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The Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod


24 July 2018


It is our hope Uniting News continues to help you grow, transition and innovate as the people of God.

Rev Heather den Houting
General Secretary, Queensland Synod

From the Moderator

Monday morning prayer

Join us for the Monday morning prayer in July:

Lord, reveal to us the mercy in which we are held, that we may be merciful to others. Amen. 

Moderator's diary

This Thursday, Moderator Rev David Baker will be hosting a meeting of the Queensland Churches Environmental Network.

Synod office news

Remote area ministry report available now

Throughout 2016 and 2017 Central Queensland (CQ) Presbytery undertook a comprehensive review of ministry and mission possibilities in the remote areas of the presbytery.

Following discussion at the 33rd Synod in October 2017, the CQ Presbytery research project has now been summarised in a general form, aimed at sharing key lessons learned in the project for others in remote and rural contexts outside of Central Queensland.

That report is now available for distribution. It includes discussion questions to help readers consider their own context. Contact Scott Guyatt at the Synod office to receive a copy of the report or provide feedback on it.

Scott Guyatt
Director, Mission Innovation, Queensland Synod

July/August placement vacancies

The list of current vacant placements is now available.

People in specified ministries who are seeking a new placement are invited to make contact with the nominated person if they would like their names considered for any of these placements.

Rev David Fender
Associate General Secretary, Queensland Synod

Position vacant

Grow Sunday School Coordinator

The Gap Uniting Church is looking for someone to be responsible for delivering a program that engages participants and encourages involvement in order to nurture faith formation in our young people.

Key to this role is the use and adaption of curriculum materials that are appropriate to the Uniting Church ethos; coordinating and supporting volunteer teachers and helpers and management of their involvement as well as the provision of timely and effective communication with families.

If this sounds like you, please have a look at the position description or contact us for further information. Applications close 31 August 2018.

Katherine Ruhle
Families Pastor, The Gap Uniting Church

Ministry agent sought for Maranoa congregations

The Presbytery of The Downs is seeking ordained or lay people to partner and lead with the Maranoa congregations (three based in and around Roma). The placement is currently 0.6.

The congregations are ecumenically active, and have commitment to ministry and sharing faith in their situations. They are looking for someone with community engagement skills, pastoral and worship skills, with the capacity to relate the Gospel to people of all kinds.

The placement is based in Roma and would suit an active couple or individual who is seeking to express their ministry skills and work with the leadership to sustain current mission initiatives as well as address emerging community needs.

Rev Neil Thorpe
Presbytery Minister, The Downs Presbytery

Prison Ministry Regional Support Worker

UnitingCare Queensland has a 0.5 placement available in prison ministry. The purpose of the placement is to provide support and coordination to all aspects of prison ministry, including but not limited to chaplaincy, pre-release programes and post-release programes. This role will be based in the community, raising the profile of prison ministry, developing networks, and engaging people both within the local Uniting Churches and the wider community.
A placement description and other documentation is available on request from Rev Linda Hanson.
Applications close 13 August and should be addressed to:

Rev Linda Hanson
Associate Director of Mission, UnitingCare Queensland

Reaching out and speaking out

Freedom Sunday resources available

STOP THE TRAFFIK is not  a faith-based organisation but many of our members are and we believe that the world’s faith communities must demonstrate a united and tangible response against human trafficking.

Through Freedom Days, faith communities are invited to make commitments to take action to prevent the crime of human trafficking in our local and global communities.

The resources have been prepared with Christian churches for the 29 July, the Sunday closest to The United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. For more infromation, visit the website.