With the beginning of the Church year now upon us, please click below for the 2020/2021: Year B Lectionary.
The story of the Christmas Bowl
It’s been more than 70 years since Reverend Frank Byatt called on his family to share the joy of their Christmas with those in need around the world. He put a Bowl of Remembrance on the dinner table and asked his loved ones to place a generous gift in it to ‘share your good dinner with hungry children in other lands’.
Frank couldn’t have foreseen how his simple act of compassion would grow into the powerful Christmas Bowl tradition we now know. And he couldn’t have known how much it would be needed in our world today.
When Frank sat down to his plentiful Christmas dinner in Melbourne in 1949, he knew that millions of people were suffering in Europe after World War II.
The Shepparton Uniting Church, like so many individuals and churches around Australia, of all denominations, have support the Christmas bowl. By clicking this link you will find the video from today’s worship service if you wish to watch it again.
For further information on the Christmas bowl, or to make donation please head to their website.https://christmasbowl.actforpeace.org.au/
As we continue to observe physical distance during this unforeseen time, we encourage you to take time for your own personal or family reflection this Sunday or join one (or more) of the many online Services of Worship tomorrow morning.
Once again we will be going live with our Virtual Worship Service on Zoom and Youtube this Sunday, 22nd November 2020 at 9:30am.
Our zoom link for this Service will go live at approximately 9am tomorrow 22nd November 2020 and can be accessed by clicking here or by entering the following details into your Zoom app:
Meeting ID: 997 8666 3827
Alternatively if you prefer you can phone into the service via one of these numbers and entering the above meeting id and password:
03 7018 2005 Australia
02 8015 6011 Australia
07 3185 3730 Australia
08 6119 3900 Australia
08 7150 1149 Australia
After the service a recording will be uploaded to our Facebook Page and we will place a link online as soon as it becomes available. Until then all our recorded Worship Services can be found on YouTube or Facebook.
Virutal Worship Not For You?
If Virtual Worship is something you’re not sure about, feel free to use the following resource created by one of our Ministers. Download it here: Reign of Christ: Sunday 22nd November 2020.
Keep checking back and click on the following links for continued information and resources during this unknown time of Church Closures:
It’s with great excitement the we announce that the Shepparton Uniting Church Op Shop is set to reopen on this Monday 5th of October 2020.
To ensure all our volunteers and customers are kept safe there will be some slight changes to the service.
Firstly our opening hours will be to: Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
We will also be taking extra hygiene precautions as outlined by both the state government and the Uniting Church in Australia. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
We would like to thank everybody for their patience and understanding during our closure and as we move forward in the safest possible manner.
With the reinstalation of stage 3 restictions for regional Victoria and the instalation of stage 4 restrictions in metro Victoria we acknowlege it brings pain and hardship for many.
In Regional Victoria, the Stage 3 restriction means that we must stay home except for the following reasons: For food and essential supplies, for study or work, for care and healthcare, for exercise or outdoor recreation.
Unfortanatly many of our gatherings at Shepparton Uniting Church had not started back since the introduction of restrictions on March 2020 and with the the return of stage 3 our small group gatherings are now to stop once again.
As a reminder following the above directive from State government all gatherings at the Shepparton Uniting Church will cease from 11:59pm Wednesday 6th of August. This includes the stopping of session times to drop in pastoral and prayer sessions with our ministers during the week
We know this is a difficult time for many and a time when people turn to their faith and church for support.
Please remember this is a time of physical distancing we can still be social. Keep in touch with each other and others within the congregation and community by phone, email or even by letter writing! Keep checking here at our website and/or our Shepparton Uniting Church Facebook page to see recorded service of worship, as well keeping up to date with future online worhsip services, events and all other updates.
Please click here for our latest Pastoral Letter from Rev. Loni about these latest restricions.