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

PANCAKE NIGHT 2018

Pancake night at the Beaumaris Uniting Church – St. Martin’s on Tuesday 13th February at 6:30pm was a great success.  Approximately fifty people indulged themselves on delicious pancakes with a range of fruit toppings and ice-cream plus a wide choice of drinks.  Our thanks go to all those who organised the event (especially Wendy Hinde), set up the hall, prepared the pancake mix and various add-ons and cooked and served the pancakes and drinks.  It was a great opportunity for chatting and catching up on peoples’ news at leisure with all money raised going to Uniting Care.

We raised $480 to help families in crisis.

Click on the link to enjoy the photographs of the evening.

>>Photographs

NEW SIGNS

Out with the old and in with the new!!

Today we had our new signs installed on the corners of our site.

It has been a long process getting them designed and produced. In the end we opted for a very simple design and believe they are very effective. We have had an anti-grafitti coating put over them.

We’re delighted with the outcome.
New sign on Dalgetty Road corner

New sign on Dalgetty Road corner

>> Download Photogallery of new signs in the making

CHARITY DONATION BIN

All proceeds from our  Charity Donation Bin assists in the Community Work of Lentara Uniting Care.

The Charity Bin is emptied twice each week (Mondays and Fridays) but more often as required. If you require a home pickup please contact Lentara direct on 9357 5892. Their volunteer team of collectors will be delighted to assist you in removing items you no longer require. This includes clothing, furniture, toys, and all household items. There are plenty of less fortunate people who would love these things.

For further information on Lentara, visit their website at   www.lentarauc.org.au

Lentara is an agency of UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania, which is the Victorian community services arm of the Uniting Church in Australia. Across Australia, UnitingCare is one of the largest providers of community services with over 1,600 sites, 39,000 employees and 27,000 volunteers, supporting more than 2 million people every year.

Lentara supports some of the most vulnerable members of the community, providing support and access to resources that are critical for sound health, wellbeing and participation in local communities. Lentara’s services are provided to all people irrespective of age, race, religion, language, ability, gender or sexual orientation.

Lentara has worked with the local community for over 125 years and provides a broad range of support services including:

  • Asylum Seekers
  • Brimbank Mens Shed
  • Communal Justice Program
  • Communities for Children
  • Early Learning
  • Emergency Relief
  • Financial Counselling
  • Integrated Family Services
  • No Interest Loans
  • Parents Next
  • Sunshine Community Lunches
  • Sunshine Drop in Centre
  • Bargain Centres

Uniting Charity Donation Bin

FRIDAY MORNING DISCUSSION GROUP – February 2018

99 Reasons Why 2017 Was a Good Year 

The first session of our monthly Friday Morning Discussion Group was held at the church on Friday 2nd February from 9:30 – 11:30am.

Marg Thorburn got the year’s discussion off to a good start.

Inspired by a list “99 reasons 2017 was a good year” on a blog called Future-Crunch and an Age newspaper article “Welcome to the Good Times” we pondered the recent hopeful developments which have come from many sources across the globe.  Hopefully we all discovered many good causes for optimism regarding the year ahead. The discussion was very lively as we went through the Future Crunch list and we could easily have spent another hour with this topic. We publish this topic so other church members can also be inspired as we move through the year ahead.

The link to the Future Crunch website is: https://medium.com/future-crunch/99-reasons-2017-was-a-good-year-d119d0c32d19

The link to the January 4th 2018, The Age Article on “Welcome to the Good Times – Stop Grumbling! Things are not worse than they used to be.” written by Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party is: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/01/let-joy-optimism-unconfined-much-celebrate-2018/  (this was a reprint of the London Telegraph article published on January 1st 2018) – The article content is reprinted below:

“Let joy and optimism be unconfined – there is so much to celebrate in 2018”    

Every year I am asked to share my New Year’s resolutions. My answer invariably runs “My resolutions are the same as they are every year – to lose two stone and spend more time in the kitchen doing actual home cooking.”

Every January, a new pair of hideously coloured (but deeply discounted) running shoes are purchased in the sales, before the local supermarket is hit for dozens of new ingredients.

I love this time of year. No matter the widespread grumbling, it’s the sense of renewal, of hope and of potentiality that I find affirming”

By every December, the needle of the bathroom scales has returned stubbornly to place and my supermarket trips are little more than grabbing some cellophaned tin trays on the way home that can be whacked in the oven for 35 minutes while I finish off emails or read the next day’s briefings. I recognise the two results are not unrelated.

But every year, the intent is there. The wish is genuine; the resolve is real. Indeed, I currently have a pot of homemade chilli on the stove and I’m slow-cooking a gammon in ginger beer, to be used for cold cuts later in the week. I’ve even downloaded a running app to my phone. I am ready to be a better me in 2018.

And that’s why I love this time of year. No matter the widespread grumbling at the cold weather or multiple television repeats; it’s the sense of renewal, of hope and of potentiality that I find affirming.

It’s the millions of silent vows attested across the country – this will be the year to get a new job, or ask for my partner’s hand, or take up a hobby. And we need that in public life, too.

I can’t count the number of columns or articles I’ve read bemoaning how execrable 2017 was. The culture wars in America, the twists and turns of Brexit, the deaths of pop stars and the ruination of sport, either through another Ashes failure or the distorting effect of Neymar’s bank-busting transfer to PSG – all of them used as ciphers for a fear and desolation that life will march to the incessant drumbeat of everything getting worse.

It has to stop. Life isn’t worse. The world is a measurably richer, healthier, better-educated and more equal place than at any time in my lifetime. Extreme poverty is being routed. Infant mortality has halved. Literacy rates are climbing. After two centuries of increasing global inequality, developing world growth has reversed the trend.

That is not to diminish the challenges of now or of the future – of social isolation, industrial automation, a surge in populist nationalism or the continuation of mass global migration – but it is to recognise that we have met the challenges of the past head-on, and come out the other side a better world.

I’m not yet 40 and, if I ever have children, I’m not sure how I’ll explain that my own childhood was marked by half of Europe under the yoke of communism. That TVs had only three channels. That only a fraction of school-leavers went on to tertiary education and there was no such thing as Google – you actually had to know stuff.

How do you tell a youngster that for a significant section of my life there was no shower in my house; no personal computer; no internet; that the only phone was bolted to the wall and had a rotating dial; and that, when I was born, not only would I have been barred from marrying my fiancée, but – in Scotland – homosexuality was a crime punishable by imprisonment?

How do you explain to someone born now – who sees both inflation and unemployment running at less than 5 per cent – that I was born in the winter of discontent and all that entailed? That Britain had mass strikes, electricity cuts and the dead were left unburied? Future generations will study the technological advances of our age, the explosion of clean energy, of disease eradication and feeding of the developing world.

But we can neither wallow in nostalgia, nor grieve for achievements we feel shall never be matched. The start of a new year is a time to assess where we are, where we’re going and – crucially – what we can contribute.

Twenty years ago, in 1997, British Army soldiers were still laying landmines that would maim and kill long after our troops left theatres of war. Now, the UK is leading the campaign to make the world landmine-free by 2025. If we do so, it will be our generation’s smallpox moment and a source of national pride.

Intergenerational unemployment is on the way out. Fewer and fewer children are living in workless households, meaning more have the example of work and see the dignity and independence a job can give. This creates two virtuous cycles – one of increased opportunity and increasing employment growth, the other of increased tax returns, meaning borrowing will be lower than predicted.

As global poverty is reduced and issues such as infant mortality and girls’ education are tackled, so we see the environment being considered. Even in countries such as China – where economic growth has been prioritised over all else – the demand for clean air and water means 2018 could be the biggest year for green advances since the industrial revolution.

And at home, where the political debate has been soured by the scratchy tribalism always left over by binary referenda (and remember, in Scotland, we’ve had two – we know how divisive they are) compounded by fake news, cyber-trolling and Russian Twitterbots, we are gradually seeing voters from both sides coalesce around a “just bloody get on with it” position. It might not seem much, but this is the first step to the country coming back together.

Policymakers, journalists and qualified authorities are beginning to properly challenge the lazy and mendacious online; the next generation of politicians is showing the renewal of the body politic made flesh and those at home no longer satisfied to shout at the television are deciding to get involved and do something about it.

We have a more aware, more activist, more philanthropic generation willing and able to use new technologies to band together with like-minded souls across the globe in order to change the world for the better.

New Year is a time for renewal; for new hope and the resolve to be better – better individually, better collectively, better nationally. As George Eliot wrote: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Happy New Year.

Ruth Davidson is leader of the 
Scottish Conservatives