Services and Activities

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Service Times:

Sunday: 9.30am

Taize:  Third Sunday of the month 5pm

Thursday Reflections: Each Thursday 11.30am

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Please Note:  Some of the Services and Activities have associated web pages.  They are listed in the Section ‘Current Activities’ below, after the section ‘Reflection on this week’s Bible readings’.

Sun 5  Sunday service  resumes  in church 9.30am
see bulletin for details. Bulletin is  below.  

Leura Weekly Bulletin

The PDF file below contains the  Leura Uniting Church bulletin for the 26th December 2021.           Bulletin 26.12.21             If you click on it, it should open in your browser.

Alternatively, you may download the file.

What’s happening….

.            December

Fri 24     9 pm Christmas Eve service at Blackheath: Enqs. 47608064 Michiel
Sat  25   Christmas Day  Service       8.30am
Sun 26   Relaxed, informal    service in garden       9.30am

Material for Services is available on the page Worship Resources

Also,

The Uniting Church Synod of NSW and ACT has put out a list of churches who provide online worship services on a Sunday.
As well as reading our Leura services you might like to look at one of the “live” services on line.Just click on the link below.

https://nswact.uca.org.au/covid-19-information-for-presbyteries-and-congregations/livestream-options-for-worship-during-covid-19

A list of Leura Activities for 2020 are at the bottom of the page.

Reflections on this week’s Bible readings

From the Bulletin ….

Christmas 1               26 December, ’21                 Luke 2: 41-52

On Christmas day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ representing the hope of the world. We acknowledge our desire for its blessing and promise for our future.  Yet right now each day brings greater uncertainty and anxiety.  The latest version of the COVID virus, Omicron, currently seems unstoppable.

In Luke 2 verses 46-55 we are shown Jesus the twelve year old child in the Temple.  We have just been celebrating the unique birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and suddenly we learn he is twelve years old.  It is a very fast transition in a way that is similar to what we are experiencing as we continue to be far from comfortable just at a time when we thought things were settling down.

Jesus is not behaving as an ordinary child. He remains long in the Temple and when his parents return they find him “sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions” (v 46). When they express their anxiety Jesus responds, “Why were you searching for me? Do you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (v.49). However Jesus goes home with them and  “his mother treasured all these things in her heart.”

Last week’s reflection raised a question. What does Jesus’ birth so central to our Christian journey ask of us and what is waiting to be birthed in us? Believing is hard. Trusting is hard.  Does Mary reveal a way for us?

                                                                        Carolyn Craig-Emilsen

 

  

Other nearby Uniting Churches

Katoomba – Sunday Worship   9.00am – Contact Ann Palmer 4782 1880

Blackheath – Sunday Worship 10.30am – Contact Bob Hendy 4787 7007

Hazelbrook – Sunday Worship 9.30am – Contact Marjorie Leggatt 4759 1228

Other Uniting Church Congregations

To view other  Congregations of the Uniting Church in Australia follow the link,
Find a Church

Current Activities

Links, in red, lead to pages with more details about the activity.

Day Retreats  An opportunity for renewal and refreshment of faith. The next Day Retreat will be announced soon.
Drawing and Painting Group     Postponed till further notice see Weekly timetable on the Services and Activities Page.
Leisure Learning – Sew & Chat    Postponed till further notice see Weekly timetable on the  Services and Activities Page.
Open Table  a sharing place to assist all members of the Mountains community.
Pilgrimages   we seek God, and spiritual refreshment, walking in the bush.  Starts from Leura Uniting Church at 8am.   next Pilgrimage will be announced in late April.
Playtime    10am-12noon on Mondays during school term.
Quiet Reflection a guided meditation and reflection on the readings for the week. The Quiet Reflection is on Thursdays at 11.30am.
Taizé Service  renewal through common prayer, singing, silence and personal meditation.  On the 3rd Sunday of the month.  The next Taizé Service will be on 21st February at 5pm.

Weekly Timetable of Activities of Leura Uniting Church
Activities of Leura Uniting Church
Sunday

Morning Worship – 9.30am

Taize Services 3rd Sun. 5pm

Contact Carolyn 0413 993 368

Monday

Playtime – 10am-12noon during school term. Contact:Denise

4782 6556

Book Club3rd Monday 3pm Contact Delma 0407 140 837

Tuesday

Open Table- 10.30am – 12.30pm Katoomba Hall. Contact: Margaret 0247 031 761

Thursday

Quiet Reflection 11.30am in Church

Contact: Louise 4782 2931

Thursday (continued)

Leura Singers 7.15-9pm Contact: John Cox

0408 993 007.

Saturday
2nd Saturday of the Month
Leisure Learning Program

Flexible Walking   9 – 10 am     Ross Neville

Stitches & Yarns 10am – 12.30pm Pat Slinn

Beginner Sewers10am – 12.30pm Maria Teles

Art & About   1pm – 3.30pm Bev Plaizier

Ukelele Beginners’ Workshops and kit

For any of these programs contact

Bev Plaizier 4757 2580     0401 762 689

 Other Saturday Activities

Mt Solitary Pilgrimages: Dates to be announced:

Contact: revmel@bigpond.com

Day Retreats:  Dates to be announced

Contact: Carolyn 0413 993 368

 
 
Hall Bookings

The hall of Leura Uniting Church is available for regular and occasional bookings.  Please contact Ross Neville on 024703175 or rossneville012gmail.com.

Other nearby Uniting Churches

Katoomba – Sunday Worship   9.00am – Contact Ann Palmer 4782 1880

Blackheath – Sunday Worship 10.30am – Contact Bob Hendy 4787 7007

Hazelbrook – Sunday Worship 9.30am – Contact Marjorie Leggatt 4759 1228

Other Uniting Church Congregations

To view other  Congregations of the Uniting Church in Australia follow the link,
Find a Church

Notices

Attention ALL Leura Uniting Church Members!

Things  have changed!!

LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE

There is anew leadership team of 12, who will be Elders, forming the new Church Council. The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer will be elected from within the new Church Council, after the Council has been formed. Six areas in leadership and administration have been identified, with two Elders responsible for reporting back to Church Council for their area:

WORSHIP                     Worship leaders, Worship Group, special & regular Services, Taizé, Thursday Services

PASTORAL CARE       Pastoral Elders, Congregation visitation, fellowship activities for congregational community building, cell groups, pastoral friends’ group

WIDER MISSION          Junction 142, Learning Support Centre, Open Table, Ritz Nursing Home Services, Evangelism, Bidwill, craft/sewing groups, new projects, development of spirituality at J142

CHILDREN & YOUTH   Messy Church, Playtime, SRE, P1, children in church

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION         spirituality and development, Bible Studies, Retreats, Christian education workshops, interfaith

FINANCE & PROPERTY           Administration, reporting to congregation and others as required, auditing, care and maintenance of property

PLEASE NOTE: Our present Elders, who have previously looked after the pastoral care of the congregation, will be known as Pastoral Elders and will be part of the second identified area of ‘Pastoral Care’. These Pastoral Elders may be also nominated as Elders of the Church Council.