Innovative Community Grants Fund open

Applications close end of May 2018.

Click here to go to the grant portal and apply

Uniting Grant program: As part of the Uniting commitment to supporting Presbyteries and Congregations and other Community Organisations in the Uniting Church’s mission, Uniting sets aside a percentage of its operational budget for mission initiatives that will make a difference to people experiencing social disadvantage in the community.

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Emergency: Prayer for the people of Tonga

last week Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated communities across Tonga.

Prayer request from Act for Peace –  the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). 

Please feel free to share this email and the following prayer points with your congregation.

We pray for:

  • Our brothers and sisters in Tonga and those across the Pacific whose lives have been devastated by Cyclone Gita.
  • The tens of thousands of people who have lost homes, livestock and crops. That they will find protection, and have access to clean water, food and shelter.
  • Act for Peace and the Tonga National Council of Churches as they provide emergency assistance to those in need.
  • Our Pacific neighbours as they begin the process of rebuilding their lives over the next few months.
  • All who have been affected. We ask that they know God’s peace, love and hope as they grieve and start the process of rebuilding their lives.

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Pathways – Synod grass roots planning project

Last year at Canberra Region’s July Presbytery meeting we learnt about the NSW.ACT Synod’s Pathways project. The project was being piloted in two NSW Presbyteries prior to the Synod meeting in September 2017 when a report was presented. Since all Presbyteries and Congregations in NSW and ACT will be involved, perhaps now is a good time for us to be reminded of what was in the report. You can find out more or give feedback to Synod at

The Pathways Project is a grass roots planning project that seeks to explore how the mission of God is lived out in Congregations and Presbyteries, and to discover how we [NSW/ACT Synod] can empower, resource and support this mission. Pathways is developing processes that will enable us to listen, value each other and bring to light the exciting possibilities for sharing Christ’s story of love in the world. This will then be mapped out in a long term plan. (The Executive Summary  from the Pathways Project Report to Synod)

Pathways report to Synod 2017

The Pathways team presented at Synod after many months of hundreds of conversations with members of Congregations across two very different Presbyteries about the life of the church and how it is expressed at the grassroots.

  • Read more about the Pathways report to Synod here
  • Read the report in full here
  • Watch the Telling Our Story video here or above

The Pathways process and the pilot Presbyteries. “The process has been warmly received and there has been good engagement across the pilot Presbyteries. The process has evolved to consist of 3 workshops each of about 2 hours’ duration occurring 4-6 weeks apart. The first workshop invites participants to share something of how they see themselves and the church they are a part of. The second workshop feeds back what has been shared alongside what others in their Presbytery have shared. After the second session, information about the congregation and its local community is collected and collated. The third session takes all the information gathered and prompts conversation and planning for the ‘what next?'” Extracted from the Pathways report to Synod available here

Have you got questions, feedback? Go to this link and scroll down to find answers or give feedback. There is also a recent article in Synod’s magazine, Insights called Pathways: Setting a course for the future (1 Feb 2018)  available here.

2018 – new Ministers for Canberra Region congregations

Rev. Paul Chalson and Rev. Miriam Parker-Lacey at their respective inductions. Photos by Jenny Rowland and Campbell Macknight.

Canberra City and Toe Talatalanoa (Tongan) Congregations are giving thanks for the inductions of Rev. Dr Paul Chalson and Rev. Miriam Parker-Lacey. Miriam is also the new deacon for the St Columba’s Congregation in Braddon.

Canberra Central    Congregations welcomed Rev Sarah Agnew in January 2018. Sarah joins Rev Ockert Meyer and brings particular skills as a storyteller and poet – read more here. Sarah is being inducted on Saturday the 10th February at 2pm at Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest.

We warmly welcome back to this Presbytery, Darren Wright, who will be commissioned as Pastor of  Gungahlin Uniting Church on Saturday 17 March at 3pm. Darren along with Holly and their children Theo and new baby will be moving to Canberra from Wagga.

Community Pantry for Eden

On 17 January 2018, the Eden newspaper, “Magnet” , ran the following story:

Ever heard of the community pantry movement?  The exciting thing is that one’s coming to Eden.

A community pantry is planned for St Georges Uniting Church Hall, Chandos St, Eden. The aim is to have construction completed and ready for operation mid-2018. The pantry will provide a limited range of basic grocery items for free or at minimal cost.

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