ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY AND ANCESTORS : We gather together on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. Stories, songs and dances have been passed on by ancestors over countless generations, in deep awareness of the Great Spirit of the Dreaming. We acknowledge these ancestors and give thanks for their memory. We express our gratitude in the sharing of this land - our sorrow for the personal, spiritual and cultural costs of that sharing - and our hope that we may walk forward together in harmony, and in the spirit of healing. We acknowledge and give thanks to God for the forebears of St Margaret’s Uniting Church and other faith traditions from which we have come. To this community of saints - this great cloud of witnesses - living and dead - named and unnamed - we pay our respects and offer our thanks.
COMING UP Friday, 6th March 10am at St.Margaret's. Just come! WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
The country of Zimbabwe has been in the news recently. The newly elected president has been sworn in after a tense and disputed election. Churches and ecumenical organizations are actively promoting peace education and civic awareness to engage the communities in peaceful participation. Prayer vigils, election monitoring and dialogues between civil society and the government were organized to have political transparency, and to promote healing in a country that searches for peace and reconciliation.
Some of the Mission Outreach in which we share -
- UCA Mission Support Fund
- Rubaga Youth Development Association in Kampala, Uganda. See latest info – Click here for RYDA http://www.blackdouglas.com.au/ryda/news.htm
St Margaret’s has been providing support to the Rubaga Youth Development Association (RYDA) for a number of years. This support has consisted of material items (eg balls) as well as money.
RYDA was founded to promote the position of the poor disadvantaged people through assisting them to increase their socio-economic independence. The organisation pays special attention to the youth, women and disadvantaged rural-urban children.
RYDA’s principal mission is to empower people by equipping them with information skills, and providing them with the opportunities that enhance and strengthen their potential to influence their own development.
RYDA runs programmes in Training, Social and Educational Training and Social Work. Within these programmes, health, income generation workshops and seminars, food, security, water and sanitation, among other activities, are addressed.
RYDA boasts of its novel approach towards developmental problems, where participation of the people in deciding and influencing their development is central.
More information >> http://www.blackdouglas.com.au/ryda/
- Eucharist at Barradine Aged Care, Mooroolbark
- Eucharist at Mooroolbark Residential Aged Care Facility
- UCA Frontier Services
- Lentara Asylum Seekers Support.
- Food for Wesley, Ringwood
- Helping Hands, Lilydale
- Lenten Appeal
- Social Justice
- Music Together
- SHARE Appeal
- Christmas Bowl Appeal
- Kids Hope Aus
- The Family Gathering, to which all are welcome, is held monthly in our Chapel on the fourth Sunday at 5:30pm from February to November. It is a simple sharing of life-experiences followed by a simple meal.
- March 22nd - Rev Dhirendra Narayan will share some of his life story - brought up a Hindu, converted to Christianity, life in Fiji, etc. Bring some savoury and sweet finger food to share and enjoy the fellowship. All R Welcome!
- Book Chat
- Indoor Bowling Club