News

24 Hour Prayer Event

Dear friends of BCUC,

As we re-engage with face-to-face ministry and open the church to individuals first, then to small groups and eventually gathering together as a congregation to worship, we feel the need to come to the Lord in prayer and fasting. We can make all the plans we want but Jesus is the foundation of everything worthwhile. We have this gift of re-shaping our future as a church at BCUC, as a community and for the world. Prayer is needed for decisions to be made, for giving thanks and for those still suffering around the world during this unprecedented crisis. It is also exciting that we are partnering with InVia church during this call to prayer (see below).

We have much for which to be grateful – the SA and BCUC communities have responded and fared very well, but there are many decisions ahead of us to place before God, including when and how to come back together. Prayer is an integral link in the Christian spiritual life and is the key moment when we have communion with God. It needs us to quieten, open our hearts and call out to Him:

STARTING

Saturday 16th May @ 10am
we launch the 24 hour period with a YouTube live worship and preparation time. Click here to view the live event.

ENDING

Sunday 17th May @ 10am
Finish with the weekly YouTube worship and live communion.

How you can participate

  1. Connect with both the Saturday morning launch and the Sunday morning worship/communion services online.
  2. We have prepared a helpful guide to focus your prayer.  This can be downloaded here.
  3. Pray where you are, when you are able and feel moved to pray during the 24 hours.
  4. You might choose to commit to a 1-hour block (or a time-frame that best suits you).
  5. You could create a physical prayer space to assist in creating quietness and focus for your thoughts and prayers.
  6. Connect for group prayer at a special Zoom prayer meeting at 4pm Saturday 16th May.
  7. Consider using this for a time of prayer AND fasting. Whether that is total (but please take fluids) or maybe giving up 1 food/activity you particularly enjoy and seek each day. Benji and Ashlee will talk more about this on Saturday morning before we begin, but this is optional and won’t be the chief focus and goal of the 24 hours in prayer. Fasting can help bring focus and is a response to God’s grace and goodness rather than a way of ‘earning God’s favour’. For more information on fasting check out this page.
  8. Spend time listening to the Holy Spirit. Maybe God is saying something to you personally about who you are a child of God, what your passions are, what your commitments are to serving Jesus in the church and in the community, whether it is time to re-assess your service to best fit with your passions, the community needs, your giftings and the call of God for the church and yourself. Write down what God is saying and please email it to us so we know how God is speaking to a community that listens. 

Partnering in prayer with InVia Church

We are excited to be partnering in this period of prayer with our Youth Pastor Ashlee’s church plant called “InVia”.

InVia meets at Mawson Lakes and is the latest uniting church plant from Generate Presbytery that currently meets as small house group Wednesday with Ashlee and Tim Littleford as their pastors. There is something powerful in churches praying together and for each other. Church plants are founded in faith and financed by prayer, it would be great to help them. Some of their church will help launch the period of prayer Saturday morning on Youtube Live with a time of worship. InVia seeks to have homes of ordinary people multiplying the ways, the words and the works of Jesus.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

Please pass this onto your pastoral contacts, especially those who don’t have access to email.

Thanks so much for taking part.

Your brother in Christ,

Benji

News

Worship this Week

This Sunday we have the third sermon in our ten week series “Stories Every Christian Needs to Know”.   Rob will be telling the story of David & Bathsheba – a story of great sin and its consequences, but also of repentance and hope.
 

New COVID-Safe Seating Plan

We have a new seating arrangement in the Worship Space. The seats along rows are now placed close together as they used to be before COVID.  Family and household members are asked to sit together as a group and leave two empty seats between your group and the next.  This will ensure that we can fit people in the space better and more naturally while still maintaining the required 1.5 metre separation between groups.  

 

Delve Deeper…

All of our existing bible study groups and some new ones are meeting to delve deeper into our Bible Stories sermon series.  There is still a place for you in these groups!  We have nine groups meeting at BCUC, in homes, and on Zoom.  You will find a group on any weekday, daytime or evening, in English or Mandarin.  To see an updated list of these study groups with further details on when, where, and who to contact, click this link.  
 

Benji on Leave

Benji is on leave all this week and will be returning for next Sunday’s service to tell us the fourth story in our sermon series.
 

Sunday 4pm Service Ending

Our Sunday 4pm service will no longer be held after this week (September 27 is the last service).  The time slot has not been popular with our congregation and we really hope those of you who have enjoyed this service will find a new home in our Sunday 10am service or Monday noon service.
 

Daylight Saving Time Starts next Sunday

Set your clock forward one hour next Saturday so you don’t miss our 10am Sunday Service!
 

Operation Christmas Child

Please join us to pack the shoeboxes on Monday September 28th at 9.30am in the Hall. This is an opportunity to not only send small gifts to children in developing countries, but  to tell them of God’s love for them.
 

October Chats Available Now

This month’s Chats is packed with new and important information so have a read now by clicking this link.  Some of the things you can read about there that are not in this newsletter are information on our upcoming prayer workshop, nominations to church council, and our “Jesus Brings Hope” Advent Art Gallery.
 

Free Money Management Course

Join a free CAP Money Course online from 8pm to 9pm.  The course is given in four sessions :
  • Sunday 27th September (tonight!)
  • Wednesday 30th September
  • Sunday 4th October
  • Wednesday 7th October

Contact 8331 3914 or cap@burnsidecityuc.org.au to reserve a place.


On @ BCUC

  • 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
  • Saturday Friendship Club – 7:15pm on third Saturday of the month

Minister’s Message

Imperfect People and God’s Forgiveness

Sunday 27 September 2020

When we are being truly honest,  I guess none of us considers ourselves to be perfect. However, there are times we may be shocked by the behaviour of others and tell ourselves that we would never act like them.

Today’s story is shocking – even by current societal standards. It’s based on 2 Samuel 11 and 12. Its main characters are King David, Bathsheba, the wife of one of his soldiers – and God. We see how David’s desires take over his kingly commission from God and lead him deeper and deeper into a course of action that has disastrous consequences. But we also see how God dealt with him. This may bring us hope when we fail to live the life God intends for us. – Rob

Why “Breakthru Worship”?

Dear friends of BCUC,

On one level its sad times, I miss meeting people face to face and being an extrovert, I will struggle. However the new opportunities are exciting if we can rise by the power of the spirit to meet the challenges. My heart hurts for our vulnerable in the community who won’t be able to access online materials but we will endeavour to serve and minister to them as best we can with God’s help.

Although we have suspended face-to-face worship, let’s not stop meeting together. I want to introduce you to our new online worship experience we’re calling “Breakthru Worship”.

Why Breakthru?  It’s based on John 20:19. The disciples are hiding in fear in a locked room, (sounds a lot like social-isolation), and the resurrected Jesus breaks through their isolation and miraculously appears in the room. The first thing he says is “Peace be with you”, then he breathes on them the gift of the Holy Spirit, the comforter! Isn’t this what we all need right now, Jesus to break into our fear, to bring peace breath the comfort and gift of the Holy Spirit. So we are then empowered to be the children of God for the present and the future.


Breakthru Worship
We start with Breakthru Worship this Sunday March 22nd.

Grab a cup of coffee. Dress up in your Sunday best if you want to. Then follow the link here or on the churches website for an exciting interactive experience.

We start at 10 am from our lounge room to yours. You can always log on later if you missed it.

For many of us giving is an important part of worship. Many of us already give regularly using E-give, for those who like to give each week you can do this online from the church’s website. Alternatively for people who like to use the envelopes, you can place them in the churches mailbox during the week or give them to Stuart during office hours.

Breakthru Kids and Minis

We haven’t forgotten about kids ministry. Our great team have put together 2 videos to sit down and engage with. These will be streamed on Sundays.

  • 9am Breakthru minis (ages 5 and under)
  • 9:30am Breakthru kids (5 and up)

Click on and engage. Some of our kids ministry team will be online to interact with you.  It’s a great way to engage the whole family and grow as children of God together.

Breakthru Care

Just like you, I really love getting together in person and will find this next period hard. It’s important during this time to be creative about keeping in contact with other. Phone calls and emails will be our primary means. If you are a pastoral contact I encourage you to find a way to connect with those on your list. We are also very conscious of those who will find it difficult to access the internet. Care comes in many different forms. The following is how we hope to provide Breakthru Care in the coming weeks:

  • Spiritual: regular emails from us.
  • Pastoral: phone calls utilising our Pastoral Contacts.
  • Open church (Book a time with Stuart if you would like to come in and watch the service during the week or for prayer. This may change as regulations keep changing.)
  • Printed worship (read over phone or delivered, please contact us if you or someone you know would like this service).
  • Practical: food/ toilet paper/ hand sanitizer.

Breakthru prayer

This will be critical for us. Options include: 

  • regular email prayer chain: prayer@burnsidecityuc.org.au
  • Wednesday Prayer group 9:30 am at BCUC
  • 7pm daily call to prayer. Join an ecumenical, Australian wide movement of prayer encouraging us to pray at 7pm each day. Set your alarm now!
  • Drop in prayer at church (please ring Stuart at the office to arrange).


Breakthru Easter

Normal Easter services will need to cancelled but we are quickly exploring some exciting and creative replacements for both Good Friday and Easter Sunday. You won’t want to miss out.

Breakthru Youth

We will keep you posted next week with some wonderful announcements.

Lastly…   If you have an ideas or would like to be involved in any of these ministries please let us know. Also, please give us feedback about how Sunday went. We will keep being creative and want to provide worship that works best for all ages and all cultures.

Finally share these links and this email with others you know who are loosely associated with the church or need encouragement at this time. Can we be bold enough to trust that God could actually grow the church during this new season? I pray we can.

Your brother in Christ,

Benji Callen

Minister 
Burnside City Uniting Church
benjic@burnsidecityuc.org.au
0427 792 869

Dear friends of BCUC,

On one level its sad times, I miss meeting people face to face and being an extrovert, I will struggle. However the new opportunities are exciting if we can rise by the power of the spirit to meet the challenges. My heart hurts for our vulnerable in the community who won’t be able to access online materials but we will endeavour to serve and minister to them as best we can will Gods help.

Although we have suspended face-to-face worship let’s not stop meeting together. I want to introduce you to our new online worship experience we’re calling “Breakthru Worship”.

Why Breakthru? It’s based on John 20:19. The disciples are hiding in fear in a locked room, (sounds a lot like social-isolation), and the resurrected Jesus breaks through their isolation and miraculously appears in the room. The first thing he says is “Peace be with you”, then he breathes on them the gift of the Holy Spirit, the comforter! Isn’t this what we all need right now, Jesus to break into our fear, to bring peace breath the comfort and gift of the Holy Spirit. So we are then empowered to be the children of God for the present and the future.

Breakthru Worship
We start with Breakthru Worship this Sunday March 22nd.  Grab a cup of coffee. Dress up in your Sunday best if you want to. Then click on the Breakthru logo above for an exciting interactive experience. We start at 10am from our lounge room to yours. Come early and have a chat with me or another host.

You can visit the Breakthru Worship site now and take a look at my introductory video.

Giving For many of us giving is an important part of worship. Many of us already give regularly using E-give, for those who like to give each week you can do this online from the church’s website. Alternatively for people who like to use the envelopes, you can place them in the churches mailbox during the week or give them to Stuart during office hours.

Breakthru Kids and Minis
We haven’t forgotten about kids ministry. Our great team have put together 2 videos to sit down and engage with. These will be streamed on Sundays.

  • 9am Breakthru minis (ages 5 and under)
  • 9:30 am Breakthru kids (5 and up)

Click on and engage. Some of our kids ministry team will be online to chat with you.  It’s a great way to engage the whole family and grow as children of God together.

Breakthru Care 
Just like you, I really love getting together in person and will find this next period hard. It’s important during this time to be creative about keeping in contact with other. Phone calls and emails will be our primary means. If you are a pastoral contact I encourage you to find a way to connect with those on your list. We are also very conscious of those who will find it difficult to access the internet. Care comes in many different forms. The following is how we hope to provide Breakthru Care in the coming weeks:

  • Spiritual: regular emails from us.
    Pastoral: phone calls utilising our Pastoral Contacts.
  • Open church (Book a time with Stuart if you would like to come in and watch the service during the week or for prayer. This may change as regulations keep changing.)
  • Printed worship (read over phone or delivered, please contact us if you or someone you know would like this service).
  • Practical: food/ toilet paper/ hand sanitizer.

  • Spiritual: regular emails from us.
  • Pastoral: phone calls utilising our Pastoral Contacts.
  • Open church (Book a time with Stuart if you would like to come in and watch the service during the week or for prayer. This may change as regulations keep changing.)
  • Printed worship (read over phone or delivered, please contact us if you or someone you know would like this service).
  • Practical: food/ toilet paper/ hand sanitizer.


  • Spiritual: regular emails from us.
  • Pastoral: phone calls utilising our Pastoral Contacts.
  • Open church (Book a time with Stuart if you would like to come in and watch the service during the week or for prayer. This may change as regulations keep changing.)
  • Printed worship (read over phone or delivered, please contact us if you or someone you know would like this service).
  • Practical: food/ toilet paper/ hand sanitizer.

Breakthru Prayer 
This will be critical for us. Options include:

  • regular email prayer chain: prayer@burnsidecityuc.org.au
  • Wednesday Prayer group 9:30 am at BCUC
  • 7pm daily call to prayer. Join an ecumenical, Australian wide movement of prayer encouraging us to pray at 7pm each day. Set your alarm now!
  • Drop in prayer at church (please ring Stuart at the office to arrange).

Breakthru Easter
Normal Easter services will need to cancelled but we are quickly exploring some exciting and creative replacements for both Good Friday and Easter Sunday. You won’t want to miss out.


Breakthru Youth  
We will keep you posted next week with some wonderful announcements.

Lastly If you have an ideas or would like to be involved in any of these ministries please let us know. Also, please give us feedback about how Sunday went. We will keep being creative and want to provide worship that works best for all ages and all cultures.

Finally share these links and this message with others you know who are loosely associated with the church or need encouragement at this time. Can we be bold enough to trust that God could actually grow the church during this new season? I pray we can.

Your brother in Christ,
Benji Callen

for the week of 8 March 2020

Digital Entertainment Book
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BCUC Netball Players Needed
BCUC Netball is looking for players born in 2005, 2006 or 2007. Matches are on Saturday afternoons commencing in April.  Training is on Thursday night.  Contact Cathie or Ruth.

Generate Presbytery News
The next meeting of the Generate Presbytery is on 14 March at
Seeds Uniting Church. The meeting is open to all member of our congregation. Click here to register.

Family Fun @ 5 – Saturday 14 March 5-7pm
FF@5 relies on a variety of helpers. If you can help with prepared craft, outdoor games, organizing a simple meal, welcoming visitors and helping with setting up or cleaning up please write your name on the  roster in the foyer. If you have any queries please ask Heather Walraven (0414 055 160) or Chris Lake (0417 848 315).

Support for KCO
Monetary donation to support sending our kids to KCO can be made in the foyer between services this Sunday and next (by cash or credit/debit card).  You can also donate online via the green ‘give’ button at the bottom of this page.  A form for donations of cakes and biscuits will be in the foyer and… thanks so much for your never-ending prayers.

KCO News
KCO is nearly here. Normal registration closes this Wednesday so please don’t delay (late registration will still be possible). Lisa Price has the iron transfers for our yellow T-shirts, so catch her on Sunday morning between services.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
The meeting for 21st March is a special one. We have a large number of boys coming from Prince Alfred College, to give us an evening of musical entertainment. Usual 7:15 for a 7:30pm start. Basket supper and all visitors welcome.

for the week of 1 March 2020

Digital Entertainment Book
Supporting Dr John.  Visit here to purchase your subscription.

BCUC Netball Players Needed
BCUC Netball is looking for players born in 2005, 2006 or 2007. Matches are on Saturday afternoons commencing in April.  Training is on Thursday night.  Contact Cathie or Ruth.

Church Council News
At our February 25th meeting, the following office bearers were elected.
Chairperson: Ian Olver
Vice-Chairperson: Nirmal Robinson
Treasurer: Tim Piper
Secretary: Anne Wierenga

Generate Presbytery News
The next meeting of the Generate Presbytery is on 14 March at
Seeds Uniting Church. The meeting is open to all member of our congregation. Click here to register.

KCO
KCO registration closes on March 11.  Any adults planning to attend must apply for and receive their WWCC  before registering. 

Seniors Second Sunday Lunch
Next Sunday, 8 March, 12noon until 1:30pm. Come and join us for friendship, fun and food.

Pancake Day
Sunday March 8 between services – wonderful, delicious pancakes, jams, maple syrup and cream. Please join the Junior Church in raising funds to bring hope, love and opportunity to people in need. Your coin donation will assist the work of Uniting Communities.

Monday Day Fellowship
Our first meeting this year will be on 2 March at 1:30pm.  The speaker will be Matthew Seales engaging us with the helpful topic : “Recycling – Which Bin?”.  Afternoon tea is provided and everyone is welcome.

“Rise! Take your mat and walk!”
2020 World Day of Prayer –
Prayers for that ravaged country of Zimbabwe will be a key focus. Come and join people from over 150 countries, praying in 88 languages. Our local service is at Norwood Salvation Army, 55 George St, Norwood. Friday 6 March; begins at 10.00 am; followed by morning tea. Park in Coles car park or nearby streets.

for the week of 23 February 2020

Digital Entertainment Book
Supporting Dr John.  Visit here to purchase your subscription.

Family Fun @ 5 Saturday 14 March 5-7pm
FF@5 relies on a variety of helpers. If you can help with prepared craft, outdoor games, organizing a simple meal, welcoming visitors and helping with setting up or cleaning up please write your name on the  roster in the foyer. You may be able to help for part or all of the time. If you have any queries please ask Heather Walraven (0414 055 160) or Chris Lake (0417 848 315).

Monday Communion
A communion service will be held Monday 24th February at 2pm in the Chapel.  All are invited.

Thank you! Muffin Morning Tea
A huge thank you to all who participated in the muffin morning tea on 16th February. As a result of all the effort and the generosity of our church family we raised $753.15 as our contribution for the work of Chaplains in Kangaroo Island and the Hills district.

Monday Day Fellowship
Our first meeting this year will be on 2 March at 1:30pm.  The speaker will be Matthew Seales engaging us with the helpful topic : “Recycling – Which Bin?”.  Afternoon tea is provided and everyone is welcome.

Hizbiz
The first Hizbiz lunch meeting for this year is 12 noon on the 25th Feb. at the Marryatville. All men welcome

“Rise! Take your mat and walk!” – 2020 World Day of Prayer –
Prayers for that ravaged country of Zimbabwe will be a key focus. Come and join people from over 150 countries, praying in 88 languages. Our local service is at Norwood Salvation Army, 55 George St, Norwood. Friday 6 March; begins at 10.00 am; followed by morning tea. Park in Coles car park or nearby streets.

Burnside InterChurch Council Schools Ministry
Each year we present a Christmas and Easter play seen by large numbers of primary children who benefit from seeing an accurate portrayal of key points of these foundational events. We are now preparing for the Easter plays. We need a person to do the administrative coordination for these events. We also need actors for the Easter play. These positions are important missional roles. If you are interested, please ring our Director, Alison Russell.

for the week of 16 February 2020

Digital Entertainment Book
Supporting Dr John.  Visit here to purchase your subscription.

KCO  Update
All BCUC Parents with children were emailed instructions for signing up to KCO earlier in the week.  If you have not received this email, please contact Stuart at admin@burnsidecityuc.org.au and request the details. Youth and Parents who are planning to attend should already have started the  process to obtain their new Working With Children Check.  An instruction sheet is available in the foyer carousel.

FAMILY FUN @ 5 – Jesus is the best!
Saturday 14th March 5.00pm-7.00pm at BCUC.  Family Fun @ 5 is for families with children and is free. Join in the Craft and Games, enjoy the Story and share a Meal.

Fifteen32 Youth
Friday 21 February, 6pm.  For year 8s and up. 6pm for worship jam. 7pm bring your friends along for dinner, games, a message, small groups, Jesus life hacks. Finish between 9-9:30. All at BCUC. Talk to Benji.

Monday Communion Rescheduled
The Chapel Holy Communion service anticipated for Monday 17th has been deferred to Monday 24th February at 2pm. Please spread the word.

Have you Lost Something?
At the moment, there are several pairs of glasses amongst other items.  Found items are recorded and stored for a limited time and then donated if suitable.

Burnside InterChurch Council Schools Ministry
Each year we present a Christmas and an Easter play. Large numbers of primary children benefit from hearing and seeing an accurate portrayal of some key points of these foundational events. Those presenting the plays report that the response is excellent from both students and teachers. We are now preparing for the Easter plays. We need a person to do the administrative coordination for these events. We also need actors for the Easter play. These positions are important missional roles. Please pray that people will respond to these needs. If you are interested, please ring our Director, Alison Russell.

Monday Day Fellowship
Our first meeting this year will be on 2 March at 1:30pm.  The speaker will be Matthew Seales engaging us with the helpful topic : “Recycling – Which Bin?”.  Afternoon tea is provided and everyone is welcome.

for the week of 9 February 2020

Muffin Morning Tea
Sunday February 16 – We have planned a muffin morning tea at 10am to raise funds as a BCUC community to support chaplaincy in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island after the recent fires. An assortment of muffins will be made available during morning tea for a gold coin donation.

KCO is Coming
Kids Camp Out (KCO) is a Uniting Church camp for 7 year olds to Year 7’s. On 21 and 22 March hundreds of campers, junior leaders and leaders will gather at Adare Caravan and Camping at Victor Harbor for a fun filled 24 hours of stories, games, crafts, Bible studies, food, fellowship and some sleeping. BCUC will be covering the cost for campers and helpers so let’s bring as many children as possible.  All adults and youths (age 15-17) who attend, do so in a leadership role.  All leaders must obtain a NEW Working with Children Check from DHS.  This is a free online process that is simple for most people to satisfy but can take several weeks to obtain.  Parents and siblings who want to come along should begin the WWCC process immediately to ensure they will be able to attend with their campers.  An instruction sheet is available in the foyer carousel.  (Note that a police check you may have received for previous KCOs are no longer valid).

Bushfire Variety Benefit Concert
Sunday 23 February 3pm. St David’s Anglican Church, 492 Glynburn Road, Burnside. Light refreshments provided.  All proceeds will go to Red Cross Bushfire Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. Entrance by Donation

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
The Club Mystery Bus trip will be on Saturday 15th February. It will leave the Burnside council car park at 6pm prompt. The cost is $25 & covers the bus, fees and supper. Pay Helen Brooks. The closing booking date is Sunday 9th February.

Monday Communion Rescheduled
The Chapel Holy Communion service anticipated for Monday 17th has been deferred to Monday 24th February at 2pm. Please spread the word.

Uniting Church SA Bushfire Relief Fund
Please read this letter from Bronte Wilson, Moderator of UC SA, regarding the bushfire situation in South Australia. A donation page for the Uniting Church SA Bushfire Relief Fund can be found here. Donations will be used to support local congregations as they serve the people in their fire-affected communities, whether that be through the provision of chaplaincy, extra pastoral support, special events to assist in recovery or practical help in a myriad of ways.