Celebrating diversity while learning for life

North Balga‘s Devanya Strickland and Makayla  White with Scotch College’s Will Lewis and  Cooper Van  Rooyen. Photo courtesy of The Community Newspaper Group.

North Balga‘s Devanya Strickland and Makayla White with Scotch College’s Will Lewis and Cooper Van Rooyen. Photo courtesy of The Community Newspaper Group.

As neighbours from across the city, year five students from Scotch College enjoyed a day out last year celebrating  with students of North Balga Primary School (NBPS) in their Multicultural Day. North Balga Primary School is a vibrant, multicultural school, with many students speaking English as their second language, from many different cultures.

Students from the school performed a range of dances and displays to celebrate their different cultures with the students from Scotch College, a Uniting Church school in Perth’s  Western Suburbs. Continue Reading

Give it UP for Lent

Georgina Garrett, Jemima Taylor and Imogen Senior from Picton Uniting are Giving it UP for Lent in 2014 with new youth resources.

Georgina Garrett, Jemima Taylor and Imogen Senior from Picton Uniting Church are Giving it UP for Lent in 2014 with new youth resources.

UnitingWorld’s Lent Event provides opportunities for people of all ages to – as their motto says – connect, reflect and act. Connect with overseas communities; reflect on your faith  and act, by giving up everyday items and donating the money to vital relief and development projects instead.

This year Lent Event includes a new, youth-inspired addition – Give it UP for Lent. Running over one weekend from March 7–9, Give it UP for Lent is the result of collaboration  between UnitingWorld and South Australia’s Uniting Young People. It includes a full range of youth group resources, video and bible study materials.  Continue Reading

Getting to know your neighbours

How well do you know your neighbours? Are they a family similar to yours or are they different? Are they a couple or someone living on their own? Are they from another country?  Are they right next door in an apartment building, or kilometres away on a neighbouring farm?

While some people are best friends with their neighbours, often these days we don’t know them at all. This can mean that the community might not be as strong as it could, as when  people need each other they don’t know who is nearby that they can count on. Continue Reading

Building relationships, growing leadership

Revive has previously reported on the relationship between All Saint’s Floreat Uniting Church and the people of Mowanjum, a remote Aboriginal community near Derby. Volunteers from the congregation have been running school holiday programs for the Mowanjum kids for several years now, in response to disturbing statistics on youth suicide in the area. The  program has had a positive effect in Mowanjum, and people from the Floreat congregation are also seeing effects among their own community. Continue Reading