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


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

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


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:

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:  (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



Shrove Tuesday – 13th February at 6:30pm

As has been our practice for many years, we plan to celebrate Pancake Night at the church in the traditional way.

If you wish to participate, plan to come to the church for pancakes, as a dessert to your normal meal, at 6:30pm on Tuesday 13th February.

The hall will be open from 6pm for those who would like to enjoy a picnic of for example fish ‘n chips.

All proceeds go towards UNITING and will be helping Australians living in crisis including those experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, addictions and financial hardship..

Every year people come together for Pancake Day to flip for a good cause. The reality is that 1 in 7 Australians are living in poverty with 1 in 6 children affected, that’s 2.9 million Australians too many.

We are very grateful for the donation of ingredients from Woolworths store in Balcombe Road, Mentone along with those of members of the church community.

>>  Download the flyer with all of the details of Pancake Night at BUC_2018
Beaumaris Uniting Church Pancake Flippers 2017

Beaumaris Uniting Church Pancake Flippers 2017

But why pancakes?

Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday is the last day to eat all the flour, eggs and dairy products in your kitchen before the start of Lent which is a time of abstinence and reflection in the 40 days before Easter. The European custom of making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday was one way to use up these ‘luxury’ items. Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday is also known as Fat Tuesday!

Who is Uniting – and what do they do?

Uniting Vic.Tas, known as Uniting, is the community services organisation of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania. We’ve been supporting Australians for over 100 years.

We’re about building capacity and confidence in children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people newly arrived in Australia. We work with people at risk of or experiencing financial crisis, homelessness, mental illness and problems with alcohol and other drugs, by empowering them with the support they need to succeed.

Pancake Day 2018


Saturday 24th December 2017

Once again the Beaumaris Uniting Church hosted the 41st Community Carols held behind the Beaumaris Community Centre on Christmas Eve.
This fabulous event is fortunate to have the backing of the Mordialloc Light Opera Company (MLOC) and the Southern Area Band.

Roger Wilson, O.A.M., hosted this event for his 40th consecutive time, a mean feat by anyone’s standards.

We had solo performances from Katrina and Lucinda Pezzimenti.

Large numbers of families from near and far joined in the singing of carols, whilst picnicing on the lawns.
A visit by the man in red and white is always a hit for the children (of all ages).

We are grateful for the sponsorship of the Bayside City Council and the Beaumaris Bendigo Bank, without whom this event would not be possible. Thanks also to Hocking Stuart for donating the signs around the area.

The video of the duet by Katrina and Lucinda Pezzimenti can be viewed below:



>> Download the photographs of the Beaumaris Community Carols 2017


Beaumaris Community Carols


“Born A King”

A Special Choral Service was held on Sunday 17th December when the St Martin’s Singers together with an augmented choir of family, friends and other members of the church presented the cantata “Born A King”

Born A King is a brilliant unfolding of the Christmas story in both song and word, written by John W. Peterson.
The Cantata begins with a number of prophetic passages and proceeds through the main events of that glorious night. We had solo performances for Soprano by Katrina Pezzimenti and Shirley Tillett, Tenor: Geoff Hinde and Baritone: Graham Webster, together with scripture narration by John Barklamb, Shirley McKenzie, Sylvia Parry and Graeme Keys. We appreciate the wonderful piano accompaniment by Tanya Chaves.




Nativity Scene

Sunday 10 December 2017

On this Sunday the congregation brought unwrapped gifts to place under the “Empty Christmas tree” for distribution by Family Life in Cheltenham to those experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis.

All worshippers contributed and an abundance of gifts was duly delivered to Family Life, who were extremely grateful. The gifts were distributed to families in the community less fortunate than we are, during the following week.

The service included a children’s Christmas story time and related activities as well as a blessing for the 2017 children and families of Beaumaris 3 year old Kinder & St Martin’s (Friday Morning) Playgroup along with any members, family, friends of our church.

>> Download the photographs of the 2017 Children’s Christmas Service
Merry Christmas from the Beaumaris Uniting Church

Merry Christmas from the Beaumaris Uniting Church



Friday 1st December 2017

Our Congregation Christmas dinner was a great celebration to the start of the Christmas season. The buzz of conversation and laughter and the beautiful singing of many old, favourite carols, around the piano with Jeanette Barklamb and orchestrated by Geoff Hinde, made it a very special night of fellowship within the church. Thanks to all who brought food, those who set everything up and cleared away. Because of the excellent numbers (55) there was a profit of $132 which has been used to purchase additional gifts for the Empty Christmas Tree.

The wonderful spread of food at the Christmas Dinner

The wonderful spread of food at the Christmas Dinner

Geoff Hinde and Jeanette Barklamb lead Carols at the Christmas Dinner

Geoff Hinde and Jeanette Barklamb lead Carols at the Christmas Dinner


Our church community held its Annual Twilight Fete on Friday 10th November from 3:00pm until 8:00pm. There was fun for everyone – afternoon teas, snacks and kids activities after school including Craft, Face Painting & a Jumping Castle. Yummy meals from 5pm included a barbecue, baked potatoes with fillings, salads and desserts. Bargain Stalls Galore included Books, Clothing & Accessories, Linen Bric-a-brac, White Elephant, Children’s Toys, White Elephant, Jewellery, Novelties and Craft, Plants and home baked cakes and preserves. The community contributing to the Twilight Fete included the St Martin’s Beaumaris 3 y.o. Kindergarten, St. Martin’s Play Group, Little Feet Music Group and the Kallara Callistenics Group.
We were gifted a beautiful day for the fete and a large number of people participated. It was all a great occasion of fellowship and was a great success.
The church grounds were buzzing with activity and it was deemed to be an exceptional event in the life of the church.
We are particularly grateful for the generous sponsors of this event:

  • Veolia Environmental Services for donating the waste removal skip
  • Century 21 McCann Alliance, Beaumaris for donating the two advertising boards
  • Bakers Delight Beaumaris and Cheltenham for donating the bread and rolls for the barbecue
  • Uniting Lentara for collecting unsold products for distribution to those in need

>> Download the photographs of the 2017 Fete

Church Twilight Fete November 10th 2017


Pentecost Sunday 4th June 2017

Rev. John Connan and his wife Ann helped us celebrate the manifestation of the Holy Spirit through wind and fire with an inspired service.
One of the highlights was the play “Touched With Fire” – a drama with some very ordinary people, who sound like some people in our church. As the drama unfolded we could see that our central mission is to be people engaged in God’s mission turned outwards,  in a deep transforming faith that flows in to outreach. A pertinent message delivered in a simple way that enabled us all to laugh at ourselves.

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Friday Morning Group Visit to Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute on 2nd June

A group of 8 ladies headed in to Parkville by train and tram to explore the wonder of the architecture and interior design of the new Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute (opened in June 2016).  The triangular corner block has been used to its maximum potential to house this amazing hospital and cancer research institute. A registered art gallery, the new Peter Mac Centre displays a range of art works on every wall of the atriums to provide a marvelous atmosphere for those waiting on specialist care. The principal artwork is the magnificent five-metre wide tapestry, “Life Burst” by John Olson. This vibrant tapestry was woven by five talented weavers over 1,200 hours at the ATW in South Melbourne, Life Burst comprises warm and bright hues of orange, yellow and red; with touches of green and purple. The interior is designed in such a way that every room in the building has a window and light is the main thing that bursts from every where. There are two cafes, one on the ground floor and another on the 7th floor which opens to a roof top garden as well as a walk way connecting to the Royal Melbourne Hospital across the road. We enjoyed a plentiful, well presented lunch at the 7th floor cafe after taking in the views of Melbourne and the hospital and university precinct from the outdoor garden. This is a unique hospital and research institiute and one Melbourne can be extremely privileged to call our own. Definitely worth a visit!

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