Crossroads Connection



Dignity in a Tea Cup

Hobsons Bay Libraries would like to invite you to its annual Refugee Week event on Wednesday 19 June starting at 6.30 pm. It is titled Dignity in a Teacup: True stories of courage and sacrifice from Christmas Island.

Christine Cummins spent five years working as a torture and trauma counsellor with asylum seekers detained on Christmas Island. Dignity in a Teacup provides a firsthand account of stories shared by hundreds of asylum seekers.

Christine will share the reasons people were forced to flee their homelands.  These true stories are compelling and reveal the lives of ordinary people seeking a safe new life.

The Hub Newport   Mechanics Hall, 13 Mason Street, Newport.  Parking is available in Mason Street or behind the Newport Library off Derwent Street

Please find a link to the event booking.

ABC report ‘misleading and wrong’

ABC News regrettably published a story seeking to highlight divisions within our Church over our decision last year to allow ministers and authorised celebrants the freedom to perform same-gender marriages.

The report contains many factual errors, false allegations and misrepresentations that we will seek to address with the ABC in due course.

I want to reassure all members of the Uniting Church - your rights to follow your beliefs on marriage will continue to be respected and protected.  (From Dr Deirdre Palmer, President)

Worship Plan for this week

Monday:   Queen’s Birthday
7.30pm Cardmaking
Wednesday: 6 pm Church Council
Thursday: 8pm Home Group (at the Savorys')
Friday:      9.30 am Uniting Wyndham Playgroup;
5 pm African Youth
Saturday: 10 am African Youth

Bible Readings – 16 June 2019

Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31; Romans 5:1–5; Psalm 8; John 16:12–15.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 16 June 2019

Minister: Rev. Robert Renton

Duty Elder: Carmel Woodward

Greeting: Rose Geilen

Morning Tea: Margaret Good & Jan Bradley

Flowers: Jennie Kirkman

Reader: Margaret Forrester

AV Desk: Brendan Geilen

Prayers of the People: Blair Dixon

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.


Cath Guerrieri

In the “rabbit warren” – the old manse that our social workers at Uniting Wyndham occupy, next door to Crossroads Uniting Church, you will find Cath Guerrieri; her title is a Youth and Family Mediator, for Reconnect West, for young people at risk of homelessness.

Cath’s focus is kids aged between twelve and eighteen, at risk of homelessness, and their parents.

She has worked at the former Werribee Support and Housing, now Uniting Wyndham, for ten years.

Her degree is in counselling, and she holds a graduate certificate in grief and bereavement and a national accreditation in professional mediation. She points out that people experience grief at those points of severe loss, including job dismissal, family exclusion, homelessness and divorce.

Cath is a Werribee girl, born in the old hospital on Synnot Street; she attended Werribee Primary School and Werribee Secondary College.

She has seen all the changes that have accompanied Werribee’s growth from country village to suburban Melbourne.  Where a small community once existed, and people knew their neighbours, now we live in a multicultural metropolis.

Cath says: “We don’t recognize hardship happening at our front door. And it’s scary to think that a crisis can happen to anyone at any time. Both young and older people can become vulnerable, and isolated. Our Uniting Wyndham agency emergency relief, housing and counselling can provide real support”.

“When a person is down on their luck, it’s embarrassing to ask for food, or help. At Uniting Wyndham we are non-judgmental, and we offer a listening ear, encouraging persons to work their way through the tough times”, she says.

Asked about her typical day, she says “I meet with kids at school; sometimes parents, and the family together as they need to sort out their issues and understand their feelings. I’ve too have been through hardship, and I can empathise”. (NT)


Indigenous Hospitality House

During this month the Justice Task Group is seeking cash donations from the congregation for the Indigenous Hospitality House in Carlton. This House provides warm, welcoming accommodation for Aboriginal people from all over Australia who have a relative in a Melbourne hospital. Since its beginning in 2001 the number of guests has averaged three per week. Crossroads has supported the House every second year. This year the support of a large donor has ceased and the need is great. Donations may be put in a marked envelope in the offering plate or given directly to Mary Dixon.

Stewardship responses

  • New stewardship envelopes are available now.
  • Church Council urges you to prayerfully consider your giving to Crossroads for the next 12 months.
  • Please complete the pledge form and return it in an envelope addressed to ‘The Recorder’.
  • Blank forms are available from the office.

Koala conservation in the You Yangs

Koala conservation in the You Yangs is ongoing, and Koala Conservation Day will be held on Sunday 23 June from 9am to 2pm. The cost is $30 and for children $20. Book at or call 03 9646 8249. Bookings are essential. Participants will be helping remove weeds, meet the koalas, take walks with researchers. For more information please speak to Val Martin.

Wyndham Interfaith Network: The Staging Post

Come and see the movie, “The Stanging Post” about the life of some Afghani refugees in Indonesia where they are now stuck.  Saturday 15 June, 2–4.30 pm, at Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church. Cost of $5 includes afternoon tea and a speaker.  Please register with Laurence Gray at

The story helps us all to journey in someone else’s shoes as this trailer shows:

OSLO: early notice

Sunday June 23 at Hotel 520 Sayers Road at 12pm. Senior meals 2 courses for $17, three courses for $20. All welcome. Please contact Elaine or Lorna for booking numbers before Thursday 20 June.


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

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