Murray Darling Basin – 2 tours and a forum

The Uniting Church has a vision to be a transforming presence for the reconciliation and renewal of Creation in the Murray Darling Basin.murray_darling_forum

Over the next couple of months Canberra Region Presbytery, in association with Riverina Presbytery and the Synod Murray Darling Basin (MDB) Group, are going to give special emphasis to the future of the Murray Darling Basin.

1. Two bus tours to experience and explore the Basin are being offered.

    • 1-5 Sep: St Margaret’s Uniting Church Travel Club are organising a relaxed and comfortable tour of five days (download brochure here and download registration form here) Register by 31 July.
    • 31 Aug-7 Sep: A more active eight days mini-bus tour is also being offered (download brochure here) Registrations are not open yet but will be opening soon – online at https://ucansw.goregister.com.au/mdbtours2014

2. To set the scene, Presbytery is also hosting a Forum on the Murray Darling Basin 2.00-4.00 pm Saturday 19 July at Canberra City Church (download flyer here).  It will be an interesting and informative afternoon for anyone, not just those contemplating the tours. For info on the forum email Rev Ivan Roberts: minister[at]canberracityuca.org.au.

St Margaret’s turns 50

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St Margaret’s today

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At the corner of Antill St and Phillip Ave

On 2 February 1964 at Watson Primary School, the first worship service of the new congregation of the still un-named Presbyterian Church in the Watson and Hackett suburbs was attended by 106 adults and 87 children. What was to become St Margaret’s Uniting Church was born.

Anniversary Celebration

On 1 and 2 February 2014 St Margaret’s will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Saturday evening dinner and book launch, and a special worship service at 10.30am on the Sunday followed by a special morning tea. All are welcome to attend the Sunday events.

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Stepping stones toward solving care dilemma

St Margaret’s Uniting Church at Hackett is making a difference in the Canberra community with its challenging Stepping Stones for Life project in support of families in which ageing parents are caring for an adult family member with a disability. Established four years ago, the Aged and Disability Committee (ADC) of St Margaret’s has set up a support network to foster interaction with the wider community, with art and craft activities, music therapy, story sharing and exercise classes.

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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.