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What does Jesus say about how to Vote?

for 20 March 2022
 
Saturday is state election time. I realise many may have voted already. Each election I find myself prayerfully asking the question: ‘what is the most God honouring way to vote this election?’

If your looking for specifics, the bible was not written in a time of democratic government, so we don’t find Jesus specifically instructing his disciples principles on how to vote. I wish it were that simple.

You could vote based on which candidate has ethics and values that most align with that of Jesus. Christianity has a clear value system that puts love of God and love of other above all things. For example, Paul’s letter to the Corinthians: “if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” 1 Cor 13:2. This still doesn’t help too much. While many different Christian circles find it very clear which party or candidate best represents how Jesus would act, it’s odd that deeply committed faithful Christians can come up with such opposing opinions. From what I can see, most sides of politics have some policies that are both opposed and complimentary to Christian values.

As much as people try to paint an image of others, I find it hard to believe that all politicians are selfish, power hungry, unloving, mean-spirited people who don’t care about their constituents. The amount of abuse and criticism all politicians receive today, I would not wish on anyone. To endure such abuse, surely means they are not motivated by ego or driven by the approval of others. Generally, I find most politicians in Australia are trying their best to help others, though they have different methods, priorities and understandings as to the best way to achieve that.

I also know from experience that leadership in todays climate is challenging, their seems to be a cultural current that shows a lack of respect and deep distrust of all types of leadership and authority. While leaders try to make the best and wisest decisions based on the information they have at the time, the resources available and the time frame given; it is very easy to be mis-interpreted, mis-represented and criticised by others who don’t have the same information available to them. The longer I am involved in and observing leadership, the more I find myself praying for all leaders that they simply receive the strength, wisdom and revelation to do the best job they can; and I give thanks for them. For those leaders that have neglected the principle’s of love, I pray that the Holy Spirit can convict them quickly to correct their ways.

The one clear passage from the New Testament that speaks about the new church’s relationship with the government is a letter of advice to the young church leader Timothy (1 Tim 2:1-2)

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

This Sunday the words of Jesus on the cross that we will unpack further are to his earthly mother and a disciple whom he loved. He turns to his mother and says “Mother here is your son” and then to the disciple “Behold, here is your mother”. It’s a moment that redefines how we think of family. We can all be brothers and sisters in Christ. Brothers and sisters in Christ can be found on all sides of politics. I’m required to love them, and called to live a life that honours God (in all Godliness and holiness). The letter to Timothy also asks us to pray for our leaders and all those in authority. What specifically? That ‘we’, which in Timothy’s case is the family of Jesus followers, will be able to “live peaceful and quiet lives” and the freedom to be able to be all that God calls us to be.

So back to the question: how would Jesus vote? The best advice I can give is to do research and pray for wisdom and revelation. To be thankful for those who are willing to step up and accept responsibility, thankful for the privilege of voting, thankful for a history of peaceful transitions of governments in Australia, and to pray God’s blessing on whomever gets to govern. Pray also for God’s loving presence for those who won’t get voted in.

See you Sunday.
Your brother in Christ,
Benji Callen

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

Firstfruits or leftovers?

for 3 July 2022
 
Dear friends of BCUC,
 
Have you ever stepped back and thought about the bigger picture of worship? If you think about it, every culture around world and throughout history has developed religion and with religion comes an expression of worship. ‘Giving worth’ to the deity of that religion. It seems pretty clear that we have been made to worship. It’s only in recent centuries that “no-religion” has been an acceptable norm. It had always been assumed that in general if you are human, you have a religion and you worship. The recently released census data for Australia shows that the people who ticked “no-religion” has grown from 22.3% to 38.4% in 10 years (now 45.3% in South Australia).  The question that atheists now have to wrestle with is why would humans have evolved to have religion if it isn’t real?
 
Those of us who are happy to accept the reality of the spiritual have to face the question… who or what is the focus of our worship?  As we were reminded recently, for Christians that worship focus is God the Trinity.

Why?
 As it says in verse 3 of the wonderful hymn “Great is thy faithfulness”:
 
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

 
Then how?
We do it together, with songs and prayers, with dancing (for many cultures), with listening to the words of scripture and a message of encouragement, with service and with our offerings. Proverbs 3:10, which we will look more closely at this Stewardship Sunday, says:
 
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 
 
I think this is great attitude for our approach to all of worship. Come along Sunday not to worship God with our leftovers but the first fruits of our week and ourselves. Worship is one of the core functions of being human.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

Your brother in Christ,
Benji

 

BCUC News

Mal Warrick

It’s with sadness that we announce that Mal Warrick passed onto glory last Tuesday evening. Mal has a been a wonderful, faithful member and supporter of BCUC since it began and prior to that at Tusmore Memorial. Just a few weeks ago I recorded a short video of Mal praying for and encouraging the youth group before their Ice Skating adventure. He had himself led a successful and large youth group at Tusmore during the 70-80’s. Mal was one of those warm, welcoming, helpful and cheerful souls that made you feel glad to be alive. The loving light of Christ shone greatly through him. He will be missed by many. I thank God for his encouraging influence on many. His funeral will be at BCUC Wednesday 6th July 2pm. We pray for Helen and their family.

 

Successful “Meet the Candidates” Event

Last Monday evening BCUC hosted a “Meet the Candidates” event to help our community of Bragg better discern who to vote for in the by-election this Saturday.  Over 100 people were in attendance and by all accounts its was a very successful and respectful meeting.  The candidates and members of the community thanked Benji and BCUC for putting this together and were hopeful that similar events would occur in the future (though not too soon!).  Watch the video of this meeting to help you decide your vote this Saturday.
 

By-Election Voting at BCUC this Saturday

BCUC will again be a polling place for the election this Saturday.  Benji and a team of baristas will be on hand to offer coffee and biscuits for sale.  Due to election fatigue we wont be having the usual sausage sizzle or Pantry sales.
 

Kids Holiday Program

REGISTER HERE

 

Monday Holy Communion

Our Monthly Monday Holy Communion service led by Rev. Rob Williams will be held on July 4th in the Worship Space.  The service will start promptly at 1pm and conclude by 1.25pm to allow you to share in the Monthly Monday Coffee, Cake and Conversation at 1.30pm.
 

Friday Friendship Club

The July meeting of the Friday Friendship Club will be held on the 15th at 2:15pm for a 2:30 start.  The speaker will be well known local gardening Celebrity, Trevor Nottle who will talk about “Gardens Here and There”.  Trevor is often heard on the radio and also contributes in the written media. The usual donation of $3 will apply and we shall be reverting back to members bringing their own afternoon tea. Wearing masks will be optional and if you want to bring a friend, all are welcome. If someone needs transport, call James Wilson on 8365 2408.
 

BICC Prayer Breakfast

You are warmly invited to attend the next Combined Churches Prayer Breakfast. Saturday, 2 July from 7.30am to 9am aBurnside Family Church, 88 Lockwood Rd. A light breakfast will be provided. The Prayer Breakfasts include great times of fellowship, worship and intercession, Praying for our Churches, our District and the Nation. Burnside Inter-Church Council. Enquiries : Ps Alf Chehade 0412 899 779.
 

Recruiting Now!

Ever wanted to sing with others? Love to worship God with your voice? Want to be part of the new BCUC Community Choir (yet to be named)? Singing parts in a community choir is a great way to learn how to sing. Singing together has shown to increase your dopamine (happy hormone) levels twice as much as even seeing good friends. We practice 7pm every Thursday @ BCUC.  Come and join us. Please contact either Benji or Richard.

 

Livestreamed Worship 

Our worship 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.

 

Happy Christmas from BCUC

What a year this has been.

Thank you all for staying with us and being part of God’s loving family together, always encouraging, and never giving up hope.
 
As I look back on 2020 at BCUC I see God’s sustaining love throughout. I’m reminded of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
 
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
 
I am glad that there have been many times when I have seen this Christ-like love expressed at BCUC.
 
The staff at BCUC wish to extend our thanks to you and our blessings for Christmas and the New Year. Our fantastic Christmas Eve service will help a weary world rejoice with the joy that only Jesus can bring. On Christmas Day follow the star of hope to a place of worship. May we all  “come let us adore Him”. Let the light of the risen Christ shine in your hearts, actions and words this Christmas.
 
The richest blessings to you all.
 
Your brother in Christ
Benji 

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

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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
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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.

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
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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.