Crossroads Connection


Impressions of Synod 2019

The picture shows the Rev. Will Pickett addressing Synod.

Naidoc Week and the Statement of the Heart were important issues at Synod as well as reports from Narana & Leprena. (See p.2 for more information.)

The theme of Synod was Isaiah 43:19 ”I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it.”

In various ways during Synod we were encouraged to look outwards and try to see where God is already at work in the community. We need to be open to God working in new and unexpected ways.

In addition to daily devotions, Bible Study and theological reflection we received 43 reports and worked through 26 proposals. One of special interest for me was the proposal to ask the church to try to find ways to increase the involvement of people under 50 years old in the service, leadership and shaping of the Church.

I hope that Crossroads will be able to work on that and find someone in the 30–50 year age group to be our Synod Rep for the next Synod.

The most contentious proposal was the response to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation. Every member of Synod had a chance to express their views in small working groups of 15 to 20 people as well as speak to the whole gathering. The proposal is very detailed. I hope you will take the time to read it on the Uniting Church Synod website or ask me for a copy.

In essence it gives permission to our Aged Care facilities and hospitals to make voluntary assisted dying allowable to their residents or patients but ensuring that all staff and volunteers are allowed to conscientiously object to participating.

When expressing our own views on this subject we all need to be very sensitive to the fact that other Christians hold very different views. (From Bev Lambie, Synod Rep. 2019)

Church Council News

A report of the latest Church Council news will be printed next week—sorry, we ran out of room this week!

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Robert Renton)
12 noon Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: 2.30 pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
Thursday: 8 pm Home Group at the Savorys’
Friday: 5 pm African Youth (church foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (church foyer)
6.30 pm STAN at the Bradleys' (See special notice)

Bible Readings – 28 July 2019

Hosea 1:2–10; Colossians 2:6–19; Luke 11:1–13; Psalm 85

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 28 July 2019

Minister: Rev. Valerie Johnson
Duty Elder: Wendy Barnes
Greeting: Robert Renton
Morning Tea: Julie Rees & Margaret Forrester
Flowers: Valerie Martin
Reader: Lindsay Davis
AV Desk: Paul Kirkham
Prayers of the People: Robyn Tomkins
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.


Operation Christmas Child

Thank you everyone for your support of Operation Christmas Child last Sunday. Our trading table raised $238.80 which will enable another 23 boxes to be sent. Rose and I also received a $50 donation from UCAF a few weeks ago, so put together we will be able to finance 28 boxes for 28 children. Another great result. I will have boxes and a few bits and pieces again today for those who missed our presentation last week. (Margaret Gook)

Occasional Sunday Lunches Out –O.S.L.O

Next week we will be going to the Commercial Hotel Watton Street. Senior meals available. Everyone welcome. Please contact either Lorna on 97414185 or Elaine on 93952045 by the 25th July for numbers.

Building a fresh start together

Uniting’s Winter Share Appeal is open for donations, and envelopes are available in the foyer. Suggested amounts are $40 which can provide a personal care pack, including soap, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant to restore dignity to a person in crisis; $75 which can provide a session with a dedicated crisis support worker; and $210 which can assist a family with emergency accommodation for one night.

In Natalie Bonfa’s story (last week) I omitted to mention that her formal role is that of Family Engagement Worker.

Saturday Take Away Night (STAN)

This will be held at the Bradley’s home,

5 Romalyn Ct Werribee next Saturday at 6.30pm—but instead of take away we will be having a ‘Soup, Sandwich and Sweets’ night. Please RSVP to Jan 9742 3598 and let her know you are coming and what you can bring.


Zeina and Mhfoud welcomed their second child: Jason.

He was born Monday 8 July weighing 3.66 kg. Little sister Selena and parents are very happy.

School Musical: “Once on this Island”

‘Once on this island”, performed by students of Goodnews Lutheran College: performances at the Altona Civic Hall (115 Civic Parade) on Friday 9 August at 7.30 pm and Saturday 10 August at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm. Ticket bookings on line ( or via school office (8742 9000) or contact Faith Kirkman.

Uluru Statement from the Heart

At Synod, the Rev. Will Pickett and Leprena centre manager Alison Overeem spoke about NAIDOC Week and what it means for First Peoples.  Will explained the origins of NAIDOC in the calls by Indigenous activist William Cooper to have a day of mourning in recognition of the effects of colonisation on the First Peoples and for churches to have annual days devoted to sermons and prayers also devoted to this.

“NAIDOC reminds me that I am part of a proud people who have suffered so many injustices and our trauma has impacted generationally,” Will said. Will said he had officiated at the funeral an Aboriginal teenage boy who drowned in Perth’s Swan River fleeing police last year.

Will said there could be a new day dawning if Indigenous voices were listened to and the truth spoken leading to action.  “I believe there will be a treaty that benefits all people of this sacred land of Australia,” he said.

Alison said the work of hearing Indigenous voices, speaking the truth and pursuing a treaty should be the Church’s “core business” in all that it does.  She called for the “stories of voice, treaty and truth to sit quietly and gently within every one of us, in each presbytery, in each Synod and in the hearts of every congregation and church council”.

A proposal brought before Synod by the Ministry and Mission Committee was that Synod support the 2017 Uluru Statement of the Heart as the preferred pathway towards reconciliation. After some discussion over wording it was adopted by consensus. (Bev Lambie)

Local supporters of justice for Australia’s indigenous people turned out for the City of Wyndham flag raising at the Civic Centre. Key speaker Natasha Bamblett told of her grandma, one of the stolen generation, who became a leader of her people.

Ten Crossroads folk attended a gathering at ClockTower theatre, Moonee Ponds town hall, to see a showing of the movie “Warrigal Creek Massacre”, revisiting the horrific event of 150 years ago in South Gippsland.

Justice Task Group has created a Crossroads UC banner in solidarity with the Aboriginal community, displayed in the church foyer. We hope to walk with it with on future public occasions. (NT)


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

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