Carols in the Park

Pu the date in your diary – from 6pm Saturday December 10th – Ku-ring-gai Carols in the Park will be held in Ku-ring-gai Bicentennial Park. This is a huge event, with many thousands attending, organised by Ku-ring-gai churches of all denominations. This year the performers include Andrew Chinn, the acclaimed Australian Waratah Girls Choir, a Vivid light show, The Golden Kangaroos Concert Band, a community choir, and choirs from the Bush School and Prouille.… Read More... Read More

Guests from Vanuatu

Put the date in your diary – I’m delighted that in late November Johnknox and Esther will be coming to Wahroonga as guests of Knox Grammar, and on Sunday November 27th they will be worshipping with us at St. John’s. John is principal of one of the schools supported by the Vanuatu Literacy Project, and I’m sure he’ll be delighted to share with us the impact that this project is having on his school and community!… Read More... Read More

Capt. Mona Shindy

I’m delighted to be able to announce that Naval Captain Mona Shindy will be the second guest speaker at our Building Bridges event on September 4th. Capt. Shindy is the Chief of Navy’s Strategic Adviser on Islamic Cultural Affairs, Telstra Business Woman of the year 2015, and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the Australia Day honours list 2015.… Read More... Read More

Building Bridges Together

During Ramadan this year Sureka and I were delighted to be invited by Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, the Grand Mufti of Australia, to an Iftar dinner (the traditional breaking of the fast at sunset during Ramadan). This invitation came as part of the “Building Bridges Together” initiative, to increase mutual understanding between Australian Moslems and Christians.… Read More... Read More

Commissioning of Elders and Councillors

Following the congregational meeting in June, at which we elected our Elders and Church Councillors, on Sunday July 31st, as part of our morning service, we will be commissioning them to their roles. Please be there if you can, and please pray for these men and women who have offered themselves to serve the Kingdom of God in Wahroonga in this way.… Read More... Read More

Sydney Welsh Choir

Put the date in your diary! On Sunday October 30th, the Sydney Welsh Choir will be returning to St. John’s for a concert of popular songs, Welsh songs and hymns, sacred music & items from opera and stage musicals. All funds raised will be going to support three wonderful schools – St Lucy’s and St Edmund’s here in Wahroonga, and The School of St Jude in Tanzania.… Read More... Read More

For Australian Aid

Micah Australia (a coalition of Christian aid & development organisations and church groups) is holding an afternoon tea on Thursday 30th at which representative of local Churches will be able to meet with some of the Bradfield candidates (including Paul Fletcher) to discuss Australia’s overseas aid. I’ll be attending, as part of the effort to get politicians of all political stripes to return to the bilateral commitment to increasing overseas aid to 0.5% of GNI.… Read More... Read More

10 Questions on Aid

The Australian Council for International Development (the peak body for international development charities, of which UnitingWorld is a member) asked four parties (Liberal, Labor, Green and Family First) ten questions about their policies on Australia’s overseas aid. You can download a summary of their answers here. Worth reading as you reflect on who to vote for on July 2nd!… Read More... Read More

Jacob’s Well

Jacob’s Well is an international Christian Organisation offering prayer for healing. They are having a series of special events over the weekend of July 1st-3rd at St. Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie Street. More details here. I wouldn’t normally link to events by a healing organisation which I haven’t personally seen in action; but this has come to me from Dean Drayton (former president of the UCA and a good friend) who has recently accepted a leadership role in Jacob’s Well Australia.… Read More... Read More