Church Ministries

Mental Health Ministry

Rev. Deacon Fiona Bottcher

My ministry journey began as a volunteer at Olive Way, an “open door” space  Brunswick Uniting Church that offers a place of welcome for those living on the margins. After a few years I became the program coordinator before following a call to ordained ministry as a Deacon.

I didn’t grow up “churched”. I’m an adult convert to Christianity and I love to grapple and wrestle with what it means to follow Christ in contemporary Australia. I love walking alongside people, sharing stories and sharing journeys, because this is where I’ve seen glimmers of hope in the here and now of very ordinary moments.

I’ve worked in a range of different ministry settings including a year placement at Boroondarra Community Outreach (BCO), a mental health ministry supporting people who are socially isolated or living with a mental illness to live with dignity and engage in community. I loved working within the BCO community and there is much from this experience that I hope I bring to my role as the Mental Health Ministry Coordinator at Sunshine Uniting Church.

My role is divided between Sunshine Hospital providing pastoral care for patients experiencing mental illness and the “open door” community space here at the church. We offer a range of activities at Sunshine Uniting, from mindfulness exercises to arts and craft, available to anyone interested in improving their mental wellbeing. We aim to provide a welcoming place to meet with others who live with busy brains! For more information please contact me at:

feigh.b@gmail.com, 0421 027 467.

Multi-cultural Youth Outreach Program

Sunshine Uniting Church has been approved to receive a grant from the Kilmany Trust of the Uniting Church to run a Multi-cultural Youth Program.  The grant is sufficient to employ a part time worker for three years, during which time we hope to establish the ongoing viability of the program. The program will initially centre around indoor recreational activities as a way to contact and engage with local youth.  The Wayside Bargain Centre, located next to the church space, is relocating from July 2017 and it will be converted into the youth centre – actually returning to its original use!   The congregation has access to some Property Sale Proceeds from the sale of the Sunshine Christian School located in Sunshine North which can used for the upgrade.

A Reference Group will have oversight of the program and is being assembled during June 2017.  One of its first tasks will be to finalise the job description of the worker and locate the most suitable person for the task.

Work with Lentara

Sunshine Uniting Church works closely with Lentara the church agency that covers the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne and with whom we share the site at the corner of Devonshire and Withers Streets.   Lentara  has its own Board of Governance and finances but traces one stream of its history back to the establishment of the Sunshine Methodist Mission in the late 1960’s when the Rev John Blacker was the minister.  Read more this story by clicking here by clicking here

Family Fellowship

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some of us at Jack Roper reserve

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FAMILY  FELLOWSHIP  is an all age group that meets monthly, on the second Saturday, usually at noon.

We bring our own lunch and spend a couple of hours in fellowship together.  

However,

Upcoming Events – on FEBRUARY, 13TH, Family Fellowship, will meet at 11 a.m. for a picnic at Jack Roper Reserve, 217 Camp Road, Broadmeadows.  Please bring your own meals. 

Youth Programs

Youth Bible Study – meets at 7pm every second Friday of the month at the Church.

Worship

part of the prayer station for Lent 1 - story of the testing of Jesus in the wilderness

part of the prayer station for Lent 1 – story of the testing of Jesus in the wilderness

 

Worship is fundamental to who we are as a Christian community.  It both expresses our relationship with God and inspires us to go out into the God’s world refreshed in our spirit and reoriented in our self to be about God’s work.

Sunshine Uniting consists of one congregation but with two worshipping communities.  There is a service at 10.00am in English and one at 11.30 in Samoan.

The elements of our worship service may be termed “traditional” but with the freshness of a contemporary take on what has sustained the Church for over 2,ooo years.

Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month at the 10.00 service and the whole congregation gathers together for worship, including Communion, on a bi-monthly basis.