Boost for aged care services in Wyndham

Local residential and community aged care provider Juniper, a Uniting Church WA agency, has successfully secured a $350 000 Commonwealth grant to help deliver much needed additional accommodation and services in Wyndham.

“Regional Western Australia, particularly the Kimberley, is an area of great need for quality aged care services and we’re very grateful to receive grant funding that will go a long way to establish staff housing for the Juniper Marlgu service,” Chris Hall, CEO of Juniper, said.Continue Reading

Vale Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson, who passed away on 18 January 2019, was a significant contributor to the life of the Uniting Church WA over a long period.

Peter’s contribution has been many, varied and consistent. Parish Secretary, Church Councillor, Trustee member, Secretary Presbytery, Synod Standing Committee, Chairperson Synod Property Board and member of Synod Resources Board to name a few.Continue Reading

Uniting Churches to observe Day of Mourning

Stuart McMillan, Assembly Consultant for Covenanting, shares his thoughts on remembering a Day of Mourning, annually on the Sunday before Australia Day.

This January, Uniting Church congregations across the country are being asked to hold worship services that reflect on the effect of invasion and colonisation on Australia’s First Peoples. The observance of a ‘Day of Mourning’ was endorsed by the 15th Assembly at the request of members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).

Rather than seeking a change to the date for Australia Day as some propose, the UAICC asked the church, in the spirit of the Covenant between us, to declare the Sunday before Australia Day as a Day of Mourning. Assembly members enthusiastically agreed.Continue Reading

On the shores of Lake Yealering: Renewing God’s people

With an official population of just 104 people, at first glance Yealering seems like any other small Wheatbelt town. A grand old pub, some silos, a small general store, and a row of houses lining the few streets that make up the town; you could be forgiven for thinking that’s everything this quiet and peaceful town has to offer. But those of us that take the time to linger and look beyond the main street will discover much more.

The town was gazetted in 1912 on the shores of the spectacular Lake Yealering. Originally a fresh water lake, it was an important source of water for traditional custodians of the area, the Ballardong Noongar people.Continue Reading

Valued Ministry at RPH

Rev Ken Devereux, Chaplain Pastoral Care Services at Royal Perth Bentley Group, shares his thanks for Rev Margaret Smithson and her
many years of ministry at Royal Perth Hospital.

Sitting in the audience at the October Graduation for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Interns at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH), Rev Margaret Smithson was reminded of her long involvement in the field of pastoral care.Continue Reading

Blessed are the peacemakers

‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God’, was the theme on Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November, at Wanneroo Crossways Uniting Church.

Early in the worship, the children were told of various symbols of ‘Peace’. After the story of Noah and the dove returning to the Ark with a small olive branch, the children distributed small olive branches to all in the congregation.Continue Reading

Help shape a new intern program for WA

The Commission for Education for Discipleship and Leadership (CEDAL) is inviting young adults in the Uniting Church WA to take part in a survey exploring a yearlong intern program.

In researching an intern program in WA, Dr Elaine Ledgerwood, Presbytery Minister Education and Training, has reached out to other Uniting Church Synods and reviewed their material. She is now asking interested WA
people, including parents, youth leaders and ministers, about what they might like included in a WA based program.Continue Reading