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We are:

all about following Jesus. We are a community of imperfect people who have experienced the love and forgiveness of a wonderful God.  We are a local expression of God’s eternal and universal church, called to be God’s people who love, worship, glorify, and serve our living King, Jesus Christ;

part of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations of the Uniting Church, joining with other Uniting Church congregations in contending for the Biblical faith: Confessing the Lord Jesus Christ, Proclaiming the Truth and Renewing the Church; and

“evangelical” Christians, which means that Jesus shapes the heart of our worship, the Bible shapes the heart of our life, and the Gospel (the Good News about Jesus) shapes our heart for a broken world.

Our Statement of Faith & Core Values

Good News Worth Singing About

There’s a wealth of research that proves the benefits of singing on our physical, and mental, health and wellbeing. Apparently singing relieves stress and tension, enhances feelings of trust and bonding, improves depression and feelings of loneliness,  boosts confidence, improves breathing, and is (mostly, when I can hold a tune) a pleasurable experience. 

No wonder I have really missed our Congregational singing at Church over recent weeks (& months).

Thankfully, we are able to sing again as a Congregation in worship, and just in time for Advent & the Christmas season!  It is not surprising that the major announcements in the Bible concerning the coming of Jesus (at his birth, and in anticipation of him coming again) are accompanied by a lot of singing. It is news worth singing about!

Singing, especially at Christmas, will help us to jubilantly express the joy of this good news that we celebrate, not only at Christmas, but every time we meet together. Hymns, songs and Christmas Carols give us the words and tunes that enable us to join with the people of God worldwide, past and present, in joyful celebration of what God has done for us in Christ Jesus. The good news of forgiveness, a fresh start, reconciliation, hope and peace, is worth singing about.

Regardless of whether you are tone deaf, or an operatic diva, I invite you to bring your voice, along with your heart and mind, and join me in singing the praises of Him who loves us abundantly, generously, graciously; for we will join with the angels singing:  

‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power & wealth & wisdom & strength & honour & glory & praise!’

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, forever and ever!’  (Revelation 5:12, 13)

Ian Weeks

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