The ongoing support needed is enormous. Much will be invisible, some will be ‘in disguise’ and some will be in our face. What can we offer?
Staying silent makes us complicit. So important that our voices are clear and our actions follow.
Today we remembered, reflected and responded. How will we enact our thoughts?
A reminder of our role in the wider community- what we can offer as Christian community. How will we offer the abundant life and love of Jesus; how will we advocate for those who are suffering - how will we enact our discipleship?
All of this is us. We pray for those in fire battle zones- those who are protecting their fellow humans, those caring for wildlife and those who have lost their properties and livelihoods.
Imagine this! A place of wonder and peace.
We have decided to cancel our planned Carols in the Garden event on Sunday 22 December due to the predicted heat over the weekend. We wish everyone a joyful and peaceful Christmas season and look forward to 2020. Thank you to all who have been part of our community during 2019.
We welcome children and families- talking, moving and offering them real involvement is key to their feeling part of our future.
A nice view of our garden.
Bringing communities together with a Day of Prayer The Uniting Church NSW/ACT has declared a state-wide Day of Prayer, 1 December, in response to the bushfire crisis that has gripped NSW and has encouraged all congregations to continue prayers for affected communities and emergency services throughout Advent* The Moderator of the Uniting Church NSW/ACT, Rev. Simon Hansford said, “Bushfires have devastated so many communities and our emergency services continue to work tirelessly and sacrificially to protect and support us.” “The day will give those affected by the fires the opportunity to reflect, to feel the support of community and to prepare together for a potentially long season ahead.” “We want to support communities and to back that up with critically needed money and supplies for those suddenly and unexpectedly in need,” he added. The Church launched The Moderator’s Bushfire Appeal and is asking for special collections across churches on 1 December. The Church coordinates 300 ecumenical and inter-faith chaplains in evacuation centres through the NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network, a ministry of the Uniting Church in Australia (Synod of NSW and ACT) and has pledged to do whatever is at its disposal to help communities that have been devastated by bushfires. All of this is us.
A different way to look at the things we do.
How to encourage reading!!
Here is a beautiful poem. Mission is real, mission is service- out in the world with the mess and the unpredictable.
Here’s a thought!
Something to ponder on.
Radical hospitality and invitations!
The Moderator message in response to the fires.
A great venture- reaching those with needs.
A read to think about.
Feeling stressed? Needing some time out? Join us tomorrow at 10 for a time of quiet and reflection. Retreat for just a little while- all welcome.
Today our community garden was part of the Open Garden event. Visitors were welcomed with delicious food, garden activities and workshops . Thank you to Angela who oversaw it all. More tomorrow- come and see the beauty of a communal venture.
Let’s celebrate the way a new approach has connected community and a Uniting Church!