Leura Uniting Church

Leura is located in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales,
100 kilometres west of Sydney.

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Leura Uniting Church is located on the corner of Grose and Megalong Streets, Leura.

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 Our Congregation

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.

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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.

 

What’s happening….

.             February

Mon 12 Church Council 7pm
Wed 14   Elders Meeting 2pm
Wed 14   Ash Wednesday Service 7.30pm
Sun 18    Taize 5pm
Mon 19   Launch of G. Hughes’ book 12pm
Tue 20 Film viewing 7pm
Sat 24   Gingerbread House 2 – 4pm
Tue 27   Film discussion 7pm

.               March

Fri  4   World Day of prayer  10am
Sat 10  Mt. Solitary Pilgrimage 8am
Mon 12   Church Council 7pm
Fri   30   Good Friday

 

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 …
Lent 1                         Mark 1:9-15                           18 February, ‘18
Lent and the Marks of Easter.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and continues through to Easter. A time to reflect on our need for forgiveness, for prayer, reflection and fasting or resting and service. The horrendous bushfires of Ash Wednesday (1983) give an additional meaning for many Australians.

Two brief stories. I conducted an Ash Wednesday Service in the Chapel at Wesley Gardens. We used the palm leaves from Palm Sunday the year before for the ashes. In a simple but moving service we included marking our foreheads with the sign of the cross. I left work to attend a 6.00 pm. committee meeting in Pitt St. UC. I parked my car and walked to the church. A young woman approached from the opposite direction dressed in business clothes. As we came closer I observed a black cross on her forehead. She noticed mine. We nodded in acknowledgement of the public expression of our faith. I was touched by the silent expression of faith of this young woman in the midst of a busy city.

I recall vividly the fires of 1994; the devastation of the Royal National Park. It was like a lunar landscape. All plant life destroyed. Silence. Animals and birds had either escaped or were incinerated. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The uniqueness of the Australian bush proclaims new life lies deep in the veins of the trees and native plants. Green shoots will come. From the darkness of destruction new life emerges. Australia has its own theological motif of resurrection.

Let us reflect this year on the marks of our faith that are silent but distinct. Let us also reflect that the devastating experiences of life hold within them the source of a new resurrected life.

                                                                                    John Cox

 

Quiet reflection,  … Jesus’ trial and temptation

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We must never forget that Jesus is both God and human.  As a human he, like his ancestors, must struggle in the wilderness to discover what his vocation means.
Perhaps Jesus is re-tracing the footsteps of his people to their “place of origin,” the Exodus wilderness, in the hope of discovering where they went wrong.
Jesus faces again the forces that lured his people into idolatry and injustice, because to forge a different future he must confront the past.

 

The deliberate step into an extreme simplicity for forty days (guided by the Holy Spirit) is a model for spiritual discipline and a timely focus for Lent.

People need to find their desert places.

 

Other Uniting Church Congregations

To view other  Congregations of the Uniting Church in Australia follow the link,
http://nsw.uca.org.au/congregations/

Pilgrimages to Mount Solitary
(for more details follow the Pilgrimage link)
Pilgrimages to Mt Solitary for 2018 will be announced in the New Year

 

We start from Leura Uniting Church at 8 am.
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.

Messy Church,
for further details follow the Messy Church  link

Began on the 23rd October 2016, and continues on the 4th Sunday of every month

Day Retreats,
The next Day Retreat is Saturday 7th April 2018
for further details follow the Day Retreat link

Priority One Youth Group

see times and activities below

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