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The Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod


11 December 2018


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Rev Heather den Houting
General Secretary, Queensland Synod

From the General Secretary

Rediscover the wonder this Christmas

Our Christmas theme this year is a reminder to again return to the heart of the matter of the Christian faith.

God became incarnate so that the full redemption of humanity would be achieved through Christ. In the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we see the glory of God played out again and again.

As we come to the end of the year and we are feeling tired and maybe discouraged, remember that our story is part of this bigger transcendent story. Rediscovering this is part of our journey together.

As we journey through Advent, I wish you the peace and joy of Christ’s coming in your family, your work and your community.

Rev Heather den Houting
General Secretary, Queensland Synod

From the Moderator

Monday morning prayer

Join us for the Monday morning prayer in December:

Lord, in the midst of all this season brings, open our hearts to wonder at the babe of Bethlehem; the faithfulness of Mary and Joseph; the commitment to truth of the magi. Amen

Moderator's musing

In this week's moderator's musing, Rev David Baker reflects on the disruption of the Christmas story.

"As we face the disruptions of life, we too are called to place ourselves in the story, the story of God’s faithfulness, and God’s sometime disruptive purposes, and discover what our role is as disciples of Jesus." Read the full article.

Historic milestone for religious instruction in Queensland

For the first time in Queensland’s history, faith groups have come together in a unified peak body to represent religious instruction in Queensland’s state schools.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed that brings together 15 Christian groups as well as Queensland representatives from the Islamic, Jewish, Baha’i and Buddhist faiths under the name Multi-Faiths RI Peak Body. Read full media statement

Presbytery and congregation news

Moderator's Christmas message now available

Share the wonder of Christmas with these free resources available on the Synod website.

  • Social media banner
  • Powerpoint template
  • Christmas music video
  • Moderator's Christmas video

Ben Tupou
Marketing and Communications Officer, Queensland Synod

Synod office news

Congregational bookkeeping service

The Synod office is currently proposing to set up a centralised bookkeeping service that is opt-in (no compulsion to join). The service can assist presbyteries and congregations that cannot easily obtain people to perform bookkeeping services or may choose to outsource these tasks.

We are asking all congregational treasurers, presbytery treasurers and presbytery ministers to complete this survey to ascertain whether there is sufficient interest in this service.

The survey will take approximately three–minutes and should be completed by 11 December COB.

Peter Cranna
Executive Director – Strategic Resources, Queensland Synod

Last week to give to Christmas appeals

One in eight Australians are living in poverty, with one in six children affected. So a Christmas morning without extra special treats or presents under the Christmas tree is a sad reality facing many families this year.

You can help spread the wonder of Christmas by giving a gift to place under the tree and/or a gift of food. All gifts collected will be distributed to struggling families across Queensland in partnership with the 2018 Target UnitingCare Christmas Appeal and Wesley Mission Queensland’s Red Bag Appeal.

Please bring unwrapped gifts and/or gifts of non-perishable food to the Synod office, Level 2 reception, 60 Bayliss St, Auchenflower before 14 December. For more information please email or call (07) 3377 9823.

Raushen Perera
Chief Fundraising and Marketing Officer, Queensland Synod

Assembly news

NIP to take the bite out of insurance bills

The Assembly has joined with the Synods of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania and the Northern Synod to establish a national insurance buying group. Read full article.

Learn , contribute and connect

Do you want to join in the work of the Uniting Church nationally? The Assembly Circles of Interest are a new platform for learning and sharing, contributing your own ideas and connecting with others who are as passionate about things as you.
The seven circles encompass some of the core values of the Uniting Church and how we contribute to God’s mission in the world:

  • Walking Together as First and Second Peoples
  • Being a Multicultural Church
  • Seeking Common Ground
  • Working for Justice
  • Discipling the Next Generations
  • Growing in Faith
  • Transforming Worship

Join one, or more!

Sue Hutchinson
Research and Policy Officer, Queensland Synod

Reaching out and speaking out

Day of Mourning

Uniting Church congregations are being asked to hold worship services on Sunday 20 January reflecting on and acknowledging the dispossession, violence towards and murder of Australia’s First Peoples. We lament the fact that Australia’s Second Peoples and we as a church were, and remain, complicit.

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress asked the church, in the Spirit of the Covenant between us, to declare the Sunday before Australia Day as a Day of Mourning. This was endorsed by the 15th Assembly in July 2018, and 20 January will be the first official Day of Mourning. The event will become a fixture of the Uniting Church liturgical calendar.

Resources will be available soon on the Assembly website.

Sue Hutchinson
Research and Policy Officer, Queensland Synod

Other news

Christmas video resource available

An animated drawing video for Christmas called "A Yarn from the Barn" is the creative work of Jan Morris (author, illustrator and voiceover) and myself (video production).

By arrangement with the author, this video resource is available for Uniting Church congregations and agencies within the Queensland Synod at no cost.

You can view an unlicensed copy on YouTube and contact me at if you would like access to the licensed version for your church.

Rev Wayne McHugh
Minister, Northside Mackay and Seaforth Uniting Church