Yarning up a Storm (or in this case, a Christmas Tree)!

The ladies of “Caring Hands” at Northway Uniting Church, Beldon decided at the beginning of the year that they would have a project to make a Christmas Tree from crochet squares with a view to raising money for Wheelchairs for Kids

Over 1000 squares were made and those that weren’t used for the tree were made into 15 blankets which were given to local care homes.  The tree stands in the foyer of Northway Uniting Church with a request for donations to help reach a target of $200 which is the cost of making and sending a sturdy wheelchair to a needy child either in Australia or Overseas. 

Recently Wheelchairs for Kids, based in Wangara and run entirely by volunteers, celebrated moving to new premises and commemorated the making of their 50,000th wheelchair.

$200 provides a child with a new strong, rough terrain, adjustable wheelchair built to World Health Organisation specifications and includes postural supports, a tray, basket, knee rug, a complete set of body and foot straps, a soft toy and tool kit.   Also, when needed, for the many children with cerebral palsy a headrest and knee separator are included.

At the end of Advent, the tree will be dismantled and the crochet squares made into blankets to be sent with the wheelchairs.

Anyone wanting to make a donation to Wheelchairs for Kids can transfer payment to BSB: 016 494, Accn: 425 457 815, stating your name and address.

Andrea Garvey

Rob Douglas: a heart for mission

Rev Rob Douglas was Inducted into the role of Presbytery Minister (Mission) for the Uniting Church WA, at Kalamunda Uniting Church on Sunday 24 October.

Rob has come to the Uniting Church WA as a Baptist Minister, with experience in regional WA, as well as with Baptistcare.

The service was led by Alison Xamon, Chair of the Presbytery of WA, with Preaching of the Word from Rev Greg Ross, Chair of the Thrive Mission Committee. Continue Reading

Nannup Service of Closure: God is not done with us yet

A Service of Closure for Nannup Uniting Church was held on Sunday 31 October, led by Rev Andrew Broadbent.

Andrew’s grandfather, Leonard Broadbent, was posted to Nannup Uniting Church from England as a Methodist Home Missioner in 1927. In his journal from the time, he writes that an old unused timber hall was transported to Nannup for use as the church building so that they could open the church. Continue Reading

Mission Plan starts with community connection

During its Mission Planning process in 2018, one of the disturbing learnings for Star Street Uniting Church in Carlisle was that we were virtually invisible in our local community.

While our building is on a busy intersection, it is not immediately identifiable as a church – many locals thought it was part of a nearby nursing home, or a business or offices. A few years ago an attractive mural to symbolise our church had been created on an outside wall, but it was clear we needed more. Few local residents knew about our church, what we did or what we stood for. Continue Reading

Get involved in the Permanency Campaign

Living in a time of video calls and social distancing, it’s easy to feel unsure about what the future holds. Earlier this year many speculated about life on the other side of COVID-19.

Nine months on, that future remains uncertain. But for some members of our community, this precariousness has lasted much longer. For many refugees, a chance at a new life in Australia can mean living in uncertainty for eight or more years without knowing if they’ll be allowed to make their home here, or forced to return to the violence they sought safety from. Continue Reading

Reconnect with the Covenant

The Uniting Church WA, through the Social Justice Commission, has released a Covenanting resource for its congregations.

A Guide to Congregations in Walking Together as First and Second Peoples encourages and supports councils of the church to re-commit to the Covenant with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC), to engage and deepen covenantal relationships, and to inspire the church to take action for creating change. Continue Reading

Tranby Engagement Hub a WA first

Uniting WA is thrilled to have opened the doors to its transformed Tranby Engagement Hub (Tranby), Perth’s first co-designed and purpose-built crisis intervention space for people experiencing homelessness.

Minister for Community Services, Simone McGurk, officially launched the newly renovated Tranby, made possible by a $1.7m grant from Lotterywest, at an event in June.Continue Reading