Ten Years of English Club!

On Tuesday 21 May 2019, some 20 supporters, leaders past and present, and participants past and present, gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Margaret River English Club with a Korean meal prepared by chef JD Kim, a former participant and now owner of Margaret River Kimchi, and a 6-layer rainbow celebration cake from Grab A Spoon, Cowaramup.

10 years ago, on 21 May 2009, 6 young backpackers, all from Korea and all on working holiday visa in Margaret River, gathered to begin casual conversation in English, under the auspices of the Margaret River Uniting Church.

Since that time, nearly 2000 young adults have passed through the program. Taiwan has had the most participants, followed closely by South Korea, however, 9 other Asian countries, 15 European countries and 4 countries from South America have all been represented by one or more participants.

Additionally, some 26 local folks have assisted by being discussion or small group leaders over the years.

At our celebrations, it was noted that 11 marriages have also come out of English Club friendships!

Participants were invited to relate a memory of their time in English Club. Several funny stories were related, along with heartfelt thanks to the Uniting Church and the community of Margaret River for their support.

English Club continues to meet every Tuesday evening from 5 – 7pm during school terms. New participants are always welcome.

New discussion leaders are also invited to make contact with Barbara Maidment, Convenor, on yuri2au@gmail.com

Happy Birthday!Article credit to Barbara Maidment, photos by Theo Matthews.

The Margaret River Uniting Church congregation are so grateful for the dedicated work of Barbara, and the other volunteers that have helped make English Club happen, and of course to the wonderful participants who have passed through our doors over the last ten years! 

 

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RSG…to Kindy 2018 Graduates!

There was a combination of laughter and tears as our class of 2018 concluded their year with a short rendition of their favourite songs from the program. Tears as we cherish our memories of friendship and fun during year, knowing we will no longer spend that precious time together, but also knowing that the children have developed the skills ready for their next adventure. Laughter as they entertain us with their singing and spontaneous joy.

Children were presented with a book from the Margaret River Uniting Church  Community and all their Christmas craft had been saved for them to take home and share with their families. A beautiful Christmas morning tea was then enjoyed by all.

It is an end of a chapter for some families who have been with us since the birth of their first child, through playgroup, followed by Ready Set Go for all their children. The beauty of a small town community is that we will still maintain contact. It has been a privilege for us to be part of their journey.

Many thanks to Kim and Yvette for their dedication to providing such a fantastic learning journey for these children. The 2019 session is fully booked, but we do have a wait list if you are interested. Please contact Mary 0429797767.

Creative Mindfulness Workshops

Workshops for calmness, centering and peace – 14 & 15 September 2018

The Margaret River community has experienced loss, stress and trauma in recent times. These workshops are designed by Margaret River Uniting Church, Wildart Weaving and Tig-Le House to acknowledge that in a creative, mindful and respectful way.

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There will be two sessions available (see full program details below):Creative Mindfulness logo

Friday 14 September – 10 – 3pm

Saturday 15 September –  10 – 3pm

 

Tickets are $30 per session and can be purchased from our Trybooking page – www.trybooking.com/XRPU

Who can attend?
These workshops are for adults only and are not suitable for children to attend.  No previous art experience necessary.
What will we be creating?
In the Friday workshop, we will use the technique of Random Weaving to create big sculptural orbs that will be made from locally found natural materials, recycled materials and paper. This will then be followed by a Clay Sculpture workshop on Saturday morning, where participants will create small symbolic hanging sculptures from seeded clay.

On Saturday afternoon, we will finish off our pieces and then assemble our hanging artworks. The clay items will then be hung or placed in each of the woven orbs to create 5-8 big hanging pieces that will be part of a community artwork installation. We then finish with a ‘hanging the art’ ceremony, feedback and a plan for the artworks.

Throughout the workshops, participants will be guided to practice mindfulness as they create their artworks. They will initially work on pieces for the community artwork, but will also be given opportunity to create their own individual pieces, which they can take home. The workshops can be attended separately, however we encourage people to attend both sessions where possible. Given availability, Friday workshop participants may be able to attend the Saturday afternoon session (for a donation), to finish off their art pieces and attend the ceremony.

Full Program:

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Breakfast Club – Food and Connection

Every Friday morning during school term a dedicated group of volunteers from the Margaret River Uniting Church run a school breakfast initiative at Margaret River Primary School – Breakfast Club!

In a school as big as Margaret River Primary it’s hard to calculate exactly how many kids we come into contact with, but it is estimated we serve over 200 children each week.  The food is obviously a big part of the program, offering breakfast to children who might sometimes miss out or go hungry.  When it’s open and available to all children, there is no stigma for kids that may be genuinely hungry, or missing out on breakfast at home.  You never quite know how much a friendly face, and a bowl of cereal or a warm piece of toast and Vegemite might mean to a child struggling at home or school.

There are other aspects which flow from the time spent at Breakfast Club.  Our church is part of a vibrant wider community with a lot of families, and our relationship with the local school is important to us.  IMG_0161Each week our volunteers greet a steady stream of kids with a caring smile, and a healthy breakfast to start their day.  It’s also been wonderful connecting with the familiar faces of children we’ve seen grow from our other activities such as playgroup, Ready Set Go and Uniting kids.  And as the weeks and months go on we are seeing regular children come in and say ”good morning” and chat about their week. It has been good to see the growing confidence with the kids, helping them learn basic skills such as buttering their own toast, lining up, sharing and even just saying hello and thank you. We hope that dropping in to Breakfast Club on Fridays is a good start to their day.

IMG_1031Breakfast Club is run by wonderful volunteers, and supported by the staff at Margaret River Primary School.  We are sponsored by Foodbank WA which provides a lot of the non-perishable items such as cereal, tinned fruit and baked beans. It is also made possible because of the generous ongoing support from our local businesses – Riverfresh IGA and Brumby’s for perishable items such as milk, butter and bread.

Thank you to these businesses and our volunteers for helping make Breakfast Club possible!