Stories at the centre of life and work

If you get the chance to meet the Uniting Church WA’s new Presbytery Minister Mission, Rev Alison Gilchrist, you’ll soon find out that she’s ready to get into the thick of it and get the job done – she’s a ‘doer’.

Alison was ordained in the Church of England and came to Perth six years ago to work with the Anglican Diocese of Perth. Having started her role with the Uniting Church WA in September last year, Alison has already begun making her mark, with the introduction of the ‘Light on Every Street’ campaign. The campaign saw congregations sharing the light and love of God in the lead-up to  Christmas by giving candles and postcards with a message to people in their communities. Continue Reading

Alpha in the City

Uniting Church in the City (UCIC) is starting a new Alpha Course this February for people interested in exploring the Christian faith.

Anyone and everyone is invited to join UCIC in their lunchbreaks once-a-week to begin a journey together.

Kim Stanfield, the new Alpha Co-ordinator at UCIC, is running three courses over ten weeks: Tuesdays 12noon to 1.00pm at Wesley, Wednesdays 12noon to 1.00pm at Ross Memorial, and as part of the Trinity School for Seniors’ program. Continue Reading

Editorial: Have your say!

As some of our readers may already know, there have been many changes in staffing at the Uniting Church Centre over the last few months, with a number of redundancies.

The Media and Communications Team will, sadly, farewell Andy Reavell as our Production Officer at the end of April. Andy has been working at the Uniting Church WA for more than ten years and has been instrumental in the production of Revive, as well as loads of other Uniting Church WA publications and design work. Continue Reading

Church camps: time with God

For decades, kids and young people have attended church camps as a fun way to build community and grow in faith. While there has been a decline in church camping within the Uniting Church WA over the years, a number of new opportunities have also arisen.

Kid’s Camp Out (KCO), originally called KUCA Camp, is still going strong as the Uniting Church WA’s longest running camp, held annually since 1984; the second annual Messy Church Summer Camp was recently held in January; CampFIRE encourages families in their faith; some Uniting Church WA congregations have been organising their own camps; and the Uniting Church Campsite is back in operation after years of neglect.

Many Uniting Church members will attest to camps playing a strong part in their faith and spiritual identity. As Rev Greg Ross, minister at St Augustine Uniting Church, Bunbury, said, many members will often share how camps have helped shape them, or led them down certain paths.

So what is it about camping that creates so many fond memories? Continue Reading

Going Deeper: a day of spiritual refreshment

Uniting Generations and Multicultural Ministry of the Uniting Church WA are holding a joint event designed to nurture young people in their spirituality.

Young people aged between 15 and 35 are invited to attend Going Deeper, a one-day retreat. The retreat will bring together young Uniting Church WA members from different cultural backgrounds to explore their faith and encourage each other on the journey. Continue Reading

Vale Rev Jeffrey R Garrawurra

Please note: As a Yolŋu person, all posthumous depictions of Rev Garrawurra are governed by customary law.

The obituary and the image that accompanies it are not to be shared on social media at the request of Rev Garrawurra’s Djungaya. Nor is the first name he was formerly known by to be used. Continue Reading