Margaret Forrester
Flowers: Val Martin
Reader: Fay Docherty
AV Desk: Chris Bradley
Prayers of the People: Rose Geilen
Piano: Jeremy Withers

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.


Cyril Ridsdale

As I stepped in to Cyril’s unit, he showed me the 2009 Certificate of Appreciation for voluntary service, signed by our then Member of Parliament for Lalor, Julia Gillard. I began to understand the story of that certificate, as Cyril told me something of his life.

Cyril is known as the best sausage roll maker at Crossroads church, and his rolls are a feature of many church social occasions. “My mum was a caterer, and I learned from her,” he says.

He grew up in Elmore, and he went to Bendigo Technical school.  His footballing skill was noticed by the talent scouts, and he played with Footscray firsts and seconds, roving or in the front pocket.

Charlie Sutton was the Bulldogs’ famous coach, and Ted Whitten, Brownlow Medal winner, was on the team, great memories for Cyril. On to playing with Oakleigh YCW, at that time he got married.  Then “I did my knee, and football was finished.”

Church is important to Cyril. “I’ve always gone to Sunday School,” he says, “and on a journey in Israel I was baptized in the Jordan river by our bus driver.”

In his work life, for some years Cyril was a security guard, and also he was manager of a retirement village on Phillip Island.  After he and his wife separated, he went to live in Werribee.

Cyril started volunteering at Werribee Uniting Care and Concern, encouraged by Rev. Tony Duncan and Carol Muir.  Various members of our church today talk of his hard work and willingness to have a go.

Noelle, Cyril’s partner pitched in, and they volunteered together, with the breakfast program, feeding people who came on cold mornings from a long way, with bacon and eggs and toast.  “We were great mates,” says Cyril.

Noelle helped with emergency relief and vouchers, and Cyril was collecting, storing and distributing furniture for people who were struggling to get their lives together. ”I work for the Lord whenever I can,” he says.

In recent months, Cyril has earned the admiration of Crossroads congregation for his ongoing battle with cancer.  He speaks highly of the practical support given to him by Rev. Mike Lewis.  Except for time in Peter McCallum and hospital, he rarely misses the morning worship.

Marg and I have two red roses, given to us from Cyril, from his front garden. They smell beautiful! (NT)


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.

An update from Bos Thom in Cambodia

Four years ago the folk at Crossroads raised funds to help Samaritans Purse construct a preschool at Bos Thom in rural Cambodia. I was invited to the official opening and helped to plant the tree you see in the photo. The Principal at Bos Thom has continued to develop his school to provide quality education to the children in his village. They are even still using a room in the old building for Saturday classes. They have planted a forest of trees and shrubs around the grounds, and in his spare time the Principal pastors a church in the village. He is a truly inspiring man of God and the school is flourishing under his care. (Rose Geilen)

A special birthday!

Remy Cerdena is turning 95! Let’s help her celebrate with a ‘bring a plate’ morning tea after Church on Sunday 26th May.


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

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