Crossroads Connection



A new venture for Year 4 onwards!

A fun get-together for young people in Year 4 and onwards will be held at Crossroads on Saturday 17 August, from 5.30 to 8 pm.

This is a new venture managed by Geoff Gook and Sandra Savory.

There will be pizza and chips, a dessert, games and music, and the opportunity to bring and make new friends.

RSVP and any enquiries

To help Sandra and Geoff, it would be great if all members of the congregation talked about this with family and friends, and they would like to hear from you if you know of young people who are definitely coming—contact Geoff or Sandra through the Church Office on 9741 1084.

Beach Patrol

A number of members of the congregation have been supporting the work of the Beach Patrol every month.

50 volunteers braved cold winter weather for 3030 Werribee's 4th Birthday clean. It was great to have our Federal MP, Joanne Ryan, (and Lena De Rosso), Wyndham Mayor, Mia Shaw & Cr Heather Marcus join with us. Together we removed 80 kg of rubbish from the river including 175 drink bottles and cans. After the clean we all enjoyed some birthday cake and another great BBQ provided by the Australian India Foundation.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Neil Tolliday)
11.45 am Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: 10.30 am Church Council Executive (Robert Renton’s home); 1 pm UCAF
Thursday: 8 pm Home Group (Savorys’ home)
Friday: 5 pm African Youth (church foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (church foyer)
Sunday: 12 noon Beach Patrol

Bible Readings – 11 August 2019

Isaiah 1:1, 10–20; Psalm 50:1–8, 22–23; Hebrews 11:1–3, 8–16; Luke 12:32–40.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 11 August 2019

Minister: Rev. Valerie Johnson
Duty Elder: Kur Mag
Greeting: Robyn Tomkins
Morning Tea: Julie Hamilton & Elaine Belcher
Flowers: Margaret Forrester
Reader: Vivien Bleakley
AV Desk: Noel Savory
Prayers of the People: Sandra Savory
Piano: Gina Lee

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.


UC Adult Fellowship

Our meeting this month is to be held on Wednesday 7 August at 1.00 pm.   This will be a soup and sandwich lunch.  All welcome!

Have you enrolled for the church camp yet?

Join us for a weekend of fun, friendship, fellowship and COMMUNITY, which is our theme.  We will be heading down to Anglesea to the Burnside Camp grounds from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September.

You can arrive from 6pm on Friday evening and proceed to the dining room for a welcome coffee and to find your home for the next two nights.

There will be plenty of activities, both relaxing and adventurous that you can participate in.

Costs are $85 per person ($75 for Secondary Students, $65 for Primary Students, under 3s are free).

See Rose Geilen or Frances Geilen, Rob Bradley or Erin Bradley, Paul Cochran or Lauren Duckworth.

Interfaith Network Places of Worship Tour

“Insights from Asia”: Wednesday 28 August, from 9.30 am to 4 pm. Bus leaves Wyndham Community & Education Centre, 20 Synnot St, Werribee at 9 am.

First stop: Shiva Vishnu Temple, Carrum Downs, 10.45 am–1 pm, including free vegetarian lunch.

Second stop: Buddhist Meditation Centre, Brunswick, 2–3.30 pm, includes introduction to mediation. (Note: special requirements are the removal of shoes at the entrance.)

Bus returns by 4.45 pm.

There is no cost for this tour, but you must book by 23 August to Laurence Gray (0401 337 696) or

Our Anglican neighbours

Rev. Ken Bechaz (pictured) is the Vicar at St Thomas’ Anglican Church, Synnot Street, Werribee.

Over many years, Werribee Anglican and Uniting Church people have maintained cordial friendships in the faith of the Church.

Ken Bechaz attended St Stephen’s Flemington Presbyterian Church, where his father was an elder. The family moved to Boronia, where he went to High School.  Work in Graphic Reproduction took Ken to Wodonga, Shepparton, then to Adelaide.

He found his vocation as a Christian at St John’s Anglican Church, Halifax Street, Adelaide. “The high church liturgy and the organ music were transformational for me,” he says.

“I found that church sermons were unexpectedly contemporary, and that the faith community was inclusive. My congregation worked with homeless and socially disadvantaged young persons—this was a movement I felt called to belong to,” says Ken.

On to studying at Flinders University Bachelor of Theology, Ken met candidates for ordination who encouraged him to apply to the Bishop of Adelaide, and surprisingly, he too was selected!

During his theological studies, Ken’s lecturers at the Adelaide College of Divinity included Uniting Church scholars Andrew Dutney  (former UCA General Assembly President) and Deidre Palmer (now President of the Assembly).

Since Ken was ordained priest, his work included parishes in Adelaide, and seven years as a chaplain with Anglicare, in a specialist aged care setting, and as staff support chaplain with workers in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and homelessness.

Now as St Thomas’ parish priest, Ken says “I’ve never been in a parish as multicultural and multi-religious as this; an area that’s growing rapidly. I ask the church: “How do we do outreach?”

Ken invites Uniting Church folk to join the Bible Reading and Reflection group on Fridays, at 11 am, in the Narthex at St Thomas’ Anglican Church.

Please pray for the clergy and people at St Thomas, our Christian brothers and sisters. (NT)


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

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