Remembering Rev Val Bock

It is with shock and deep sadness that we heard the news of Rev Val Bock’s sudden death last week.

Val grew up in Melbourne, Victoria and her early training was as a nurse. She was ordained as a Minister of the Word in 1989 and served in the East Kimberley/Kununurra Parish in WA from 1990 – 1998. She formally retired in November 1998 at the age of 63.

Val supported the work of UnitingWorld since her formal retirement and served as a UnitingWorld Experience Volunteer with a number of overseas church partners from 2004: in Indonesia, Malaysia (Bethany Home) and Thailand.

In 2012 and 2013, Val volunteered at the McKean Rehabilitation Centre, a leprosy hospital and aged-care facility of the Church of Christ in Thailand where she had previously spent 13 years as a missionary over 40 years ago.

During her most recent Experience placements in Thailand, Val provided pastoral care encouragement to McKean’s staff and elderly patients, organising activities, leading devotions and discussions, counselling patients and building friendships with many throughout the hospital. Val was a fantastic writer and always told wonderful stories of her time at the McKean in her regular updates.

Please be assured of our thoughts and prayers on Wednesday and as the family notice mentioned ‘sister of Barbara and Noel, special aunt, friend and mentor to many around the world. Now with the Lord whom she loved and served all her life’.

We too give thanks to God for her life of ministry, compassion and loving service.

Rob Floyd

UnitingWorld – National Director

9 February 2015

*If you would like to donate to UnitingWorld in memoriam of Rev Val Bock’s life and work, you can do so here. Alternatively, you can donate to the Leprosy Mission, another great organisation which Val worked with, by clicking here.

Education Catalogs for 2015 are out!

CEDAL is releasing “Education Opportunities 2015”, a listing of recommended education events for Uniting Church congregation members. In her cover message, Bev Fabb, Chair of the UCWA Commission for Education for Discipleship and Leadership (CEDAL), encouraged Church Councils to develop an annual plan for membership education. The catalog emphasises mission and evangelism and growth in discipleship. Copies of the catalog are being mailed to Church Councils. Click on Continue reading

Hall For All Saturday Intensives

Perth Theological Hall 

Semester One 2015

The Hall is changing its ministerial formation program this semester to a Wednesday afternoon and Saturday Intensive format.

The Saturday Intensives are designed to not only meet the needs of candidates, but also enrich lay leadership and the continuing education of ministers so members of the wider church are welcome to attend.

Three Saturday intensives, 9.30am – 4.30pm (cost for each: $30 including lunch)

Sat   7 March    Intensive One: Worship in the UCA

with Bill Loader and Bev Fabb

Venue: Star Street Uniting Church, corner Star and Archer Streets, Carlisle

Sat 11 April    Intensive Two: Creative Liturgy   

with Cathie Lambert and Carolyn Gepp [venue to be advised]

Sat 23 May    Intensive Three: Worship with Children and Youth         

with Denise and Jeff Savage [venue to be advised]

 Please contact Kerry George to register for any or all of the Intensives –

tel. 08 9360 6880; email.

People are also welcome to attend the weekly Wednesday Eucharist service at the Murdoch University Worship Centre  

4 Mar – 27 May [excluding non-teaching breaks on 8 April and 13 May]

Murdoch Worship Centre              3.45 – 4.30pm

followed by afternoon tea.