As our lives, workplaces and churches have changed the way they operate in a world of COVID-19, Geoff Bice, Social Justice Consultant for the Uniting Church WA, shares how churches can continue to serve those who are vulnerable in our community.
While people can’t physically gather for worship this Easter, Rev Gordon Scantlebury, Rural Resource Minister for the Uniting Church WA, has found a way to connect with his local township of Donnybrook over the long weekend – and share the hope of Easter.
Australian-based Be Slavery Free, formally known as Stop the Traffik, is urging Australian consumers to make a difference this Easter and buy chocolate eggs from companies that are addressing human rights and environmental concerns.
Using life-giving symbolism and creative ways of staying connected, Margaret River Uniting Church, like many congregations at the moment, are finding new ways to be church during the COVID-19 crisis.
Rev Dr David Ferguson, Presbytery Officer for the Uniting Church WA, shares some biblical reflections on leadership during times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 outbreak we are currently experiencing.
Following from his previous post, David Beards, member of Maylands Mt Lawley Uniting Church, gives us an update on the virtual church service held for his congregation over the weekend, and some tips for those who are moving to the space.
With Easter approaching and physical worship gatherings not taking place due to restrictions amid the COVID-19 outbreak, churches are preparing to acknowledge and celebrate Easter in a whole new way.
Rev Don Dowling, retired Minister and member at Margaret River Uniting Church, has made available a series of video resources which could be used for personal reflection or online group discussions, themed around the 2014 Stations of the Cross Art Exhibition, held at Uniting Church in the City, Wesley Perth.
David Beards is a member at Maylands-Mt Lawley Uniting Church who works professionally to provide communications solutions. He shares some great information for congregations moving worship services into the online space.
Sunday 22 March at Maylands-Mt Lawley Uniting Church will be remembered as a memorable service.
With the smell of bleach and hand sanitiser in the air, the congregation gathered in the hall for the last time for a while. We spaced out the chairs, our music team played, and Rev Steve Francis, Moderator of the Uniting Church WA, gave a message on ‘resilience’.
With worship services in WA closing due to COVID-19, churches are in a new (to some) space of keeping connected. Physical distancing is vital to lowering the impact of this virus, and thus needs to be taken seriously.
In good news, physically distancing does not have to mean socially isolating ourselves. In fact, with modern technology we can be more socially connected than ever, with an increase in online activity.
Busselton Uniting Church have been one of many to take up this opportunity, offering online resources for families or individuals to use while we are all practising physical distancing. Each Friday, Rev Andrew Broadbent, Minister at Busselton Uniting Church, will upload a video message and an accompanying PDF resource with prayers, reflection questions and links to traditional and contemporary music.