Welcome to the website of Mulgrave Uniting Church. Here you can learn about who we are, where we are and what we do. Our website includes a brief history of the church, information about our regular activities, our contact details and some photos.
At Mulgrave Uniting Church, we strive to pursue our life-giving themes of:
· worship which is faithful to God’s word;
· giving and receiving of pastoral care;
· outreach which expresses faithful discipleship linking word and deed;
· growing in faith and understanding; and
· responsible stewardship of all resources.
Our minister is Rev Kharis Abadani who commenced with us in July 2019. Kharis also ministers to the Monash Uniting Church congregation which is located in Princes Highway, Clayton.
Kharis is the daughter of Rev Benjamin Susilo, who was minister to the Indonesian-speaking congregation when it was based at Mulgrave, before relocating to the St Andrews Uniting Church site at Gardiner.
She previously served in the Mitchell River Parish (Bairnsdale and Paynesville Uniting Church congregations) and ministered to people from diverse Christian backgrounds, to migrant workers and also to people suffering from mental illness. In 2016 -17 she was Vice-Chairperson of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Intercultural Reference Forum.
As well as leading worship and proclaiming the Gospel, Kharis’ gifts and priorities include pastoral care and visiting, training and supporting lay leaders, developing cross-cultural relationships and using her musical talents. She is fluent in English, Indonesian and Indonesian dialect Javanese, as well as conversational Japanese.
July 2021: Kharis is currently on Family Leave
We welcomed Belinda Clear as our supply minister from August 2021.
We meet for worship each Sunday at 8:45am and have holy communion on the second Sunday of each month.
Special services are held at other times as advertised.
You are most welcome to join us!
ZOOM WORSHIP SERVICES DURING LOCKDOWN
Until restrictions allow we will continue with worship services held via zoom. The zoom room will open at 8.30am to enable some general discussion before the service commences at 8.45am. There is also the opportunity to stay on-line after the service to chat with Belinda and other members of the congregation.
The service is recorded and made available to those unable to join the zoom service at this time. An audio copy is also available on request from Belinda.
Members are reminded that when we are able to return for on-site Sunday worship there will be a number of COVID-safe guidelines to be followed including:
- restricted numbers due to 4 square metre rule and vaccination status
- seating arrangements to ensure that we meet 1.5metre distancing
- self sanitising and QR code use to record attendance
- wearing masks during the worship service
- softly singing with masks on
- social distancing during and after the service
- morning tea will not be available after worship until further notice
- cleaning and sanitising of the church will occur after every service
Christmas Services will be held at 7pm Christmas Eve and 8.45am Christmas Day – TBC depending on current COVID restrictions.
Many thanks to all members of the congregation for their support and participation in our February 2020 garage sale.
Congratulations and thanks to members of the community who attended and helped to raise over a $1000. All funds raised will support ongoing relief work as part of Uniting 2020 Bushfire Appeal.
Secondhand Book Shop – temporary closure due to COVID-19 pandemic
In our church building we have a “book shop” where we sell good secondhand books at very reasonable prices. Our stock includes novels, a broad range of non-fiction works and children’s books.
All income from the book shop boosts our congregation’s outreach giving.
The book shop is open each Wednesday (February – December) between 10am and 12 noon – all welcome.
Any phone enquiries during that time slot can be made on 9560 0469. To enquire at other times, please phone Beryl on 9546 0352.