July Leeuwin Link

The July newsletter is now available! 

The combination of school holidays and winter make July a bit of a quiet month for our regular activites, but there’s still plenty happening in our wider church and community.

Click on the Calendar page for the July calendar to see what’s happening in our congregation.  You will also find the roster sheets for June – August.

The 15th Assembly meets from 8-14 July 2018 in Melbourne. You can follow the discussions, statements and decisions of this meeting by going to the 15th Assembly Website – link is in our newsletter.

CLICK HERE

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June News

Our June Leeuwin Link is now available.  Check your inbox if you’re one of our subscribers. Or you can click on the image below to access the newsletter online.

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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!

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.

 

Ready, Set Go…2018!

Do you have a child who will be enrolling in Kindy in 2019? Ready, Set Go…to Kindy could be the perfect way to ease them into their new routine. Commencing in Term 2, the Margaret River Uniting Church are running this great pre-kindy program with sessions facilitated by a qualified Early Childhood teacher and assistant.Playgroup Rainbow
The program is run much like a Kindy class with children staying for the 2 hour session without their parents, learning to listen and follow instructions, take part in fun craft and game activities, and the all-important ‘fruit time’! This will be the seventh year the Uniting Church are running this highly successful program, and are delighted to be offering sessions for terms 2 – 4 of 2018.
“Thank you all so much for such a wonderful term of RSG!!!! Maddy loved it. The activities were incredible and we cherish the work she brought home. We really appreciate the program and everyone I have spoken to speaks very highly of the it.“, RSG parent Term 4 2016.
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Places fill quickly, with a limit of 12 places per class, so be sure to enrol your child soon. Sessions in Term 2 commence Wednesday 2nd May at a cost of $130 for the term. If you would like to know more contact Mary on 0429 797 767 or email elton5@bigpond.com.

Deep Listening – Engage, Connect and Listen

Deep Listening Festival Margaret River – 6 & 7 April 2018

The inaugural Deep Listening Festival invites you to step outside your normal busy schedule to engage, connect and listen. Through an impressive collection of speakers, presenter and artists you will hear wonderful stories to inspire and enrich. Listen to positive stories of overcoming adversity, be inspired by art and hear from the artists, and find ways to broaden your understanding of the community around you.

The festival, hosted by the Margaret River Uniting Church, arose from the congregation’s desire to engage with the wider community, and to share stories of resilience through music, storytelling and art. The inspiration for the weekend came from a similar festival run in rural Victoria called ‘Sacred Edge’.

We are excited to have the delightful ABC ‘gardening guru’ Sabrina Hahn as one of our guest presenters. Sabrina Hahn is a whole lot of hort with heart – master gardener, storyteller of note, qualified horticulturalist with a passion for the creation of sustainable environments that bring life back into cities and rural areas. Sabrina will share some of her story about her connection with nature, and how that has helped her to heal from traumas of her childhood.
It will also feature Scott Darlow from the Yorta Yorta region along the Murray River in Victoria. Scott is a highly respected musician and storyteller who presents sought after workshops for youth. His mission is to unite cultures through his love of music, promoting forgiveness, love, understanding, tolerance and empathy.
The impressive festival lineup will also feature local’s from Undalup Association, Bella Burgemeister with Bella’s Challenge; Ian Hackett from Tig-Le House and Sean Allen from Beyond Blue. We are lucky enough to have Dr Robert Hoskin talk about his relationship with north west Mowanjum community and Lisa Moriarty an international Master Labyrinth Maker.
An exciting part of the Festival will be the opening night where new art commissioned especially for the festival will be on display, featuring local artists Aidan Lee Smith, Laurie Posa, Rebecca Cool, Karin Luciano, Joanna Alferink and Cynamon Aeria. At the Friday sundowner you will be able to get a first glimpse at the artwork, meet some of the artists and hear some of their inspiration for the commissioned work.
We would love to see people from the Margaret River community and beyond join us at Deep Listening. Registration options include full day and half day options. The program is available on our website.
To register or for more information visit https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/deep-listening-festival or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/deeplisteningmruc

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March 2018 Newsletter

If you missed the March edition of the Leeuwin Link in your email inbox, or have visited our website and want to know more about the activities of our church community you can read the March Newsletter by CLICKING HERE