Give Hope Sunday: Finding a better way for refugees

On Sunday 27 November 2016 – the first Sunday of Advent, the Uniting Church called for us to find a better way for refugees. Congregations were encouraged to write to our political leaders to let them know that “We can do better”. Queanbeyan Uniting Church did just this – they wrote to local member Mike Kelly, with the below collage of photos of congregation members expressing their hope for a better way. WE CAN DO BETTER










It is not too late for other congregations or individuals to get involved. Together, our voices can register a clarion call to find a better and more compassionate way for refugees and people seeking asylum.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the Head of Social Justice Forum, Jon O’Brien, on 9407 3225 or

Uniting home care packages

The information below is relevant to all areas of our Presbytery with our coastal congregations coming under Uniting Home Care Kuranya/Far South.
See here for Uniting’s full list.


Uniting ACT Southern Tablelands Home and Community Care is an experienced provider of Home Care Packages for people over 65 years (ATSI over 50 years).  Over 150 people receive this kind of care with Uniting throughout the ACT and in Queanbeyan, Braidwood, Crookwell, Taralga, Gunning and Yass.

Uniting tailors its Home Care Packages to offer individual support according to each person’s assessed needs.  Care services may include, gardening, meal preparation, wound management, carer respite, domestic assistance, specialised equipment, personal care and social support.  Uniting has a professional diverse and qualified team that work together to ensure your care strengthens your capacities and keeps you connected in your own community.

Should you be interested in discussing a Home Care Package or require assistance in contacting My Aged Care to register for an Aged Care Assessment please contact Uniting Community Care Direct on 1800 486 484.  Uniting Support Advisors Sam Sleiman, Cindy Chan and Janine Kemp are available to assist you.

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How to knit a church

From Rev Jean Shannon, Hospital Chaplaincy Co-ordinator  (webpage here)….


A few months ago, I put out a call in the Pew Sheets for trauma teddies.

These are the bears we use:

  • To begin conversations with children in crisis centers who have no words to explain what they’ve experienced
  • To comfort grandchildren, especially when Nan or Pop are too frail to hug their adored grand, great grand and the child is frightened from seeing such vulnerability in previously super human adults
  • As companions to travel with intellectually disabled, treated as adults by the transport and hospital system but crying out as children in bewilderment, fright and loneliness.
  • For patients alone or who believe they are alone because of dementia – who long for touch, who remember the joy of holding someone or something near, who miss their pets long dead

And more. So much more.

What happened was a complete surprise. We had a bear explosion. Bags of bears began turning up on my doorstep and at the hospital. Big ones, little ones – ones with names, some with overalls, scarves or ties, different faces, personalities, a rainbow of colours all made with such care and given freely.

They just kept coming. I began to wonder if each of these bears was a prayer.  Chaplaincy is a lonely business. What we do is never seen by anyone other than the one person we are attending. It is easy to feel disconnected from the very church we represent.

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Faith Formation in Canberra Region Presbytery

crpNEW! Trial Blog and Website:
(a permanent link is in the right hand column of this website)

Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister (Mission and Education), has set up a trial blog and website on Faith Formation across the Canberra Region Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Geoff says on the blog page: “It is hoped that this can be a starting point for resources that will assist all people to explore faith and follow the example of Jesus in their everyday lives. There is a lot of demands on our time so exploring faith is not always easy.  There are many ways beyond attendance at worship on a Sunday morning (although this is a good thing to do) to grow faith and tap into your spiritual life. Check out some of the resources that have already been posted, particularly the Reimagine Faith Formation website, which has a load of ideas to explore.”

You are also encouraged to visit our Facebook page which Geoff keeps up to date with resources on offer.

Drug Law Reform Update from Uniting

JonOBrienUniting is the services and advocacy arm of the Uniting Church NSW & ACT. The following information has been received from Jon O’Brien, their Social Justice Advocacy Co-ordinator. 

At its meeting in April this year the Uniting Church NSW.ACT Synod supported two resolutions on drug law reform concerning the personal use of illicit drugs.  Uniting is leading a working group with input from the wider church, including the Social Justice Forum, to give effect to Synod’s decision.  The Synod was conscious of the need to keep congregations and other Uniting Church councils and bodies aware of this initiative and to respond to any questions about it.

The Social Justice Forum has prepared the following material on the initiative:

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