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Bathurst Uniting Community Markets

Saturday, 14 September 9:00am to 1:00pm

You may have read in the Western Advocate about the city wide fund raising campaign in support of Poppy Stanton, the 4 year old girl in need of a Star Pups assistance dog to help manage her Retts Syndrome (a rare and incurable neurological disorder).

The Stantons are one of our Play Group families.

This month, our markets will be donating all stall fees and any other fund raising efforts as our own contribution to this appeal.
The third ‘mark of mission’ of God’s Church is ‘Tend: responding to human need in acts of loving service’. And sometimes it’s individual human need that catches at our hearts…

If you can help, by holding a stall, spreading the word, bringing friends, shaking a fund raising tin or just being
there to add to the ‘buzz’, please do!

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Celebrating the Season of Creation

September 1 to October 4 has been designated by the world wide church as the Season of Creation.
In this season, God’s Church is called to reflect on, celebrate and pray for God’s creation, as a sign and sacrament of God’s presence in the world and as a sacred trust given to humankind to care for and tend.

Over the next four weeks, Rev Claire will be leading us in exploring different aspects of God’s creation: oceans, flora and fauna, storms and cosmos.
Our services will be full of fun and curiosity and beauty, as we reflect on waves and whales, whipbirds and willows, clouds and constellations and what they tell us about God, and our place in the world.

Come ready to to immerse yourself in wonder and invite your friends to church for something a little different, especially if they care for the environment!

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Easter 2019 @ Bathurst UCA

You are warmly invited to remember, reflect and rejoice with us this Easter season.

We believe that the life and death and life of Jesus Christ are the climax of the greatest story ever told, and that the events we call ‘Easter’ mark a radical turning point in the history of the world:
a victory of healing over brokenness, Life over death, and Love over all, which continues to ripple down the ages. We think that’s a hope worth celebrating and sharing.

So please, join us if you can.

If you’d like to learn more:

  • Visit us any Sunday at 9:30am for Family Worship
  • Browse our website for service times, activities and opportunities to connect
  • Contact the church or our minister Rev. Claire Wright.

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Happy New Year!

Bathurst Uniting Church wishes you a happy and prosperous 2019.

Many of our regular church activities and groups are starting back up in February after a beak over Christmas and January.

Please visit our What’s On page and Calendar for details and contacts of our church activities and groups.

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Bathurst Uniting AGM & Discussion

All members of the congregation are invited to participate in this important meeting that deals with the opportunities and challenges for our church. There will be a brief time on typical AGM items but most of the meeting will be discussing the areas of:

  • Ageing Population and our Church
  • Our Buildings – both Opportunities and Challenges
  • Challenges with the Church’s finances, (available after the 15th)
  • Our Church and the Broader Community

The meeting has been designed for those present to participate and contribute their ideas.

Following are some discussion starter sheets for each of these topics to stimulate thinking about the opportunities and challenges. Click on each to read further.

Ageing population and our Church

Our buildings

Church and social disconnect

What does it mean to be a Presbytery Representative

Bathurst Uniting Church Budget Papers

Please come along and share your thoughts with us on the 22nd.

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Helping the homeless is a true act of faith

WHAT a fantastic gesture from the Bathurst Uniting Church to support the homeless in our city.

From June 14, the church will have the capacity to house five men a night in a vacant room at the back of the William Street site.

The men will have access to sleeping mats, bedding and basic meal facilities, as well as a toilet, during the winter months.

More importantly, they will be safe and warm as the worst of Bathurst’s winter starts to bite.

The project is an example of faith in practice, an example of all that can be good about the church.

The initiative is also supported by an expert advisory group, with representatives from the church, Anglicare, St Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, Bathurst Catholic Diocese, HopeCare, The Bridge Community and Wellways Australia.

This newspaper has said before that the measure of a society is the way it treats its most vulnerable and the Bathurst Uniting Church has set a shining example for us all.

It would shock most residents to think that our prosperous community could be home to people forced to sleep rough, but that is the sad reality.

As they huddle under bridges or in doorways, these people are not only at the mercy of the elements but also any passing thug that cannot keep quietly to themselves.

By throwing open the church doors the parishioners at the Bathurst Uniting Church are also throwing open their hearts, offering support and hope to people at their greatest time of need.

And all it took was some clear thinking and the will to make it happen.

“We have some areas that weren’t being used for anything else that can be used for this project, so that is the main advantage,” co-ordinator Julie Greig said.

“It’s an issue of social justice. Buildings are empty while people are sleeping out on the streets.

“We’re called on as a church to look after the weak and vulnerable who don’t have a voice normally, so that is where we are coming from.”

Sounds simple, but then came the hard work of making it happen.

The initiative will begin on a trial basis but we can only hope it is a success and becomes a permanent fixture.

As a society, we must do more to tackle homelessness. Bathurst is fortunate that the Uniting Church is leading the way.

From the Western Advocate editorial page here.

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‘Be-Friending Month’ @ Bathurst Uniting

We talk a lot about community and family and relationships here at Bathurst Uniting, and it is important to our identity and mission as a church that everyone is welcomed and feels that they belong. But not everyone finds it easy to connect socially. And sometimes it’s surprising how little we really know our ’neighbours’ – even within the church – especially since we’ve been blessed to add a number of new people to our fellowship in the last year – not least, our brothers and sisters from Perthville. How do we enfold people in Christian community – at, but also beyond, our Sunday morning gatherings?

I’d like to challenge us to make this month ‘Be-friending Month’. The challenge is, sometime during June, to invite to coffee/tea, or lunch, or dinner – or otherwise to ‘get together with’ – one or two people you don’t know well, or don’t usually socialise with, from church. Perhaps someone who is new, or on the margins a bit… Share a hobby, or a group, or a meal, or a film… Perhaps you’ll encourage someone and help them feel that they belong. Perhaps you’ll make a new friend or two. And if you’re really up for a challenge, try adding to the mix a person or two from outside the church. But please start somewhere, this month. ‘By this shall all people know that you are my disciples,’ said Jesus, ‘by your love for one another.’

Rev. Claire

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Seniors Festival ‘Songs of Praise’

Thank you to all who attended the Songs of Praise service for Seniors Festival 2018. We raised the roof, with the help of several very talented musicians – and the support of Bathurst Regional Council.

This year, the repertoire of hymns was drawn mainly from the Billy Graham song book, in memory of a man who had a profound impact for the Kingdom of God.

A brief snippet of one of his televised sermons – on the subject of ‘Faith’ – reminded many of us of the passion and clarity with which he communicated the claims of Christ.

It was wonderful to welcome so many members of other Bathurst churches – and the Bathurst community – to this very special event.

Well done, as ever, to Kaye and Maureen (curators and leaders of the service) and to Judy (organist) and all involved.

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Easter 2018 @ Bathurst UCA

You are warmly invited to remember, reflect and rejoice with us this Easter season.

We believe that the life and death and life of Jesus Christ are the climax of the greatest story ever told – and that the events we call ‘Easter’ mark a radical turning point in the history of the world:

a victory of healing over brokenness, Life over death, and Love over all, which continues to ripple down the ages. We think that’s a hope worth celebrating – and sharing.

So please, join us if you can.

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Passion

Our own ’singing vicar’, together with colleague Rev. Radhika Sukumar – White of West Epping Uniting Church, will be performing a presentation entitled ‘Passion’ @ Bathurst Uniting Church on the Monday evening of Holy Week (March 26th) @ 7:30pm.

This is a programme of the most beautiful sacred (mainly classical) music, readings and visual art, designed to help us reflect deeply on the story of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday (Karl Jenkins’ ‘Benedictus’), through the Last Supper and Garden of Gethsemane (‘I only want to say’ from Jesus Christ Superstar) to the Cross (Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Bach’s ‘Matthew Passion’, Pergolesi’s ‘Stabat Mater’, John Rutter’s ‘Requiem’). You are warmly invited to come and join us as we immerse ourselves in the beauty, grief and hope of the Easter story, and seek to engage more deeply with an Easter spirituality.

Tickets are just $20 (with funds going to the missional projects of Bathurst Uniting Church in the community).

All welcome.

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