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Stories

Every congregation has stories to tell. Some are serious, some joyful, some mark special occasions. On this page you will find links to stories from the previous South West Brunswick congregation and stories from the Brunswick congregation.

You will also find stories about Creativity in Worship, Pageants, Camps, The Olive Way, Auction Nights and Trivia Nights on their own pages.

Stories will continue to be collected and added to this page ...

Brunswick Uniting Church

2017

The Leaders' Retreat

The Leaders' Retreat, held in February, brought together the Church Council, the full Ministry Team, and more than a dozen other leaders from BUC. The report gives a snapshot or "flavour" of some of our sessions, and detailed notes from others - including 8 small-group workshops on specific topics that had been nominated by the group at the retreat. Read more

Port Philip West Presbytery

The Port Philip West Presbytery has released two very important documents.
In the upcoming Olive Branch (March edition) Jane Allardice will offer some insights about them in her Presbytery report.
Cultural Audit - Read more
Regenerating the Church 2021 Strategy - Read more

2016

Advent Sculpture series

Worship during Advent was shaped, in part, by the Advent Sculpture series, inspired and designed by Simone Alesich and created with the Sunday Morning Program groups. Read more.

Blue Christmas

Our Blue Christmas service, held on 14th December, provided the opportunity for reflection & meditation for people who want a space to grieve, remember loved ones who have died, look back over a difficult year, seek peace in troubled times or simply take some time away from the busyness of this particular time of the year. Read more.

Christmas Eve Pageant

The Christmas Eve Pageant, A call through time was a wonderful celebration of the story of the nativity. Read more.

Christmas Eve

During the 11:30pm Christmas Eve service we heard the nativity of the Christ Child told through Bible readings, prayers and songs. Read more.
The full meditation offered during the service is available here.

Nourish

Over three weeks in October Ian, Julie and Fiona provided an opportunity share stories and communion. Read more.

Season of Creation

Over the months of September and October we explored how we are called to be participants in the dance of creation. Read more.

Exclusion & Embrace

A number of people from our congregation & the ArtStop program participated in the Exclusion & Embrace Conference. Read more

Mission Planning at BUC

Steph Gesling has been appointed as our Mission Planning Co-ordinator. more

Pre-Election Forum

We hosted a forum for five candidates for the seat of Wills on 21st June. Read more

ASWC FUNdraising event

We had an absolutely fabulous evening on Saturday 18th June raising money for the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre. Read more

World Environment Day

On World Environment Day, 5th June we invited the congregation to engage with stations for confession, thanksgiving, intercession and response. Read more

Synod 2016

Ten people from our congregation participated in the meeting of the Synod of VicTas, 4th-8th June. Here are some of their reflections together with a story about the Opening service. Read more.

Church Camp

We had an absolutely fabulous weekend at Adekate, 20th-22nd May. Read more.

Pentecost Sunday

We celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday in a service ablaze with the fiery colours of red, yellow & orange. We made our own Pentecost felt - the 'Fabric of our Community'. Read more.

Soma Exhibition

Artists from the Artstop program at the Olive Way shared their work at the recent Soma Exhibition from 18th-22nd April. Read more

BUC Expo

We presented our first ever Expo during Cafe Morning Tea after worship on Sunday 17th April. Read more

Safe Church Recognition

On Sunday 17th April, the Moderator Dan Wootton presented our congregation with a Safe Church Recognition Program certificate. Read more. You can listen to the presentation here.

Easter Day

On Sunday 27th March we worshipped at 7am for our Dawn Service and then again at 9:30am to celebrate the Risen Christ. Read more.

Hot Cross Buns Lunch

We gathered for our annual Hot Cross Buns lunch after worship on Good Friday, 25th March. Read more.

Good Friday

On 25th March we came to worship to hear the story of Christ's passion. Read more.

Good Friday

On Good Friday, 25th March our story was partly told using these drawings by Olivia Potter

Maundy Thursday

On 24th March we gathered to pray and remember the night that Jesus shared a last meal with his friends. Read more.

Easter Storytelling

Our first ever Easter Storytelling on 23rd March was a wonderful event. Read more.

Palm Sunday

We participated in our Palm Sunday Ecumenical Service on 20th March. Read more.

Nowruz

On Palm Sunday, 20th March we celebrated Nowruz, the Persian New Year. We offered these Prayers of the People

Lenten Meditation

A living sculpture created by Simone featured in our Lenten worship services. Read more.

Sydney Rd. Street Party

We joined in the fun of the party on 6th March opening our spaces to the Sydney Rd. Community. Read more.

Ash Wednesday

The season of Lent began on 10th February with a time of prayer and reflection. Read more.

Blessing

We blessed the Student House Program singing 'May God's Sheltering Wings' during worship on Sunday 28th February.

Love Makes a Way

Members of Brunswick UC took part in a Love Makes a Way action on 23rd February. Read more.

Transform

Young adults from our congregation participated in the conference over the weekend of 19th to 21st February. Read more.

Vale Dennis Shead

We paid tribute to Dennis during worship on 14th February. Read more.

Sunday Morning Program Blessing

During worship on 31st January we blessed the SMP program for the new year. Read more.

On Sunday 13th December we joyfully celebrated the ordination of Rev. Beth Donnelly and farewelled her on Sunday 10th January. Read more

2015

We welcomed the community on Christmas Eve as we offered our annual pageant. This year's pageant was titled 'It's a Wonder'. Read more

On Sunday 20th December we farewelled Carlynne Nunn from her role as Community Outreach Worker as she prepares to candidate for Minister of the Word. Read more

Blessing of the Bikes
We had lots of fun after worship on Sunday 18th October with our open air Blessing of the Bikes, read more

Refugee Week
Our congregation participated in Refugee Week (14th-21st June) in various ways. Read more

Pentecost Sunday
We celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit on 24th May. Read more

Holy Week Worship
Worship during Holy Week was reflective, solemn, soul stirring, beautiful and joyous. Read more, lots of photos

On 20th March we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Brunswick UC congregation. Read more

On Sunday 1st March we joined in all the fun and fabulousness of the the Sydney Rd. Street Party. Read more

On three Mondays in March we were privileged to host the Dive Deep into Mark series. Read more

2014

Synod 2014
A number of people from the BUC congregation participated in the Synod meeting held from 20th to 24th September.
Read more

Pastoral Care Report Launch
The Pastoral Care Review Report which is shaped around the themes of Hospitality, Compassion and Community was circulated early in August and formally launched during worship on 24th August. Read more.

The September Olive Branch meditation focussed on the themes of the report: Hospitality, Compassion & Community. Read more

Olive Way FUNdraising
We enjoyed two events in August to raise money for our Olive Way outreach program:

A recording of the afternoon of beautiful music & song is available here.
Read more.

Conflict? What Conflict? - Science, Religion and the Conflict Myth
Two evenings with Chris Mulherin, Thursdays 17th & 31st July The audio recordings are available here:
Presentation 17/7
Q&A time 17/7
Presentation 31/7
Q&A time 31/7

School of Discipleship Last month Carlynne and Michael attended the School of Discipleship, 4th - 7th July. Their reflections are available here

Refugee Rally City Square BUC was at the rally in the City Square on Sunday June 21, along with lots of other UCA and non UCA people who showed we care. It was a really good thing to do and I have not forgotten Adam Bandt's words 'I'm going to Canberra this afternoon, and tomorrow, I will sit in parliament and look Scott Morrison and Tony Abbott in the eye. And when I do, I will see you, I will see you all and know that you are there with me'.    Kirsty
For photo click here

ReGen Outcomes of the Victorian Government Alcohol & other Drug Recommissioning process. Read more

The Songs of Jesse Adams
The Launch of 'The Songs of Jesse Adams' was celebrated on Thursday 24th July 2014. Readings was packed, speeches were offered and approximately 170 books were sold and signed.

Read more.

On Pentecost Sunday, 8th June, the Christian Churches in Brunswick gathered for worship. The banners which now hang on each of the churches were 'revealed'. Read more

Concert for Compassion
On Friday 20th June, a concert was held for Refugee Day.
Read more

We gathered for worship throughout Holy Week. Read more

2013

Deb Blackmore showed the DVD Mowanjum People - Spirit of the Wandjina on 3rd September and spoke to us about connecting with indigenous communities. Read more.
To improve your knowledge about First Nation people investigate these questions. Read more.

Our Wurundjeri recognition sculpture - to share our journey and our hopes read more.

Farewell Clare & Alistair - On 11th August we said farewell to Clare & Alistair after 19&1/2 years. Read more.

Farewell Ann and Prianka - Ann and Prianka concluded their work at the ASWC on 16th August. Read more.

The 'Boundless Plains: Our Place in the Refugee Story' series offered us much to learn, think, lament and pray about. Read more. On Sunday 16th June we wrote letters to politicians during worship. These were compiled into four separate letters. You can read them here.

On Pentecost Sunday the Year 7-9 Sunday School led us in the Prayers of the People. We were invited to respond with our own prayers. Read more.

A record number of people from our congregation participated in the 2013 Synod meeting. Read some of their reflections here.

On the weekend of 19th-21st April a group of enthusiastic campers enjoyed an Easter Retreat at Adekate camp site. Read more.

The Honour Boards that came from the different congregations that have made up what is now Brunswick UC will be placed in the care of the RSL archive. Read more

Over two Mondays in April about 20 people gathered to learn about the Preamble to UCA Constitution. Read more.

We celebrated the Risen Christ on Easter Day, dedicating our new baptismal font and celebrating the baptisms of Harry and Bruce, read more.

On Good Friday we listened to the saga of Jesus' betrayal, denial, trial, crucifixion and burial and we prayed for the world, read more

On Maundy Thursday we reflected on the new commandment 'love one another', read more.

Holy Week began on Palm Sunday, 24th March. Together we walked the Lenten Path and then set out on our walk to the Ecumenical service at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Read more

After a two year project we have a new baptismal font. Read more

Lent 1 What are our temptations?
Lent 2 How do we receive grace?
Lent 3 What is the promise?
Lent 4 How are we to live?
Lent 5 Who are we called to be?

Each week during Lent we gathered to walk the Lenten Path reflecting on a series of questions. Read more.
Leaflets were made available for each question.

Rev Ian Ferguson was inducted as our minister on Sunday 10th February. Read more.

To find out what we've been singing at BUC & to check out our top 20 or so read more.

On Sunday 3rd February we offered our thanks to Colin Hunter for his Supply Ministry. Read more.

2012

Farewell Beth
On Sunday 16th December Beth Donnelly concluded her role as Children & Youth Pastor, read more.

Children & Youth Consultant
We welcome Julie Perrin, as our Children & Youth Consultant. Read more here.

Farewell from Beth
Our Children & Youth Pastor, Beth Donnely, concludes her ministry with us on Sunday 16th December. Read more here.

UCAF 2012
The UCAF 2012 Coach Tour visited BUC. Read more here.

FUNdraising Fun

Our Dinner Party weekend raised funds for ReGen programs. Read more here.

Go to http://www.regen.org.au for more information about ReGen (formerly Moreland Hall).

Our Bush Dance raised funds for our Olive Way program. Read more here.

Go to http://www.brunswick.unitingchurch.org.au/lookingoutwards/olive.php for more about the Olive Way program.

Our Karaoke Night raised funds for the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre. Read more here.

Go to http://www.aswc.org.au for more about the ASWC.

Working Together Series
12th, 19th, 26th August, 2nd, 9th September
During this series we were invited to respond to identified themes. The series concluded on 9th September, drawing all 4 themes together and inviting each of us to offer our own personal response and commitment. This was a very exciting opportunity for each of us to reflect on our commitment to the mission & Ministry of the congregation and how we work together as the people of God at Brunswick UC.
Carlynne Nunn and Barry Cook introduced the Working Together series, read more here.
A Working Together reflection by Colin Hunter is available here.
A conversation about discipleship between Barry Cook and Shawn Whelan is available here.
The Working Together Booklet (photos, quotes & sermon extracts) is available here.
The Working Together Response invitations are available for adults and kids.
Download forms for updating or applying for Direct Debit.
Full details about Direct Debit are available here.

Issuing a call
On Sunday 23rd September our congregation accepted the Joint Nominating Committee's recommendation to issue a call to the Rev. Ian Ferguson. Read more here

40 Hour Famine at BUC
Olivia Potter and Rachel Beagley introduced the 40 Hour Famine during worship on 29th July. Read more here.
Everyone involved learnt a lot. Read more here.

Assembly Reflections
Sharon Hollis and Beth Donnelly attended the 13th Assembly 'Life Overflowing' in Adelaide 15th-21st July. Their reflections are offered here.

Pentecost 2012
We celebrated Pentecost with breath, prayer, word and song. Read more.

Census Data
The 2011 Census Data for Brunswick, Brunswick West and Brunswick East is available here

Consultation
The consultation phase of the process for calling a new minister is complete.
The Consultation Report 'How Healthy is your congregation' is available here.
The results of the survey are available here.

Postcodes
The Consultation Team talked about the geographical spread of our congregation. In response to this conversation a postcode map was prepared. Click here.

Holy Week 2012
The four worship services which speak to us of the story of our faith. Read more.

Farewell to Ray Gormann, 11'3'12

2012 Sydney Rd. Street Party 4'3'12. Click here

Letter to the Church, Carlynne Nunn Confirmation Response, 4'3'12

2011

Litgurical Furnishings Brief - click here

Auction Night, 22/10/11

2011 Sydney Rd. Street Party

Pilgrimage to Living Water booklet

Pilgrimage to Living Water Stories

2010

Farewell to Richard Arnold, 28'2'2010

BUC Renewal Process, a collection of pictures & reports describing the building phase of the Renewal Process

Open Day 2010, a collection of pictures & stories from the Open Day, held on 14th November 2010 to celebrate the completion of the building project & official opening of the Worship Space.

2009

Auction Night, ??/??/09

CAB Cabaret at Brunswick, 20/6/2000

2009 Assembly Reflections

2008

2007

2006

South West Brunswick

Good News Story - Fifteen Years at South West by Jill Allan, 2000 (to be confirmed)

South West Brunswick UC Timeline, 1980-2003 by Saide Cameron

Alistair Macrae, Farewell Service 13/8/2000

A shared journey, An extract from the final News & Views newsletter