Mother’s Day

9 May 2021 

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. The background in Australia is attributed to Mrs Janet Heyden in 1923.  Mrs Heyden’s concern over lonely, forgotten aged mothers in Sydney’s Newington State Hospital, where she visited an old friend regularly, started a campaign throughout the city for donations to buy presents for these old ladies. Newspapers carried her appeals, while she made personal requests to many of Sydney’s leading business houses. This reminds me of the passage from the book of James when he explains:

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27.

How might we be encouraged to ‘look after those in distress’ this weekend?
Sunday at BCUC 10am service we have a small gift to give all the women of the Church and prayers of thanks for those who have acted like spiritual mothers to each of us: Helping to raise children of God.
We will also continue to look at the lectionary reading from the book of Acts with a story about a different type of gift from the Holy Spirit, what we now call ‘speaking in tongues’. We’re going to spend some time looking at how scripture, science, tradition and experience can inform us about this spiritual gift.
Look forward to seeing you at 10am Sunday, online or Noon Monday. 
Your brother in Christ,


Pentecost, Sunday May 23rd

Celebrate the day with us!
10am – A Service Celebration of Joy with the Holy Spirit  The great guys from Freestyle Dance Ministry (from Melbourne) will help out with worship and kids church.

11am – Share a meal with us together. Coffee, Tea plus Soup and Bread (thanks to the Women’s Ministry Group).

12:30pm – Get your dancing shoes on as Freestyle Dance Ministry take us through a joy-filled all-ages hip hop dance workshop including a great testimony. Why not invite friends, family, kids, grandkids, neighbours along. Either for the whole morning, the workshop, the lunch or a combo? Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for BCUC.

Youth Alpha (as part of Fifteen32 youth group)

Starting Friday 14th May, 6:30-9 @ BCUC. Food, friendship and a chance to explore the really big questions of life through the great Youth Alpha program.
Please speak to Tim Lee or Benji about how you can pray or help or invite people along.  Watch this to see what its all about.

77 Photos in our Directory – Add yours on Sunday/Monday

Whether its putting names with faces, or faces with names, getting your photo into our directory is a small but important step in building connections among our congregation.  Ian will be in the Chapel once again after the Sunday and Monday services to take your picture for our directory.  If you have already done it, great! – Find a friend who hasn’t and coax or drag them to the Chapel!

Members Login – Directory Access

All regular members of our congregation who have not previously accessed the online directory will receive an email invitation this week.  Keep an eye out for it.  You can click the link provided in the email and then set up your own password for access.  The link we send will expire after a few days so act quickly.  Remember that there is a link to the Member Login and Directory in this weekly email at the bottom of the page.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club

Please note that the next meeting of the Saturday Friendship club will be on a different day and at a different time – FRIDAY, 14th May at 1:30pm. The subject is “Operation Flinders” and the speaker will give us details of how the system works.  Operation Flinders runs a “quality remote outback adventure programme for young people at risk”.  Afternoon tea will be provided; the usual $3 donation applies.  All visitors are welcome.  If anyone requires a lift, call James Wilson on 8365 2408.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club – Advance Notice

The June meeting of the BCUC Saturday Friendship club is a theatre attendance for the Musical – “The Hello Girls”.   It is being put on by the Therry Dramatic Society. It is a matinee performance on the second Saturday,  12th June at 2 pm (not our usual third Saturday!)  Tickets are $22; pay Helen Brooks or Peter Foord. There will also be a bus available for transport to and from at an extra cost of $7.  Bookings can be made any time from now.

Generate Conference 2021

21- 22 May 2021.  This exciting event will be held at Hope Valley Uniting Church. The Conference’s first Session will include Worship from 7:30-9:30pm Friday night, with the remaining content from 9am to 4pm Saturday 22nd May. Our Keynote Speaker is Melinda Dwight. Melinda is the National Director of Alpha Australia and previously served as the Senior Pastor of the Imagine network of churches for 15 years.  For further details and to register, visit here.  

With Love to the World

The Pentecost edition of With Love to the World is available for pickup in the foyer this Sunday and Monday.  See Stuart or Ros.

Fellowship Film Day

Our annual Monday Day Fellowship Film Day is happening this year on Monday June 28th. We are going to the Regal Theatre to view the movie “June Again”.  There will be morning tea, a raffle, and a trading table.  Tickets are $15. Tea from 9:45am and Film at 10:30am.  Save the date.  All invited. Contact Ruth Daws if you would like to join with the Fellowship on this special occasion.

Save these Dates

Kids Holiday Bible Program : July 12-16th, mornings at @ BCUC
BCUC Weekend Away : September 10-12th,  all day away

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.   Learn more about these services on our website.  If you can’t make it to one of our services, our 10am Sunday service is livestreamed each week.  Watch it live as it happens or check it out later that day or during the week.  The livestream video can be viewed from the link on the homepage of the BCUC website and on our YouTube channel from Sunday morning.


Adelaide Cantata Band – Exultant Bach

On Friday 28 May 2021 at 6:30pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Featuring vocal soloists Brooke Window, Courtney Turner, Kim Worley, and Pelham Andrews, and a stellar period instrument ensemble led by violinist Ben Dollman, the Adelaide Cantata Band presents sacred cantatas by J S Bach. BWV 12 ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’, BWV 165 ‘O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad’.

Volunteer’s Thank You Event 2021

As a valued community group within the Bragg electorate, the Hon Vickie Chapman MP invites our BCUC volunteers to attend the 2021 Thank You event – a wonderful celebration of our State’s volunteers. The event will be held on Monday 14 June 2021 from 11am to 1pm at Her Majesty’s Theatre.  Each year on Volunteers Day, the Department of Human Services hosts a thank you event for volunteers to recognise and celebrate the many and varied ways that South Australia’s 900,000+ volunteers dedicate their time to helping others and giving back to our community. Volunteers can register for this free event on www.dhs.sa.gov.au/volunteers/thankyou. As this event is limited, registrations are essential and tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Registrations close on Monday 17 May.

Sunday Worship Services


Breakthru Worship

Sunday 10am Worship Livestream

The link above will take you to our YouTube playlist.  Select the first entry in the playlist to watch this week’s service (from Sunday 10am or anytime later in the week.)

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.

“I’m Only 33”
Easter Musical

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Ministry Team Contacts


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

Minister in Association

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


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

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