Minister’s Message

Everyone Loves a Good Story

Sunday 29 November 2020

This Sunday and Monday we will again have an online service only via our website and Youtube channel (no worship services at church this week). This finishes our Stories Every Christian Needs to Know series. Excitingly we also have three more gifted lay preachers telling three more stories:

  • Merle: Joshua 2 (Rahab), The God of Second Chances.
  • Collette: 2 Chronicles 20:1-30, In everything we do Worship the Lord.
  • Ben: Acts 3:1-10, The Holy Spirit want to use you.

From all the stories we’ve had, which story do remember most? Why? What have you learned about God’s character and ourselves? Which story could you tell someone else about?
Thankfully we have every story recorded and available on our youtube channel to reflect back on.

Starting December 6 we will back to face-to-face worship 10am Sundays and Noon Mondays where we look at the Advent lectionary readings in preparation for Christmas. 

Enjoy and grow.

Your brother in Christ, Benji


Advent Art Gallery @ BCUC
opening 1st December

The first BCUC Advent Art Gallery is opening on Tuesday 1st December and will remain open until Sunday 20th December. The gallery opening times will be:

  • Mondays : 10am – 2pm
  • Tuesdays to Thursdays : 10am – 12pm
  • Sundays : 9:30am – 11:30am

We are thrilled to have 13 exhibitors – who have each not only provided artwork in a variety of mediums but they have also taken time to write about their pieces.  You can see how ‘Jesus brings Hope’ through each piece.
Please plan to come with plenty of time to really take in all the contributions and to allow yourself to be filled with peace and hope through these beautiful creations and messages.
This is such a great way to share with people who may not normally see the hope that Jesus brings – so please bring a friend with you and then share a cuppa with them on your way home.



Please join us for our AGM on Sunday December 6 at 11:30am (after the 10am service). The BCUC 2020 Annual Report can be viewed online and printed copies are also be available at the reception desk.  Elections will be held at the AgM for the Church Council and the Mission Trust Fund.  Nominee profiles can be viewed here :


Philippians by Daily Zoom

Last week we began a daily zoom prayer and Bible study meeting we called “Break(ing)thru the Lockdown”.  While the lockdown is over, the meetings continue!  We are moving through the book of Philippians and the zoom meets will continue until we have reached its end.  This is an opportunity to connect together through a led bible reading, peaceful God-centering prayer followed by an online catch up Use this link each day at 11am.  If you haven’t joined us before, don’t let that stop you;  we’d love to see you there.


Advent & Christmas @ BCUC

We are still expecting to keep to our Advent & Christmas plans, but this is of course subject to change.  Keep reading our emails for the latest information.

  • Advent Art Gallery : on display in the Worship Space from Dec 1st
  • Carols Concert : Sunday Dec 13 at 3pm
  • Christmas Eve : Special online service.  A viewing will be held at BCUC at 7pm with supper afterwards.
  • Christmas Day :  Services at 9:00am and 10:30am
  • Sunday Dec 27 :  Online service only


Women’s Ministry Group ‘Christmas Get-Together’

BCUC Women’s Ministry Group will meet Wednesday December 2 @ 2pm at VP’s (corner of Greenhill and Glynburn Road) for a ‘Christmas get-together’.  As COVID restrictions on numbers apply please RSVP to Jocelyn by Sunday November 29.  


Spring Clean Working Bee

For all BCUC groups using cupboard space.  Monday 30th November @ 9.15 am.  This is our opportunity to cleanout BCUC cupboards and remove damaged furniture.  Items that can’t be donated can be disposed of in a trailer that will be available.  Note that all items stored on top of cupboards must be removed.  For more detail, contact Leigh 8379 5398.

Prayer Workshop

The final prayer workshop (postponed due to the lockdown) will be recorded and aired on Wednesday Dec 9 at 7pm.  We will hear from Rev Christine Manning  on “Praying for others”. This will be followed by application and discussion via a zoom meeting hosted by Benji.  Videos for the two prayer workshops that were held in November can be accessed from the Resources menu of our website.

On Again @ BCUC

We are expecting the following activities to resume starting next week :

  • Sunday and Monday Worship Services (beginning Dec 6/7)
  • Annual General Meeting on Dec 6
  • Church Council Meeting on Dec 10
  • Spring Clean Working Bee on Nov 30
  • mainly music on Nov 30
  • Playgroup on Dec 1
  • Wednesday Prayer Meeting (meeting online)
  • Thursday Friendship Club on Dec 3
  • fifteen32 Youth on Dec 11
  • Choir and band practice
  • small group meetings


Worship @ BCUC

For this Sunday our worship service will be in video form online only.  These videos can be seen on the homepage of the BCUC website and on our YouTube channel on Sunday morning.  Regular in-person Sunday and Monday worship will resume on December 6/7.

Sunday Worship Services


Breakthru Worship

Breakthru Music

If you have enjoyed the worship music that our congregation has created for our Breakthru Worship videos, you can listen or download them from our
Breakthru Music playlist.

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Ministry Team Contacts


Rev Dr Benji Callen 0427 792 869 benjic@burnsidecityuc.org.au; Day off : Monday

Minister in Association

Rev Rob Williams 0424 123 171; robw@burnsidecityuc.org.au; Day off : Friday

Youth and Young Adults Pastor

Ashlee Littleford 0407 730 167; youth@burnsidecityuc.org.au


Stuart MacAdam 8331 3914; admin@burnsidecityuc.org.au

Office hours Mon-Fri. 10:00am-4:00pm; call 8331 3914.