Minister’s Message

Death Defying

Sunday 18 October 2020

We continue our series on stories that reveal the nature of God with one of the most amazing stories, that of Lazarus being raised from the dead. Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus were friends of Jesus. When Jesus heard that Lazarus was near death, he saw it as opportunity to show people God’s glory. Jesus prayed to God before raising Lazarus to show that God had the power over life or death. He states that He was the Resurrection and Life showing that through Him not only could physical death be overturned but death could lead to eternal life with God. Moreover lives that become poor due to sin could be brought back to new. But more than that by weeping with mourners He showed that God was prepared  to have a loving and caring personal relationship with us. God would weep with us. 


COVID-Safe Seating Plan

 UPDATED for Sunday 10am service 

More people are starting to attend our 10am service and with our COVID-safe seating arrangements (two empty chairs between groups), latecomers are finding it a bit hard to locate seats that are spaced adequately. So we ask those attending the 10am service to fill the seating from the centre isle outward towards the sides and leave exactly two seats between your group and those already seated.  This way we can maximise our safe seating and allow those entering later to easily find available seats towards the outer isles.


Everyday Tools for Everyday Prayer

Three Prayer Workshops in November

  • Nov 4 – Meditative and contemplative prayer led by Robert Morris
  • Nov 11 – Praying for others led by Rev Christine Manning
  • Nov 18 – Persistent prayer with passion led by Pastor Wendy Radford  

7pm in the BCUC worship space or participate online.  To learn more, visit our workshop information and registration page.

Elder/Church Councillor Nominations

Nominations are open for Elders / Church Councillors. If you feel that God is calling you to serve BCUC in this role, please pick up an information sheet and nomination form at the reception desk (from this Tuesday). Nominations close on November 9.


Please join us for our AGM on Sunday November 22 at 11:30am (after the 10am service). Reports will be available from Sunday November 15.

Remembering Joan Thomson

Joan Thomson passed away peacefully at Estia Toorak Gardens on Sunday 11th October. A Service of Thanksgiving for her Life will be celebrated at Berry’s Funeral Home, Norwood, Monday 19th October at 10 am led by the Rev’d Nita West. The service will also be live streamed through Berry’s website. Please keep Lyn and the family in your prayers.


  • mainly music – 10am on Monday 
  • Monday Day Fellowship – 1:30pm on first Monday of the month
  • Playgroup – 9:30am on Tuesday 
  • Hizbiz – noon on last Tuesday of the month 
  • Craft, Chat & Sew – 10am on Thursday
  • Friendship Club – Noon on Thursday
  • Chinese Fellowship – 7:00pm on Friday
  • fifteen32 Youth –  6:30pm fortnightly Friday 
  • Saturday Friendship Club – 7:15pm on third Saturday of the month

Worship @ BCUC

This week we have two in-person worship services : Sunday at 10am (with kids and youth programmes) and Monday at noon.  We would love to see you at one of these COVID-Safe worship services.   We are also continuing our weekly Breakthru Worship videos for those of you whose health may be compromised or who are not comfortable with returning to in-person worship just yet.  These videos can be seen on this page (top right) and on our YouTube channel on Sunday morning.

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.