Pentecost Sunday Virtual Worship and Personal Reflection: Sunday, 30th May 2020

As we continue to observe physically distance during this unforseen 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.

Shepparton Uniting Church will be uploading our pre-recorded Worship Video tomorrow and we will place a link online as soon as it becomes available. Until then all our recorded Worship Services can be found on our YouTube page.

One of the online Worship Live streams we recommend is Glen Waverley Uniting Church. Their virtual worship begins at 10:00am. Tune in 5 minutes before. Their website and live stream can be found here:

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: Pentecost: Sunday 30th May 2020

Keep checking back and click on the following links for continued information and resources during this unknown time of Church Closures:

Messy Church: Sunday 19th April 2020

Messy Church

Happy Easter everyone,

Despite our inability to join together to celebrate I hope as a family you were able to take some time to reflect on the story and give thanks to God.

Despite our inability to join together to celebrate I hope as a family you were able to take some time to reflect on the story and give thanks to God.

This Sunday would normally be Messy Church. Even though we can’t meet I’ve put together some suggested activities and worship outline that I encourage you to engage with as a family.

We have uploaded all the resources inlcuding order of service, music and activies here.


An Easter Message from Rev. Loni Vaitohi


I believe that this declaration ‘The Lord is Risen’, the affirmation ‘He is risen indeed’ and the response of Alleluia, will be ringing and echoed in hundreds of thousands of homes, if not millions this Easter morning. It will be proclaimed in lounge rooms and kitchen tables, driveways and garages, from front yards and backyards, in driveways and drivethroughs, and no doubt will be printed and streamed live across our country and the whole world.

There will be solitary figures preaching from their sanctuaries, and pre-recorded music will be played to imagined congregations. Virtual realities become the new reality, and many are experiencing church differently. The church we use to do is now the church we feel!

The circumstances we find ourselves in, due to the global pandemic is troubling time indeed. Yet, the message is the same as has been for thousands of years. ‘The Lord is risen!’. The scattered community respond from outside the church walls, but the response is still the same, ‘He is risen indeed!’, and the whole creation burst into songs of Alleluia with their responses.

It is true that troubling time brings both challenges and blessings. Challenges in that we have to learn a new way of being in community, and blessings because it reveals more truth about the Lordship of the risen Christ, God in community. Challenges, in that we try to find our peace of mind in ‘things’, blessings are that we hear ‘The Lord is risen!’ Christ is now Lord of both the living and the dead.

S.M. Lockridge in his own troubling times said this: “People are trying to find their peace of mind in things. We are killing ourselves trying to live. We eat our way into ecstasy and drink our way into pleasure…we try to cook our way into popularity and push our way to power. We try to bully our way to friendship and bomb our way to world peace…”

In our own troubling time, the Easter message still rings true, The Lord is Risen! For whether we live, we live unto the Lord. And if we die, we die unto the Lord. The very reason why Jesus died, that He might be LORD both of the dead and the living. JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

It is the Lordship of Christ that makes a better world where evil is being defeated and the dead can be made alive!

May the peace of the Lord be always with you.

Rev. Loni Vaitohi
Shepparton Uniting Church
Shepparton Rural Congregations.

President of the Uniting Church in Australia’s Easter Message 2020

In her annual Easter Sunday video message, the President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer has said Australians are standing with each other in a time of crisis and trauma

While Easter observances in the Church are taking different forms this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Palmer said that Christian communities were responding in ways to keep vulnerable people safe.

This year’s message was filmed on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, where people are rebuilding their lives in the wake of devastating bushfires.

“In the Easter story we see the power of God’s love to overcome. From death and devastation, new life and hope emerges,” said Dr Palmer

The President’s video message has closed captions in nine different community languages: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Fijian, Indonesian, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and Tongan.

Uniting Church in Australia Assembly Website

The Moderator Easter Reflection

Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator, Rev Denise Liersch, reminds us to look to Jesus for a way forward during this time of seismic upheaval. “Jesus put aside conventions to simply be there for people – with them, alongside them,” she says in a special extended video.

Shepparton Uniting Church Op Shop Closure

Following the latest directive from the Federal and State Governments The Shepparton Uniting Church Op Shop will be closed until further notice.

While donations of good quality used goods are greatly appreciated, NO DONATIONS can be accepted over this time.

We wish to thank all those that have supported us and ask for your understanding during this unprecedented time.

COVID-19 Update

Following the latest directives from the Federal and State governments all gatherings at the Shepparton Uniting Church will cease from 12 midday Monday 23rd of March.

This will include all:
– Services of worship
– the Op Shop
– Lenten studies
– Youth and Children’s Groups
– Fellowship Group
– Activity Groups etc.

Further information about maintaining connections within the congregation, ways of connecting with worship and studies and our eventual reopening will come in due course.

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! And check the Shepparton Uniting Church Facebook page to see yesterday’s service and future online events.