Getting to the heart of the matter

Mark Berry, guest speaker, from Telford, UK.

From institution to movement, practising the faith.

This was the theme of our Presbytery gathering on Saturday 15th August 2015; a theme prompted by the presentation of our guest, Mark Berry, on the ‘new monasticism’.

The gathering, followed by the Presbytery meeting after lunch, was hosted by Gungahlin Uniting Church, whose hospitality and relatively new building ensured a warm, open and welcoming place in which to meet on a cold winter’s day.

About 70 of us gathered in the morning to hear Mark speak of how safespace, the missional community he founded in 2005 in Telford, UK, has developed into what has become known as a ‘new monastic’ community; one which seeks to base its life on spiritual disciplines and patterns of Christian discipleship.

Video A video of Mark Berry’s presentation was taken and is currently being edited. As soon as it is available we will let all congregations know.

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Blessing our neighbours

Mission shaped ministry

Catch the vision Tuesday 16 Oct 7.30pm Gungahlin Uniting Church,
108 The Valley Avenue, Gungahlin.

Mums’ groups, men’s sheds, bible studies, craft opportunities, op shops, schools, workplace chaplaincy … what could you do? What’s on God’s heart for the people of Canberra? How can we do mission in our neighbourhood?

Join us for an evening of prayer, sharing and learning about fresh expressions of church so that our neighbours might be blessed and a missional network be developed together. To register for this non-denominational evening, contact Wayne Brighton at wayne.brighton at or on 0407 408 333 by Friday 12 October 2012.

Sponsored by Fresh Expressions Australia and supported by the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn and the Uniting Church in Australia Presbytery of Canberra.

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Coming and Going


The Presbytery welcomes Rev Mark Faulkner to Gungahlin Congregation (meets: Ngunnawal Primary School). The Induction Service for Mark was on Sunday 28 January 2007, conducted by Rev Norm Wakefield, Chairman of the Presbytery. The speaker was Rev Liva Tukutama who also spoke at at Mark’s induction at Wagga some years ago. The Synod General Secretary, Rev Paul Swadling spoke briefly about having been the minister who married Mark And Peta Gai Faulkner at Hackett, ACT, and who was also an early advisor to Mark’s aspirations to enter the ministry. Mark and Peta Gai Faulkner grew up in Canberra and are happy to return with their family to the region.

Rev Mark Faulkner, Induction Service

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Ministers on the Move

Recent months have seen a good deal of movement of ministers.

Rev. Mark Greenlees has left Gungahlin to take up a position as Presbytery Minister in the Illawarra Presbytery.

Rev. Simon Hansford has left Queanbeyan to take up a position as Presbytery Minister with New England North West Presbytery.

Rev. John Wakefield leaves St Margaret’s and Reid to take up a placement with the Oxford Street, Epping congregation in the Sydney North Presbytery on 1 April.

With these departures, and some imminent retirements, it is a busy time for congregations revising their profiles and Joint Nominating Committees seeking new names.

Rev. Melinda Prowse married John Grahamon 11 February at the Canberra City Uniting Church. Mel is Deacon working with youth at Canberra City UC.