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Giving peace a chance

Tara Curlewis, Allan West and Jim Mein from our Presbytery and Helen Clarke from Knox Grammar School participated last January in a unique tour of Palestine and Israel and offer to speak to Zone meetings, congregations and other community organisations.
For two years, our Synod’s Relations with Other Faiths Committee has dialogued with the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies on a wide range of topics and issues involving our two faiths, and so often the test of our differences centred, or at least bordered, on our understandings of the conflicts challenging whether peace can happen in Palestine and Israel.
A decision was made that the representatives from our Synod and the Board would greatly benefit from a joint study tour wherein we would interview a diverse range of speakers in the areas such as interfaith, politics, peace negotiations and local non-government organisations working for peace. Fifty-three people were interviewed. Each allowed questions and answers and almost all complimentarily attested to the special nature of our visit.
We also visited sacred religious sites such as the Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem and the Old City, Jericho, Jaffa, Samaria, Bethlehem and Jacob’s Well.
We have much to share and welcome invitations. Please contact Jim on 0408 660 591.
We would like to include Jewish speakers wherever possible to hear their impression and help us all to better understand the confusing complexity of this Middle East region. All twenty-two participants, including our Moderator and some members of the Jewish Board’s Executive Committee, changed through broadening their minds. We developed very strong friendships even though we did not always agree.
 
Jim Mein
Presbytery Chairperson


HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY UCA!

 The Uniting Church in Australia turns 40 on 22 JUNE 2017!
What is your congregation, institution or faith community planning for the 40th?
As Australia’s first born national Christian denomination, our journey towards the promised end has experienced much, learnt barrow loads and has far to go to bring Jesus to God’s world.
Why not celebrate your achievements as well as consider the future for we cannot change the past but we can influence the future? The lessons of our history should be guiding how we as a Church can connect with our current and predicted community contexts.
So how can you as members of the Uniting Church celebrate our 40th?
Why not share your ideas through the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery Newsletter?
Why not “risk the way of Jesus” (my favourite Uniting Church slogan) and do something outlandish?
Why not get media coverage of something you have done for the community and share your plans for the next 40 years?
 
We would love to hear what your plans are for this milestone in the Uniting Church.

Jim Mein

Presbytery Chair


New book by Rev Heather Coombes

Rev Heather Coombes (former Chaplain of Nareen Garden and member of Terrigal Uniting Church) has written a book called “Marathon Wheeler”. It can be ordered from her website: www.heathercoombes.com It is an informative and inspirational book for anyone who is disabled, their family or those who care for them. It is also a wonderful testimony of Heather’s faith journey. Rev Heather Coombes now lives in Queensland.


New Presbytery Development Officer

It’s official – Pastor Fiona Blair has joined the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery team and commenced her new role as Presbytery Development Officer.
Her commissioning was held last Sunday, 19 March at Terrigal Uniting Church. It was a wonderful service and Fiona would like to say a big thank you to all those who attended, contributed, encouraged her and made it a special and memorable occasion.
Also, as part of getting to know better the Zones and Congregations of the SCCP Fiona will be out and about on Sundays keen to join congregations for their worship services. So look out for her and feel free to get in touch to start a conversation or just to say hello.
Fiona’s contact details: mobile 0407 951 665 , email for the time being: blair.fionaj@gmail.com


Commissioning of Fiona Blair

The commissioning of Fiona Blair as Presbytery Development Officer will be held on Sunday 19th March at Terrigal Uniting Church during the 9:45am service. Everyone is welcome to join in this service and welcome Fiona to this new role in Sydney Central Coast Presbytery.


New email address for SCCP news items

We now have a brand new email dedicated specifically to enquiries regarding the SCCP news letter.

If you have an event coming up at your church or in your local area please email it to Kristy at news@sccpresbytery.org.au



Live, Online, and needing your help…

As promised, Sydney Central Coast Presbytery is now live online at http://sccpresbytery.org.au/. Josh Wyatt has laboured hard to get us an attractive and intuitive web presence and the new site has all the basic elements in place.
However, it’s not finished! Resources and information will grow with the Presbytery itself. Details and links will occasionally need checking and correcting. And most of all, we need information from our congregations, ministries and mission centres need to fill out our Presbytery’s public presence!

What to do next?
Look us up. Scroll down to the Churches and Ministries section, where the six Zones are set out. See the little line that says To update your ministry information, please click here? Please click there.
We need someone from each congregation, chaplaincy and other mission centre to send your up-to-date info to Josh, so that anyone looking for a place to worship, witness or serve will find it quickly and simply.

Please note: Presbytery is NOT replacing your existing website! The cover page for each place will link to your own webpage where you can express the life of the church in glorious detail. Please ask your secretary, minister or youth group geek to send info and images to Josh to update the Presbytery site.
  • Send images and video that show the life of your church, your neighbourhood, your environment. These will enhance the website and make it our own.
  • Point out (nicely) any links that are broken or behave in odd ways. We are aware of some already that don’t work as they should, and are trying to fix them. There are always teething problems – your eye for detail will be helpful.
  • Suggest ways of enhancing the website’s usefulness. What would you and your people most want to see on the Presbytery site?
  • Send in your news to share, event dates, and changes to personnel, contact details, etc. 
  • Check us out now. Help by googling Sydney Central Coast Presbytery, which will raise our website a little higher in the search engines each time you look for it. Save us in your bookmarks.
  • Make us your home page.
  • Print the URL http://sccpresbytery.org.au/ in your congregational pewsheet and newsletter.
  • Link to us on your own website.

Enjoy the resources and information,
and have a very Happy New Year!
Graham Perry, Presbytery Minister
Josh Wyatt, WebMeister



A Christmas Message from our Chairperson

Gill and I very much admire and appreciate the significant efforts so many members of the old Sydney North and Kur-ring-gai Presbyteries invested in the historic decisions and preparation for the inauguration of the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery as well as the volunteer support of so many Uniting Church activities inside and beyond their local congregations.

As we approach the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, may you remember that Jesus is still so much alive in us and for us as we serve Him in our many ways.

May Christmas be a special, happy and meaningful time for each of you and that 2017 will see positive change and rewards as our new  Presbytery advances God’s kingdom in rapidly different and changing times across our vast Presbytery.

May world peace be the greatest reward for so many.

Jim Mein

Presbytery Chairperson.


Christmas & January in SSCP

Various Presbytery staff and office bearers are taking a break during the holiday period.
 
Michelle will not be in the Presbytery Office from 24 December – 16 January. During this time the Office phone and e-mail will be checked by Robyn Harvey. Any non-urgent e-mails will be dealt with on Michelle’s return.

Graham Perry will not be available from 1 – 16 January

Robyn Harvey will not be available from 16 – 27 January

Jim Mein and Tara Curlewis will not be available from 13 – 29 January.

The Presbytery Newsletter

 will take a break throughout January, resuming the first week in February.


Worship Resources – Available at no cost

Arising from the imminent sale of the Chatswood South site, a number of worship resources are available to any Congregation that might find them useful. The only cost involved would be to arrange for collection
 
Currently available are:
130 copies of Uniting in Worship Peoples Book
3 Upright Pianos

Please direct expressions of interest or enquiries to  Gaye Brill  at 

chatswoodsouth@gmail.com



Becoming One In Christ | NOVEMBER 12th 2016

The Synod Faith and Unity Committee has planned a one day event “Becoming One In Christ” at the Centre for Ministry on Saturday 12th November from 9.00am till 3.30pm. We are hoping that many UCA Ministers and lay people from both metropolitan and non-metropolitan conregations , will be interested in attending in order to learn more about ecumenical co-operation at the national, state and local level, and to make a contribution to the discussion through a series of ‘table talks’. The guest speakers will be the Moderator, Rev. Dr. Chris Walker from the Assembly, Rev. John Barr, (until recently president of the NSW Ecumenical Council) and a number of people involved in ecumenical ventures at the local level.
 
The Committee needs indications of interest by Monday 19th September. If you are interested in attending could you please email our Secretary Doug Hewitt doug.isabel35@gmail.com or phone him – 0431 935 097 – by then.


Healthy Churches Expo | NOVEMBER 11th 2016

 The Healthy Churches Expo is a day designed to assist churches, whether they are small or large, with a broad range of information, tools and resources.  We encourage you to pass this email on to Church Council Members and Secretaries, Treasurers and anyone you feel would benefit from the following areas:
  • Worship – multicultural, multimedia
  • Roles and responsibilities of Church Council
  • Workshops for Treasurers
  • Creating a culture of generosity
  • Running a meeting (consensus-based decision making)
  • Cyber security
  • Covenanting
  • Safe Churches
  • Property Workshop
  • Paying Your Minister
  • Retaining and motivating volunteers
  • Revitalising community engagement
  • Church Governance
  • Sharing your story with the local media
  • Low cost websites and social media hints and tips
 
TIME | 9AM – 4:30PM
WHERE | Centre for Ministry – 16 Mason’s Drive, North Parramatta
COST | $20 (Includes lunch & morning tea)


Updating SCCP Database

To Faith Communities in SCCPresbytery
We are currently working to gather information to confirm details we already have and make any changes necessary to update our database. We need your assistance to do this. Please find the form below, which we ask you to complete and return (“SCCP data base update” in the subject line of the e-mail would assist us). Please note, that due to Privacy requirements, we ask that you obtain the consent of the people whose details are supplied. We are also aware that many congregations will have AGM’s coming up, so Office Bearers may change at that time. If that occurs, we ask that you send the updated details for those roles ASAP.
 
 
Thanks in anticipation,
Gaye


Sydney Alliance | Voices For The Common Good

SYDNEY ALLIANCE: – ‘Voices for the Common Good’ Choir Spectacular on Saturday 22nd October Have you ever experienced tingles along your spine as you listen to rousing music? That’s what we can promise you at this fundraiser. Three terrific gospel choirs will perform for you. Their collective mission is to provide Voices for the Common Good. If you’d like to help raise funds for several community programs being organised in partnership with Sydney Alliance