Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Ian concluding supply ministry
Valentina & Yoo Mi preparing to conclude supply ministry
Culture of Safety program
Moderator – Denise
Stewart Lodge & residents
Worship Committee
Finance Committee
Compassion Ministry
BUC Arts
Synod of VicTas
Creatures of the sea

BUC News

On Sunday 10th May we will welcome Linley Liersch as our preacher.  Linely is our Presbytery Minister in the role of Mission Development Strategist – eLM Liaison.

Supply Ministry Celebration
During worship on Sunday 17th May we will acknowledged and celebrate the three months of supply ministry offered by Valentina Satvedi-Leydon (Worship and Discipleship & Education) and Yoo Mi Park (Pastoral Care).  Ian will be concluding his three months in Bairnsdale and East Gippsland on 10th May after which he will take one week’s annual leave before returning to our congregation on 19th May.

Connecting – to God, to others, to place
Church camp is a great opportunity to meet new friends, try something new, have fun – but most importantly – connect with eachother! This year we are hosting a virtual camp to allow everyone to join from the comfort of their homes!
Tune in on 23rd of May, with official proceedings kicking off from 3pm, to be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime event!
Check the Connecting website post regularly.

A Community of Faces
Are you missing catching up with people on Sundays, seeing well loved or little known faces?  It’s lovely to see people offering parts of the service from their homes but what about everyone else?  The Community of Faces project is a fun way to help us all see each others faces.  Send a photo of yourself or of each other in your household and email the photo(s) to

Candle Stories
Are you lighting a special candle for worship each Sunday?  Or does the holder have a precious story?  Share the story as part of the Candle Stories project.  It will be lovely to share a story each week with the Worship email.  Send a photo and your story to

Household of God project
In this time of physical isolation everyone is invited to contribute to the BUC’s Household of God Creative Arts project.
This project is an opportunity for people to offer a creative work in whatever medium you choose – painting, drawing, knitting, craft, music, poetry, story, storytelling, dance, videos, and whatever else comes to mind.
There are two online spaces for these works to be shared and later when we can all meet again to host an exhibition and possibly a FUNdraising event.  Check out Dave’s video and start being creative.

Climate Action News

Climate Crisis Action Plan
After some delays due to Covid-19, Church Council is once again working on BUC’s Climate Action Plan. (See our Climate Crisis web page for background and Maxine’s video message for a general update.) We’ll be having a special Church Council meeting next week specifically to review the first draft. After that we’ll be circulating a revised draft for comment from all of you, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, we’re delighted to announce that BUC has just taken a significant step by switching our Sydney Rd site’s electricity from 20% to 100% GreenPower. In addition to supporting renewable energy generation in Australia (through the 100% GreenPower surcharge), all of our electricity usage is now also offset through high quality Carbon Offset projects. Powershop Australia, our new provider, invests in these on our behalf as part of its standard (and price-competitive) service. Watch this space and the Olive Branch for further information about the switch, including details of Powershop’s “refer a friend” program which would give discount credits both to you and to BUC!

Climate Action News

School Strike for Climate – it’s time to build a vision for a better future
At 4pm 15 May #ClimateStrikeonline school strikers are inviting everyone to join them to support their three demands
  1. No new coal, oil and gas projects including the Adani mine
  2. 100% renewable energy generation and exports by 2030
  3. Fund a just transition & job creation for all fossil-fuel workers & communities
ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) is asking people of faith to support the strike on Social Media by taking a photo of yourself holding up a hand-held sign in support of the school strikers and posting this on social media (between now and the day of the strike). Be visible in these photos as people of faith and use the hashtag #SignsOfFaith.
On Friday 15th May, the day of the Climate strike:

Community News

Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal
Brunswick Salvos is grateful for the support of BUC in partnering with us to provide lunches to Brunswick’s vulnerable people.  Together we are making a real difference to those who need us most in the community.  Every year in May the Salvation Army conducts its Red Shield Appeal. You may have seen us at Barkly Square or collecting at intersections on Sydney Road.  This year we can’t do that, so we are attempting to collect donations online – a digital doorknock.  We are asking people to support us in three ways:

Meals on Wheels increased funding
Moreland Council has received additional Meals on Wheels funding from the Commonwealth as Emergency Support for COVID19.  Meals are available to provide short-term support to people aged 65 years and over (or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people), and for people aged 50 years and over (or 45 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) who are on a low income, are homeless or at risk of homelessness. If you, or someone you know requires meals support please contact Intake on 9240 2338.