Beyond Festival 2-5 Oct 2015

beyond festivalThe former ‘Black Stump Festival’ run for many years in Sydney is changing format and relocating to Greenhills Centre, Cotter Road Canberra.

Beyond Festival, 2-5 October 2015, is a brand new event focusing on justice and genuine community.

The best musicians, artists, poets, educators, story tellers, painters and more are all coming together for one long weekend in Canberra to inspire, engage and equip.

This is a festival based on action … to find out more go to the website

Greenhills – celebrating 50 years of Christian camping

GreenhillsRemember Greenhills out at the Cotter?

This is an Open Invitation to join in the 50th Anniversary Celebrations on Saturday 28 March 2015 commencing at 10:30am. Download invitation here.

All are welcome!

The celebrations will commence at 10:30am, followed by lunch and afternoon tea with special guest speakers and other events held throughout the day.

To assist with arrangements please RSVP by 6 March 2015 and please keep visiting the website,, for updates and attendance information or contact the office – details below. Accommodation at Greenhills is also available. Contact the office to make a reservation.

CONTACT DETAILS: E bookings[at] P 02 6288 1074 F 02 6288 0415.
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Christian camping ministry

The Greenhills Centre is a retreat, accommodation, conference, worship and recreation facility specialising in group retreats, workshops and conferencing for schools, church and community groups to provide opportunities and facilities for meditation, worship, and personal development that reflect and celebrate God’s gifts to us.

Barry Howe, Board Chairperson of the Greenhills Centre, Cotter Road ACT, invites us to reflect on the ministry of camping.


Rev Myung-Hwa Park in the Connie Christie Chapel, Greenhills Centre

Members of The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) have been involved in ministry through “campsites” long before the union of Presbyterians, Methodists and Congregationalists in 1977. Our own Greenhills Centre was established in 1965 through the Presbyterian Fellowship of Australia (PFA) association of founder Max Hill, as were many of over twenty Uniting Church venues throughout Australia.

As we head towards the 50th Anniversary of Greenhills Centre, on 28th March 2015, it is a good time to reflect on the Christian ministry that so many UCA outdoor venues provide.

Greenhills provides a Christian environment both for groups involved in Christian camping activities and for a wide variety of other groups who enjoy the facilities and service that Greenhills has to offer.
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Greenhills Memories and Thanks

Ten years after the devastating fires of January 2003, Greenhills Camp & Conference Centre hosted a service of commemoration and thanksgiving. Led by Presbytery chairperson Alistair Christie, the service provided an opportunity for over 100 people to recall the impact of the fires on Greenhills and the suburbs of Canberra, and to give thanks for the effort of firefighters and volunteers during and after the fires. Friends of Greenhills, members of Weston Creek Uniting Church and members of the Chain Reaction creative arts team were joined by Canberra leaders such as Chief Minister Katy Gallagher. The service included accounts of the firestorm from volunteer Cyril Tresize and Harold Small, then executive director of Greenhills. Clinton White from Weston Creek Uniting shared about the community spirit shown in the aftermath of the fires. Alan Ashley gave tribute to the original vision of Max Hill in developing the site for the future. People were invited to pluck a leaf from the gum branch at the front and immerse it in one of the bowls of water at the front.

Greenhills Fire Tree

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