COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
Playgroup: we miss it!
Lockdown for Coronavirus means that special Crossroads activities such as playgroup are put on hold. Normally, playgroup runs on Monday mornings (children up to 3 years) and afternoons (3 years and over).
I asked some of our playgroup volunteers and helpers about their thoughts.
Alyssa and Carly said: “We love going to playgroup and playing with the children. We enjoy talking to the mums and grandparents too. Carly loves it when the mums put their babies on her knees. We really enjoy working as playgroup volunteers”.
Myra added: “I miss the birthday parties at playgroup. Asanka’s twins turned 3 last month, and we missed that celebration. The parents meet up and chat, so it’s a good social gathering. We have been going since 2006 when Jenny King started it. I prepare the fruit, savoury biscuits and cheese for morning snack”.
Says Maureen: “Now that Asanka plays the piano, we sing together. The time goes quickly”.
For Asanka, “Playgroup means a lot to me and my children Lukyan and Aniela. Normally on Mondays I have to keep the children occupied. Now at playgroup my children are busy; they have new toys, and I get some adult company.
“I love the social interaction and the delight the babies and young children give us as they grow and develop into bright little persons,” says Julie.
Jan, our playgroup leader, says: “It’s about the church connecting with the community; with families and children. Families and children are also connecting with each other. A lot of people connect with their faith”.
Protecting our environment
Since time out of mind
God’s garden, gardened itself
Microbes made compost, worms aerated soil, wind spread seed
Humans arrived, struggled then thrived
Took our true purpose and buried it deep
in our subconscious.
‘abad and shamar (to serve and protect)
Became to till and keep
Then reap and keep
And reap and keep and reap and keep and reap and keep
God still waits at the gate
For the reapers to mend their prodigal ways
and come home before it’s too late
Calling through the First People of this land now called Australia
Calling through those who have left the pig pen
“Serve and protect”
From those reapers who keep and keep and keep
So that God’s garden of pleasure can garden itself
Back to health.
Jason John became a Christian after graduating in zoology, and has spent most of his ministry helping the church explore the connections between faith and ecology, and to respond. He lives in the forest in Bellingen with his family and many non-human neighbours.
Take action by protecting and serving God’s creation today. Rescue a worm trapped in the sun, buy free-range, support the RSPCA or Wildlife Rescue. Delight in a garden near you, a pot plant, a tiny piece of moss clinging to a pavement crack, the community veggie patch you pass while exercising. Plant something if you are able - something you can eat, or a native to provide food and shelter for wildlife.
Worship Plan for this week
Online worship services
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services of public worship are being held online until further notice. See the Facebook address below.
Bible Readings – 10 May 2020
Acts 7:54–60; I Peter 2:2–10; John 14:1–14; Psalm 31:1–5, 15–16.
Rosters for 10 May 2020
Greetings: Wendy Barnes
Prayers of the People: Blair Dixon
Reader: Bev Lambie
Flowers: Mary Dixon
NEWS AND NOTES
Farewell and thank you
To Robyn Tomkins, who has been the Pastoral Care Worker at Crossroads for several years and has been held in very high esteem for the love, support and help that she has provided through those years, thank you from everyone in the congregation!
Following George’s retirement, they are moving back to their home on the eastern side of Melbourne, so Robyn tended her resignation at the end of April.
It is with great reluctance we will have to say farewell to Robyn and George. They go with God’s blessings for every happiness in their retirement.
Thanks from Geoff Gook
Thanks to everyone for your support for the Young People’s Group—all the Bunnings vouchers have now been sold.
Indigenous Hospitality House
The coronavirus-caused shutdowns have meant that the Indigenous Hospitality House that provides accommodation for people visiting relatives has had to close temporarily. We remember these folk and their relatives in our prayers.
What’s the buzz?
For as long as I remember, I have looked for print news of the day.
The Melbourne Argus newspaper told me about invasion and the repulse of Nazism and Japan in World War 2. Local papers – the Leongatha Echo, then as a teenager the Queenscliff Pilot informed me about my community’s life.
On leaving home for Melbourne, I found that the Sun News Pictorial was not enough. Church papers; the Presbyterian Messenger and the Catholic Advocate fed my appetite for religious news.
At Melbourne University, I read Farrago about student politics. Then the Hamilton Spectator in my first parish as a minister, in Macarthur, Western District helped me to understand the farmers’ lives.
Appointed to Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, I appreciated the weekly Christian Century from Chicago, reporting USA religious life and the Vietnam War.
Returning to Heathmont, Melbourne 1971–5, I devoured The Age in those exciting days of a “breaking out” social revolutionary decade.
In 1992-6 the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria appointed me
to write in-house Minutes for Mission and Narana Newsletter; later as I worked with Bruce Best, editor of Crosslight, I learned much from a professional journalist.
From that time on, I have contributed to various publications, believing the printed word has power to inform and energize Christians and other people of good will to contribute to a just society.
I feel strongly that our Uniting Church media – Synod, Presbytery and local - enable and encourage our members to live out our faith.
Now in this time of coronavirus, Robert Renton and I hope that our weekly newsletter can provide news and invite response from you, our readers.
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CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
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Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.