Church Updates

  • Palm Sunday (3/15/2018)

    Hi all,

    You are invited to come along to our all-ages family friendly Palm Sunday Service as we journey through Holy Week – the week leading up to Easter.  There will be crafts, food, prayer and song.
    You can pass on the invitation to anyone you you would like to invite.
    Please feel free to contact me for more information or if we can help you in any way.

  • Paint our wall application form (2/24/2018)

    You can download the application form here.

  • Autumn Newsletter (2/13/2018)

    Engadine Uniting Church

    Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter.

    Welcome to the Engadine Autumn Newsletter. This newsletter is for those with whom we have links through our various programs, activities, baptisms, weddings or funerals. It is an opportunity to let you know what is happening and share some reflections to help you think about God, life, hope and Spirituality. Therefore, we offer you these reflections with our prayers for your own spiritual journey through life. Please join us any time you are able, or would like to explore faith more deeply.

    Upcoming Events

    1. Lenten Reflection groups – A 6-week study that focuses on Love. What happens, what changes, when Love comes to town – when God’s love enters our lives? The study ‘When Love Comes to Town’ looks at what it means to live as Jesus lived and be a disciple of Jesus. The study is being offered at the following times:

    Monday1:30pm – 3pm 19th Feb until 26 March

    Monday 8:00pm – 9:30pm 19 Feb until 26 March

    Wednesday 7:30pm – 9pm,14, 21, & 28 Feb, 7, 21, & 28 March (we will not meet on the 14th March as Church council is on that night)

    1. Palm Sunday – An all ages interactive and creative service to celebrate Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem and reflection on Holy week

    25 March, 9:00 am.

    1. Maundy Thursday Service – A quiet reflective service 29 March 7:00 pm
    2. Good Friday dramatic Service – 30 March 9:00 am
    3. Easter Sunday Service – All ages service of celebration 1 April, 9:00 am

    You are invited to attend any of these events and feel free to extend this invitation to your friends and family.  These events are intended to relate to our lives and give us strength, focus and hope in our lives.

    Please note Tammy will be on leave from Thursday 12th April to Tuesday 8th May.  The family are going on holiday to the USA.

    Thoughts from Tammy

    The kids are back to school, Hot Cross buns are in the shops – actually Hot Cross Buns have been in the shops since New Year’s Day! – and chocolate bunnies and eggs abound.  Easter’s coming!

    This Wednesday, 14th February, is not only St Valentine’s Day, but this year, it is also Ash Wednesday – the first day of Lent.  It is no surprise more people in the community will be celebrating St Valentine’s day than Ash Wednesday.  Marketing love is, after all, much easier than penitence.  But what do these days really mean?

    St Valentine’s Day is named after St Valentine.  There are a number of legends about St Valentine giving rise to doubt over whether they are all about the same individual.  Valentine was a common name in the 3rd century and there are three different people by the same name mentioned in the early martyrologies for February 14.

    In one legend Valentine is identified as the bishop of Interamna, the present-day Terni.  He was on house arrest with Judge Asterius and while discussing religion and faith with the Judge, Valentine vowed the validity of Jesus. The judge tested Valentine, presenting his blind daughter to him and telling him to restore her sight. Placing his hands onto her eyes, Valentine restored the child’s vision. In response Asterius broke all the idols around his house, fasted for three days and became baptized, along with his family and entire 44 member household. The now faithful judge then freed all of his Christian inmates.

    In another legend Valentine is described as a priest who was martyred around 269.  He was arrested and imprisoned for marrying Christian couples going against Emperor Claudius II who decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, so outlawed marriage for young men.  According to legend a relationship between the saint and emperor began to grow, until Valentine attempted to convince Claudius of Christianity. Claudius became enraged and sentenced Valentine to death, commanding him to renounce his faith or be beaten with clubs and beheaded.  St. Valentine refused to renounce his faith and Christianity and was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14, 269. However, other tales of St. Valentine’s life claim he was executed either in the year 269, 270, 273 or 280.

    A third legend credits him with attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured until he himself was gaoled.  As the legend goes, while he was in gaol awaiting his execution Valentine fell in love with the blind daughter of the gaoler and he performed a miracle on her, giving her sight.  Before dying, he left a love note for her ending it with ‘from your Valentine’.  It is this last legend that is popular today with the emphasis on romantic love and gift giving, especially Valentine cards.

    A lot of time has passed since Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St Valentine’s Day at the end of the 5th century. Valentine’s Day has morphed into yet another consumer holy day but at its core it is about faithful commitment at all costs – even one’s life.

    Ash Wednesday is the first day of a 40-day period called Lent.  It is actually 46 days before Easter Sunday because the Sundays are not counted in the 40 days. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes having ashes placed on the forehead in the shape of a cross. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us and that we are all God’s creation.  The 40-days of Lent are reminiscent of the stories in the bible.  These include:

    • The Noah flood story in Genesis that lasted for 40 days and 40 nights.
    • The 40 years that the Hebrew people spent wandering in the wilderness after being freed from Egyptian oppression.
    • The 40 days Moses spent on Mount Sinai with God, before receiving the Ten Commandments.
    • The 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted

    This Lent the recurring theme is covenant or promise.  A covenant is an agreement between two or more persons to do or not do something specified.  In the case of God’s covenant with people and all of creation we see that even if we do not uphold our end of the agreement God is faithful.  The love and grace of God is unending

    So this February 14 celebrate St Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Celebrate faithful commitment.  Celebrate the love that God calls us to share with each other and with all of creation.  Celebrate the love God has for the creation God made.  Celebrate the fact that “nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow separate us from God’s love.  No power above or below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

    Grace and Peace,

    Tammy.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For any support, questions, comments, please visit or contact us on:

    Cnr Cambrai & Chipilly Streets, Engadine NSW 2233

    Postal Address:           PO Box 527, Engadine NSW  2233

    Phone:                         0409001115

    Email:                          tammy.hollands@gmail.com

  • Paint our wall! (1/31/2018)

    Calling local artists.  We require your help to paint a mural on the wall of our church.  The theme of the mural is ‘community’ in whatever representation that is to you.

    Please read the flyer below and download the application form here.

    Flyer

     

     

     

     

  • Christmas Celebration (11/12/2017)

  • Summer Messy Church (11/7/2017)

    Join us for a Summer Fun Messy Church

  • Engadine Uniting Church Visions and Dreams Planning Day (6/1/2017)

    To All Members and Supporters of Engadine Uniting Church

    We have a Vision, Dreams Planning Day set down for Sunday June 4 at Engadine Uniting Church. We will worship together at 9:00 and the Planning will flow from this concluding at approximately 12:30 pm.

    The aim of the day is to determine a strategy to help us connect with the community and live into our calling to be a vibrant and growing community in Christ that exists not just for the benefit of its members but the wider community. This may consist of some possible projects/programmes or a further course of action to help us discern what God is calling us to be and do. Children are welcome to be part of this and we will ensure they are included and can participate.

    The Mission Planning Day will enable all members of the congregation (and those who are on the fringe) to contribute thoughts, ideas, hopes, dreams and concerns to the process. Through structured conversations on the day we will develop a way forward. From the input provided on the day we will be able to prepare a plan and strategy for the congregation that will give us a direction with some ideas to develop and try.

    This day will not provide all the answers, nor will it be the end of the process. Some work will be required to develop a realistic plan and then we need to act, to do something. We will try some different things – some will work and others won’t. We will learn and make adjustments and offer what little we have to God who will take it and multiply our efforts for the sake of God’s Reign in this world, of which we are part.

    We ask of you 3 things:
    1. Come along on the day and encourage others to come – all involved in the various activities of the congregations are welcome.

    2. Pray for the day! Pray that we will be able to listen to God’s Spirit and follow where we are led. Pray that we will have honesty in the process and courage to listen, learn and pursue new directions that God calls us into. Pray!

    3. Dream and yearn! Please prepare yourself for this day and think about what you would like to see us be and do. What does your dream for Engadine look like? What would you like us to be in 5 years? Do you dare to dream, to yearn – to believe?

    We look forward to seeing you on June 4 at 9:00 am at Engadine Uniting Church. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, thoughts or ideas before then.
    Blessings
    Tammy Hollands

  • Pentecost Sunday Invitation (6/1/2017)

     

    Blessings
    Tammy

  • News Update (5/9/2017)

    Engadine Uniting Church

    Welcome to our May Newsletter.

    Welcome to the Engadine Easter Newsletter. This newsletter is for those with whom we have links through our various programs, activities, baptisms, weddings or funerals. It is an opportunity to let you know what is happening and share some reflections to help you think about God, life, hope and Spirituality. Therefore, we offer you these reflections with our prayers for your own spiritual journey through life. Please join us any time you are able, or would like to explore faith more deeply.

    Upcoming Events

    1. Street Stall – This Friday morning we will be setting up the wonderful handcrafts and yummy cooking to sell. Come along and see the goodies or just drop by for a chat. We will be on the Old Princes Hwy, just near the Commonwealth Bank. Friday May 12, from about 8:30 am – about 1 pm.
    2. Messy Church – A service for all ages that will explore the Holy Spirit while enjoying activities, crafts and food. Sunday May 28, 4 – 6 pm.
    3. Pentecost Sunday – A fun all ages service that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. The colour of the day is red so feel free to join in the celebration by coming dressed in or accessorising with red. Sunday June 4, Service 9 – 10 am with morning tea following
    4. Building Relationships and exploring ways of being a vibrant and growing community in Christ – After our Pentecost service we will meet over morning tea to explore who we are and where we are going. We will be exploring ways we can be the church – a place that is welcoming and hospitable. A place that values people and relationships. Please come along and tell us what you would like the church to be and how we can better care for each other. Sunday June 4, 10am after the Pentecost Service You are invited to attend any of these events and feel free to extend this invitation to your friends and family. These events are intended to relate to our lives and give us strength, focus and hope in our lives.

    Thoughts from Tammy

    I hope that you had a great Easter long weekend. For me it had its positives and negatives. From a family perspective Easter was not very pleasant. On Good Friday afternoon, the stomach bug which was to make its presence felt among the family made its first appearance as Liliana was sick. The bug moved on to Tristan who was sick Saturday evening. I was terrified that I too would get sick making leading worship on Sunday morning tricky, putting it mildly. Miraculously, or maybe more accurately because Owen shouldered the burden of cleaning up vomit to help prevent me from also getting sick I was spared the bug. The same cannot be said for Owen who Sunday morning was not up to celebrating our Risen Saviour and stayed home with Tristan as the girls and I went to Church.

    Easter was also coloured by the death of Iris Farmer. As we remembered the death of Christ we also mourned the death of Iris, the last surviving foundational member of the church. On Easter Sunday while we were still mourning the loss of Iris we also celebrated the resurrection of Jesus and the resurrection promise that is for all of us and that tells us that death is not the end.

    The good news is the services went well. It was lovely, a real joy and pleasure to experience the story with the people of Engadine. I enjoyed preparing for and leading the various worship services and sharing the Easter story. It was nice to rearrange the furniture and decorate the space so the symbols as well as the words could speak to us about the wonder, mystery and joy of the Eater story. All in all, my first Easter at Engadine will be memorable even if not all for good reasons.
    As I reflect on Easter it seems so long ago, the kids have gone back to school and we are already into the second week of May. For the church, however, Easter is not just one Sunday, it is not even just one weekend but six weeks. The mystery of Easter is just too big for one weekend, even a long weekend. The weeks of Easter give us time to move from looking at the empty tomb to looking at the Risen Christ and to continue looking for the Risen Chris in each and every day. To move from looking at where we have been to look at where we are going. It is also a time of preparing for Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit came and the Church was born. Over the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at what it means to be the church. To be a place that listens deeply to other’s stories and sits with them. To vulnerably share our own stories and question how we can offer and receive hospitality.

    I would love to hear what the church means to you or how you think we could do these things better. I am always up for a conversation over a cuppa so feel free to be in touch so we can arrange a time to get together, chat and get to know each other

    Grace and Peace,
    Tammy.

    For any support, questions, comments, please visit or contact us:
    Cnr Cambrai & Chipilly Streets, Engadine NSW 2233
    Minister: Tammy Hollands Phone: 0409001115
    Email: tammy.hollands@gmail.com <tammy.hollands@gmail.com>

  • Easter Services (4/13/2017)

    Hi Friends,
    Some of you I know are gearing up for a long weekend get away, while others will be going for a little longer and some of you have gotten away already. Regardless of when or where you are travelling I pray that you travel safely and return home rejuvenated and well.
    Whether you are travelling this Easter or staying home I pray that you will find the time to slow down and reflect of the faith and love of Jesus as revealed in the Easter story. I pray that you may know the love of God who forgives and restores. I pray that amongst the pain, destruction, fear and hate in the world that you may find hope and peace.
    If you are around over Easter, we would love to see you at one of our services
    – Maundy Thursday Service April 13 at 7:30pm – We will share bible readings of Jesus’ last night and passion with songs and times of silence dispersed throughout. – Good Friday Service April 14 at 9am – A dramatic service to help us enter into an find ourselves in the story of Jesus’ death and suffering and how God embraces our own suffering and pain through this event. – Easter Sunday Service April 16 at 9am – A celebration of life and love that all people can engage in.
    I we can support you in any way or if you have questions or comments please feel free to get in touch.
    God bless your Easter long weekend.
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