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.

RESOURCES:

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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Tathra bushfire update

John Williams, Canberra Region Presbytery Co-Chairperson, visited Tathra last weekend (25th March).

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Clothing and bedding inside for distribution

Tathra Uniting Church was not impacted by fire but in one picture you can see a spot fire came within a metre of the fence. The church received lots of donated bedding, clothing and emergency items which folk stored, sorted and distributed. The photos show a notice on the front window and clothing and bedding laid out in the church.

Practical Support options
The best support apart from prayer is financial. Please do not send goods.

Bega Mayoral Appeal Fund 

UCA Moderator’s Fund 

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