Be still and know… Presbytery meeting Nov 2017

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Alex Pringle (left) - his service to the Presbytery as Treasurer for the last 5 years is acknowledged with great appreciation

The meeting was held at the beautiful Greenhills Camp and Conference Centre. Thank you to the staff of Greenhills for your generous hospitality.

Our theme for the meeting was  “Discerning the movement” and table groups were asked to apply a rational, emotional and spiritual process of discernment – listening for the ‘still small voice’ in their response to each of four reports they had received and been encouraged to read prior to the meeting. The song, “Be still and know that I am God”, played in the background.

Discernment resources are available from:

  • The Faith Formation site here.
  • makingchurchdecisions.com – a website that Rev Terence Corkin and a colleague have put together with a fresh post each week. Terence served 15 years as the General Secretary of the UCA Assembly and was responsible for running many large national meetings for the Uniting Church using its consensus based approach to decision making.

In our magazine, Perspective, which all congregations should have – a copy for each member – are … reports, glimpses of Presbytery featuring Reid/Canberra Korean, South Woden and O’Connor Churches, an article on the Adelaide Worship Conference plus feedback from some of our people who were members of Synod 2017 together with a summary of decisions and outcomes.


Copies of Ranjini Wickramaratne-Rebera’s book of bible studies, The Ordinary Times of Life, offers reflections for individual and group study – view here or contact the Presbytery office for copies office@cruc.org.au – DONATIONS to help cover costs would be appreciated. A few copies have been given to each congregation.

Pastoral letter from UCA President

PASTORAL STATEMENT   Download letter here

Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

10 November 2017

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus.

The week ahead will be challenging for our community and our church, as the results of the Government’s voluntary postal survey on same gender marriage will be released.

We are in challenging times facing a range of disturbing issues all of which go to our common humanity – our inherent worth to God and to each other.

This affects how we speak and act and, as disciples of Jesus, we are called to reflect upon what the gospel asks of us.

This week we have been meeting together in Sydney and sharing our heart for the Church, the whole people of God.

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Mission Shaped Ministry taster workshop

One day workshop ‘taste test’

Canberra workshop 2 December 10am-3.30pm at St Columba’s Uniting Church Braddon ACT

Uniting Mission & Education are running Saturday one-day workshops to  begin an exploration of ‘mission shaped ministry’ or ‘being church’ in ways that will support the mission context we find ourselves in today. Mission Shaped Ministry introduction days will explore these ideas through teaching, story, and reflection and ask how we may all — individually and collectively — understand and equip ourselves to discover and participate in the mission of Jesus Christ where we live and work, for the sake of the world.

Canberra Region Presbytery will hold one of these workshops in Canberra, on 2 December at St Columba’s Uniting Church 10 Fawkner St Braddon. Please RSVP office@cruc.org.au by 26 November or contact Geoff Wellington  geoff@cruc.org.au 6248 9311 M 0400 831 445 for more details.

Who should attend?
This day is ideal for individuals or groups who are interested in learning about and participating in mission, and also for leadership teams with responsibility for fostering discipleship and shaping church engagement with the community.

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Synod Healthy Churches EXPO is back In 2017!

The one-day workshop will be held at Centre for Ministry, 16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta on Saturday 4 November 9 am to 4.30pm. It is a one-day workshop which offers over 20 Healthy Churches Learning Workshops to choose from – cost $20 includes lunch.

It is designed to assist congregation and church members, and churches (large or small), with a broad range of learning workshops providing information, tools and resources to maintain and improve their “church health”. REGISTER NOW

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Welcome to Janise

Canberra Region Presbytery Office

Transitional Operations Manager

Rev Kevin Dilks, Presbytery Minister – Presbytery Wellbeing, writes:

It is my pleasure to introduce Janise Wood who began working with the Canberra Region Presbytery Office as the Transitional Operations Manager commencing 26th September through to March 2018.

The Transitional Operations Manager (T.O.M) will be working with the Presbytery Staff to put in place operations, systems and practices that will enable the Presbytery to better manage its business and then move to the employment of a permanent Operations Manager. The permanent Operations Manager will then be responsible to assist Presbytery, staff committees and live out the Presbytery Vision Statement by providing support, guidance and leadership in areas of business management including financial, human resources, property and all areas of compliance.

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