Uniting Barwon has some ideas for you to help make Christmas real for the many people who struggle at this time of year. Click here to read more…
With the latest relaxation of covid restriction, we are now able to have as many people in worship as density limits allow (1 person per 4 square metres); however, if everyone is vaccinated, the numbers are not limited at all.
Masks in church are no longer required; nevertheless, it may be prudent to wear them, especially if you are not fully vaccinated. Continuing to wear masks in public gatherings may be a good idea as a health measure in general, just as is frequent hand washing/sanitation, so as to minimise the spread of colds, flu and other highly communicative diseases. Given that we have become used to the idea of wearing masks in public, it will not look strange if you continue to use a mask, particularly when singing hymns.
Although Covid lockdown in our region has ended, and worship services are being conducted as usual, Sunday worship at the Ocean Grove service continues to be streamed via Zoom each week, and can be joined at 10:30 am (AEDT)through the link:
Meeting ID: 297 852 1634
There have been other occasions when differences of opinion have come to the fore in the public arena (e.g. the debates about marriage equality, the Vietnam War, climate change, etc), but the recent rise of the anti-vax, anti-lockdown, anti-mask element in society is different.
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Needless to say, the article in the Aug. 29th Sunday Age entitled, “Christian lobby pushes for end to lockdowns, don’t fear death,” was anything but Christian. It is certainly true that we should not be ‘led around by the nose’ by the fear of death, and Jesus would agree, I’m sure; however, the ready willingness to risk the lives of others, particularly those who are already physically impaired, is about as far from Christian as one can get.
I think the motivation of the Christian Lobby may not be the explicit fear of death, but actually it is fear: the fear of losing dollars, the fear of losing control and, at least unconsciously, the fear of losing masculinity… (Click here to read more)
Ministry is a blessing to me in general, but occasionally, albeit relatively rarely, I have felt especially blessed. Last Sunday was one such occasion. I received an email from the van der Poll family, members of the Leopold congregation who occasionally join our worship on Zoom, which was amazingly relevant to the worship service I was about to lead. With their permission I share it with you:
“Sometimes I just want it to stop. The talk of Covid, brutality, disasters…(click on this link to read more)
It seems the major parties are once again gearing up for an election in the near future, so it seems appropriate that the members of the church, God’s servants on earth, also prepare. Why? To ensure that God gets a vote, of course.
Before the last election…(Click here to read more)
The Barwon Heads congregation met after church on June 13th to celebrate a significant birthday with Fay Greaves. (Click here to see more photos)
This Sunday, June 20th, was Refugee Sunday and also the observance of the 44th anniversary of the birth of the Uniting Church. To celebrate the occasion the Barwon Heads congregation met with the Ocean Grove congregation at 10:30am to hear Jim Molineux from the Synod’s Justice and International Mission cluster.
“If Jesus Were a Rock Star” is a series that explores the music Jesus might have written and sung had he been a modern-day musician. Now that there are an even 100 songs, the resident DJ will pause for a rest. The first offering is...(click here to read more)
2020 had more than the usual degree of chaos for many people, but even in a relatively uneventful year, there is some degree of chaos in most people’s lives. Though one might yearn for a life free of chaos, even a cursory study of this topic suggests that chaos is important, perhaps necessary, for life. (Read more)