160th anniversary at Gingin

Gingin Uniting Church (formerly a Methodist Church of Australia) is one of Western Australia’s most historic rural churches, and will be celebrating 160 years since the first service  was held. A service will be held at 10.00am on Sunday 13 July led by a former minister, Rev Harry Lucas, with an address given by the moderator, Rev Ron Larkin. We will also be  dedicating a stained glass window in the porch on that day and sharing a light lunch. Continue Reading

50 years service as organist

Glenn Coughlan002In 1964, Glenn Coughlan was invited to be foundation organist at Nedlands Methodist Church when its pipe organ, built by Paul Hufner, was installed. The organ was refurbished and  extended in 1996 by John Larner and is now being maintained by Graham Devenish of Pipe Organs WA Ltd.

Glenn has seen many changes during his fifty years there: from Nedlands Methodist to Aldersgate to Nedlands Uniting Church with various ministers. The church choir, under Glenn’s  leadership, has sung numerous sacred works and, combined with a small orchestra, has led many special services, especially on Christmas Eve each year when hundreds of people have  attended and given generous support to the Christmas Bowl Appeal. Continue Reading

Joint formation program begins

Perth Theological Hall (PTH) has embarked upon an ecumenical venture this year with a joint ministerial formation program with Wollaston Anglican College.

Dr Alex Jensen of PTH said, “We hope that the two traditions will enrich each other and that the larger student cohort will benefit from greater possibilities for interaction. It also makes sense to combine the limited resources of the two churches with the whole being greater than the parts.” Continue Reading

The passing of a true gentleman

Norman Greenway born in Cheshire, England on 15 October 1923, passed away peacefully in Glen Craig nursing home, Albany on 1 February 2014. Norman met his wife, Eileen, at a  dance where Eileen’s mother was assisting with catering. He asked Eileen’s mother whether he could walk Eileen home. Mother said OK, but warned Eileen not to trust him because he had a dimple in his chin. Continue Reading

Frontier Services official charity partner of Sydney to London rally

Frontier Services has announced that it is the official Charity Partner for the Sydney to London Classic Marathon Rally. Around 40 cars will travel the first two legs of the event from  Sydney to Perth.

Competitors from all over the world compete in this long distance event. There will be a show of the seminal classic rally cars of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Ford Escorts, Datsun  240Zs, Ford Mustangs, Porsche 911s and more will tackle 16,000 kilometres of roads in 8 countries over 30 days. Continue Reading

Forward thinking project boosts care and education

Juniper's new facility in Bentley, Ron Wilson House.

Juniper’s new facility in Bentley, Ron Wilson House.

Juniper, an agency of the Uniting Church in WA and one of WA’s largest providers of retirement, residential and home aged care services has recently opened Perth’s newest integrated retirement living, community care and professional training facility.

Juniper was looking to  the future of retirement living and created an adaptable apartment design for all 16 units at Ron Wilson House to enable residents to remain in their home as  they age and their requirements change. Juniper will also deliver state-of-the-art education and training facilities in partnership with Curtin University through the Juniper Simulation Centre located at Ron Wilson House.

The facility’s name pays tribute to Sir Ronald Darling Wilson, a former high court judge, human rights campaigner and a Uniting Church leader.  Continue Reading

A message of peace on Perth’s streets

Churches, organisations and individuals will be calling for humane policies for asylum seekers and refugees in Australia this Palm Sunday 13 April. Palm Sunday has been known as a  day when churches march for peace as it is the day Jesus is recognised as the King of Peace. A Walk for Justice for Refugees will take place on the streets of Perth, organised by the  Justice4Refugees WA network. They are calling for compassion, not punishment; an end to offshore processing and an end to mandatory detention. Continue Reading