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  • Introducing our New Supply Minister*
    After bidding goodbye to Rev. Dhirendra Narayan at the end of August – he has taken a permanent placement in another congregation – we now welcome Rev. Beth Bear. She writes by way of introduction: Hello MUC and thank you for welcoming me for the next few months. I am a Minister of the Word in placement as chaplain at The Scots School Albury and have been here since 2016. My favourite parts of my ministry are building community and […]
  • Aumann Education Grant
    This grant was instigated as a result of a bequest given to the former Templestowe Uniting Church by the Aumann Family in memory of Dorothy Aumann, a much loved and revered member of the church who always supported young people. As a result, MUC awards $500 each year to a person who has been nominated by a church member, then selected by the Mission Portfolio, to assist with their studies. This year there were three worthy nominations for the grant, […]
  • From Little Things Big Things Grow
    I have been reflecting on our practice of acknowledging the original custodians of the land on which we worship – their elders past, present and emerging.    Standing tall at the Woodhouse Grove property is a large silver leaf stringy bark tree. It was a small seedling in the year 1820. In that year, an old woman, an Elder of the Wurundjeri peoples rests beside a campfire, its lazy smoke rises gently, then lost in a large tree canopy standing on […]
  • Communion during COVID-19 – the wandering continues
    A few months ago, I shared a theological reflection on communion during COVID-19. I said then that I had wrestled with this and spoken to colleagues, some of whom were celebrating communion online according to the Assembly guidelines and some of whom, like me, felt deeply uncomfortable doing so. Theologically, I view the church as a body – not a new or original idea! – a whole body with different parts which work together, not apart. At the time of […]
  • Hope for the Homeless
    There’s nothing like a pandemic to create changes! There is surely not one homeless person who doesn’t dream of change. Perhaps one of the good things that has been highlighted by COVID-19 is the plight of those without permanent shelter. Since March, the Victorian government has provided $15 million to homelessness organisations to find temporary accommodation in hotels for people who were sleeping in the streets. A further $9.8 million has been provided to keep them there, in the short […]
  • Reflection from a Veranda…
    When we first moved into our home, in an older suburb, I noticed that many people had put chairs on their verandas. Some of the chairs were old and sagging, others more modern. Most were accompanied by a table. We put a sturdy wooden coffee table on our veranda with a wooden chair either side. Our veranda makes a good place to sit, so one afternoon during the lockdown, I went and sat on one of the wooden chairs. The […]
  • Quasquicentennial
    A 125-year anniversary is called a quasquicentennial. This word is pronounced ‘kwos-kwi-sen-ten-ee-uhl’ and it may be used as a noun or an adjective. Thanks to Wikipedia. The Templestowe congregation of the current Manningham Uniting Church was established in July 1895 and the historic weatherboard church that is currently undergoing restoration was built and opened in 1896. So, 2020 is the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Manningham Uniting Church in Templestowe as the Templestowe Presbyterian Church, as a new […]
  • Service of Remembrance
    Recently, Rev Claire and Megan led a Remembrance Service on Zoom for those who had lost loved ones during the time of COVID-19, those who were revisiting past grief and bereavements, and those who were present to support and care for others. Rev Claire described it as a sacred time, a time that would not replace a funeral service, but a time of prayer which might bring comfort at this difficult time. To help those who do not have internet […]

Virtual Gatherings

While our face to face gatherings have been suspended, we’ve been working hard to provide alternative options for you to connect and engage with.

See the calendar for virtual gathering options.

updates

  • Introducing our New Supply Minister*
    After bidding goodbye to Rev. Dhirendra Narayan at the end of August – he has taken a permanent placement in another congregation – we now welcome Rev. Beth Bear. She writes by way of introduction: Hello MUC and thank you for welcoming me for the next few months. I am a Minister of the Word in placement as chaplain at The Scots School Albury and have been here since 2016. My favourite parts of my ministry are building community and […]
  • Communion during COVID-19 – the wandering continues
    A few months ago, I shared a theological reflection on communion during COVID-19. I said then that I had wrestled with this and spoken to colleagues, some of whom were celebrating communion online according to the Assembly guidelines and some of whom, like me, felt deeply uncomfortable doing so. Theologically, I view the church as a body – not a new or original idea! – a whole body with different parts which work together, not apart. At the time of […]
  • Uniting Church Presidents Message
    Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer has recorded a pastoral message to all those in distress at the continuing COVID19 pandemic.
  • COVID Update – 10 July 2020
    Dear Friends and Members of Manningham Uniting Church, As you know, the restrictions have been increased by the Victorian Sate Government due to the number of COVID-19 cases.  As always, we continue to follow the advice of the State Government and the Synod.  The following protocols are now in place for the next 6 weeks. The church buildings are closed – no church groups or tenants will be using the buildings – but the church itself is very much open […]

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Resources

  • Covid19: an unprecedented crisis?
    This is a study by John Bottomley called ‘Covid19: an unprecedented crisis?’  It is written for groups but it is something anyone could work through on their own.  John’s writing is challenging but speaks of God’s hope for the world. Download the study here
  • Whitehorse Manningham Libraries AUgust activities
    Whitehorse Manningham Libraries have organised 38 online events in August to keep you entertained, learning and amused this lockdown. For more information, follow their page or visit wml.vic.gov.au/files/August_Covid_Whats_On_Interactive.pdf
  • Ergasia
    Ergasia is the Rev. Brendan Byrne’s podcast about the intersection of work and faith and a theological reflection on economics. Brendan is a Uniting Church Minister down the road at Heathmont who reflects brilliantly on spirituality of work and views human dignity in employment through a Scriptural lens.  Brendan has written many articles on the theme of faith and work and this podcast has some great listens, for example, 19 May episode is about God’s call to pastorally care for those in […]
  • Keeping your children safe online

    Manningham Uniting Church operates under the guidelines of the VicTas Synod’s Culture of Safety Unit. We offer regular UCA Safe Church training, we have a designated culture of safety officer, Lynda Anderson, and we screen all employees and volunteers according to
    the Synod guidelines. Our church leaders have current Working with Children Checks.

    We offer the following document for your use. You will no doubt have received information and advice from your children’s schools. This may repeat or supplement what you already know but it is important that we communicate about this as a church.

  • Prayer Resource #4
    This prayer resource is offered in the hope that it will sustain you whilst we are worshipping in different places. Just because we are not gathering together in one place as we would usually do on a Sunday morning, it doesn’t mean we aren’t gathering together as a community of faith and prayer. This fourth edition contains new offerings written from members of our community and other offerings from other writers.
  • Local Library connections
    There are some really great events, opportunities and resources in the local Library Whats On Program
  • Online Courses at Living and Learning @ Ajani
    Living & Learning @ Ajani has been working through this social distancing period to bring you these FREE ONLINE courses to help you to ‘stay connected’.
  • Access Mars
    Check out the real surface of Mars as recorded but NASA’s Curiosity Rover. https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/
  • Getting ready for the World Knitting day
    In preparation for the World Knitting Day, Adele takes you through what you need to know to be able to knit squares. And also, find the knitting pattern here for you to print and refer to during the knitting day event In the meantime, feel free to utilise this pattern and knit your own squares in your own time. We would be very happy to receive any additional knitted squares to turn into blankets. You can send your squares to […]
  • Penguin Parade
    Witness the cutest penguins returning to the world’s largest little penguin colony and let your mind wander as the playful story unfolds. Narrated by Michael “Wippa” Wipfli, experience the magic of Phillip Island’s LIVE Phillip Island Penguin Parade off the coast of Visit Melbourne. Tune in onto Australia.com Facebook page at 6:00 PM AEST Sunday, May 17.
  • Manningham City Council Parenting Seminar Series
    They say it takes a village to raise a child. Our parenting seminar series aims to provide parents the tools to manage difficult situations and help them be well informed and involved in their children’s lives. Over the next 12 months, we have partnered with some of Australia’s most acclaimed professionals to help you feel empowered by developing strategies and techniques to create positive change. All parents, grandparents and guardians interested in developing the emotional and social competencies of their […]
  • Prayer Resource #3
    This prayer resource is offered in the hope that it will sustain you whilst we are worshipping in different places. Just because we are not gathering together in one place as we would usually do on a Sunday morning, it doesn’t mean we aren’t gathering together as a community of faith and prayer. This third edition contains new offerings written from members of our community and other offerings from other writers. Download your copy of the third edition of the […]
  • Climate through COVID to Change
    What do you love and hope never to lose to climate chaos? – a question posited during our Earth Hour on-line service. It is a powerful and potent question and the more so as we grapple with an invisible virus wreaking economic havoc and more desperately, taking the lives of hundreds of thousands across our world. No respecter of geographical borders or social class, its impact of grief and suffering is incomprehensible and wretchedly devastating. Our hearts writhe with the […]
  • Melbourne Zoo Animal House
    Melbourne Zoo are live streaming the animals and the zoo keepers 24/7! What a fantastic way to experience the zoo and the animals from the comfort your own home. https://www.zoo.org.au/animal-house/
  • Story online
    A fantastic opportunity to share the classics from your childhood with your children – with classics such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Tale of Two Beasts and newer stories in abundance. Story Online offers the opportunity to improve your child’s reading, writing and communication skills and is available 24/7. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes […]
  • Comfort of the Natural World
    While the Corona Virus is so front and centre in our thoughts and actions right now, we may discover that the natural world holds great comfort, strength and reassurance.

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