News about Gloucester Uniting Church and its people
Cafe on Cowper
Saturday July 21, 6.00pm
An evening with Rev Tony Winter from Frontier Services
Soup and slice will be served. Come and support a worthy cause. All welcome, bring your friends Suggested donation $10.
Tony will bring the outback to us in a meaningful way as he speaks about his time as a patrol minister and the ongoing work of Frontier Services.
The history of frontier services;
In 1912 the young Rev John Flynn had a vision to establish a "Mantle of Safety" so people could build sustainable communities despite the hardships of outback life. Flynn's vision for outback people continues to be implemented today through Frontier Services. It is still the welcome visitor, the friend, the counsellor and advocate for the people of remote Australia.
Rev Tony Winter worked for the Federal Methodist Inland Mission from 1971 to 1973, serving in the Pilbara Patrol, stationed in Port Hedland, Western Australia. For Tony, those times are firmly etched in his memory, and he holds the experiences and the people he served close to his heart.
Next YOY activity
An Afternoon Garden Party
Saturday, 21st July
At the Hazell’s, 87 Barrington Street —from 1pm
Guest speaker, Hugo Tighe, who came here from Chile in the 1980s
Bring your chair and something for afternoon tea
If wet it will be held in a completely different setting — in the Hall!!
Prayer chain and cards
The church’s prayer chain and sympathy/get well card distribution system will be split into two entities from now on.
Fay de Witte will continue to manage the prayer chain while Claire Reynolds will take on the distribution of cards. Fay's phone number is 0428 582 720.
Claire can be contacted on her mobile 0428 852 966 which she checks every day, or contact her on email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fay has been involved with the prayer chain and sympathy and get well card distribution since it first began back in 1999. We as church members have to remember and appreciate the regular commitment necessary to continue these tasks such as the sending out of cards to those in need or for special occasions involved constant and sometimes weekly attention and we thank Fay for her 20 years of faithful service in both fields.
Gloucester Uniting Church
Women’s Bible Study Group
Meeting Friday mornings in the Hall
at 10.45am for coffee/tea
For further information contact
Judy Caldwell 0400 403 179
July 13: The Samaritan Woman at the Well
July 20: The Woman who Anointed Jesus
July 27: The Widow who Gave Two Mites
August 3: The Syro-Phoenician woman
August 10: Lydia
August 17: Priscilla
August 24: The Four Daughters of Philip
August 31: Final session: Conclusion
High School Breakfast Club
The High School is asking for volunteers to help with their Breakfast Club, which provides a nutritious breakfast for students two days per week.
This is a project that received funding from our grants programme last year.
If you would like to help, you will need a current Working With Children Check. It is not difficult to obtain this clearance.
Go to www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au and fill in the application form for a volunteer check. You will then receive an application number.
Take the application number to the Motor Registry at the Council office for verification and lodgement with the NSW Commission for Children and Young People. You will then be sent a clearance number in writing which you will provide to the high school.
Gloucester Uniting Church
Many thanks for your giving
Many thanks for your financial commitment to God through the offerings to your church.
For those who may be interested in electronic giving the bank details of our church are below. You may organise your payment for weekly, fortnightly or monthly giving.
Name: Gloucester Uniting Church
Reference: Your name or “offerings.”
Church Council minutes
A copy of the church council minutes will be pinned to the notice board each month.
They are also available for emailing. Just see secretary Kerry Chisholm.
Similarly the Church's Congregational minutes will be available on the notice board, and emailed to anyone who wants them from secretary Shirley Hazell.
Mid North Coast Presbytery Retreat
With Moderator Rev Simon Hansford
6th to 8th September, 2018
Stuarts Point (SDA) Convention Centre
Set in an area of natural beauty and adjacent to the beach
All are welcome
This Retreat in an opportunity available to all. It is not just an event for leaders but a chance for everyone to spend some time out and an opportunity to share stories and wisdom. It is a great opportunity to hear from our Moderator and listen to his visions and hopes for the future.
Registrations close 22nd August
There are Registration Forms on the table on the foyer
The Mid North Coast Presbytery Newsletter is on the notice board in the foyer
Manse leased again
The manse, which has been vacant for a number of months, has been leased to the Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group, which will enable BWNG to provide much needed community support as part of the church's outreach programme.
A water leak was identified in the bathroom of the manse that required the existing tenant to move out to allow rectification work.
Your input required
The Elders have begun an investigation into the best use of the church hall and the limitation and impact that the existing toilets' configuration has on the kitchen and hall.
Your input in finding the best solution would be welcomed so please speak to any of the Elders if you have any suggestions.
Donations for Neighbourhood Centre
Thanks to everyone for your generous donations of gifts and food for the Neighbourhood Centre Christmas appeal. The Elders have decided to place a basket in the church in 2018 to receive donations for the Neighbourhood Centre throughout the year. We will be collecting non-perishable food, cleaning products (but NOT toiletries.) They will be taken to the Neighbourhood Centre on a regular basis to assist local people in need.
All newly re-elected elders and continuing elders were commissioned at the 4th February service by Rev Judy Caldwell. They are: John Williamson, Kerry Chisholm, Jenny Shaw, Sue Thomas, Colin Charles, Collister Reynolds, Bob Tebbet, Jeff Kite, Jillian Carson, Megan de Witte and David Collett.
Congregational chairperson is Sam de Witte, congregational secretary Shirley Hazell and hall bookings to go through Helen Parsons.