New Addition to Glossary

Progressive Christianity

Rev. Dr. John Bodycomb was certainly progressive; however, but he thought the term was needlessly smug, and preferred using “evolving” to describe the “variegated stream of thinking” (Two Elephants in the Room, pg.770) that has been spreading over Western Christianity for the last 70 years. Dr. Bodycomb characterised it as “a ‘grass-roots’ cry from members of all mainstream denominations for a faith worth living and dying for,”…  (Click here to read more)

Join Us for Worship with Zoom

All Sunday worship services are streamed via Zoom, and can be joined at 10am through the link:

Meeting ID: 928 9023 1567

Password: 019055

In addition to the ‘live’ worship on Sunday mornings, a text and audio service can be accessed at any time from this site. The worship service for August 9th is now available at “Minister/View From the Pulpit/Sermons”

If you would like a little practice with Zoom before you try worship online, Geoff Naylor is happy to help.  You may contact him by email at

Alternatively, you may email Rev. Bob at

UCA Birthday Celebration

The 43rd birthday of the Uniting Church in Australia was celebrated on June 21st with a Geelong-wide Zoom worship service. The service was well received on  the full allowance of 100 devices; however, the number would have been considerably more but for an administrative error that prevented the use of the 500-device licence purchased for the occasion.

The Presbytery apologises to those who tried, but who were unable to ‘find a pew’ on the Zoom service.  Some of these people were able to watch the service on Facebook, but those who missed out may watch a recording of the service here::

Just click on the play ‘arrow’.  There are about 12 minutes at the beginning before the start of the service that can be skipped by adjusting the sliding bar to the right of the play/pause button,

The text for a ‘local’ service is also provided at “Minister/View from the Pulpit/Sermons/Season of Pentecost”


The Joys of Digital Technology

To the regular visitors to this site,

apologies from our web hosting service.  

A gremlin in the system hid or destroyed four weeks of content that had been added to this site from May24th, including the worship services from Pentecost (May 31st) to June 14th, plus 20 or so of the songs that had been added to Jesus’ repertoire and any other posts between May 24th and June 21st.

The content is gradually being replaced, but it will take a while, so bear with us.   Many of the links (literally hundreds) between pages were lost as well, so though most have been repaired, you may be unlucky enough to get a “Not Found”  error message.  Eventually, all links will be fixed, but if you discover one, please email your discovery to

The e-Offering Plate

While ‘church’ is not functioning as usual in this time of social distancing, expenses still need to be met.  Not having an offering plate to pass in worship means that the church depends on people taking the initiative to contribute in other ways.  The simplest way is by direct debit from your bank accounts to ours.

To give to the Barwon Heads congregation, you will need to download from the U Ethical web site ( a “Direct Offering Form” or, alternatively,  contact Doug Whan (, who will email one to you. The following information goes into question No 3:

    • Bank:  U Ethical
    • Account name:  Barwon Heads Uniting Church
    • Account Number:  109654004

Contributing to the Ocean Grove congregation requires you to contact your bank, either online, by phone or in person, and request a transfer from your account to:

    • Bank:  Commonwealth Bank of Australia
    • BSB Number:  063-834
    • Account Number:  1005-1143
    • Account Name:  Ocean Grove Church Council

You may include your surname and/or your giving envelope number to identify you as the contributor.

Even simpler is to set up an automatic direct debit on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. Just ring the Synod offices on 951-5200 for advice on how to arrange this.

If you prefer the familiar, a cheque may be sent to PO Box 393, Ocean Grove.

Many thanks.

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