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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!