What ‘Makes you Wonder?’

The new Makes You Wonder app puts a program developed by Rev Dr Ian Robinson, while on beach mission, into the hands of people in their busy lives.

Ian said the materials were originally designed for “people being people and talking to each other about what was on their hearts. And if you open your heart to somebody, they meet the Jesus who lives there.

“Makes You Wonder is a resource which helps people connect with their communities and their world. The overall theme is to help people find their voice, with their own faith, in their own world.  It doesn’t ask people to run more programs, but put this kind of authenticity into the people you already are,” said Ian. Continue Reading

Symbols shared for new journeys in ministry

The Uniting Church WA celebrated over the weekend, as Rev Hannes Halgryn and Rev Dr Herman Nienaber were admitted as Uniting Church Ministers of the Word during a service at Uniting Church in the City, Trinity Perth. Hannes and Herman were both previously ordained in the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa and have currently been serving in placements at Uniting Church in the City.

Rev Dr Ian Tozer, Deputy General Secretary of the Uniting Church WA, shared some of their past with the gathered congregation. He said that both Herman and Hannes grew up in South Africa.

“Hannes studied there and trained for ministry at the University of the Free State; Herman at Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria where he completed his doctorate and has worked at the University of South Africa,” Ian said.

“They both served a number of congregations in South Africa before moving to Australia.”Continue Reading

New care facility eases pressure on Perth’s hospitals

In opening the Juniper Charles Jenkins Transition Care service in Bentley, Chief Executive Vaughan Harding said the 60 bed facility will deliver a first class service helping older Western Australians through a vital phase in their recovery from illness.

“This highly significant service will help relieve pressure on the public hospital system and most importantly will support older people with the best possible nursing and allied healthcare,” he said.

“We will help people to return to health and an independent life wherever possible, and otherwise help them transition into the most appropriate form of care and support for their individual needs, be that in their own home or in residential care.”Continue Reading

Welcoming Karama with life-changing love


With joy and celebration, Rev Karama Ioapo was admitted as a Uniting Church Minister of the Word at a service on Sunday 16 July, at Trinity North Uniting Church, Greenwood Worship Centre.

Karama was ordained in the Samoan Methodist Church in 2008. He served as a Youth Co-ordinator in Queensland, and then in parish ministry in New Zealand. In 2014, he completed a Masters of Arts in Theology and Transformative Practice in Birmingham, UK.

For the past year he has been serving as a Supply Minister at Trinity North Uniting Church.

Rev Brian Thorpe, also serving at Trinity North Uniting Church, preached during the service on Romans 8: 1-11.

Brian reflected on Paul’s letter to the Romans, and what Paul might say to us now, in our current society. Continue Reading

Ordination joy: a life-long calling

In the presence of family, friends and members of the Uniting Church WA, Rev Justine Wall was ordained as a Minister of the Word on Sunday 9 July, 2.00pm, at Uniting Church in the City, Wesley Perth.

Rev Trevor Waters, Chair of the Uniting Church WA Pastoral Relations Committee, read Justine’s Narration of Steps, detailing her call to ministry.

“Justine first heard the call to ministry in her teens, but belonging to a denomination which at that time didn’t ordain women, she dismissed her sense of calling as wistful thinking,” he said.

“God’s call came again in her twenties but at that time, Justine was too busy establishing a family and pursuing a career in teaching. Her nagging feeling that God wanted her to serve in ministry was totally inconvenient.”

While in her thirties, Justine stepped into a school chaplaincy role, beginning her ten-year journey towards ordination. In 2016, she took 12 months leave from her role as Chaplain at Tranby College to complete her studies, and for the birth of her child.Continue Reading

A testament to love

Kaye Ogden made her entrance into the world on 7 March 1940 at Bundi Kudja Nursing Home in Fremantle. With her father being a policeman, the family moved around and much of Kaye’s early life was spent in the country, which she loved.

She married Peter at age 22 in 1963, 54 years ago, but was just 15 when they first met. After marriage, the couple moved to Carnarvon for a year where Peter was teaching, and then back to Perth, where they built what would become their family home in Nollamara for over three decades. Their son Andrew was born in 1964, followed by Susan, Naomi and Michael.

On reflection of how Kaye spent her days on Earth it’s clear that it was her motivation to honour and serve her Lord. She was a committed member of her church community, involved in hosting Bible studies and women’s fellowship, teaching and co-ordinating Sunday School, being an elder as well as serving the church in numerous ways. But she also loved to reach out into the community.

In the late 90s, with the adventure of retirement beginning, Peter and Kaye headed off to remote stations to volunteer with Revise, helping families with the schooling of their children during pressured work times. Later she was a board member of St David’s Aged Care, was involved in the Order of St Luke – a healing ministry – scripture teaching in schools, and with the Rockingham YouthCare District Council as Secretary.Continue Reading

New aged care facility

Construction of a new 100-bed residential aged care facility in Perth’s southern suburb of Martin has commenced. This latest project for Juniper, a Uniting Church WA agency providing aged care, is one of many around the state including in Kununurra, Albany, Rowethorpe, Menora and Karrinyup.

Announcing the start of onsite work in May, Vaughan Harding, Chief Executive at Juniper,  said the project was a significant investment by the organisation as it works to double its capacity to respond to growing community need for aged care services.

“This exciting development will bring high quality residential accommodation, designed to provide a full continuum of care to frail, older Western Australians,” he said. “In addition to creating  more opportunities for employment in the aged care sector the new facility will provide cutting edge amenities with focus on quality design and construction.” Continue Reading