July Olive Branch
The July edition will be published on 30th June. Please email your contributions to email@example.com by Monday 24th June. Thank you.
The Justice & Mission Committee is delighted to be hosting an exhibition during Refugee Week. The exhibition was launched during worship on 16th June and feature during worship on 23rd June.
BUC cyclists will be back on the road after worship on Sunday 23rd June, leaving at 11:30am for a two hour or so ride along one of Melbourne’s many bike tracks. Contact Graeme Lawrence, 0408 617 416.
Worship Workshop Series
What? Why? How? Where? When?
Do you ever ask these questions about worship? Do you wonder where the shape of our liturgy comes from or how our liturgists and prayers leaders write the prayers offered each week? Are you interested in exploring the theology and traditions of worship? If your answer is yes to even one of these questions then please feel very welcome to join the worship committee for an engaging, interactive, hands on series of workshops in June and July.
Three dates – 27th June (see below), 11th and 18th July (more details coming soon)!!!.
A conversation with Stephen Burns, Coordinator of Ministry Studies, Pilgrim Theological College, and Professor of Liturgical and Practical Theology, University of Divinity.
Bring your questions about the ‘whats, whys and hows’ of worship to Brunswick Uniting Church (212 Sydney Rd) from 7:30-9:00 pm on Thursday 27th June.
Worship on the 5th Sunday
On 30th June our worship will provide a space for a different way of reflecting and engaging with the Word. We will celebrate Holy Communion.
Plastic Free July
The Justice & Mission committee invites you to join the challenge to live with less plastic in July.
Worship on 7th July
Ian will be participating in the Synod meeting and so will not be preaching on this Sunday. The worship committee will be using the Synod Worship Resource for worship on 7th July. We will welcome Janet Reus-Smit to preside over Holy Communion. Janet is a member of our congregation and retired UCA minister.
Have you been to Cafe Marcella just up the road from the church? If not – now’s your chance. The Community Team invites you to come along for lunch after worship on Sunday 7th July. Average meal cost is $15-20. Sign up at worship or let Saide know you are planning to come along, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wider Church News
The meeting of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania occurs approximately every 18 months and consists of around 300 members appointed by presbyteries and reporting bodies. It meets over five days to worship, enjoy fellowship, receive reports and make decisions regarding the general oversight, direction and administration of the Church’s worship, witness and service. This year’s theme is: Isaiah 43:19
The 2019 Synod meeting will be held from 5-9 July at Box Hill Town Hall. Opening worship of the Synod meeting will commence 7.30pm, 5th July, at St Michael’s Uniting Church, corner Russell and Collins St and will include the induction of our new Moderator, Rev Denise Liersch. Supper will be enjoyed at The Scot’s Church. Visit the Synod website for more information.
Slow Stitching is the first workshop in ‘The Artist and the Activist: Galvanising Grief, Growing in Action’, to be offered on the Swell Centre, Hawthorn, Tuesday 9th July, 10am-4pm. Find out more.
Pilgrimage to Nauiyu 12-16th of August 2019
Expressions of interest are sought from people who would like to spend time in Nauiyu, an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory near Daly River. The intention of the pilgrimage is to listen and learn from Elders and community members about Aboriginal culture and spirituality and in particular, the practice of Dadirri. This is a small group journey organised by The Australian Christian Meditation Community.
For more information, talk to Leesl Wegner (0423 265 538) who participated in the pilgrimage last year, or see the attachment for more details.
Safe Church Training
St. John’s Uniting Church, Essendon, is holding two sessions of Safe Church Training soon.
– Wednesday 17th July at 6:30pm.
– Sunday 21st July at 11:30am.
Everyone who holds a Working With Children Check card is required to do initial training and then a refresher every three years. Unsure if you are due for a refresher? Check with Claire Foley or Helen Rowe.
Please register your interest in the Essendon sessions with Helen Rowe asap so we can let the organizers know.
Are you called to become involved in responding to climate change?
- Stop Adani Moreland – next fortnightly meeting is Monday 24th June at 6:30 pm East Coburg Community House, 32 Nicholson Street, Coburg.