Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

“Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power”
(cf. Exodus 15.6)

13 – 20 May 2018

In 2018 the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 13 – 20 May 2018, the week between Ascension and Pentecost.

Resources are now available from the National Council of Churches in Australia. Please see also their website here.

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Coastal Concert helps Annabelle and others

The Batemans Bay Uniting Church was a hive of activity on Sunday 25th March as all the church members buzzed around preparing for the afternoon concert. The church was converted to a concert hall in no time, while the kitchen produced mountains of food to feed the five thousand. The church had decided to hold a Variety Concert with all proceeds going to charity. An impressive $1890 was raised.

Little Annabelle Potts, only four but suffering from a cancer that is incurable in Australia was the recipient of funds to assist with treatment in Mexico, and the drought-stricken farmers of Western Queensland also got funding.

Tathra fires had not happened as the planning was done but a quick decision to have a retiring offering for Tathra raised $570.

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Bombala Uniting Church building closes

A service of closure was conducted on Sunday 18th March by Presbytery Co-Chair, John Williams, at the historic Bombala Uniting Church, formally Methodist Church, 57 Maybe Street Bombala. This was just prior to a special Service of worship at Currawarna, where the Bombala congregation of the Uniting Church will continue with monthly services. John has shared some photos taken on the day.

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Special thanks go to:

  • Geoff Percival (Chair of Cooma Church Council) who worked behind the scenes to pull all the organisation together so that the Bombala story happened on the day,
  • Kay Coates (holding the Christ candle) and Robyn Wrenford (holding the 1873 Bible) who spent hours cleaning up the church for the closure ceremonies,
  • The contingent of some ten people from Cooma who provided support –  the first image in the slideshow above shows them having a coffee and lunch together in Bombala prior to the ceremonies.

Bombala Methodist Church

 

Some history: This is an early image of the old church which opened its doors in 1873. Items have been salvaged and will appear in the Chapel at Currawarna.

A record of the 70th anniversary of Methodism in Bombala and the opening of the church in 1873 can be read below.

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