Friday Morning Discussion Group May 18

“The Happiest Refugee”

The Happiest Refugee

 

Our monthly Friday Morning Discussion Group was held at Hindes this month.

Wendy Hinde led the discussion based on the book “The Happiest Refugee” by Anh Do.

This was discussed alongside an article that was published in the HeraldSun Magazine “Stellar”, on Sunday 11th March, 2018 and titled “It’s OK to fail”, an inteview by Adrienne Tam of refugee Anh Do. We were amazed at the breadth of Anh Do’s talents and work: law graduate, comedian, artist, prize winning author. We learned what a resilient and kind hearted soul he is and how he gives enormous credit to his mother for the way his family has turned out. He was 2 years old when his family hopped on a 9 metre boat and set out to escape Vietnam. The story is a wonderful testament to the determination of refugees to settle in and forge their way in the country that has given them a new chance at life, as well as the gratitude for this opportunity.

>>>> Read the article “It’s OK to fail”

We enjoyed watching the video “Pictures of You – featuring Anh Do” – featured below. This rounded out a very lively discussion.

AGM 2018

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

AGM Beaumaris Uniting Church May 6 2018

The Annual General Meeting of the Beaumaris Uniting Church was held following the 9:30am service on Sunday 6th May 2018.
35 members of the congregation attended, with 19 apologies given.
John Davies chaired the meeting.

  • Jenny Small was re-elected as an elder for a 2 year term.
  • Wendy Hinde was re-elected as an elder for a 3 year term.

The Annual Report was spoken to by Chairperson of the Church Council, Jenny Small and the Treasurer, Margaret Thorburn.

Friday Morning Discussion Group April 2018

IS BOLD THE NEW BEAUTIFUL?

For our 6th April meeting we tackled the topic from the recent debate held on the ABC for International Women’s Day:

“Is Bold the new Beautiful?”

Many of us watched the debate on ABC iView  – and there was plenty of fodder amongst the group to have a lively discussion.

The link is below and it can be watched on any computer if you don’t have an iPad.

https://iview.abc.net.au/programs/international-womens-day-all-star-debate-2018-is-bold-the-new-beautiful/FA1709V001S00

The notes for the topic can be downloaded below:

==>  Is Bold The New Beautiful?

LOW SUNDAY -“HOLY HUMOUR SUNDAY”

Sunday 8th April 2018

Low Sunday Shenanigans

Low Sunday Shenanigans

The Sunday after Easter Sunday is traditionally known as “Low Sunday”, probably so named because of its relative unimportance in contrast with Easter Sunday.

Last Sunday 8th April Reverend John Connan  asked all members of the Congregation to wear bright colours and “silly hats” and bring along funny religious jokes to share with the congregation. The Service Sheet began with the words “Because this is a day of the unexpected, the Order of Service may include the following but who knows exactly what their sequence may be?!” and that’s exactly how it was.  Rev. Connan’s reflection was based largely around the “Smiling Christ” and the joy that emanated from his preachings and that’s exactly how the service transpired. Not a single member of the congregation left without a feeling of joy in their hearts and a broad smile on their faces. Each hymn was sung with fervour – hymns such as Rejoice the Lord is King, Lord of the Dance, Give Me Joy in My Heart, Rejoice in the Lord Always and Again I Say Rejoice, Joy is the flag flown high from the castle of my heart, and finally You Shall Go Out With Joy and Be Led Forth in Peace.

For a Low Sunday we all went out on an absolute high!!!!

Holy Humour Sunday

Holy Humour Sunday

Low Sunday Jokes

Low Sunday Jokes

EASTER 2018

Easter Day “The Empty Tomb – He Is Risen”

Easter Garden St Martins

Easter Garden St Martins

“An exceptional day!”

An air of festivity greeted the congregation as they entered the church on Easter Sunday – with the Easter Garden the first sign of the celebration of the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ, the son of God.

Rev. John and Ann dressed as angels, began the service with the skit “An Exceptional Day”.

The St Martins Singers and Elders led a procession into the church. Then the service celebrated the glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Jesus. The “Easter Carol” was sung with conviction by the St Martin’s Singers, while each hymn sung throughout the service recognised the joy that Jesus had risen from the dead. 

During Children’s Time Ann shared an Easter story then told the children of the significance of eggs at Easter  – as a symbol of life during a time associated with renewal and rebirth. The young ones then distributed chocolate eggs to everyone at the service.

A special thanks to all the members of the church who brought flowers and plants and assembled the beautiful garden.

PALM SUNDAY 2018

Rev John Connan leading our Palm Sunday Service

Rev John Connan leading our Palm Sunday Service

Our annual Palm Sunday Service on Sunday 25th March was full of vibrant hymns  and an excellent Reflection from Rev. John Connan “Just How Costly Can Love Be?”

In his reflection John touched on the way of Jesus, the way of the Church and the way of the people is the way of LOVE.

Sacrifice = Love.

The way of love, justice and truth is never popular.

Palm Sunday

LENTEN STUDIES

BIBLE STUDY – LENT EVENT 2018. Lenten_Studies 

Lenten Studies began on Wednesday 7th March at the Hindes, from 7:30 – 9:00 pm and will continue for the next three weeks.

You can download the free material by googling “Bible study lent event 2018”. 

The studies focus on “Faith in Action – what are the qualities we need?” These include: justice, hope, love, self-awareness, hospitality and care plus sacrifice.

https://www.lentevent.com/…/Lent-Event-2018-Bible-Studies_Faith-in-Action_JAN20…

The materials were prepared by UnitingWorld is an agency of the Uniting Church in Australia.

>> Download the Lent-Event-2018-Bible-Study_Faith-in-Action

 

GOOD FRIDAY WALK OF WITNESS

Good Friday Walk of Witness

Good Friday Walk of Witness – Beaumaris Churches

The Good Friday Walk of Witness – Stations of the Cross is a combined mission of the Churches in Beaumaris.

  • STATION 1 – St Michael’s 10:45am
  • STATION 2 – Corner of Anita Street and Dalgetty Road – Stella Maris will lead
  • STATION 3 – Corner of Hardinge Street and Dalgetty Road – led by St. Michael’s
  • STATIONS 4 & 5 – St Martin’s UCA
  • STATIONS  – Corner Gibbs and Oak Street – led by Beaumaris Baptist Church
  • STATION 7 – Corner Griffiths and Oak Street – led by Beaumaris Baptist Church
  • STATION 8 – ends at Stella Maris, corner of Cloris and Oak Streets.
Please feel free to join us on the Good Friday Walk and bring along friends. Alternatively wait at Beaumaris Uniting Church for the walkers to arrive and join in Stations 4 & 5 with us and then drive on to Stella Maris.

FRIDAY MORNING DISCUSSION GROUP – MARCH

The True Meaning of Friendships and How to Tell Who Your Real Friends Are.

What a pertinent topic for Neva Hill to tackle for our March Discussion. She led with a wonderful quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:

“Great minds discuss ideas,
  Average Minds discuss events
  Small minds discuss people.”

From there she read an article by Shane Watson, first published in the London Telegraph and republished by the SMH and The Age titled “How to tell who your real friends are”. It can be downloaded and read at the following link.

>>      https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/how-to-tell-who-your-real-friends-are-20180221-p4z13e.html

The discussion led on to “best friends” and all other forms of friendships and we even talked about the saying that “People come in to your life for a reason, a season or a life time.” It was a lively discussion on many fronts and a great topic that was enjoyed by the 9 participants there!

Following on from the discussion, Margaret Thorburn found an article in the December 2017 edition of the Women’s Weekly entitled “The Power of Female Friendships”.  It makes very interesting reading and explains many of the female traits.
>>  Read the article  “The Power of Female Friendships