Joan successfully completes challenge

Joan Calcutt has now completed the ‘Ration Challenge’, to help raise money for, and draw attention to, the situation in refugee camps. Given the threat of catching the Covid virus in the overcrowded situations, the lack of hygienic facilities and food and medicine shortages, etc, the life of a refugee is  more precarious than ever.

As Joan has done for a few years, she registered to represent the church’s JIM group in the Challenge. Her family and friends in both Ocean Grove UC and Barwon Heads UC have been very supportive, helping her to raise over $2700 this year for the work of Act for Peace. 

Click here to read a report from Joan at the halfway point of her challenge

Although the challenge is over, anyone who would like to contribute to Joan’s effort can do so online by clicking on the following link:

The money  raised will help bring emergency food, hygiene kits and life-saving support to the people that need it most.

Click here to read a note from Joan

30 Of The Most Savage Things God Has Said On Twitter

If you didn’t know just yet, God is on Twitter. The Almighty has over 6.1 million devout fans eagerly awaiting His latest posts while He Himself follows only one account—Justin Bieber’s. The parody account is full of hilarious jokes and witty comments that will hopefully make you laugh and raise your spirits…except if you are easily offended by a bit of off-colour language and a suggestion of heresy 🙂  (Click here to read more.)

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)

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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