Christmas Services 2017

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Here’s a list of Uniting Church Christmas services in the Canberra Region Presbytery (CRP).

All are welcome to come and join in. Churches are listed under NSW town or Canberra suburb. If you cannot see a CRP church in this list, contact details can be found by going to ‘Find a Church’ in the main menu.

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Christmas message from Simon Hansford

Also see Synod Weekly Insights for further updates and highlights over the Christmas season.

In his 2017 Christmas Message, Rev Simon Hansford, Moderator of NSW.ACT Synod, says that at Christmas we are welcomed into God’s own heart and in turn asks us to extend that welcoming hospitality to those in our community and beyond.

Download the full message to show at your Christmas services.

From the Synod Facebook page

Alpine Op Shop Wins Award

Accepting our Community Service Award from our local State Government member John Barilaro. So honoured and humbled…..

Posted by The OP SHOP Jindabyne on Sunday, 19 November 2017

The news of the Award arrived at Presbytery Office just as the latest issue of the magazine, Perspective, was going to print. Fortunately  there was enough room on page 2 to squeeze in a last minute ‘stop press’ report. Now we have included below some photos from Presbytery’s Co-Chair, John Williams, who visited Alpine last weekend and says,  “I enjoyed a lovely visit to folk at Alpine and saw some good work and fellowship. Opshop is impressive as is the Wednesday lunch program. Real connection to community.”  [Alpine’s OpShop Facebook page – see picture above – has more.]

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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.
  • – 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 – 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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