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!

Farewell to Cathie

On Sunday 29 April we celebrated the journey we have shared with Rev Cathie Lambert in her ministry with our congregations and community at Margaret River and Augusta. It was a wonderful time of reflection, storytelling, laughter and some tears.

There was quite a Wizard of Oz theme through the whole morning, one of Cathie’s favourite movies, and a wonderful theme of journeying.  For the combined service the church was decorated with a yellow brick road running down the centre of the aisle.  During our intercessory prayers we were invited to place footsteps along the road, an opportunity to name the many things and people we would like to give thanks for.  We also shared a photographic reflection of some of the highlights of Cathie’s ministry over the last 7 years.

After the service we shared a morning tea, and Cathie was given a Wizard of Oz themed gift to see her on her next adventure in life.

Thank you Cathie for the many gifts you have shared with us. We wish you and your family much love and blessings on the next steps of your journey.

 

English Club – Friendship and Learning

English Club is starting fresh for 2018 with a new regular day and time of Tuesdays from 5-7pm. The change was made to accommodate the changing needs of the volunteer leaders, and for the group its directed towards, many of who work on Thursday evenings in hospitality, or prefer an earlier start time as they are working early mornings in the vineyards.

We had a great kick-off to the year with 14 participants and 6 leaders on the first day back, lots of food and lots of laughter! There was an excellent vibe in the room, which is a good forecast for the rest of the term.  The majority of participants were from Taiwan and Japan in the first week, however anyone who doesn’t speak English as a first language is welcome, so that includes all of Asia and South America and Europe! English Club is an informal collective of people with participation changing week to week, and seasonally depending on the work available at the time.

Plans for the term involve interesting discussion and games around relevant topics.  Learning is through casual conversation and discussion, in a supportive and caring environment of volunteer leaders. Last Tuesday we talked about summer vacations and what people do, followed by a made-up ‘crazy story’ about Uncle Lee who wants to come to Australia on holiday and what we would advise to prepare him for the visit.

Some grant money has been received to support English Club activities and we’re hoping to have a ‘field trip’ to Ferguson Valley before the weather turns. Stay tuned for more information about this as plans are finalised!

English Club have a Facebook group you can request to join – CLICK HERE or to find out more contact Barbara Maidment – yuri2au@gmail.com

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English Club 2018 Discussion Time

Creative Up-Cycling Inspiration!

Presentation and workshop with Jane Milburn in Augusta.

Jane Milburn gave her all during a visit to Augusta speaking at our
local Community Resource Centre on the evening of the Thursday 26th October and conducting an all day workshop Friday at the Uniting Church. Her commitment to changing our perspective on fashion, waste and cheap clothing was expressed through her research, statistics and an array of creative up-cycled clothing.

She spoke of the nurturing effects of sewing, creating our own story with clothes by
adapting combining and turning items upside down to see what is possible. Her commitment and concern for our environment challenged us and gave us much
to think about.

At the workshop in the Uniting Church a group of 12 women experienced the satisfaction of refashioning garments they brought with them or purchased from Red Cross on the day!

Creative Recycling and the Uniting Church were privileged to promote and co-ordinate these events.

Article by Patti Smith, Creative Recycling Augusta & Augusta Uniting Church

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Participants with Jane Milburn at the Augusta ‘Slow Clothing’ Workshop

 

 

All Equally Welcome

Have you spotted our new welcome sign at the front of our church building?  Thanks to the collective efforts of some wonderful members of our church community we have proudly installed a beautiful rainbow of welcome.

We believe that all people are equal in the eyes of God, and feel it’s important for our community to know that all people are equally welcome at Margaret River Uniting Church regardless of sexuality, gender, race, colour or religious background.

Come and take a look for yourself some time!

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All Equally Welcome at Margaret River Uniting Church