Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Ian offering 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

Worship on Sunday
We will welcome Peter Blair as our preacher on 19th April with Children’s Time to be offered by Julie McKinnon.

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.
Our plan is to provide an online space for these works to be shared and later when we can all meet again to host an exhibition and possibly a FUNdraising event.  More details coming soon.  In the meantime please view Dave’s video and start being creative.

Can you help?
Ray Cameron is requesting a loan of a ‘lightning to usb camera adaptor’ or ‘lightning to usb 3 camera adaptor’.  This is to see if we can connect a Zoom mixer to an iPhone as part of our continuous improvement to recording videos in the worship space.  Contact Ray, 0407 883 654, if you can help.

Christian Meditation
A BUC Meditation WhatsApp group has started following the Christian Meditation tradition of John Main (World Community for Christian Meditation).  The group will meditate together at a set time for around 20 minutes.  Members of the group can also make comments and support one another by texting.  It isn’t anything fancy but the idea is for each of us to meditate together in spirit.
We now have around 10 members. Please contact Richard if you would like to join this group (0407796429).
The times we “meet” are:  Monday at 5.30pm, Tuesday at 9am, Wednesday at 5.30pm Thursday at 9am, Friday at 5.30pm

Olive Pesto
The Olive Pesto group has launched a Facebook group to help members connect and create.  If you would like to join this wonderfully creative community simply make a request to join the group or contact Linda Wannan (send a text message – 0405 470 568‬).

Request for Second-hand Mobile Phones
The Olive Way has had to close but we are seeking to help participants maintain social solidarity and access to information.
Some people do not have a mobile phone so we are endeavouring to provide them to the vulnerable ones.
We would like working mobile phones with chargers.
They will be given away as a gift.
We are seeking other funding to purchase sim cards for these mobiles.
Please called Peter Blair on 0404948943 and he will give you details of where to drop off your donation.
Thanks in anticipation, Richard Arnold

Wider Church News

The usual consignment of the VicTas Synod magazine arrived last week. You can access Crosslight online but if you would particularly like a hard copy please email and a copy will be posted to you.

Climate Action News

Earth button
Click on the earth button on BUC welcome page to see the declaration of a Climate Crisis by the congregation (November 2019).

Responding to climate change
To learn more about responses to climate change and actions that can be taken, view the following online:

  • BUC Palm Sunday – Maxine explaining the progress Church Council is making towards drafting and implementing the BUC Climate Crisis Action Plan (3 minutes, 5 April 2020) If you have questions or want to help Church Council with the Action Plan then please contact Shawn Whelan, or Maxine Loynd,; or to get involved in the BUC Climate Action Group contact Richard Arnold, 0407 796 429.
  • ABC Compass For The Love Of Creation (26 minutes, 5 April 2020) As more people of faith become climate change activists, three Australian Christians reveal what leads them to take non-violent action in support of the climate emergency.
  • ABC Australian Story Fighting Fire With Fire (28 minutes, 13 April 2020) Long after the flames are extinguished, what can we do to protect our homes and environment this bushfire season? Victor Steffensen says Indigenous cultural burning could be the answer and that Indigenous knowledge of fire is the key to adapting to climate change.
School Strike for Climate
To prepare for 15 May #ClimateStrikeonline join strikers & their supporters from across the country for Semester one of #ClimateStrike School, a three and a half week long curriculum (starting Monday 20 April with Climate Justice and Covid-19). Strikers will learn together how to run the May 15 #ClimateStrikeOnline  and connect with hundreds of strikers from across Australia to build a stronger movement ready to work hard for Climate Justice.

A limerick

Face Masks
Sipping tea in the sunshine I bask
And plan on a new sewing task
Find scraps of soft cotton
In fabrics forgotten
To make up a washable mask

There’s workshops and guidelines galore
On internet sites I explore
They give me some clues
As the hints I peruse
But use my own instincts much more

I am merrily stitching away
In plains or in florals so gay
I hope folk enjoy them
Then wash, redeploy them
To help keep this virus away

Jenny Hunter April 3rd 2020