On Sunday we observe Refugee Week. Coordinated by the Refugee Council of Australia, it is intended to raise awareness of refugee issues and encourage empathy with their situation. The Refugee Council notes that our emergence from the pandemic provides an opportunity to “hit the reset button on how we behave towards one another.” The past two and a half years have seen many people experience hardship. That shared experience invites us to work for healing through listening to stories and recognising our shared humanity.
The Tamil refugee family, Priya, Nades, and their young daughters Kopika and Tharnicaa, have finally been permitted to return to their community in Biloela in Queensland. Many Australians rejoiced with the campaigners who have worked for four years to bring them home. Read the facts of their story here.
The Nadesalingam family have provided a human face to the refugee crisis in Australia. However, there are still 19,000 people on temporary visas in Australia, and 1380 people held in offshore detention. We don’t know their names and faces. They have no path to settlement. The Refugee Council is asking the new government to work for healing by enabling them to be at home here too.
Join St Michael’s Sunday Gathering, online or in church, for a celebration of human equality and connectedness.
Blessings and peace, Margaret
After-Church this Sunday
After-service morning tea & coffee
Morning tea and coffee are served in the hall after the service. Everyone is warmly welcome.
St Michael's Programs
Therapy dogs and Wellbeing
Join Roz Rimes and her Wellbeing Dogs after church to explore some of the latest wellbeing science from researchers and practitioners such as Professor Lisa Miller (a former guest speaker at St Michael’s Church).
Offerings to support the ministry and shared life of St Michael's are received with gratitude. Tap and Pay (In Church)
Give safely using the Tap and Pay donation points located at the entrance on the corner of Collins and Russel Streets and in St Michael's Walk Colonnade. To give, tap you credit and debit card, smartphone or wearable device on a 'Tap and Pay' device where indicated. Donations are set at $10 (note that you can make multiple taps if the preset amount is insufficient).
Online Giving We welcome your support via bank transfer or credit card using the online forms. Alternatively, cheques may be mailed to the St Michaels office. For regular or one-off offerings make an online deposit to: St Michael's Uniting Church. BSB: 083004 A/C: 515113338
St Michael's is looking for another person to join their team as a Church Assistant (Verger). For further information please email: email@example.com
Keeping Children Safe - St Michael's Uniting Church
In April 2019 St Michael’s Council began the process of adopting and implementing all
the policies and procedures that were required to be recognised as a SAFE CHURCH.
We fulfilled all the necessary requirements.
The National Child Safe Policy Framework 2022, provides the foundation for the
continued development of good policy and practice across the life of our Church.
In continuing to implement these processes, St Michael’s also complies with State and
Each year, St Michael’s Church Council is required to reaffirm the Keeping Children Safe
Statement of Commitment. This was accomplished at our May Church Council meeting.
This is our commitment:
The St Michael’s Uniting Church is committed to providing safe places where people are
cared for, nurtured and sustained.
We have today reaffirmed the Keeping Children Safe Statement of Commitment.
Through it, we recommit ourselves to the care, protection and safety of all people,
particularly those who are vulnerable.
Church Council also reviewed the Keeping Children Safe Code of Conduct and the
statement of commitment to induction and training.
Keeping Children Safe is a continuous process as we work together to ensure that St
Michael’s Uniting Church is a safe place for all people.
Dr Anne Lierse AM
Mr Joe Chindamo OAM
Queen's Birthday Honours
The community of St Michael’s Uniting Church extend our congratulations to Dr Anne Lierse AM and Joe Chindamo OAM, both leaders in Victoria's creative industries, who were recognised on the 2022 Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Dr Rosemary Anne Lierse was appointed a Member of the order of Australia (AM) for significant service to music education. Anne has spent many years as music educator, reasearcher and advocate for music in schools. She has been a music teacher and Director of Music in primary, secondary independent and government schools, including Melbourne High School. Under her direction, in 2009, Melbourne High School’s music program was nationally recognised by ABC FM and Music Play for Life winning the ‘National Flame Award' for the school with the most outstanding music program in Australia, which included singing. She has played a pivotal role with the Victorian Music Teachers' Association. Anne is a member of St Michael's.
Mr Joe Chindamo received the award of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to music, and to the performing arts. Joe is a regular musician at St Michael's. His career has crossed many genres and he is now one of Australia's most productive and celebrated classical composers.
Cairnmillar Online: Learn how to support and strengthen Parent-Child Relationships
The Cairnmillar Child and Family Clinic is proud to launch its Parenting Group Program with the Circle of Security group program (COS-P) in June 2022!
This program is for all parents, including expecting parents, and can help to increase parental confidence and reduce parental depression, and address behavioural and emotional concerns in children.
Feminist Theologies Event: Changing the game - What next for Queer People and Faith
The Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies are pleased to invite you to join them for a meal followed by a presentation from Jo Inkpin, with Penny Jones. Explore the next steps of growing LGBTIQ+ visibility and faith vitality in our churches, playing fields, politics and theology. When: Tuesday 29 June, 6pm to 8:30pm
Synod 2022 is only weeks away and UCA Vic Tas is inviting you to join the Opening Worship and installation of Rev David Fotheringham as Moderator. Supper will be served after service and tours of the new Synod Offices will be operating before the Opening Worship. When: Thursday 30 June, 7pm Where: Wesley Church, Lonsdale Street