So This is Easter

Dear friends,

We are on the precipice of the Holy Weekend.

I am constantly taken by the fact that on the first โ€œEaster,โ€ Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to Mary then the disciples whether they were ready for it or not. He had told them, repeatedly, that this was going to happen. I wonder if this was in any of their minds on the Friday as Jesus was being crucified? Was there any sense for these followers who were the first to hear Jesus talk about rising from the dead that maybe he was speaking the truth? Just maybe this thing he talked about might happen? Was there a sense of awe and mystery? Of leaning forward in their seats to wait with bated breath just in case it could happen?

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Tell Your MP You Support a Change in Drug Laws

Uniting's Advocacy Team is calling on your to help support proposed changes to drug laws in NSW.

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Sydney Presbytery Blue Christmas Service

๐—๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐Ÿณ:๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ๐—ฃ๐—  ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐‘บ๐’š๐’…๐’๐’†๐’š ๐‘ท๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’ƒ๐’š๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’–๐’† ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’Ž๐’‚๐’” ๐‘บ๐’†๐’“๐’—๐’Š๐’„๐’†. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ณ, ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€, & ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ, ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ - ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€, ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€, ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ, & ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ ๐Ÿ’™

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2020 Annual Report is LIVE!

๐™’๐™š ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง 2020 ๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™ช๐™–๐™ก ๐™๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ!
"COVID-19 has forced us all into a new way of living & being as we enter into a space, never before known nor experienced! As a Church, we have to respond also in a manner unknown and un-experienced before. We needed to continue being agents of change in changing times, agents of hope in hopeless times, agents of peace in unpeaceful times, & agents of joy in unjoyous times!" - ๐™๐™š๐™ซ. ๐™‘๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ๐™– ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ก๐™ž, ๐˜พ๐™๐™–๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ค๐™› ๐™Ž๐™ฎ๐™™๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™‹๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™—๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ.
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Bring Life - A Pastoral Note from Jenny

Dear friends,


Having a break, some time away from the business and busyness of work, no matter how much you might love what you do, is critical to refresh body, mind and spirit. (A small confession here โ€” Iโ€™m very skilled at reminding others of the necessity of having time off, yet not so good at heeding my own wisdom!)

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Safe Church Webinar - Being a Safe Church Online

The Uniting Church's National Safe Church Unit recently hosted a special webinar on 'Being a Safe Church Online'.ย 
Across the life of the Church those who have responsibility for engagement with children and young people are on a steep learning curve when it comes to applying their skills in digital environments.
In this webinar, Safe Church leads from Uniting Church Synods and the National Safe Church Unit discuss issues around digital platforms for worship and ministry, livestreaming, social media, sensitive pastoral conversations, creating safe online communities, record keeping and adhering to the Codes of Ethics.
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Convo w/ Jon Owen and Graham Long

Join Jon Owen and Graham Longย forย an intimate conversationย 
Wed 28 October,ย 7:00pm โ€“ 8:15pm {online}ย 

COVID-19 has seen the world isolate in a way we could have never imagined.ย ย 

Even thoughย we have come out of lockdownย across most ofย Australia, weย are now living in aย sociallyย distancedย worldย whereย weย haveย little to no certaintyย of our future.ย ย 

In many ways we are being forced to re-evaluate our lives and ourย values.ย ย ย 

Waysideย Chapel has always maintained its place in the worldย based on its strong sense of mission and vision.ย You are invited to join usย onlineย from the comfort of your own homeย forย anย exclusiveย conversation withย Pastor and CEOย Jon Owen andย Pastor Emeritusย Revย Graham Long,ย toย talk about how we can find strength and meaning duringย these uncertain and challenging times.

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Sydney Presbytery Values & Culture

Theย SYDNEY PRESBYTERY โ€“ VALUES AND CULTUREย resources were created to help all consultative committees and councils be clearer about their ministry and work together with congregations, agencies, ministers and other leaders. We hope that this tool will be used across the Presbytery to help guide our mission planning, consultation work, Presbytery deliberations and in the variety of processes we undertake in the course of our ministry and mission; and often as we seek to discern call and align with the leading of the Spirit in making decisions together.

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Coming Home

Dear friends,

For a little less than two weeks I have had the indescribable joy of being with my family again. South Australia opened its borders to NSW, and I was on the first flight I could book and heading across to reunite with my children and parents. For a while I didnโ€™t think I would let my children go when I embraced them. The longing in my heart was so deep and had hungered for so very many months. I can truly say I have savoured every moment in their presence in this time we have spent with them.

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Check out the first edition of CSU MAGAZINE! CSU reflects on keeping faith, doing justice & building community during COVID. The e-mag features interviews, articles, reflections & more.