Belmont Uniting Church

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THE TIME OF ADVENT

(Happy New Year!)

Welcome to Belmont Uniting Church

Nestled in the southern suburb of Geelong along the Barwon River, we are a welcoming, inclusive and vibrant community of faith. Commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to share God’s love in the world, we cherish our long history of worship and service in our local community and beyond.

At Belmont Uniting Church, you will find a spiritual home filled with loving people, smiling children, inspiring choir, engaging storytelling, compassionate care and people making a difference in the world.

You are welcome to join us for our weekly worships on Sunday mornings at 8.30am except for the first Sunday of the month, 10.00am every week and on the first Wednesday of the month at 1.30pm. If you plan to visit us in the month of January please note that we have one service only at 9.00am. 

Please feel free to join us for any of the other events and activities that take place in the life of the congregation or use the church during the week for a time of quiet prayer and/or meditation.

We look forward to meeting you!

 

DECEMBER SERVICES

Sunday 9th of December

8.30 & 10am normal services,    7.30pm Christmas Cantata

Sunday 16th of December

8.30 & 10am normal services,    7.30pm Christmas Carols

Sunday 23rd of December

8.30 & 10am normal services

Monday 24th of December

11 pm Christmas Eve service

Tuesday 25th of December

9 am Christmas Day service

Sunday 30th of December

9 am service: 'Song and Story - 2018 in Review'

CHRISTMAS CANTATA“BETHLEHEM’S CHILD”

Sunday 9th December at 7.30p.m.

The Story of Christmas. God becoming human is the reason for the Christmas Season and celebration. The Belmont Choir is made up of members of the community who share a love of singing and promoting the true spirit of Christmas through music. Under the Directorship of Cliff Rankin with Lorraine Rankin on piano, the choir will present this very popular Christmas Cantata to get us in the mood of Christmas. Come and enjoy the evening of angelic music through singing and narration of the Christmas story.

Invite your family and friends!

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS FOR UNITING 

Over the next four Sundays we are seeking support for items to put in hampers for the Uniting Christmas program. Each year families in need are offered a hamper according to the size of the family. A standard hamper will contain staples such as tinned fruit, cereal, pasta etc. 

Clients are then invited to select several “treat” items such as fruit cake, tinned ham, confectionary etc. 

Donations from our congregation could include such items as: pasta sauce, tinned fruit/vegetables, rice, tuna, long life milk, cereal, tea coffee. 

Christmas treats such as: puddings, custard, Christmas cakes, tinned ham, confectionary, juices, drinks. 

All non- perishable food will be gratefully received. 

MORNING TEA 

If anyone is willing to help by making biscuits or slices for the Church Morning Tea and/or is willing to give an hour or even half an hour of their time working in the kitchen and serving morning tea please see Julie Ferguson.

"WITH LOVE TO THE WORLD" 2019.

If you would like to become a new subscriber to this commentary on the weekly Bible readings, at a cost of $20 for the year, please contact Alex. Page by end of November, at the latest.

If you would like to view the latest Spring Newsletter from Uniting Barwon please click here: Uniting Barwon Spring Newsletter

Christmas Bowl Appeal

Thanks to the support of churches like Belmont Uniting, last year the Christmas Bowl appeal was able to support some of the 50 000 Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar into refugee camps in Bangladesh. Over 1,800 churches from 19 denominations raised money for this cause. Due to an upscale of violence since August 2017, over 700 000 Rohingya have fled into the Bangladesh camps.

A message from Janet Cousens, CEO Act for Peace – “I believe that thechurch plays a crucial role in reaching out to support the Rohingya and other vulnerable communities affected by conflicts and disaster. Through the Christmas Bowl, we are working with the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus, fulfilling the calling that He gave us. We can walk forward trusting in Him, knowing the he is able to do what we are nor able to do in this circumstance. Our role is to trust Him, to pray, and tostep out with practical acts of support.”

On Christmas Day, 1949 the Rev. Frank Byatt of Victoria placed an empty bowl on the dinner table and asked his guests to give a gift to bring relief and hope to refugees who had fled the horrors of World War II. Nearly 70 years have passed and the generous giving continues. Please bear this in mind as you prepare for Christmas.

The Christmas Bowl is an ecumenical appeal bringing together the 18 member churches of the National Council of Churches in Australia

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!!

Through our Church Council, the Mission and Outreach Committee has received an invitation to participate in the CITY NATIVITY IN MARKET SQUARE this year. Between the 10th and 22nd December in aspecial “Nativity Space” shoppers will begiven the opportunity to become involved in the real meaning of Christmas by dressing up (costumes provided) as characters in the nativity with opportunities for photos (free of charge), story-telling and colouring for the children. Volunteers are needed to assist and to chat with people who show an interest. A current Working With Children Check is required.

If you would like be take part of this ecumenical outreach, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Breakey of the Bellarine gateway Anglican Parish on 0404 165 096 as soon as possible. It sounds like a fun thing to do and age is no barrier. Further details from Jean Murray, Chairperson, Mission and Outreach Committee.

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