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….

.                        May

Sun 20   Pentecost
Sun 20   Taize 5pm
Mon 21   Book Group 3pm
Sat   26   Leura Street Stall
Sat   26   Leura Singers Concert 2.30pm

.                        June

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

 

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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,
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
 Easter Sunrise 2018

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Priority One Youth Group

see times and activities below

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