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

English Club 2018

English Club 2018 Discussion Time

December News!

Well December is here, and there is a lot going on around our Church Community!  If you haven’t already read it, our December Leeuwin Link can be accessed online here:


Here’s a handy reference guide to our Christmas Services, and you can see all the other exciting events in the newsletter, and on our Facebook page!

MR Christmas Services 2017

Ready Set Go…to Kindy Finale!

On Wednesday 29th November 2017 our Ready Set Go kids had their final session, followed by a concert for parents and families.  Ready Set Go…to Kindy is a pre-kindy program run in our community room, with sessions facilitated by an Early Childhood educator, and assisted by volunteers from our church.

These three little girls have been part of our community since they were babies!

Sienna, (turned sideways from tree) was baptised four years ago shortly after joining playgroup. It’s the end of an era as they and the rest of the group head off to Kindy next year, being well prepared by the great program that Kim Clark, our creative teacher, provided for them each week.

Kim, Cathie and I have enjoyed their gorgeous smiles as they come to each session and it’s been a joy to watch them develop over that time. We wish them all the best for the future.

Next year our program will have a dedicated Education Assistant to further enhance our professionalism and stability for the group. We already have two enrollments for next year and we look forward to building community with a new group of families.

If you would like to find out about Ready Set Go, or our Playgroups for 2018 contact us via Facebook, or email – unitingchurch.mr@bigpond.com

Mary Elton

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



‘SacredEdge’ Festival Margaret River 2018

Sabrina Hahn at “SacredEdge” Festival Margaret River – 6 – 7 April 2018

The SacredEdge Margaret River organising team are pleased to announce we have secured two main presenters for our April 2018 event:

Scott Darlow – aboriginal singer/songwriter from Melbourne will be with us for the weekend. He will share his experience through story and song.

Sabrina Hahn – of ABC radio fame, will also join us on the Saturday and speak of how her connection with the land through gardening has brought healing in her life as she suffered domestic violence as a child.

We are beginning conversations with local indigenous people to explore how they would like to be involved. We are also in the process of securing more fantastic people to share their story and lead workshops, including Greg Miller

The goal of the festival is to take time to listen and engage with people from the edges of society. The ‘edge’ refers to those people who are marginalised because of issues that are not often openly acknowledged and spoken about. This will be achieved through story-telling, art, music and spirituality. In 2018, our focus areas will be ‘Families on the edge’ (mental health, homelessness and family violence) and ‘Land on the edge’ (environment, indigenous people and sustainability). Our hope is that the participants will hear stories of overcoming adversity in a positive way and will gain awareness, be inspired, develop understanding and assist to build inclusive community.

Throughout the weekend we hope to cater for both adults and young people, attracting people from both the church and our wider Margaret River community. Included in the program will be an art exhibition featuring local artists, times to eat together, panel discussions, workshops, community building practices and presentations. All of these will be done within a sacred space where all are valued and included, with the overarching aim of demonstrating positive community.

We look forward to sharing more updates about this exciting new event over the coming months!

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!


All Equally Welcome at Margaret River Uniting Church