Community Engagement


Anti-Poverty Week is only 2 months away!

The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:
– Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and
– Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

Everyone is encouraged to help reduce poverty and hardship by organising an activity during the Week. What might your congregation do??

Activities about the Uniting Church might include:

  • Special Church Services on Sunday 15 October to mark the start of the week. Invite a guest speaker or introduce the Anti-Poverty Week Prayer Diaries that will be available for congregations to lead discussion, bible study or reflection.
  • Social Action Groups – have a focused meeting or organise a community event.
  • Open your Community Garden or community projects and invite the public to come and see what you are doing, how you support those in need, and how they might participate.
  • Messages on your noticeboards or hang a banner. Last year St James’ Uniting Church in Curtin organised this banner to hang at their Church for the week. 

To order Prayer Diaries and to make sure your activity is counted, contact Briony Griffiths, Church and Community Engagement Consultant on 0427 038 180 or


Uniting Innovative Community Grants Fund – Round 2 Applications now possible!

If your congregation needs funding for a missional activity and/or outreach project that will encourage, support or enhance the lives of people experiencing social disadvantage in your community, you are invited to apply for an Innovative Community Grant.

Uniting, as the community services arm of the Uniting Church offers support for missional activities through the capacity grants stream of the Innovative Community Grants Fund.

The Capacity Grants program provides one-off funding for up to $15,000 for approved projects. This year we are offering a second round of grants to the Canberra Region Presbytery. Please contact Briony Griffiths to discuss ideas for grants and receive the word version application form. 

Briony Griffiths, Church and Community Engagement Consultant,


Congratulations to June Lawrence, core-founder of the Queanbeyan Safe Shelter, who was recognised with a special Australia Day Award for her outstanding service to the Queanbeyan Community in 2016. June and a committed team worked hard throughout 2015 and 2016 to open and run Queanbeyan Safe Shelter, a missional activity of the Queanbeyan Uniting Church. In 2016, the shelter was open one night each week to those who had nowhere else to stay. The Shelter offers a warm, safe church hall in which to sleep with swags, a cuppa and conversation. Volunteers who run the shelter come from the Church and local community.

As a missional service of the Queanbeyan Uniting Church, Safe Shelter received a Uniting Innovative Community Grant to cover establishment costs, such as upgrades to smoke detection and emergency evacuation systems. Uniting’s Church and Community Engagement Consultant gave support to the development application required for establishment, along with introductions and links to the ACT Safe Shelter,  and local homelessness networks.

Queanbeyan Safe Shelter works in partnership with St Benedict’s Community Centre, an ecumenical homelessness support hub in Queanbeyan. The Coordinator of St Benedict’s, Elaine Lollback, was awarded Queanbeyan’s Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day awards ceremony. Elaine’s tireless work with the homeless and the marginalised members of the community was recognised.

We extend a huge congratulation to both Elaine and June, and look forward to another year working together with them to support those in need in our community.