Partnership in prayer 30 August 2015

Each week we request prayer points from one or more congregations for circulation via the weekly notices. This week,

St James Congregation, Curtin, ACT

Please pray for:
  • The evening congregation as they reflect on Mark Berry’s visit, and consider implementing aspects of the New Monasticism into their worship and life together.
  • The congregation’s partnership with My Home in Canberra as it continues to work towards housing possibilities on their vacant land for people with mental illness.
  • Community development co-ordinator Amelia Piesley in her work with community organisations.
  • The Friday coffee morning as it extends friendship to people.
  • The congregation’s discernment of its future directions.

Getting to the heart of the matter

Mark Berry, guest speaker, from Telford, UK.

From institution to movement, practising the faith.

This was the theme of our Presbytery gathering on Saturday 15th August 2015; a theme prompted by the presentation of our guest, Mark Berry, on the ‘new monasticism’.

The gathering, followed by the Presbytery meeting after lunch, was hosted by Gungahlin Uniting Church, whose hospitality and relatively new building ensured a warm, open and welcoming place in which to meet on a cold winter’s day.

About 70 of us gathered in the morning to hear Mark speak of how safespace, the missional community he founded in 2005 in Telford, UK, has developed into what has become known as a ‘new monastic’ community; one which seeks to base its life on spiritual disciplines and patterns of Christian discipleship.

Video A video of Mark Berry’s presentation was taken and is currently being edited. As soon as it is available we will let all congregations know.

For photos and more… Continue reading

Educational opportunities – Riverina Presbytery

The Riverina Presbytery is hosting three workshops over 3 days.

gospel of luke

Preaching & Teaching The Gospel of Luke.
This one day workshop will be held twice and will focus on exploring the Gospel of Luke, it’s culture, themes and importance for us today. This workshop is open for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Gospel of Luke but will be of great interest to anyone preparing to preach as it will be the Gospel for next year’s lectionary.
September 17, Cootamundra Uniting Church (download brochure)
September 18, Narrandera Uniting Church (download brochure)

The Small Church At Large, participating in God’s mission in our neighbourhood.
This one day workshop will help participants start to think about how their church can engage with the people in their community. We will think about possible futures for the church and explore opportunities for mission within our community.
September 19, Narrandera Uniting Church (download brochure)

Presenters are Rev Lindsay Cullen, Rev John Squires and Rev Elizabeth Raine who are in regional rural ministry roles in the Mid North Coast Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia. Lindsay previously served with the Uniting Mission Education team of the NSW and ACT Synod and regularly presented Lay Preacher Training workshops within the Riverina. Elizabeth and John both minister in Wauchope, blog as TheRural Reverend and have a passion for educating people in the culture and writings of the Gospels.

To register or for more information please contact Darren Wright on digitalorthodoxy[at]


Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy

invite_canberra_alliance_launchThe Uniting Church has declared that we are Uniting for the Common Good … a call that emerged out of our involvement with other faith and community groups to strengthen civil society. The Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy (CAPaD) grows out of that same hope, and has arisen directly from the aspirations of Canberra’s citizens.

The Canberra Region Presbytery has been represented by Rev. Chris Lockley (St. James, Curtin and St. Margaret’s, Hackett) as chairperson of the CAPaD scoping group. He encourages congregations and individuals to consider membership as a way to strengthen their community connections and participate in building the common good for our city.

CAPaD will be launched on 13th September 2015. You can read more and RSVP here on their website  which has just gone live.

Partnership in Prayer for 23 August 2015

Each week we request prayer points from one or more congregations for circulation via the weekly notices. This week,

Prayer points from St Columba’s Congregation, Braddon ACT

Give thanks for:
•the supply ministry of Rev Kerry Bartlett;
•the visiting preachers, organists and members of the congregation who add so much to our worship;
•the vitality of our fellowship;
•our growing links with other congregations, especially Toe Talatalanoa and Canberra City;
•the many community volunteers for the Safe Shelter project.

Pray for:
•the incoming Intentional Interim minister and enthusiasm for the planning work which lies ahead;
•those who need Safe Shelter;
•the many elderly and infirm members of the congregation.