No sermon for 21st April due to Palm Sunday Ecumenical service.

Holy Week Calendar

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

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!

BUC News

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.

Food Co-op
PLEASE NOTE change of date for April Distribution Day is now Saturday 27th April.  10 am – 12 noon in the Olive Way space.

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 ( or Peter Blair ( 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.

Out and About
Excursion to Cranbourne Australian Garden, Friday 10th May.  Seeking car drivers for transport of non-drivers. For more information and your RSVP please contact Helen Rowe on helen.rowe@rocketmail ASAP.   People with weekday availability are most welcome to join this activity.

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 5 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.  For all the registration and camp details see the brochure here.

Wider Church News

UCA Funds Management – change of name
For over 30 years the Church has been active in using its funds to invest ethically, ensuring that investments ‘do no harm’ and also actively seek to ‘do good’.  To find out more about the change of name to U ethical read the letter from Moderator Sharon Hollis and General Secretary Mark Lawrence.  Also have a look at the brochure.

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

Rock the Boat
Mark Art not War – Everyone is welcome a fundraising event at Siteworks, Saturday 28th April, noon to 7pm.

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:

  • GreenFaith ARRCC  meeting at at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, 146 Hoddle Street Collingwood. on Sunday 21st April from 5:30-8pm. The last hour from 7-8pm will be a presentation from Kanchana Weerakoon, president of Journeys for Climate Justice, Kanchana will speak about her experience of empowering youth as environmental leaders in Sri Lanka.  Please bring vegetarian or vegan food to share.
  • 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.
Hear from sitting member, Labor MP Peter Khalil, Adam Pulford (Greens), Sue Bolton (Victorian Socialists) and Manju Venkat (United Australia) as they explain their policies and answer your questions.
Get involved in our election campaign for fair and decent asylum policy this federal election. RSVP here

Can’t make it to the forum but interested in getting involved?
Come along to one of our Volunteer Information and Training Sessions to find out how you can work with like minded people on taking action locally.

  • Session 1: Sunday Afternoon, April 28th at the North Coburg Meeting Room, Information and RSVP here
  • Session 2: Tuesday Night, April 30th at Brunswick Baptist Church, Information and RSVP here. 

Together, lets make sure our candidates know people seeking asylum and refugees are a decisive issue for the Wills community this federal election.

Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Ecumenical Neighbours
Assembly President-Deidre Palmer
CY&YA Committee
Property Committee
Hospitality Ministry
Sanctuary Movement
Indigenous Hospitality House
UCA Assembly
Creatures of the air