Coming up this week

Sunday

his week we are going to share (COVID safe) Holy Communion, and reflect on hospitality and creation.


For those connecting online, please bring along something small to eat and drink. If possible bring something that you have spent time making from raw ingredients

Please note that our zoom details have changes this week. The new zoom link is: https://zoom.us/j/2882614272:

A reminder that you are welcome to return to worship with us in person should you wish. with zoom options continuing for those who would still prefer to stay at home. We be requiring those who attend in person to observe physical distancing and a range of other strategies to ensure we are COVID safe. Face masks will also be available and recommended for all who attend in person.

For further information please see below

Thursday

Open Table between 11am & 2pm in the Church Hall

All of the above events (with the exclusion of Open Table) will occur via zoom teleconferencing. please use the following zoom link:

https://zoom.us/j/2882614272

To link in via telephone please call:

+61370182005 and use meeting key 2882614272 followed by the # key

FOcus on Creation

We are currently celebrating the 'Season of Creation' during worship. The season of creation is ecumenical celebration where churches across the world pause to give thanks for the created world.

The world's food and agricultural systems produce more than a quarter of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, so to reduce and minimize our carbon footprint with our food intake we can do a lot as individuals and families:

  • Buy locally grown or at least Australian grown fruit, vegetables, seafood etc to minimize transport

  • Buy in season

  • Grow some herbs and vegetables yourself and share – you don’t need a big garden, a balcony can produce an amazing amount. See:

  • and numerous books including The Edible Balcony How to Grow Fresh Food in a Small Space Plus 60 Inspiring Recipes by Indira Naidoo

  • Replace at least one meal a week with a vegetables-based meal and increase this over time

  • Use organic foods

  • Be aware of and try to minimize food packaging and bring your own re-usable bags when you go shopping

  • Eat according to the Australian Dietary Guidelines

For further reading the article Plate and the Planet explains how our food intake and environmental sustainability are connected:

Offering of ourselves and our resources to God through Paddington Uniting Church

The mission and ministry of Paddington Uniting Church is assisted by the contributions of our worshipping community. If you worship with us regularly and/or would like to contribute to God’s work in our community please do through one off or regular direct debit to:

Account Name: Paddington UC Direct Giving

BSB:634634

Account Number:100039830

If you are guest worshipping with us, please don’t feel you need to contribute. The gift of your presence is present enough

SUNDay Worship

This week we continue to use a dual mode of worship whereby that those people who would like to return to the church building for worship can so so. Following government advice we will also be offering Face Masks to all in attendance. Zoom worship will also continue to be available. We are expecting to operate in a 'dual mode' for some time to give people both choice and comfort. A couple of things you need to know if you are coming along to worship in person:

  • in line with public health advice please do not return to physical worship if you are in one of the vulnerable categories

  • You will been to maintain physical distance at all times from others in the building. Please do not hug, shake hands etc.

  • tea and coffee facilities will not be available at this time. Please feel free to bring a takeaway beverage from a local business and/or a water bottle

  • if you are coming to any of our buildings in the foreseeable future you will need to register your attendance, confirm that you are well and are not aware of any recent exposure to COVID-19 and provide us with your phone number

  • You will be asked to apply hand sanitiser or wash your hands when you arrive and we encourage to do this again as you leave

  • Singing will be limited to 'singing with your hearts' rather than your voice, or humming.

  • You may be asked to wipe down your chair after use (gloves and cleaning materials wikl be provided)

  • We can not have any more than 50 people in the church building at one time (less in the hall). We don't anticipate this being a problem for us, but should this unexpected situation occur, we will need to ask people to return for our next service, or make alternative arrangements that suit each individual

  • if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask and/or gloves you are very welcome to do so

  • Paper liturgies and hymn books will not be used. The liturgy will be displayed on the large screen in the church. You may also like to bring a copy of the liturgy below on your mobile phone or device

  • Should we at some time share Holy Communion, individual pre-prepared portions will be used

If you would like a copy of the morning liturgy to follow along during worship, please click the following link:

If you need some assistance to access zoom please click the following link:

Open Table

The Open table community will be joining in a Zumba Workshop

Everyone is welcome at Open Table so if you would like to come please do between 11 & 2pm this.

Lunch will be provided in a manner that is safe. Sadly this means that our normal practice of sharing a communally prepared lunch is not possible. But the opportunity to share each other company, our stories and our thoughts about the world is infinitely more valuable. We will meet in the hall (unless our number require a bigger space). All people in attendance will be asked to respect physical distance and register their attendance in line with Public Health requirements.


Worship & Study Focus for September/October

Did you know that in the 200 years following the death of Christ many 'scriptures' beyond those now found in the Bible were considered central to the teaching in many emerging Christian faith communities?

Beginning on Sunday 20th September we will look at just a small few of these texts during worship, through short reflections in the newsheet and in a new evening study group, that will commence Wednesday 14th October @ 8pm on zoom.

Some of the texts that we will consider will include are:

  • The Gospel of Thomas

  • The Gospel of Mary

  • The Secret Book of John

Questions that we will ask along the way are include:

  • Do these texts matter?

  • What can they tell us about the early church?

  • Why weren't they included in the Bible?

  • How can they help us in our faith journey as individuals and community today?

For those wanting to attend the Study Group, you do not need to purchase any materials as these will be provided in the form of online references.


If you would like to purchase an introductory text to the Gnostic Gospels, you may like to consider: