Leura is located in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales,
100 kilometres west of Sydney.
Leura Uniting Church is located on the corner of Grose and Megalong Streets, Leura.
Our congregation is chaired by the Reverend Dr William Emilsen. More details can be found by following the Our Community link.
We embrace diversity, and welcome all who seek to know more of God.
Leura Uniting Church, in addition to this website of information and activity pages, has a Facebook page. The web address is https://www.facebook.com/LeuraUnitingChurch , or, just search for Leura Uniting Church on Facebook.
Sun 20 Pentecost
Sun 20 Taize 5pm
Mon 21 Book Group 3pm
Sat 26 Leura Street Stall
Sat 26 Leura Singers Concert 2.30pm
Sun 17 Taize 5pm
Mon 18 Church Council 7pm
Note: Schedules of some Leura Activities for 2018 are at the bottom of the page.
Service Times and other Activities
Our regular service is on Sundays at 9.30 am. The first Sunday of every month is a Contemporary Service, the third is a Communion Service. We also have a children’s group, a youth group, a Taize service, a reflective service and various community support activities. Details of services may be found by following the Services and Activities link.
Following are links to dedicated pages for some of the Services and Activities
Messy Church a project on a new way to worship (see flyer at bottom of this page)
Youth and Children Activities A description of activities for young people (see flyer at bottom of this page)
Day Retreats An opportunity for renewal and refreshment of faith.
Open Hearth a sharing place to assist all members of the Mountains community.
Pilgrimages we seek God, and spiritual refreshment, walking in the bush.
Quiet Reflection a guided meditation and reflection on the readings for the week.
Reflection and Expression Retreats are about creative movement, dance, improvisation and music . They are inspired by being ‘enlivened by the Spirit’. In recess
Taizé Service renewal through common prayer, singing, silence and personal meditation.
Reflections on this week’s Bible readings
from the Bulletin …
Pentecost John 15:26-27;16:4b-15 20 May, ‘18
The Experience of God
“The Holy Spirit teaches us and guides us with fiery love to fill all the desires between us with tongues of fire that deepen our communion with others beyond what words can say.” The Holy Spirit is our helper; our helper who enfolds, comforts, counsels. As a friend once said, “I don’t understand the theology of the Holy Spirit, but I know her presence.”
How can we encourage ourselves to be more aware of the Presence of the Holy Spirit? To train our spiritual senses? Does it have to be in times of despair that we know the Presence? “We can try to make a deliberate effort at the outset of every day to recognize the person of the Holy Spirit, to move into the light concerning her presence in our consciousness and to open our minds and to share all our thoughts and plans as we gaze by faith into the face of God.”
I find meditation, Taizé chants and silence helps me to be closer to God. I am also trying to be permanently closer to God, to extend the experiences above by making space, by de-cluttering my heart and mind. We know that God is love, gentle, but will not burst through into our lives. We must make the space. I started with The Cloud of Unknowing where the focus is on the vastness of God, the space to make space for God.
John Leaney, Richard Lovelace, Andrew Marr
Quiet reflection, … Pentecost
The Holy Spirit weaves God’s Desire through the swirl of all other peoples’ desire. The Holy Spirit teaches us and guides us with fiery love to fill all the desires between us with tongues of fire that deepen our communion with others beyond what words can say. Andrew Marr
Other Uniting Church Congregations
To view other Congregations of the Uniting Church in Australia follow the link,
Pilgrimages to Mount Solitary
(for more details follow the Pilgrimage link)
Pilgrimages to Mt Solitary for 2018 will be announced in the New Year
Taizé Service, 5 – 6 pm, for further details follow the Taizé link
The next Taizé Service is Sunday 18th February 2018
NB. Taizé Service is on the third Sunday in the month.
for further details follow the Messy Church link
Began on the 23rd October 2016, and continues on the 4th Sunday of every month
The next Day Retreat is Saturday 7th April 2018
for further details follow the Day Retreat link
Easter Sunrise 2018
Priority One Youth Group
see times and activities below