Holy Week Calendar

During Holy Week we will continue to listen, responding to the stories we have listened to and shared during Lent.

Palm Sunday
14th April, 9:30am
including Ecumenical service at St. Ambrose

Maundy Thursday
18th April, 7:30pm
including foot washing and Holy Communion

Good Friday
19th April, 9:30am
we tell the story of Christ’s passion

Easter Day
21st April
Dawn Service7:00am
we greet the dawn
and share breakfast
Holy Communion, 9:30am
We celebrate Christ is risen!

Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Church Council
Olive Way program
Pastoral Care Committee
Justice & Mission Committee
Sunday Morning Program
Roster participants
Non-Violent Direct Action
FUNdraising Committee
Presbytery of Port Philip West
Creatures of the land

BUC News

Lenten FUNdraising Stalls
Be ready to buy up big at the stalls after worship on Sundays 7th & 14th April.  On offer: craft, baked goods and preserves. If you have something you want to contribute please bring it along on the day.  If you have any questions call Glenice, 0414 319 649, or Saide, 0407 096 743.  The fun continues after Easter with Helen Burnham’s now famous Pop-Up Shop Op for three-four weeks from 28th April.

Table Church is back
Everyone is welcome to the home of Tim & Meredith Budge, 7 Curtain St., North Carlton, 6pm, to share a simple meal and liturgy to start the week.  Contact Tim, 0412051574.

Nourish is Back!
We’re delighted to announce that there will be a special session for children (mainly primary school aged) on both Wednesdays of the school holidays.  The first session with Julie and Ian was beautiful.   Janet Watson Kruse and Ann Soo will guide the 17th – the day before Maundy Thursday.

JOIN THE PALM SUNDAY Walk for Justice for Refugees
Join with people from community groups, faith groups, unions, and political organisations on Palm Sunday to stand up for refugees on Sunday 14th April for a ‘Fair and Welcoming Society’ and to ‘Close Manus & Nauru, Bring Them Here’. More information on the Facebook Event page.
Our congregation gathers on the corner of Swanston and LaTrobe Sts. at 1:30 and/or travel in together by tram from the church at 1:00pm.  Look for our BUC and Welcome Banners.  Meet up with Andrea Alvis and Abi Benham-Bannon either at the church after worship or in the city.

Hot Cross Buns & Soup Lunch
After worship on Good Friday, 19th April, we gather to spend time together enjoying home made hot cross buns and beautiful soups (thank you Ray and Alistair).  Everyone is welcome to the home of Adrian & Anita, 11 Hellers St. Brunswick from noon.  BYO drinks and chairs.

Listening Skills workshop
A one day practical workshop with Rev Andy Calder, Monday 29th April, 9:30-2:30 at BUC.  Please express your interest in this workshop to Richard Arnold (richarn50@gmail.com) or Peter Blair (peteblair75@gmail.com) who will forward you a registration form.

It’s official – Peter Blair and Dave Hall will be commissioned as our Olive Way and Children Youth & Young Adult Pastors on Sunday 5th May, 1:00pm followed by afternoon tea.  The service will be presided over by Rev. Sani Vaeluaga.

Book Launch
Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama will launch Julie Perrin’s collection of 60 stories Tender, stories that lean into kindness.  BUC folk are invited.   Do SAVE THE DATE: Saturday May 11th @ 2pm in the church hall. All welcome.

Church Camp
It’s only 6 weeks until our annual Church Camp.  Save the dates 24th-26th May.  Even more importantly join the planning committee features:  minimal meetings, communication by email, task allocation and delegation.  Contact Camp Coordinator Anthony Hinds, 0478 692 607, to join.

BUC News

New subscribers welcome to With Love to the World 2019
Are you interested in having a quarterly daily devotion guide that provides a reflection on the next Sunday’s lectionary?  You need to order the three remaining copies of With Love to the World, costing $15. Faye Findlay will be on welcoming this Sunday, please speak to her if you are interested. Any additional orders need to be in by April 15.

Congratulations Jane
In March Jane Allardice competed in the Australian Fencing Championships.  Jane came 7th  overall in the women’s foil (everyone over 40yrs), and was quite happy with that, as there were many fast and fit 40yr olds in the competition. Jane also won in her age decade category.  A number of BUC friends attended sessions during the championships and thoroughly enjoyed our introduction to this demanding sport.

Are you a qualified First Aider?
We are updating our list of First Aid volunteers.  If you have a current First Aid Certificate or a CPR Certificate and would be willing to assist if a situation arose during a BUC activity you were involved in – Please contact Helen Rowe on 0423 009 813 to indicate your interest.  The names of our First Aid volunteers are posted on the notice board in the gathering space.

Wider Church News

Padraig O Tuama will offer a seminar ‘Theology as Story:  Believing in the Truth of People‘, Thursday 9th May and workshop, Friday 10th May at the Centre for Theology and Ministry.

John Bell in Australia
John Bell will be in Victoria over the weekend of 11th-13th May during which time he will take part in conversations on God, Delight and Diversity, Non-Violent Peacemaking, Celtic and Indigenous spirituality.  Check out all the details here.

Community News

Climate Action
For meaningful change to happen, hundreds of thousands of us need to get active, consistently, visually, positively. People Power is the ONLY hope we have. Here are some events you can join in:

  • Come to the Melbourne 1.5 degrees Forum on Wednesday 17th April at 6.30 pm, Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair St, Kensington. Hear local speakers talk about the latest  report from the IPCC, the stakes of the election, and how you can get involved in these crucial final months. Make sure you RSVP to hear important event updates
  • Bob Brown Foundation Stop Adani Convoy is expected to be leaving Melbourne on Thursday 18th April (date, time and location to be confirmed)
  • There will be a Candidates Forum on Climate Change at Coburg Town Hall on Monday 29th April organised by Moreland Climate Action
  • Stop Adani Moreland – meets every second Monday at 6:3o pm, Coburn East Neighbourhood House

Wills Candidate Forum
Northsiders with Refugees
will host a forum on Tuesday 23rd April, 6:00-7:00pm at Brunswick UC.  The forum will be supported by the Justice and Mission Committee.  We strongly you encourage to come along, listen and be informed.  Find out more here.