Posts by Phil Swain

Posts by Phil Swain

September 2018 Newsletter

Featured in the September Issue of Turramurra Uniting Church Newsletter: September – a month for Thanksgiving Moving forward with the marriage decision from the 15th Assembly HSC Prayer Brunch What’s happening in September and more.. The newsletter for September is available now.  Download here. The Calendar for September is available now. Download here.  

NSW Drought Appeal

Our Church is having an appeal for those affected by the NSW drought.  We have been moved by the stories and struggles of the farmers and others in rural towns as they cope with the lack of rain.   Our church has an on-going relationship with two rural Uniting Churches – Cranbury UCA and Hillston UCA.  In conversations, we have been told that one of the best ways that we can support people who are struggling is to supply some VISA Read more

August 2018 Newsletter

Featured in the August Issue of Turramurra Uniting Church Newsletter: Welcome to Jonty Cornford – our new interim Children, Youth and Family Worker Mission Priority Updates Update from the 15th Assembly Report from the Dementia Discussion Day What’s happening in August The newsletter for August is available now.  Download here. The Calendar for August is available now. Download here.  

Welcome Jonty – our new Interim CYF Worker

We are so excited to share the news that we have a new staff member coming on board at Turramurra Uniting Church.  The Church Council has appointed Jonty Cornford to be our Interim Children, Youth and Family Worker for 16 hours a week while we continue the process towards a permanent CYF Pastor.    Jonty has been a key member of our church and the youth leadership teams and will help with some of the administrate and coordination tasks of our Read more

Link and Resources on the Uniting Church 15th Assembly

Some helpful links and resources to go along with Phil’s sermon – Reflections on the Uniting Church 15th Assembly: Summary of the 15th Assembly Uniting Church takes a strong stance on Domestic Violence Uniting Church Recognises First Peoples’ Sovereignty News – Marriage and Same-Gender Marriage Unconfirmed Minute: Marriage and Same-gender Marriage Reflection on Decision on Marriage by Rev Prof Andrew Dutney The Assembly’s Decision on Marriage – a personal reflection by Rev Graham Perry Pastoral Letter from UCA President Dr Read more

Update on our Children, Youth and Family Pastor Position

Update on our Children, Youth and Family Pastor Position It is almost just over 2 months since the Church Council embarked on a new direction with our Children, Youth and Family ministry.   Since Huw’s departure, we have been blessed with the amazing youth leaders in our congregation who have stepped up and helped not only continue Kids Church, Junior Discipleship, Turrazone and SquareOne, but also start Emerge.  And we have seen growth – especially in Turrazone which has doubled in Read more

July 2018 Newsletter

Featured in the July Issue of Turramurra Uniting Church Newsletter: Sabbath – TUC’s Take a rest July Update on our Children, Youth and Family Pastor Position What’s happening in July Report from our Congregational AGM and Church Council Meetings Update from the five mission priority action teams The newsletter for July is available now.  Download here. The Calendar for July is available now. Download here.  

“Take A Rest” July

The word “Sabbath” is an interesting Biblical word that we probably should take more note of.  One of the 10 Commandments tells us to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy by not working (Exodus 20:8).  The word Sabbath was first used a few chapters earlier (Exodus 16) when the Israelite were going out to collect Manna (bread from heaven) every day, God encouraged them to on the 6th day collect twice as much so that on the seventh day Read more

Spirituality at the Table

After our 9am worship where we spoke about the importance of the table in hospitality, Ann R (one of our church members)  was reminded of a book that she had read on this topic that was very meaningful to her.  She has sent me this review with the encouragement for all of us to read this book and think and pray deeply on the significance of the table, any table, where our love and the love of God can be Read more

June 2018 Newsletter

Each month our church puts out a monthly newsletter with articles, updates, upcoming events and information on the different groups. The newsletter for June is available now.  Download here. The Calendar for June is available now. Download here.