Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Ian offering supply ministry
Beth & family during Ian’s SM
Culture of Safety program
Moderator – Denise
Stewart Lodge & residents
Worship Committee
Finance Committee
Compassion Ministry
BUC Arts
Synod of VicTas
Creatures of the sea

BUC News

The Olive Pages
The Olive Pages (Directory of contact details and other useful information) will be updated over the next two weeks.  Please respond to the Olive Pages email to be sent out on Monday with any changes or additions.  If you are new to the congregation and wish to be included in the Olive Pages please email with your details.  If you have any questions please call Saide, 0407 096 743.

Thank you to …
Wayne & Susan Matthews for generously opening their home for the BBQ & Pool Party on 29th February.  This was a FUNdraising event for our Shed Mural project and Bushfire Relief (with the money going directly to Ian to use at his discretion).  If you would like to make a donation to either of these you can do so directly to our church account with the reference ‘Mural project’ or ‘Bushfire relief’.  For details of our bank account please email our Treasurer
Thank you also to everyone who supported our participation in the Sydney Road Street Party on Sunday 1st March.  It was a hot and windy day and we were grateful for all the various ways we connected with people as they passed by our property.

Reflections during Lent
The Discipleship & Education committee invites you to a series of Lenten reflections after worship, 11:30-1:00, on 8th15th & 22nd March in the Gathering Space.  These are stand alone sessions, no need to commit to all three.
The second of the Lenten Talk Faith groups will be held on 26th March, 7:30pm in the Youth Hall.
For more information contact Meg Orton, 0427 052 790 or Valentina Satvedi Leydon, ‭0456 099 448‬

Lenten Offering
The Justice & Mission committee will launch the Synod of VicTas Lenten Offering Appeal during worship on 8th March.  Last week during the All Age Worship service the children decorated envelopes for us to take home – there may not be enough for everyone, spare envelopes are available for you to take home decorate as you wish.  You are invited to place an amount of money of your choosing in the envelope each week as a form of Lenten discipline of in response to what you are experiencing or reflecting on.  We will receive and bless these offerings during worship on Palm Sunday.

Holy Week Worship Planning
The worship committee is hosting an open planning meeting to plan and prepare for worship during Holy Week.  Please join us for a light meal on Tuesday 10th March, 6:30pm in the Olive Way.  RSVP to for catering purposes.  The lectionary readings are available here for pre-reading.

Mechanics of the Eye
Mechanics of the Eye” life drawing classes will be  offered for three more weeks Sundays 8th, 15th & 22nd in the West End of the Hall at 12 noon., 11.45am – 2.15pm (includes prep and tidy-up)..  Paper and pencils are available or BYO. West End Hall at the church. $10/$1-$5 concession per class.

This beautiful worship series for school aged children and adults returns for three weeks during Lent and Holy Week – 25th March, 1st & 8th April.  Contact Dave Hall, CYYA pastor, for more information, 0417 310 128.

Art for the Heart
Seven artists from the Olive Arts Collective have contributed works to the annual Art for the Heart exhibition.  Come along to the launch on  Saturday 28th March, 2:30-5:00pm.  The exhibition will be open to the public, Saturday, 28th March  –  Sunday, 5th April 2020 from 10.00am to 6.00pm daily.

Welcoming Ceremony
Twice a year we offer an opportunity for people who are new or newish to the congregation to participate in a liturgy during which you can name Brunswick UC as your community of faith.  Our first one for this year is during worship on Sunday 29th March.  For more information see the Welcoming Ceremony Event post.

Welcoming Lunches
The Pastoral Care Community Team has a vision that after worship on 29th March there will be lots of lunches happening in our community.  If you would like to be a host and invite one or two of the people who have been welcomed, along with others from the congregation, to lunch – this is your moment!   The Pastoral Care Hospitality Team will put you in touch with those being welcomed and for the rest we invite you to look around at worship or look through the Directory beforehand.   Please contact Saide Cameron, 0407 096 743, to offer to be a host.

Climate Action News

BUC Climate Crisis Action Plan
In November 2019, the congregation declared a Climate Crisis and committed to developing a Climate Crisis Plan by May 2020. The Church Council needs help with drafting, and then implementing this Action Plan!

  • email your suggestions for the plan to Shawn Whelan or Maxine Loynd,
  • contact Richard Arnold to get involved in the BUC Climate Action Group, or
  • come to next meeting of the BUC Climate Action Group at 11.00am on Sunday 8th March, in the Youth Hall.

Moreland Climate Fair
Come and meet the many climate groups from Moreland and surrounds and find out how you can get involved at the Moreland Climate Fair at the Brunswick Bouldering Wall in Sydney Road on Saturday 14th March 10am-2pm. Whether you are interested in urban farming, human signs, writing letters or joining direct actions, find the local activity or group that suits you.

Meditate to Stop Adani
Join with people of faith in a Meditation protest: Marsh out of Adani in the morning on Tuesday 17th March outside one of the Marsh offices in Collins Street, Melbourne, and help pressure Marsh not to provide insurance brokering for the Adani Coal Mine.

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change
ARRCC is a multi-faith network of people committed to climate change, GreenFaith ARRCC – next monthly meeting is Sunday 22nd March 5.30-7.30pm St Philip’s Anglican Church, 146 Hoddle Street, Collingwood. Help ARRCC plan and carry out major projects:

  • adding our weight to the next School Strike for Climate(Friday 15th May) by ringing bells/sounding the shofar/other cultural sound, hanging signs and increasing our visible presence on the day. If you would like to help ARRCC with the climate strike (irrespective of whether you can come to the monthly meetings), then please have a look at to register your willingness to help.
  • dissuading potential sub-contractors from working on the Adani Carmichael coal mine.

Wider Church News

IHH Trivia Night
This year’s annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction will be on Wednesday 25th March.  There will be lots of fun games and items to bid on as well.

Ascot Vale UC Property Manager
The Ascot Vale UC Church Council is seeking a property manager for 1 day a week.  Details here.

Sacred Edge Festival
Diving Deep into Diversity – arts, music, stories focussing on Refugees, Indigenous, LGBTI, Wellbeing, and Sustainability – the Sacred Edge Festival is hosted by Queenscliff Uniting Church from 1st-3rd May. An Early Bird ticket costs only a little more than a full day ticket – so book before the end of February and have the flexibility of full-weekend access.
The annual Sacrededge Art Exhibition 2020 will be exhibited at the Queenscliff UC during the Sacrededge Festival May 1-3, and the through until 20th May.  If you are an artist, you are warmly encouraged to consider participating in the Sacrededge Art Exhibition.  Your art might reflect on the Indigenous, Refugee, LGBTI and Sustainability themes of the festival. Or how your art practice supports inclusivity and wellbeing for you and the wider community.  Please feel very welcome to submit an  Expression of Interest for this exhibition by 20th March.

Community News

Free to be me
The forgotten story of religious liberty – The Richard Johnston lecture, presented by the Centre for Public Christianity, 17th March.

Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Welcome Ceremony
Join Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Elders in sharing their connection to Country.  Sunday 22nd March, Ceremony 3-4pm, Music for the Mob, 4-8pm.  Details here.