Lay leaders experiment with new approaches

Some 30 lay leaders from city and country congregations encountered a range of resources and approaches at the Lay Preachers Training Day, Saturday, 22 October.  In his presentation, Steve Francis  offered a taste-and-see of the multi-media Disciple training course that is used successfully at Nedlands Uniting. Geof Lilburne illustrated different styles of preaching and their pitfalls. He encouraged participants to engage the congregation through narrative and inductive approaches. Denise Savage spoke on how children wish to be involved in worship.  Following her talk, participants experimented with intergenerational worship using the senses, head and heart in different parts of the service. Noranda Uniting Church put out lovely tea and lunch spreads. The event was organized by the Lay Preachers Association of WA in cooperation with the Perth Theological Hall (PTH).

The next lay training event will be held on Saturday, 19 November 9am-1pm and will be hosted by Gosnells Uniting in cooperation with the Hall.  The theme is Sacramental Theology with Geof Lilburne leading the discussions. For registration, please get in touch with Neville Van Wyk 9490 4690.

For copies of handouts, please get in touch with Doug Burtenshaw s.d.burtenshaw@wn.com.au. For photos of the day, click on the link below or copy and paste the following into your browser:
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Churches to play crucial role in regulating international arms trade

Churches have an important role to play in the lead-up to negotiations of a global treaty in 2012 to regulate the conventional arms trade, a World Council of Churches (WCC) panel in New York has concluded. Key human rights obligations must be embedded in the treaty and churches should lobby together, on the basis of faith, said the WCC general secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, host of the 21 October event at which the panel reported. Continue reading

The Everything in Common Gift Catalogue: Gifts of love at Christmas

UnitingWorld has just launched the Everything in Common Gift Catalogue, your chance to give sight to the blind, freedom for captives and good news to the poor this Christmas.
The Catalogue contains gifts that support the ministry of Uniting Church Partners beyond Australia in the areas of Relief and Development, Peacemaking, Church Solidarity and Experience Volunteers. Continue reading

2011 Reflection: The Everything in Common Gift Catalogue: Gifts of love at Christmas

UnitingWorld has just launched the Everything in Common Gift Catalogue, your chance to give sight to the blind, freedom for captives and good news to the poor this Christmas.
The Catalogue contains gifts that support the ministry of Uniting Church Partners beyond Australia in the areas of Relief and Development, Peacemaking, Church Solidarity and Experience Volunteers.
For the same amount you might spend on a conventional gift, supporting these projects will allow children to attend school, communities in conflict to talk peace, ministry skills to be shared, families in crisis to reconnect with one another, and water-born disease to be minimised.

Not only does your gift increase the capacity of our partners to respond to poverty and injustice, it makes a statement about your values. In 2012, more people will die from diseases caused by overconsumption – in all its forms – than from poverty. In choosing a gift from the Catalogue, you choose to say ‘no’ to a society that applauds excess. Instead, in a Uniting Church way, you stand alongside those who believe that Jesus modelled an alternative community based on simplicity, generosity and inclusion.

Gift giving is easier than ever this year, with a revamped catalogue website and a Facebook Mini Shop reflecting a quick-flick version of the catalogue, highlighting some well-known favourites at $10, $20, $35 and $50 price points. Featured gifts include the ever-popular ‘Fatten a Pig’ that provides income generation for families in West Papua and rural Bali and the gift of a school uniform that enables a child from Fiji squatter settlements to attend school. On receipt of your order, attractively presented gift cards related to the gifts ordered will be sent in the mail.

Supporters can purchase individual gifts and/or run an Everything In Common Gift Stall. All it takes is one enthusiastic co-ordinator from your church congregation, who can take receipt of a kit of Catalogues, posters and purchase coupons. Church members are invited to purchase a gift and will receive a copy of a card to give their loved ones, on the spot. No delays, no difficult paperwork. Head to http://www.unitingworld.org.au/everything-in-common-gift-stall/, or
contact Erica Harrison on 02 8267 4449 or ericah@unitingworld.org.au for more details.

Gifts to Relief and Development and Peacemaking Programs are Tax Deductible.

You can request additional copies of the catalogue by contacting us via info@unitingworld.org.au or you can download a PDF version through the website.

Donations can be made to UnitingWorld:
Web: www.everythingincommon.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/unitingworld
Call 1800 998 122
Via mail PO Box A2266 Sydney South 1235

Toby Keva’s Ordination

Toby Keva will be ordained into ministry on Saturday 22 October at Nedlands Uniting Church, cnr Princess Rd and Bruce St, Nedlands at 2.00pm.

This will then be followed by his induction on Sunday 23 October at Rockingham Uniting Church, 4 Erindoon Way, Waikiki, 1.00pm. All are invited to attend.

Australian Church Women World Community Day Service

The Australian Church Women are holding a World Community Day Service on Friday 4 November at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, cnr Whittlesford and Washer Sts, East Vic Park.

The theme of this year’s service is ‘Reflecting the Light of Christ,’ and guest speaking will be Mrs Kay Eva who will talk about the Stitches of Hope project, helping people in Cambodia. RSVP to Rev Lee Edwards on 9277 9324.

Noranda Car Boot Fair

Noranda Uniting Church is holding a Car Boot Fair on Saturday 5 November from 9.00am–1.00pm, with sellers able to arrive from 8.00am at 79 Camboon Rd, Noranda. Cost of $10 per car boot for sellers.

For more information contact Chris on 9275 2051.

Rockingham Annual Fete

Rockingham Uniting Church is holding its Annual Fete on Saturday, 12th November 2011, 8.00am–12.00 noon. There will be craft, cakes, devonshire teas, sausage sizzle, bric a brac, plants, books, and kids stall. Something for everyone! All are welcome.

 For more info contact Toby Keva on 9527 1014.