In her February report Penny Archer, our Chairperson, mentioned that she was having a slow recovery from COVID. She wasn’t exaggerating – 3 months later Penny is still laid low with severe long COVID. She appreciates our continuing love and prayers.
Our May Presbytery meeting will be in person at Port Macquarie Uniting Church. Remember to bring your voting cards, lunch and optionally a mask. Morning tea and a cuppa at lunch will be provided.
Following our opening worship will be the commissioning of Presbytery representatives (which was postponed from the February Zoom meeting).
The Order of the Day will be hearing from, and questioning, Molk about Pulse. The way to find out what that means is to be present.
In addition, we will hear again from Meredith Yabsley, who finally has approval to carry out a research project on rural presbyteries and congregations. She is seeking to carry out an initial round of conversations with any willing church councils or presbytery committees from June.
Look out for the various reports, including the report from the in-person sessions of the National Assembly two weeks ago.
Those present on 28-30 April at Stuarts Point greatly enjoyed the inspiration from Rev Simon Hanson, the Moderator, and from Rev Ben Gilmour, Director of Vital Leadership at Uniting Mission and Education. A sample:
There was so much more, but you needed to be there to absorb it.
Thanks to the organising team: Rev Lofa Anga’aelangi, Marie Battle and Rev Cherie Strudwick.
Some recent deaths to note (apologies for any missed):
We remember and honour them for their lives, and pray that their families and friends will know God’s comfort and peace at this time.
As a consequence, the field work placement for Jessi Mervyn-Jones in her ministerial training has changed to being shared between Mingaletta and the Port Macquarie congregation.
Presbytery Standing Committee is close to filling the final three positions on the Board of Lifeline Mid Coast. These need to be people who are members (or members-in-association) of the Uniting Church, and we are grateful for them for taking on this ministry and responsibility. Note that there are rolling retirements on an annual basis, and new Board members (including for Lifeline North Coast) may be required later this year.
Please note there is a specific email address for Pastoral Relations Committee - you can send emails to the PRC using the webform at the bottom of Contact us - remember under Send To to select Pastoral Relations Committee Secretary, MNC Presbytery.
I encourage you to take in an interest in the wider activities and news of the Uniting Church, as available in
Who turns 45 next month? We do!! 22nd of June – 45 years since the inauguration of the Uniting Church.
Presbytery Deputy Chairperson