Welcome

Wominjeka. Welcome. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge our gratitude that we share this land, our sorrow for some of the costs of that sharing and our collective hope and belief that we can move to a place of equity, justice and partnership together.

Located in the Hills, committed to serving our local community. At our heart is the wisdom and teachings of Jesus which include deep listening, compassion, hospitality, justice and loving one another, especially marginalised people.

Comfortable with all faiths/denominations and gender diversity. Collaborative and intergenerational. Friendly, and understanding, exploring spirituality and contemplation, evolving, and changing. Connected to and conversing with our community, offering marginalised people a place to feel safe. Grounded in Justice, thinking outside the square.

You’re welcome to call us on (03) 9754 2177,  contact us via email,  follow us on Facebook,  have a look around our website or come and visit us at 1566 Burwood Highway, Tecoma.

This Week

Message from Sue Townsend who will be leading this weeks service.

This week we will be recommencing with normal services and a children’s program.  We will be looking at the story of Jonah and what we can learn from it that we can apply to our lives today.

The service will also accessible on Zoom this week.
Zoom link   Meeting ID: 829 2369 7058   Pass code: 109713

 

National Assembly 

The 17th Assembly meeting wrapped up in Parramatta on Tuesday afternoon after six days of joyful Christian community, worship, prayer and discerning the will of God for the Uniting Church in Australia.

Over six days from 11-16 July, more than 200 members from around the country came together on Burramattagal land to do the business of the triennial Assembly.

The meeting’s most significant moment took place on the first day, when the Assembly installed its 17th President, Rev Charissa Suli, in a jubilant celebration at a packed St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Sydney.

In two other major leadership decisions, the meeting elected Rev Dr Paul Dongwon Goh as President-elect of the Uniting Church in Australia, and appointed Andrew Johnson as Assembly General Secretary.

Amongst joyful daily worship and community time, the meeting passed several proposals on Act2, Continuing Witness, transgender, intersex and gender diverse people, Net Zero, the Beneficiary Fund, and many Minutes of Apprecaiation.

Read our full summary of the meeting, with links to all our stories, photos and videos. Thanks for coming with us on the journey!

Click Here for more information

 

Queer Dinner

We warmly invite our Queer siblings to join us for a meaningful time together in a safe space dedicated to the LGBTIQA+ community.  Come and be received for who you are to connect, rest, and share as we enjoy a meal together.

Meeting on the first Friday night of the month from 6pm.
Please bring a plate to share, but it’s ok if you cannot bring anything, we will have soup & rolls

Next Meeting is 6pm on 2nd August

For further details please contact
Darcy at drdarcylovely@gmail.com and/or Samuel at samuel.hardidge@gmail.com

 

Save the Date – Community Camp

Community Camp is booked for the 18th to the 20th October at the same great site as last year – Forest Edge in Neerim East.

If you want to find out more, If you can recognise anyone in the picture of the camp crew below have a chat with them or call or email the office at office@tecomauc.org.au

 

 

Spread the warmth

Those people in need of support this winter might be closer to home than you think. You can help Uniting VicTas share the warmth by supporting its 2024 Winter Share Appeal.

This winter, sharing warmth is more important than ever.

Those in need of support this winter might be closer to home than you think.

They could be a family at your local primary school, a grandparent across the street who doesn’t want to worry their children, or even your friendly postie.

The reality is, with more than half of Australians struggling just to make ends meet, many in our communities are suffering in silence.

These people are in need of warmth. Not just the warmth of a hot meal or woolly jumper, but also the warm embrace of their community.

This winter, please help share the warmth and provide hope to those who need it most.

Click Here for more information

Winter Wellness – Staying Safe

Thanks to everyone who are continuing to take steps to keeping everyone safe

After spreading the warmth above, now its about what we don’t want to spread.
And as we enter the Winter season the number of people getting sick is on the rise.
And taking care of those in our community, especially the vulnerable is paramount.

If you have cold or flu like symptoms please stay home. It’s suggested you test for COVID if this is appropriate for you.

If your reason for coming to Tecoma Uniting when you are unwell is that you are needing support or someone to talk to please call 9754 2177 or email the office office@tecomauc.org.au and we can arrange for someone to be in touch.
There is always the option to watch the service on zoom also.  See link in upcoming events below.

If you are a close contact of someone with Cold & Flu Symptoms who has not tested for COVID or has COVID it is suggested that you monitor for 7 days after last contact with the person and wear a mask (if appropriate for you) if you decide to come to church
Click Here  for more information

If you are volunteering (especially in hospitality) you are not obligated to go ahead if you are unwell with cold or flu symptoms and please let us know so we can work out a replacement if necessary.

Even though its all about getting back to normal there are now only suggested approaches.  We need to remember that Tecoma does have attendees that are vulnerable.  Even if people isolate for the suggested 7 days then get back to life when they still have symptoms there is a chance that they are still contagious.  So perhaps please remain vigilant and wear a mask if you still have symptoms beyond the suggested 7 days.

If you need support on any level including just wanting to talk with someone, please call the office in regular hours between 9am to 5pm on Tuesdays and Fridays or email office@tecomauc.org.au and let us know how you may need some support.

If anyone would like to give feedback, express concern regarding to feeling safe in Church in relation to how we respond to COVID/Flu season please email Kellie in the office at office@tecomauc.org.au

 

Hall Hirer & Community Events

Tecoma Uniting Church
Sun 28th Jul 2024, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm AEST
$20 – $25 + BF
Click Here to Book

Falling So Hard Single Launch Shows 

For as long as I can remember, there has been a strong sense of justice within me but it has always hidden behind a great need for self-protection. I know this is a response to the trauma of being an abuse surviver and the white hot sensorium of being autistic. The that sense of justice manifested in quieter ways, a song lyric here, a semi-statement there and mostly supporting other people who fearlessly wanted to make a difference to the world. This is why I want to have different shows in unusual places, not as a marketing stunt but as a way of showing support to not only those that want to make a difference, but also those folks like myself that just don’t survive in the classic, boozy loud music venues. Saint Ergo’s music has loads of groove and danceable moments but there are also quiet folky moments that need a delicate ear, the attention of a sharp mind. I want those that can’t usually participate in shows come and enjoy themselves and take away a greater sense of community than what is offered by a traditional venue. Each space has been chosen for the following reasons.

Accessibility for both mobility aid users and sensory challenges with easy, wide access, separate sensory supportive spaces and moderate sound levels.

 

Tecoma Uniting Church
The Uniting Church has always had a strong commitment to social justice but like many religious groups, have a difficult relationship with the queer community. Honestly most places are still not safe for someone like me. However, at Tecoma Uniting Church (TUC), there has been been a significant difference to all the other places I have attended in that I and other queer members are celebrated as for the humans they are, rather than being merely “accepted’ and slowly conformed to a comp-het (compulsory heterosexual) culture. Not only does TUC work in this space but it also supports people in a practical sense through it’s “Food Is Free” community food bank. This is open to anyone who needs food support, no questions asked.

I feel safe and celebrated in this place and I felt it was the perfect location to launch my single in the Outer East of Melbourne. I wanted to share it with the church community members and invite others from the local community to celebrate the launch with me. This is a way I can support the ongoing work of queer advocacy and the great work TUC does to provide practical support to the community. A donation will be made from the proceeds of ticket sales to fund the “Food Is Free” program.

 

 

Financial Contributions

If you would like to support the work of the church and it’s service to the surrounding community, you 
can do this through our Bendigo Bank account.
BSB: 633 000 & Account: 131789216    To contact us:  (03) 9754 2177 or email office@tecomauc.org.au

or go to our Offerings page to use your credit/debit card.

Keep up to date with what is happening in and around the Tecoma Uniting Church and get our latest newsletter, The Tecoma Times here.

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