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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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And a good time was had by all…

The Victorians (that is, the era – not the state) had a reputation for being a bit strait-laced. A bit like the Church.

But like any culture – including that of the Church! – they were great at food, music, fellowship and celebration. And architecture.
In the beautiful 1837 Hall of our Church, on Saturday 3rd March, we enjoyed what could only be described as a ‘slap-up’ High Tea (and it was high: tier upon tier of scones and cakes and fancies and finger sandwiches).

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Lent – Journeying towards Easter

Bathurst Uniting Church will be holding a number of activities during this season of Lent leading up to Easter.

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Target Christmas Appeal

Each Year Target and Uniting Care partner together to help raise money and gifts during the Christmas period for disadvantaged people across Australia. They have collected over 2.1million gifts in the last 25 years, and have raised in excess of $2 million dollars in the last 2 years alone.

For those who headed into a Target store over the Christmas period, you would have noticed a Christmas tree near to the front of the store with gifts under the tree and gift cards attached to the tree. The main aim is to make Christmas more special for the thousands of Australians, who for various reasons are unable to celebrate Christmas.

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The season of Epiphany

Ordinary objects can be transformed and transfigured by light. I pondered this, with a smile, when I caught sight of this bright flash of colour, touching some of the things at the bottom of our stairway.

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Blue Christmas service

In December, as one of our services in the run-up to Christmas at Bathurst Uniting, we held a Blue Christmas service. A service for people doing it tough at a time of year which is otherwise so relentlessly jolly. For people grieving the loss of a loved one; facing an empty chair at the Christmas table; stressed or distressed by having to put on a ‘happy face’ for the holidays – and frankly, just not up to singing ‘Joy to the World!’ one more time… At our Blue Christmas service, we prayed together, and sat together, and wept together. We acknowledged that the story of the birth of Christ has its dark places, as well as its light ones: places of fear and loss, disruption and danger. We acknowledged that at the heart of the Christmas story is not an escape from this world, in all its pain and struggle, its questions and cries – but God coming into it. Not a promise that all will be well, but that God will be with us in the midst.

‘They will call him Emmanuel – which means, ‘God with us.’…

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What is Advent?

Advent (from the Latin adventus) means ‘coming’ or ‘coming to’. The season of Advent is designed to help us pause in the midst of our frantic business and end of year exhaustion to remember afresh a timeless truth: God comes to us, and to our world.

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Advent & Christmas services

This year Bathurst Uniting will be holding a number of services during Advent leading up until Christmas.

We welcome all to come and join in at these services to celebrate this coming Christmas.

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Induction of Reverend Claire Wright

On Saturday afternoon, 18th February 2017, Reverend Claire Wright was inducted as the Minister of the Word at Bathurst Uniting Church.

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