Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Ian returning from supply ministry
Valentina and Yoo Mi concluding supply ministry
Ecumenical Neighbours
Assembly President – Deidre
CY&YA Committee
Property Committee
Mulling group
Hospitality Ministry
Indigenous Hospitality House
UCA Assembly
Creatures of the air

BUC News

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 returning to our congregation on 19th May having concluded his supply ministry in East Gippsland.  Welcome home Ian & Beth.

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 each other! 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.  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.

A request for support
Hi BUC folk, Dave Hall here, Pastor with Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families,
Kate and Tim DeLeon and their son Domenic have come to BUC a few times, as well as being regular attenders at North Essendon UC. I first met them five years ago, and Fran baptised Domenic.
Kate and Tim have asked for some help – through prayer, and maybe even a small donation if you wish – for a dear friend of theirs in the Philippines. He is a young man named Miguel who was diagnosed with neuroblasteoma last year. He is in hospital, and the doctors have advised the family they are unable to remove the tumor, and there is no chemotherapy option left. Miguel is determined to be cancer-free, and they are asking for prayer.  The hospital system is not quite like it is in Australia. They are currently trying to raise funds (about $8,300 in total) to try to clear the medical costs.
If you feel prompted to respond to Miguel’s situation, you could contact Kate on 0413 590 766. She can deposit funds directly in to their account. Thanks, Dave

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:

Climate Action News

BUC 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.) and will soon 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!

School Strike for Climate – Friday 15 May – it’s time to build a vision for a better future
See the poster here for the program details.
  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
Stopping Adani’s insurance
Adani is still trying to secure insurance for their mine. Marsh Insurance is a major insurance broker and they are working for Adani trying to find a company that will do this for them. For that reason there is a campaign to get Marsh to stop working for Adani. Next Friday Marsh will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Stop Adani movement is holding an online rally at 10am on Tuesday 19 May to demand Marsh rule out helping Adani find insurance.  RSVP for #StopAdani’s first ever online rally here.

Hot Mess
This is the title of a series of programs on Radio National about Climate Change. If you have not listened to this 3 – part programme on Radio National please take time out to do so. You can just Google “Hot Mess Radio National” or follow this link.

  • The first programme examines industry’s efforts to deny climate change.
  • The second is about how right wing think tanks and the media’s campaign to minimise the effect of  climate change.
  • The third is about the political response to the issue of climate change.

Overall this series is a brilliant summary of the systematic efforts to prop up fossil fuel industries. Essential listening if we are to bring about real, lasting change.