Pirate Church: Calling all mischief makers

You know you’re doing ministry right when it involves trips to a comedy festival and the consumption of copious quantities of rum. That, at least, is the lesson Paul ‘Werzel’  Montague and Rev Chris Bedding have learnt from the last year.

The cult sensation, Pirate Church, had a sell-out season at Perth’s Fringe World Festival. Then the boys embarked on a national tour, taking in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and appearances in Sydney and Melbourne. Later in 2013, they launched an innovative addition to the Pirate Church brand – the deliciously naughty A Week at St  Bastard’s. Continue Reading

Imagining the future

Over future years the Uniting Church is going to see some significant change. Figuring out how that change will take shape, however, is going to be a major task for the church of  today.

Rev David Kriel, mission planner for the Uniting Church in WA, will be facilitating a process, starting in early 2014, where the whole church is invited to help form future directions.  Using the method of ‘scenario planning’, four future scenarios will be mapped out, helping the church to plan a way forward in each scenario. The first stage, David said, is to individually interview around 40-50 leaders in the Uniting Church in WA and analyse the data. This will then be followed by two ‘listening’ workshops which are designed to get  feedback from members from all over the synod and presbytery. Continue Reading

Neighbours on the street

Within a period of eight months, UnitingCare West, a community service provider of the Uniting Church, has come into contact with over 180 families who are at risk of  homelessness in Perth. That is over five families a week in crisis situations. Responding to this need, UnitingCare West opened the Family Foundations Service to support families  who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Perth and the surrounding suburbs. Continue Reading

Building relationships, growing leadership

Revive has previously reported on the relationship between All Saint’s Floreat Uniting Church and the people of Mowanjum, a remote Aboriginal community near Derby. Volunteers from the congregation have been running school holiday programs for the Mowanjum kids for several years now, in response to disturbing statistics on youth suicide in the area. The  program has had a positive effect in Mowanjum, and people from the Floreat congregation are also seeing effects among their own community. Continue Reading

More than a guest

Following a visit to Scarborough in 2012 from UnitingWorld representative Lee-Anne Burnett, the Scarborough and Waterman’s Bay Congregations agreed to sponsor a student  from the Indonesian province of Papua to be a part of a group of students undertaking a three-month intensive English language course in Perth early in 2013. A good grasp of English enhances the employment prospects for Papuans.Continue Reading

Relief for the Philippines

When Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in early November, thousands of people were killed, and many more injured, displaced and left to rebuild their lives.

Since launching the Philippines Typhoon appeal not long after the tragedy, UnitingWorld has received over $30,000 from the generous support of individuals, businesses and congregations within the Uniting Church in Australia.Continue Reading

Kindness and love: Simple principles of success

The South Perth Childcare Centre enjoyed a wonderful week of celebrations to commemorate the anniversary of its 20th birthday in October. Past  children, staff, members of the committee, parents, Uniting Church ministers and members of the South Perth Uniting Church congregation met  each evening to reminisce about their participation in the centre over the past 20 years.Continue Reading

More than you imagine: Everything in Common

Everything in CommonAustralians spent $8billion on beauty products, $14.1 billion on alcohol and $9.5 billion on gadgets last financial year. That being the case, it’s   sometimes hard to imagine exactly what we have in common with our neighbours in Asia, Africa and the Pacific, many of whom spend up to three  or four hours a day gathering water to drink.Continue Reading

More than we dreamed of

Khush AmadEn! Welcome! Welcome!

With these words, members of Perth’s Afghan community were warmly embraced as they arrived to support the final event of the Roshani Project for 2013, our Taste of Afghanistan dinner at South Perth Uniting Church in November.

In just 10 weeks from the launch of this project on 24 August to the dinner on 2 November, some 300 people participated in the project across 4 events – the launch and speaker night, the cricket afternoon, an onlin

e component which allowed those not in Perth to show their support, and of course the dinner. In addition to all the community involvement and outreach this project generated, almost $12,000 has been raised for TEAR’s work in Afghanistan with more coming in as Revive goes to print.

This has been a wonderful experience for us as a congregation, providing an opportunity to meet and share with so many people across our local community as well as other churches and of course our Afghan community friends. We feel greatly blessed by all the support we received. We  especially thank Andrew Broadbent and TEAR, Phil and Julie Sparrow, John Broadbent and the Nedlands Uniting Church Refugee Group, the  Afghan families who joined with us to make the dinner so special, and everyone who supported, assisted, encouraged and attended the various events during this intense but rewarding time.

Together we have made a difference. Thank you so much.

Judy Siddins