Prayer Points

Ministry Team
BIUC Congregation
UnitingCare ReGen
D&E Committee
Presbytery Representatives – Kate and Jamie
Student House Program
Community Ministry
Love Makes a Way
Food Co-op
Our planet & all she holds

Christmas Worship

Join us for worship in-person during the Season of Christmas.  Please remember to check-in using the QR code, wear a mask and sanitize your hands as we continue to protect each other and especially the most vulnerable in our community.
All services will be live-streamed on YouTube however the Christmas Day live-stream will be a simpler format with no title slides or song words.  Details available here:  Christmas Eve Pageant, 7:00pm, Christmas Eve Carols & Candlelight, 11:30pm, Christmas Day, 9:30am.
You might like to warm up by listening to BUC musicians singing Christmas carols, recorded for Advent & Christmas 2020.
Please note that there will not be a formal worship service on Sunday 26th December.

BUC News

COVID Safe Settings – a message from Ian
Dear Friends, the change in COVID safe settings this week means that we no longer need to check vaccination status when you come to worship. We are still required to check in using the Services Victoria app, and we ask you to continue wearing masks in worship while infections are rife. We will discontinue the 11:30 am service from this week.

We will celebrate the baptism of Yosef, youngest son of Luke and Leli Arnold during worship on 2nd January.  We will  renew our commitment to care for the earth.  We welcome Dave Hall as our preacher.  Ian will preside over Holy Communion.

Ministry Team News

  • Ian is on leave from 3rd to 23rd January – we welcome Daniel Broadstock (9/1), Graeme Garrett (16/1) and Fiona Bottcher (23/1) as our preachers
  • Dave is on leave from 3rd to 25th January
  • Peter is on leave from 29th December to 10th January

Change the Heart service
You are invited by Senior Aboriginal Christian Leader, Aunty Jean Phillips, to gather together to pray in unison on the evening before January 26…. Join BUC for a screening of Common Grace’s 10th Anniversary Change the Heart service on Tuesday 25th January.  Watch this video from NITV (National Indigenous Television).

BUC News

PIEN Fundraising Dinner
A few weeks ago I attended a great online Palestinian cooking class, organised by PIEN, the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network. Now, I am keen to practise my new skills, so early in the New Year, I will be organising a small Palestinian dinner at our place. It won’t be a big group, but the idea is to share some Palestinian food (hopefully nicely cooked) and have an informal conversation about Palestine. It will also be a fundraiser for PIEN, but don’t feel pressured by that.
Please let me know if you would like to be involved. It will probably be on a Friday evening, sometime in late January or February. Anyone is welcome, but numbers are limited, so please let me know as soon as possible.
Thanks!  Tim Budge, 0412 051 574

Wider Church News

UC National News, Christmas Edition

  • Hope because God is with us:  President’s Christmas message
  • A Christmas story of trials, hope and love
  • Dwelling, President’s Podcast launched
  • Prayers for Devonport
  • World Council of Churches Christmas Message
  • And more
    • The Devonport community. We pray for the families and friends of the children who died, their classmates, emergency workers who responded and all those providing care for the community.
    • The people of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Rai which killed more than 300 people. We pray for those mourning lives lost and families who have been displaced or left without food and water.
    • Uniting Church communities of faith and all Christians who will celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. We pray we will be united in and transformed by God’s hope, peace, joy and love.