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.
Stories will continue to be collected and added to this page ...
Brunswick Uniting Church
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
We had an absolutely fabulous weekend at Adekate, 20th-22nd May. Read more.
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.
Artists from the Artstop program at the Olive Way shared their work at the recent Soma Exhibition from 18th-22nd April. Read more
We presented our first ever Expo during Cafe Morning Tea after worship on Sunday 17th April. Read more
Safe Church Recognition
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.
On 25th March we came to worship to hear the story of Christ's passion. Read more.
On Good Friday, 25th March our story was partly told using these drawings by Olivia Potter
On 24th March we gathered to pray and remember the night that Jesus shared a last meal with his friends. Read more.
Our first ever Easter Storytelling on 23rd March was a wonderful event. Read more.
We participated in our Palm Sunday Ecumenical Service on 20th March. Read more.
On Palm Sunday, 20th March we celebrated Nowruz, the Persian New Year. We offered these Prayers of the People
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.
The season of Lent began on 10th February with a time of prayer and reflection. Read more.
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.
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
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
Our congregation participated in Refugee Week (14th-21st June) in various ways. Read more
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
A number of people from the BUC congregation participated in the Synod meeting held from 20th to 24th September.
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 Pleasant Sunday Afternoon on 3rd August and
- the Big Gig on 9th August.
Conflict? What Conflict? - Science, Religion and the Conflict Myth
Two evenings with Chris Mulherin, Thursdays 17th & 31st July The audio recordings are available here:
Q&A time 17/7
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.
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.
We gathered for worship throughout Holy Week. Read more
Deb Blackmore showed the DVD Mowanjum People - Spirit of the Wandjina
on 3rd September and spoke to us about connecting with indigenous
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
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.
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.
The UCAF 2012 Coach Tour visited BUC. Read more here.
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.
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
Sharon Hollis and Beth Donnelly attended the 13th Assembly 'Life Overflowing' in Adelaide 15th-21st July. Their reflections are offered here.
We celebrated Pentecost with breath, prayer, word and song. Read more.
The 2011 Census Data for Brunswick, Brunswick West and Brunswick East is available here
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.
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
Letting Go of the Pastoral Relationship
Final Service photos
2012 Sydney Rd. Street Party 4'3'12. Click here
Letter to the Church, Carlynne Nunn Confirmation Response, 4'3'12
Litgurical Furnishings Brief - click here
Auction Night, 22/10/11
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.
Auction Night, ??/??/09
CAB Cabaret at Brunswick, 20/6/2000
2009 Assembly Reflections
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