Happy birthday from KCO

This year, Kids’ Camp Out (KCO) celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia with a massive birthday party.

Kids from congregations all over the Uniting Church WA joined in with party food, games and dancing on the Saturday night of the camp, 18 March. The night included well-loved party games such as pin the tail on the donkey, limbo, giant jenga and pass the parcel. A disco dance rounded off the night before campers headed back to their congregation groups for a story and supper.

Members of the wider Uniting Church WA were also invited to join in the celebrations with the adults playing their own party game; trying to land bouncy balls into cups. Continue Reading

Cool Burn Camp back in May

Cool Burn is an intercultural family camp for people living in Western Australia (WA) and is organised by the Uniting Church WA’s Multicultural Ministry. For two days and one night, people from culturally diverse backgrounds get together to share their faith and inspire each other.

Rev Dr Emanuel Audisho, the Uniting Church WA’s Multicultural ministry co-ordinator welcomes all to join the camp. Continue Reading

Experiencing Perth through the eyes of Mowanjum’s youth

The January school holidays were a special time for 16 students from Derby District High School who spent 11 glorious days in sunny Perth. The students were members of the remote, Indigenous community of Mowanjum.

This is the fourth time Derby students have travelled from the West Kimberly to Perth to experience a different way of life, away from the bush. Their journey to Perth is a long one – 4 500km on a bus with several stops, which included an overnight stay at Port Hedland Uniting Church and Karalundi School in Meekatharra, before reaching their destination: Ern Halliday campsite at  Hillarys, Perth.

The excursion was hosted by the Boab Network based at All Saints Floreat Uniting Church, which have been running school holiday programs in Mowanjum for 10 years. There are many reasons  why the trip is important for Mowanjum. Continue Reading

Making a Messy Church connection

The Messy Church congregation at Albany Uniting Church has been running for around three years, led by a group of retired members of the Sunday morning congregation. All aged between 65–85, these 13 leaders are dedicated to bridging a gap between the generations and sharing their faith with the community.

Each month, a Messy Church service is held in the Lockyer building of Albany Uniting Church. The service involves craft activities, stories, songs and discussion, followed by a shared meal.Continue Reading

Faith and friendship at Yurora

Yurora NCYC 2017, the Uniting Church in Australia’s National Christian Youth Convention, had its genesis in 1955. These days it is a festival of art, music, theology and fellowship.

Yurora runs for five days every two to three years with hundreds of young people from across Australia attending. This year, it was held from 8–12 January in Sydney with a program including Canadian group  Tim Neufield and the Glory Boys, and a whole crowd of Australian artists, including Pirate Church, who feature in this edition’s profile story on page 6.

Covering dozens of important social and theological topics, festival goers attended sessions throughout the day learning about issues like reconciliation, multicultural worship, the intersection of  environmental care and theology and a host of other hot issues. Continue Reading

Sharing wholistic faith through storytelling

Fine Edge Theatre’s The Prince who Stole Christmas, a children’s play about a journey of discovering the true meaning of Christmas, was launched on Sunday 6 November at Mount Pleasant Uniting Church. The following day, the play began its month long tour to schools and churches in Perth and surrounding regions, travelling as far south as Albany, east to Kalgoorlie and north to Geraldton, including many spots along the way.

Fine Edge Theatre Company is a Scripture Union WA program which not only delivers fun and thought provoking plays to primary and high school aged children around the state, but also mentors performers, helping them grow in their performance skills and in their faith. The company performs and tours three shows a year, with planning for each show commencing a year out.

Michael Nield, Fine Edge Theatre co-ordinator, said the program is a great way to connect with kids on themes linked to the Christian narrative. Through question and answer time, kids can explore the themes presented.

“Kids are often way smarter and way more succinct and think on much deeper levels than we expect them to, which is really exciting,” Michael said. Continue Reading

Agents of Change reunite

In January 2017 it will be 10 years since the Uniting Church WA invited young people from all around the Uniting Church in Australia to come to Perth for NCYC 2007: Agents of Change.

The organisation of such an event was supported by congregations of the Uniting Church WA. Hundreds of volunteer hours were given, from dedicated staff and committee members to realise the dream of bringing NCYC to Perth.

If you were part of NCYC 2007 in any way, you are welcome to attend a picnic in the park on Saturday 14 January for a reunion. More information will be available closer to the date and First Third Ministry is endeavouring to contact everyone involved. Continue Reading