Frontier Services needs a champion at St Lukes! Can you help?

Our latest update and appeal letter from Frontier services arrived last week – perhaps some of you received a letter too.  Our bush chaplains in rural and remote areas play an important role in encouraging and supporting communities that are experiencing great hardship caused by natural disasters, especially after the initial attention that such disasters often receive.

Unlike the media, our chaplains stay focused on the people who are recovering for the long haul.

Frontier Services also runs work parties connecting volunteers to communities in the bush.

Perhaps you are originally from a rural area yourself?

You might be just the right person to share the stories from Frontier Services with the congregation and wider community, helping to raise much needed funds and connect city and rural places with each other.

If so, please contact Robyn at the office!

Australian Red cross – Community Visitors Scheme

The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is a free program where volunteers get matched up with an older person for social companionship and friendship on a weekly or fortnightly basis. You might have a cuppa, do puzzles together, reminisce or otherwise enjoy each other’s company. At the moment, connection is limited to phone calls, video calls and letter writing but we hope to return to face to face visiting soon.

CVS is available to older people who are living in a public aged care facility or receiving a home care package. It is an initiative funded by the Australian Government.
Red Cross are currently seeking male volunteers in the Geelong Region as we have male participants who are waiting to be matched.
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering with CVS please email  or phone Rose Jackson, CVS Program Officer 0419 151 830

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

Lawnmowing Volunteers Needed – Short shifts available

The lawns at St Luke’s are very “hairy” at this time of year!  Volunteers are needed to mow sections of the remaining lawn around the buildings.  Some can be done by ride-on mower and other parts are push mower only.  

Photo by Eliza Diamond on Unsplash

Volunteers able to do the job saves the church hundreds of dollars per year, money that can be directed towards Ministry and Mission with refugees, and keeping our facilities affordable for community groups like choirs and Repair Cafe by subsidising venue hire fees.

Mowing can be done at times and frequency to suit our volunteers.  If you are able to help on a regular, semi-regular or even a one-off basis, please contact Ken Anderson via the office on 5244 2997.

St Luke’s needs your help!

Hello friends,

As we prepare to re-open our buildings for worship and community use, there are some extra requirements we need to put in place to keep the buildings COVID safe.

Spacing  seating and setting out movement guidelines

We will need some fit and strong people to move furniture around the church buildings so that we can ensure people are sitting, standing, and moving in a way that allows them to keep 1.5 metres apart.

Cleaning

There are more complex cleaning requirements for the building, and we need to recruit and train volunteers in COVID safe cleaning practices.  Volunteers will be needed for Worship and other church meetings held in the building, and people will also be needed to assist with cleaning for community use.

COVID Marshals

As people come together again, it is recommended that there are specific people present at events to ensure that people are signing in and out of the buildling, sanitising their hands and wearing their masks, and following guidelines for physical distancing.  We are hoping to recruit and train a few Marshals so that the work is shared around.

Tech support team for video streaming of worship and other events

To ensure that everyone can be part of worship, whether in person or online, we will be streaming our services at times.  We will need people who can set up and operate cameras, lighting and microphones, and who can operate streaming software.  If you are interested in learning how to do this, please contact Paul or Robyn via the church office.

If you would like to find out more or offer your assistance, (or volunteer a relative – cheeky!), please contact Robyn through the church office ASAP.

Climate Change Taskforce

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Climate change taskforce

The Justice and International Mission Cluster is asking you to be part of a taskforce on climate change action. The taskforce’s purpose is to identify, encourage and support the implementation of measures across the Synod to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. To lodge an expression of interest, contact Mark Zirnsak at mark.zirnsak@victas.uca.org.au or on 0409 166 915 by October 28.

 

Vote for Peter in the Westfield Local Heroes Awards

Peter Wheeler. Photo: Hadeel Al Badhran

Dear Volunteers and Supporters of Uniting Barwon,

Uniting Barwon Volunteer Peter Wheeler is one of 6 finalists in the Westfield Local Heroes awards with the chance to win a grant of $10,000 for Uniting Barwon Norlane.

Peter needs your vote!

Please forward this link to your network of family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

To vote for Peter, click on this link:

https://surveys.reputation.com/surveys3/run?tenantKey=7afa4106785&templateId=5e5d972a8cdc3757b64dcb04&locationCode=supportoffice&property-value-heroID=921&property-value-centrecode=geelong&locale=en_US

Volunteer Peter Wheeler has created an Op Shop and community space that offers much more than second-hand clothes and household goods. With his vision and drive, Uniting Barwon’s new Norlane Op Shop is also a safe place for disaffected locals to socialise and seek help. There are comfy sofas where any members of the community can read a book, have a chat, relax and enjoy a cuppa, plus a kids’ corner with toys, books and puzzles. Thanks to Peter’s dynamic and inclusive approach, there has been a surge in volunteers and shoppers as word of mouth spreads. He is proud that the Op Shop has saved several tons of goods from ending up in landfill each month, while helping those in need.

“We have community members who, by volunteering and participating, have gained an improved level of self-worth,” Peter says.

Peter is driving further initiatives, before COVID-19 restrictions, including a community arts program and literacy and numeracy programs, conversational English for new arrivals (in conjunction with Diversitat), Messy Mums group (an evening program for parents and kids), an evening wellness program (some yoga and relaxation), community internet café, a vegie garden supporting provision of free light lunches from our approved kitchen, community engagement events, including community movie nights and regular car boot sales with sausage sizzles.

“Any profit made from the shop goes to our Emergency Relief Program for those in greatest need in our community.”

Voting closes on 14 September.

Thank you for your vote!

Mission Outreach Ministry Team and Environment Action Group Meetings

Here’s a quick update regarding these ministry and mission teams.

Mission Outreach Ministry Team

  • The team is not meeting monthly but rather staying in touch via the phone.
  • Material support for refugees is still available but now happening by appointment and with contactless pickup.
  • Bread deliveries are not happening at the moment as Ken has “retired” as the organiser.  This wonderful connecting ministry has been deeply appreciated by many refugee families over the years and we are grateful for all the volunteers who have helped to make it happen.  There is certainly an opportunity for another leader to take up this ministry, should you feel a call and have a van – though we will need to navigate our way through protocols needed to keep everyone safe during the COVID19 pandemic.

Environment Action Group

  • Is not meeting monthly but group members are keeping in touch with one another and doing what online action that they can
  • Recycling can still be dropped off at the church during open times
  • Repair Cafe is suspended until it is safe for groups to meet again

 

Mask Makers needed for Uniting

Photo by Vera Davidova on Unsplash

Dear Friends,

Uniting Vic.Tas is calling on volunteers to make reusable, fabric face masks.

Victorian health authorities have made it mandatory for people in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to wear a face mask when outside their home, and recommend that people from regional areas also wear a mask if physical distancing is not possible.

An increase in demand for face masks is making it hard for many vulnerable and marginalised people in our communities to access them.

By having cloth masks available for low-risk situations, we can ensure our supply of surgical masks can be used where they are needed most.

If you are handy with a sewing machine or needle and thread, we’d love your help in making face masks, which will be distributed across our services.

Our community in Canberra have already begun sewing up a storm, you can read about it here.

To register your interest or obtain more information, please visit our website or call our team on 1800 668 426.

Once you’ve finished sewing the masks, please mail them to our Dallas Warehouse, which is using COVID-19 safety measures to receive and store items

Uniting Vic.Tas
38-40 Phillip Street
Dallas, VIC 3047

Any contributions will be gratefully received. Masks will be distributed across Uniting Vic.Tas and Uniting AgeWell services.

Thank you for your help during these trying times as we support people in need.

Best Regards

Dale

Dale Barker-Harrington

Community Fundraising Coordinator

Community & External Relations