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.
Mon 20 Book Group 3pm
Wed 22 Christmas Countdown 3.45pm
Sun 10 Commissioning of Elders
Mon 11 Church Council 7pm
Sun 24 Twilight Carols
Mon 25 Christmas Day Service 8am
Sun 21 Safe Church Workshop
Note: Schedules of some Leura Activities for 2017 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’.
Taizé Service renewal through common prayer, singing, silence and personal meditation.
Reflections on this week’s Bible readings
from the Bulletin …
Pentecost 24 Matthew 25:14-30 19 November, ‘17
Today’s reading in Matthew is about how Jesus wants us to use our gifts of the Holy Spirit. Notice the gifts are in addition to and build on our abilities.
Jesus would appear to again be warning the leaders of the church not to be like the useless servant trying to preserve everything as is. The gift they had was the revelation of God. Today some are also saying the Bible is the exact word of God and can’t be added to or built on. Jesus’ teaching in this parable would indicate this is not so. The Uniting Church position is that the Bible is part of a continuous revelation of God to each particular culture and time.
The story also has warning to each Christian. Every believer is given a gift of the spirit. We have a responsibility to use that gift according to our abilities. If we have the gift of ‘prayer or hospitality’ we have to use that gift in the service of God and our neighbour. Notice that when we have a gift we are expected to build on it, add to it, grow it.
The reward for Christian work well done is more work. A person, if they do not recognize and continually acknowledge that what they are doing and achieving happens only because of God’s empowerment, will burn out emotionally and physically. Burnout doesn’t occur when we are doing God’s work.
If a person doesn’t try to recognize or use their gift they will lose it. We know this is true of abilities. If you don’t continue to practise singing, hiking, woodwork etc you lose the ability gradually. Similarly we need to continue to use our gifts of healing, teaching, encouragement etc..
Quiet reflection, … talents
As we begin to trust allowing God to move through us, our lives change as individuals and our communities have a better chance of change.
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 2017 are:
Taizé Service, 5 – 6 pm, for further details follow the Taizé link
The Taizé Service is in recess until 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
for further details follow the Day Retreat link
Day Retreats are in recess until early 2018, dates to be advised
Day Retreat Schedule for 2017
Priority One Youth Group
see times and activities below