Crossroads Connection



Welcome to our guest preacher, Rev. Ian Smith

Ian, a minister for thirty years in the Churches of Christ, now works in a key role as Executive Officer of the Victorian Council of Churches (VCC), which brings together Christians of 29 member churches, encouraging co-operation and understanding.

The Uniting Church in Australia is a member of the VCC and the National Council of Churches in Australia.

These bodies provide a voice to governments and the media, speaking of the big and small political and national issues about which the churches have common concern.

Ian provides leadership in the Christian community and he has a passion for inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and collaboration, expressed over many years as a member of Darebin and Northern suburbs Interfaith councils.

Currently Ian is a member of the State Government’s Multifaith Advisory Group, and is secretary of the Faith Communities Council of Victoria which brings together significant peak bodies operating in this State.

Ian, we welcome you today.

Kids Hope

On Sunday 13th October several Kids Hope Mentors represented Crossroads at the 15th Anniversary High Tea. At the event, we heard about the difference Kids Hope is making in the lives of troubled children.

Sandra Savory was surprised and pleased to receive the  “Kids Hope Australia Tim Costello Hope Award 2019” from the Rev. Tim Costello himself, recognising 12 years as a mentor and co-ordinator at Werribee Primary school.

Sandra said: “I feel quite touched to have received it. Kids Hope is a great programme, giving churches a very practical way of helping kids. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of it”.

There are many schools wanting to partner with churches to implement this life changing ministry. If you would like to donate, or become a Kids Hope mentor at Werribee Primary School, please talk to Sandra.

Friday’s playgroup at Crossroads

Crossroads Uniting Church is host to Uniting Wyndham’s Friday Playgroup, co-ordinated by Paula Cox.

Paula has been a member of the Foster Care team since coming to Werribee Support and Housing on work placement for her Community Services Diploma six years ago.

“My passion is helping young people to find a safe and secure family life, where they can grow to their potential. It’s good to be part of the Foster Care team, enabling this to happen, so I get a lot of satisfaction, giving something back”, says Paula. “I learn anew each day, especially here in Wyndham where there are many different ethnicities, requiring sensitivity to cultural concerns”.

“Playgroup is my favourite time in the week, with little kids, singing and being a bit silly.  As well, we get to know the parents, sometimes in vulnerable situations, coming from family violence and needing support; we can refer them to housing case workers, and legal advice at West Justice”, she says. “Church folk may wish to donate toys for Playgroup”.

On the Foster Care team, Paula works with publicity, recruitment of foster parents, and support to foster families assisting the retention of each foster care placement.

Paula says: “I suggest to church members, to learn more, google Uniting Vic. Tas. On the home page, go to Our Services, then follow the drop down box to Child Youth and Family, then Foster Care”. (NT)

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship services

9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Ian Smith)

11.45 am Lisu Service

2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup (Foyer)

Wednesday: 2.30 pm Seniors Afternoon Tea

Thursday: 8 pm Home Group at the Savory's Home

Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup; 5 pm African Youth

Saturday: 10 am African Youth; 6.30 pm Saturday Take Away Night

Bible Readings – 27 October 2019

Joel 2:23–32; 2 Timothy 4:6–8, 16–18; Luke 18:9–14; Psalm 65.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 27 October 2019

Minister: Rev. David Walker
Duty Elder: Kur Mag
Greeting: Robyn Tomkins
Morning Tea: Betty Parker & Judy O’Keeffe
Flowers: Jennie Kirkman
Reader: Rose Geilen
AV Desk: Paul Kirkman
Prayers of the People: Samantha Gourlay
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.


OSLO Next Sunday

We will be going to the Laverton Club which is just off the highway. Seniors meals available. Everyone welcome. Please contact Elaine or Lorna  RSVP before Thursday.

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.

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

Wyndham Theatre Company (WTC) presented FRACTURE

a series of short works, produced by Jeremy Withers, with five directors for each of five plays, on September 20 and 21, in the Crossroads Theatre.  In his first role as production manager, Jeremy co-ordinated the production team.  Alan Thompson designed and built the sets, creating a dramatic atmosphere.

This reviewer was impressed by the professionalism and stage craft of the acting ensemble and backstage team.  Snappy set changes and colourful costumes complemented warm and human dramas; a memorable evening.

WTC provides an opportunity for local actors and writers to practice their talents, and the Crossroads community theatre offers a venue enabling people in the City of Wyndham to support home-grown creativity. (NT)


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

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