Uniting Barwon Emergency Food Room – Food items required

As you may be aware, demand for emergency food supplies are increasing in the Barwon region.  Uniting runs emergency food pantries in Norlane and Grovedale, and St Luke’s is a designated drop off location for food items.

Currently the emergency pantries are in need of:

  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Tomato sauce or BBQ sauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Vegetable Cooking Oil
  • Corn Kernels
  • Cup of Soup – chicken
  • Coco Pops
  • Cornflakes
  • Rice Bubbles
  • Oats – traditional or quick oats
  • Self Raising Flour
  • Shampoo/Conditioner

Smaller packets /jars are more useful than large packets/jars.

You can drop items into St Luke’s on Tuesdays and Friday mornings between 10 and 12 noon.

There are many other ways to be involved in the food for families program – see here: https://foodforfamilies.org.au/get-involved-individuals-families/

Foster Care week – Could you become a Foster Carer?

This week just gone has been Foster Care week.

Barwon Child Youth and Family works with Foster carers in Geelong to ensure that children in need of care find safe and nurturing homes to stay in when life turns upside down.

Could you become a Foster Carer?

To celebrate Foster Care Week, BCYF is launching a new video to encourage more people to consider becoming a foster carer. This animation is a creative introduction to foster care that will help not only spread the message about the need for more carers, but also explain more about what foster care is and the process involved.

Find out more information online about becoming a foster carer.



Food relief – items of need for Uniting Barwon

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During sharing the journey (Sunday 27th June worship), Jean mentions items that the Uniting Barwon Emergency Food Room are in need of:

  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Tomato sauce or BBQ sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Vegetable Cooking Oil
  • Corn kernels
  • Cup of Soup – Chicken
  • Coco pops
  • Cornflakes
  • Rice Bubbles
  • Oats – traditional or Quick oats
  • Self Raising Flour
  • Shampoo/conditioner

NB: Smaller packets/ jars are more useful than large packets/jars.

These items can be dropped off to St Luke’s Highton, Tuesday and Friday mornings or can be dropped at Uniting Barwon’s Grovedale location (https://www.unitingvictas.org.au/locations/grovedale-272-torquay-rd/)

Reconciliation in the Park Sunday 30th June

From Jan at Uniting Barwon:

Hello everyone

Reconciliation week 2021 starts on Wednesday this week the 27th May 2021. The largest local reconciliation event in reconciliation week in Geelong is Reconciliation in the Park held in Johnstone Park on the Sunday of Reconciliation week.  This year this will be Sunday 30th May 2021.

As part of Uniting Barwon’s  Reconciliation Action Plan we have established contact with the local community reconciliation group Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group. Geelong One Fire helped establish Reconciliation in the Park and has supported it each year since its establishment. This year Uniting Barwon is going to assist Geelong One Fire with their support for the event.

Uniting Barwon people will be assisting with;

  • Set up which starts at 7.30am at Johnstone Park and runs until about 9.45am,
  • Various activities during the day, and
  • Pack up which will start between 3 and 3.30pm and run until about 5pm.

Those assisting will be given some time to participate in and enjoy the activities taking place.

If you are interested in assisting in any of the roles please contact Des Younghusband by Thursday 27th May 2021, please also enquire of your families, friends, acquaintances and network members if they might be available to help.

If you are unable to assist please consider coming along to enjoy the activities and again encourage your families, friends, acquaintances and network members also to do this .

20210503 Flier Rec in Park 2021

Attached is a flyer for the event feel free to pass it on to your contacts or request more copies from Des Younghusband.

To register to assist or if you have any queries Des Younghusband’s contact details are:

T 03 4210 1115 M 0417 354 515
E Des.Younghusband@vt.uniting.org

Uniting’s Winter Appeal is underway – donate online today!

Uniting VicTas is the welfare arm of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania.  They recently held their Annual Meeting online – check out the stories of the work being done over the past year by dedicated staff and volunteers – you might even see some familiar faces amongst the presenters.

You can support the ongoing work of Uniting by donating to the Winter Appeal – follow the link to do this online here:

Winter Appeal – Donate

Or you can pick up a donation envelope from our table in the foyer at church.

Coronavirus update and contact tracing at St Luke’s

News this week from Synod:

Two important changes from May 28, 2021:
The Victorian Government has announced density limits will lift on small to medium-sized venues, including places of worship.

From 28 May, venues including places of worship with less than 400m² can  have up to 200 people per space without any density limit, provided
COVID marshals are on site ensuring all patrons are checking in to each space using the QR Code system.

All venues must use the Government QR Code Service to maintain electronic record keeping.

How do QR codes work?
1. Register for a FREE QR code service from the government at  https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/register-to-use-vic-gov-qr-codeservice.
2. Once you have your QR Code, you will need to display this prominently, eg at all entry doors.
3. Everyone entering the building can then scan this QR Code using the camera on their smartphone or tablet device. This automatically opens the registration app, which knows that they are registering at your building.
4. They will then be asked to enter their name, phone number and residential postcode, and have the option of providing details of other individuals in their party.
5. When using QR codes, every gathering will require a designated greeter at every door by which the public can enter. Each greeter will need to have a smart phone or tablet device.  The role of the greeters is to ensure that
everyone entering the building registers using the QR code, to assist with registrations as required, or to use their own phone or tablet to register any attendees who do not have the capability of registering themselves.

How do older people, or those without a smartphone sign in using the QR Code?
The government QR code allows you to sign in another person. By having event greeters at every entry door, they can sign in any attendee who is
unable to register themselves. The requirement for every attendee to be signed in using the QR code method is a government requirement as of April
23, 2021.

What does this mean for St Luke’s?

Currently we have 8 people who have indicated that they are prepared and able to scan people in on Sunday mornings.  These same people are also rostered on for other roles, and don’t want to be rostered on every week, so more people are needed for this role.

Knowing that many of our regular attenders do not have mobile phones that can host the Victorian Services app, and that many others do not have mobile phones at all, I made contact with the people in the Victorian Government responsible for the app.  I explained our situation with many people needing to be checked in at the same time who are the same people who come each week.  This is their response:

Good afternoon Robyn,

Thank you for reaching out regarding the check-in requirements.

As long as you are recording the manual entries for each person in your venue for more than 15 minutes, and keeping track of this in a consistent manner that can be supplied to contact tracers when requested, this will be sufficient.

This does not need to be via the Service Victoria app, but can instead be through a paper form with names and phone numbers, or a spreadsheet maintained by your team.

Please ensure the manual check-in form has a way to contact each guest, ideally via mobile phone.

We appreciate your work in protecting Victoria through maintaining contact tracing efforts.

So, while we are still able to sign people in with pen and paper,  should there be a case of Coronavirus exposure at St Luke’s, those recorded through the QR code can be contacted more quickly.   If you would like to be able to do this but are not sure how to go about it, please register your interest with Robyn at the church office.