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A Special Welcome

A Special Welcome…

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We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich or dirt poor.  We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, or as skinny as a rake, or who could afford to lose a few pounds   …

We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti, or are like our minister, Avril (who can’t carry a note in a bucket). You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing”, just woke up, or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the President of the Uniting Church, or haven’t been in church since little Jack’s christening.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but haven’t grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.

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We welcome keep-fit mums; football dads; starving artists; tree huggers; latte sippers; vegetarians; and junk food eaters.  We welcome those who are in recovery or who are still addicted.

We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps, or if you don’t like organized religion – we’ve been there too!

We welcome you if you’re new to Australia and still trying to work out what this crazy country is on about. We’re wondering too.

If you blew all your money on the horses, you’re welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, who work too hard, or don’t work, who can’t spell, or who are here because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid, or who got lost on the Westgate Bridge and wound up here by mistake.

The West Gate Bridge

We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!

Regular Worship Times and Places

10 am Sunday mornings in the church
(Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month)
followed by morning tea.

1.30 pm on the first Wednesday of the month in the church
a smaller, more reflective service followed by afternoon tea.

4 pm on the third Sunday of the month in the Children’s Centre,
behind the main church building, a service for Young Families
starting with afternoon tea and some free playtime.

 

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You are welcome to join us for worship

Our regular worship times and places are:

Image of Williamstown Uniting Church from the front 10 am Sunday mornings in the church, 36 Electra St, Williamstown,
(Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month)
a joyful service followed by morning tea.

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1.30 pm on the first Wednesday of the month in the church
a smaller, more reflective service followed by afternoon tea.Tims Photos - Our prayers aflame
4 pm on the third Sunday of the month in the Children’s Centre,
behind the main church building, 
a service aimed at Young Families starting with afternoon tea and some free playtime.

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Please come and join us.

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Stuart McMillan at the last Assembly

From the Minister: Hearts on Fire

‘Hearts on Fire’

On Sunday the 12th of July I will be heading off to Perth to attend the 14th National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia. Despite the fact that this will involve seven full days of meetings, usually not the most enticing of prospects, I’m looking forward to it. It’s a privilege to be able to attend the Assembly and get a sense of the breadth of our Church. We worship God, witness to Christ, and serve the world in so many amazing and different ways. Continue reading

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From the Minister: The Act for Peace Ration Challenge

I am frequently overwhelmed by a sense of how lucky I am.

That sense can come when I’m walking by the sea, when I’m reminded of how lucky I am to live in Williamstown. It can come when I’m leading worship, when I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be able to follow my vocation. It can come when I’m playing with my nephew, nieces, or any of the many other children in my life, when I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be have children to love even though I don’t have any of my own. It can come when I’m browsing in a bookshop, when I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be able to buy a book without worrying about my budget. It can come when I watch the news at night, when I’m reminded of how lucky I am that I was born in Australia. I wasn’t merely born in Australia; I was born to a stable, Anglo-Celtic, middle-class family. In so many ways, through absolutely no effort on my part, I won the birth lottery. Continue reading

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Easter Services 2015

Maundy Thursday

Last Supper 1

6 pm April 2
Join us for a service including a shared dinner as we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples

Good Friday

Good Friday 1

10 am April 3
Join us for a service of readings and hymns, words and images,
as we experience the story of Jesus’ Passion

Easter Sunday

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6.30 am April 5
Dawn Service at the Timeball Tower, Point Gellibrand, Williamstown

10 am April 5
Join us at the churchfor a joyful Eucharist service as we celebrate the Resurrection!

Christmas is Coming!

Come and join the community at Williamstown Uniting Church – Electra St as we gather together to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Christmas Bowl Dinner - Wednesday the 10th of December, 6.30 pm
Christmas Bowl
On Human Rights Day come and join us for a dinner to raise funds for the Christmas Bowl. For $20 each, or $40 per family, you’ll enjoy a main course of rice and beans – based on the food that Burmese refugees are given in camps on the Thai-Burma border – and a dessert of Australian Christmas food – based on the food that we all enjoy at this time of year. Berlin Guerrero and Avril Hannah-Jones will speak. To RSVP contact: 9397 5481 or williuca@bigpond.com

Christmas Musical Evening – Saturday the 13th of December, 5 pm

Carol Concert

Join the Williamstown Uniting Church – Electra St community as we gather together to sing carols and enjoy musical offerings from the community’s talented singers and musicians. The concert will be followed by supper.

Christmas for Families – Sunday the 14th of December, 4.30 pmgiving-box-logo

Bring grand-parents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends to enjoy a service in which children will mime the Christmas story. Presents will be collected for the Giving Box AppealNote: There will be no morning worship today.

“Blue” Christmas Service – Wednesday the 17th of December, 7.30 pm

Blue Candle (2) (460x640)A reflective service to remember those we love and mourn at Christmas.

Christmas Eve
Christmas for Kids - Wednesday 24th of December, 5.30 pm
Service of Readings and Carols - Wednesday 24th of December, 11.30 pm

Christmas Day
Thursday 25th of December, 9.30 pm.
A collection will be taken up for the Christmas Bowl

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From: The Nativity Play by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen. A brilliant book! Go buy a copy now!

 

From the Minister: June 2014

Love Makes A Way

Recently I was arrested for trespass. I don’t imagine that that’s something you expected to hear when you called me here as your minister, so I’ll explain exactly what happened.

On Monday the 19th of May two groups of Christians, one in Melbourne, one in Sydney, entered the foyers of the electorate offices of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition; sat down; and began to pray. When the groups were asked to leave, we refused – unless the Government and the Opposition agreed to release the more than one thousand children currently in immigration detention. The eight people sitting and praying in Tony Abbott’s office was removed and arrested after three hours. The twelve people in Bill Shorten’s office were removed and arrested after nine hours.

The Uniting Church contingent

The Uniting Church contingent

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Sci Fi and Fantasy-Friendly Worship Service

3 pm, Sunday May 25

Once again the Williamstown Uniting Church – Electra St will open its doors to wizards, Jedi and vampire slayers at a Sci Fi and Fantasy-Friendly church service.

Adam Hills and Darth Vader at the first service in Romsey

Adam Hills and Darth Vader at the first service in Romsey

The first Sci Fi and Fantasy-Friendly service was held in 2011 at the Romsey Uniting Church. Prompted and promoted by comedian Adam Hills it caused international controversy and was reported on by news services as far away as India and Italy. The second service, in 2012, was just as much fun and again succeeded in filling the church to overflowing even without the international media attention. Last year the service moved to Williamstown, and holding it in a larger building in a more central location enabled even more people to attend.

The service provides an opportunity for ‘geeks’, people who enjoy fantasy and science fiction books, films and television programs, to gather together, share their enjoyment with each other, and dress up. It also enables the church to reach out to people who might otherwise avoid it.

The theme of this year’s service is “To boldly go … on a journey … through time and space”.

Participants are encouraged to attend in costume but, as in previous years, all stakes, swords, lightsabers, blasters and other weapons must be left at the church door.

2014 Sci Fi Service