Crossroads Connection


Christmas Boxes

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to Operation Christmas Child this year.

Our number at the moment is 219 which is going to make 219 children very happy.

Thank you. And extra thanks to Rose Geilen  and Bev Lambie for their input at Mitcham weekly.

Much appreciated!  (Margaret Gook)

A visit to the Islamic museum

Forty-five people (five from Crossroads) spent a couple of hours on a guided tour arranged by the Wyndham Interfaith Network of this award winning community museum in Thornbury. It was opened in February 2014 and has five permanent galleries. The Islamic Faith gallery addresses the beliefs and practices of Muslim and we watched a short film on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. We also saw something of the role of women in Islam, halal food, and Muhammad’s biography.

The Islamic Contributions to Civilisations gallery was very interesting. Did you know that soap and coffee were first discovered and used by Muslims? There were large portraits of everyday well known Muslims such as Anthony Mundine, the boxer, and Waleed Aly, journalist and TV presenter.

The Australian Muslim History gallery reminded us that between 1870 and 1920 up to 4,000 camels were unloaded at ports around Australia and British entrepreneurs imported experienced handlers known as the ‘Afghans’ and ‘Ghans’ from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan to transport materials to help build crucial infrastructure. There is a life size camel on display! Muslim fishermen also made annual visits from Indonesia as early as the 1700s, leaving their mark on the indigenous peoples in the areas of language, art and economy.

The Islamic Architecture gallery showcased very large photos of mosques and palaces in Syria, Spain, Turkey and Morocco. This gallery also houses a minaret internally decorated with Islamic calligraphy and here you can listen to the adhan, the Muslim call to prayer.  (Lorna Hodge)


Important Future Meeting

Next Sunday the Presbytery-sponsored Mission Study meeting which will be held at church and over lunch on Sunday 28 October following a shorter worship service.  The meeting should last by 2.30 pm. Please bring your own lunch as we will work through the lunch time.

Have you filled in the questionnaire?  You can get a copy on paper from Rose Geilen at the office.  Rose has offered to transfer your answers (anonymously) to the website for you.

Adani protest opportunity

The Uniting Church Synod of Victoria's Justice and International Mission unit offers members of this congregation post cards addressed to the Minister for the Environment in Canberra, protesting against the Adani Group's plan to develop  a massive coal mine in the Galilee Basin.

This planet's future is at stake. Neil has a supply of cards in church today, and he invites you to take one, sign it and send!

Annual Multifaith Dinner

This will be held on November 7 starting at 6.30 pm at the  Encore Event Centre, Derrimut  Road, Hoppers Crossing.  Our key note speaker  Jessie Lloyd  will give  voice to stories of  dreaming and relationship with the land.     Tickets $20. or see Neil Tolliday who will assist with bookings.  When you book you will be asked the faith with which you identify yourself.

Fair Trade Stall

Jennifer Evans of Horizons of Hope will again bring her Fair Trade Craft Stall to Crossroads on 18th November.

Werribee River Association

The Werribee River  is a precious stream of water, renewing the land and providing  refreshing recreation for residents of Wyndham.  Come to the Annual General Meeting of the Werribee River Association (WRivA) on Thursday 25 October at 7 pm at the Wyndham Central College auditorium.  Members of the Crossroads Justice Task Group support the WRivA.  Come, join us!  Talk to Rob Bradley, Armando Aragon, or Neil Tolliday.


A reminder that the next lunch date will be November 23 instead of next Sunday.  More information later.

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either our minister, Mike Lewis or Robyn Tomkins.  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.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am   Family Service.  (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Following worship today

Tea/coffee in the Foyer

Activities this week

Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am.
Wednesday: Seniors Afternoon Tea, 2.30 pm.
Thursday: Home Group, 8 pm at Sandra & Noel Savory's.
Saturday: STAN: 6.30 pm at Lynette & Roger Boyd's.

Next Sunday – 28 October: Pentecost 23

9.30 am Special Mission Study Sunday.  BYO LUNCH.  This is an important meeting for all members of the Congregation, as it is your opportunity to express your views regarding the ministry we need at Crossroads.

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Julie Rees

Greeting: Robert Renton

Morning Tea: Margaret Dent & Elizabeth Barnes

Flowers: Lorna Hodge

Reader: Val Tardrew

AV Desk: Roland Geilen

Prayers: Jan Bradley

Piano: Jeremy Withers

Bible Readings next week: Job 42:1–6, 10–17; Psalm 34:1–8; Hebrews 7:23–28; Mark 10:46–52


Eileen Bolton


“For those who’ve come across the seas” Crossroads congregation welcomes migrants from sister churches across the world, including our faithful member, Eileen Bolton, seen here with the family dog, Max.

Eileen was Verger and member of the Pastoral Care team (“a practical down-to-earth ministry”) in St Thomas’ Lancaster, her local Church of England for some years, until she answered the call from her adult children Debbie and Kevin, here in Werribee Australia, to come over and be with them and her grandchildren. That was ten years ago.

She grew up during the Second World War in Lancashire UK. She remembers air-raid shelters, gas masks, the German airplanes coming over to bomb nearby Liverpool docks and Manchester factories; and the end of wartime food rationing, when for the first time, fresh bananas and oranges were available!

Nursing and a caring profession was Eileen’s main career for many years: at Royal Albert Hospital for intellectually disabled people, and at St John of God rehabilitation hospital, then she managed “Anchor” sheltered accommodation for elderly folk until retirement.

Eileen became a Christian at a Billy Graham rally in the Lake District; a time of great enthusiasm and excitement in the churches of Britain (and in Australia too).

“Here at Crossroads congregation, I’m blessed with good friends,” she says. ‘And I love it when we get a good old hymn!”

Our multi-cultural, multi-generational faith community rejoices in the companionship of Eileen and several other folk who have migrated here from Britain over the years.  (NT)


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