Crossroads Connection
We acknowledge the original custodians, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin alliance, of the land on which our buildings of worship stand and on which we gather.


A local history story

Julie Rees reflected at Church Council on a visit to the Little River Rothwell Cemetery, with Lois, Carly and Alyssa….

This beautiful, tranquil, little country cemetery holds very special significance for our family—we’ve visited it regularly since I was one year old as my eldest sister Meryl is buried there. In the last few years, our dad and mum have joined Meryl in a family grave. On this visit we were fondly reminiscing as it was ten years since our dad passed away (5/03/2010).

Phil & Ethel Rees on their wedding day on 1946...

To the left of our grave is our Rees family history with the grave of our dad’s parents so our paternal Grandparents and also a little further away our Great Grandparents and even two of our Great Great Grandparents whose birthdates register the years 1824 and 1833.

Walcott & Ethel Cozens, Julie's grandparents on their wedding day...

Buried next to our grave to the right is our Cozens family history with our mum’s parents’ grave so our maternal Grandparents and also our Great Grandparents as well as our Great Great Grandparents whose birthdates register the years 1793 and 1794.

Interestingly, they made the voyage to Australia in 1849 from Tidworth, Wiltshire in the UK – and, in a strange coincidence, Lois’ eldest daughter Lauren and her family currently live in Amesbury, near Tidworth, in Wiltshire!

Five generations of our family on both the Rees and Cozens sides buried together in the same cemetery. Inscriptions on these graves demonstrate the Christian heritage that has been passed on to us through those generations.

Wyndham Uniting: Cathryn Ryan

Cathryn Ryan is the regional senior manager for Uniting and her region includes Barwon, Ballarat, Western suburbs and Wyndham, Uniting’s agency next door to Crossroads church.

She is responsible for Uniting’s children, youth and family services, emergency relief and disability services, and opportunity shops; working with staff, church congregations, volunteers and consumers.

Cathryn speaks passionately about the co-operation happening between churches and Uniting; for example, Barwon Region UC congregations recently organised “Pancake Day” together in a central shopping mall, promoting Uniting’s services to Geelong people in need.

An example of Cathryn’s hands-on approach is her current face-to-face visiting with local agencies in Wyndham, to enlist support for a Uniting project to engage local community-based agencies and provide Certificate III level in partnership with VCOSS, (Victorian Council of Social Services) in this municipality.

“The shortage of staple commodities resulting from panic shopping Coronavirus epidemic is having a significant impact on many vulnerable people within the broader and our community.  These folk are finding it difficult  to purchase items such as toilet paper, rice and pasta and have been noticed through Uniting’s ER services across the state.  Please donate these items with your Sunday offering at church, for people accessing Emergency Relief at Uniting.”

Cathryn comes to her present work from many years within the welfare sector with a strong interest of empowering people and teams to work with the community and individual person front and centre. (NT)

Worship Plan for this week


9.30 am Family service (Rev. Annetia Goldsmith)

12 pm Lisu Service

2.30 pm Dinka Service


Activities this week

There will be no scheduled activities at the Crossroads church site from today until at least 19 April (after Easter) as a consequence of the government’s rules on the size of gatherings and social distancing. Please see the accompanying information letter.


Bible Readings – 29 March 2020

I Samuel 16:1–13; Ephesians 5:8–14; John 9:1–41; Psalm 23

Rosters for Next Week (Online)

Rosters for the 29 March 2020 online worship experience

Prayers of the People: Rose Geilen

Reader: Val Tardrew

For your prayers this week…

For the governments in Australia and around the world as they grapple with the covid-19 pandemic and its consequences.

For people everywhere who have lost incomes, been isolated in their homes, and lost loved ones.

For our congregation as we work through the difficulties of maintaining a sense of belonging and mutual support while public worship is not being held.


Lent Event for Peace

Many Uniting Church congregations around Australia are supporting the Lent Event Appeal organised by Uniting World. This year we are supporting the Christian church in Ambon, Indonesia, as it seeks to build and strengthen peace between Christians and Muslims there. After the terrible violence there some years ago when many thousands of people died, real progress is being made through leadership workshops in high schools and other community projects.

We too can be peacemaker in supporting this appeal. Peace between Christians and Muslims in Indonesia has the potential to reach much further. Donations may be placed in the offering bowl in the "official" envelope or in a plain marked envelope; or they may be posted direct to Uniting World remembering to include the name of our congregation. Please take a leaflet as you leave the church today.

Growing up in the Uniting Church

The Rev. Dr William Emilsen from the Uniting Church National History Society is looking for people aged 18 to approximately 43 whose spiritual formation has been primarily within the Uniting Church and who might be prepared to write their story of growing up in the Uniting Church. The first task is simply gathering and editing stories of Uniting Church people from around the nation (not unlike Anita Hess' Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia) and the second part will entail doing focus groups. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please let Robert Renton know.

Relay for Life

(Some of) the Crossroads Relay for Life team met for a shared dinner last Saturday. Although they were sad that the Relay was cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus, they were proud to raise over $5000 for cancer research this year. Thank you to everyone for your support 👍🏻

Housekeeping & Help

Pastoral care will be maintained during these difficult days but it is subject to the rules regarding access to hospitals and aged care homes.

Please contact Robyn Tomkins for any pastoral care needs or the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith.


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

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