What’s been happening

What’s been happening

National Sorry Day

Today marks National Sorry Day. It also kicks off National Reconciliation Week. There are a number of ways we can recognise and celebrate Reconciliation Week from the comfort of our own homes and I’d like to encourage us to do so. Follow this Link for a number of online events and events broadcast on radio that you might like to tune into, please do take the time to have a look:https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/ On a more local level Doncaster Secondary School reopens…

English Speaking Classes move to online

Is English your second or additional language? You are invited to practise your English with volunteer tutors from Manningham Uniting Church in a free weekly online class. Register now to join. Places are limited. Our friendly classes will be run weekly for 5 weeks, starting on Friday 29th May. They will run from 10am to 10.40am. We would love to see you! Please fill in the form below and we will contact you with a zoom invitation: For more information:…

Access Mars

Check out the real surface of Mars as recorded but NASA’s Curiosity Rover. https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

The Resilience Project

A few months ago, long before we had even heard of Covid-19, I watched a young man being interviewed on breakfast TV. I was so impressed I went out and bought his book which was equally impressive.  Hugh van Cuylenburg was a primary school teacher who spent 12 months volunteering and living at an underprivileged school in the Himalaya. He came to realise that despite the underprivileged community the children were from, they were remarkably positive. By contrast, back in…

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 Don’t forget to register: Register here

COVID update 13 May 2020

Dear Friends and Members of Manningham Uniting Church (MUC), Premier Dan Andrews announced the easing of some restrictions in Victoria.  In order to keep everyone safe, Church Council would like to communicate the following to you all. The church buildings remain closed, but the Church is still open Worship will continue to be online with pastoral care offered through phone calls, mailouts, email and zoom.  Phone Rev Claire, Megan or Scott if you need pastoral support. Megan will continue her…

An Unexpected Death

The phone rang one evening at home. “We would like you to go to Bahrain to work with the Vocational Education Sector within the Ministry of Education.” It was my friend Enzo. “Not so fast” I said. “I am retired.” Three weeks later I found myself reading the documentation provided to me before boarding a flight to Bahrain. Arriving in Bahrain I was met by the project manager and driven to my accommodation. Next day I was introduced to the…

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…

Register now – World knitting Day

Knitting, he thought, was a comfort to the soul. It was regular. It was repetitious. And, in the end, it amounted to something. Jan Karon, At Home in Mitford Our World Knitting Day was such a success in 2019 that we decided to do it again this year. How? you might ask, given the corona virus restrictions on social distancing. The answer to everything these days seems to be ‘Zoom’, so we thought we would give it a go! Saturday…

Reflecting about Happier Times when in Isolation

While in isolation I’m reading some great novels by Australian women writers like Di Morrissey, Tamara McKinley and Fleur McDonald. Which books are you reading and enjoying? In the quiet moments I’m also thinking more often of happy memories of past times with family and friends. In the past we spent some lovely holidays on the surf coast. Now I’m enjoying re-reading some poems that I wrote in happier times – two years ago – about happier times with our…

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/

Nepal Reflection – Mountain Top experience

As I read the request for ‘Mountain Top’ experiences, I reflected about my trip to Nepal in February to March this year. Not quite the ‘Mountain Top’ experience to which you may be referring, but I thought I would share it anyway. The planning for our trek began early in 2019 after a group of friends and I completed the ‘Three Capes Track’ in Tasmania and we thought let’s do something bigger!  So, the plan to trek in Nepal started to…

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.

Am I a Racist?

It was a normal chaotic early morning market day at the college. Students were picking fresh vegetables from nearby gardens. Crates loaded with live chickens were stacked beside the 4-ton Ford truck. Stephen the mechanic was fitting a new battery to the truck. This precious battery had arrived at the Farm College the previous evening after six long weeks waiting. No more jump-starting the truck each morning.  I was in the workshop measuring out engine oil when a loud explosion…

United in our Grief

As I’ve been creating (and recreating) resources, and as I’ve been listening to you all share what you’ve been up to, I’ve been struck by something I couldn’t quite name until I was part of a collegial conversation – one of my colleagues said we were currently ‘united in our grief’.

Family Easter Charades by Zoom

Charades is a family tradition in our family over at least 3 generations. It is based on the charades from the ABC Argonauts radio program in the 50’s. I’m sure some of you will remember it. We have to guess a 3-syllable word from 3 short scenes where each syllable is used as a word