Welcome to Waranga Uniting Churches

Waranga Churches are Online

Following the closure of all church buildings in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Waranga Uniting Churches have made all our Sunday gatherings online.

The coronavirus has become a major global health issue, and we have been trying to determine the best response for us as a church family.

With the help of technology, we can help the community catch the Spirit and at the same time limit the risk of catching COVID-19. While we may have less opportunity to gather physically, we are committed to staying connected in care, prayer and worship.

Our minister, Brian Spencer will be preaching, we will have worship like regular church but we invite a much wider audience to share with us. Wherever you are from, whatever your tradition, you are welcome to join us.

 

Throughout the Easter season we will be reflecting emotional rollercoaster of Jesus’ last week, from the joy expressed by the crowds on Palm Sunday, through the dread of betrayal and his last supper with his inner circle of followers, to his sense of despair and abandonment by all in his crucifixion on Good Friday and finishing with the hope that springs from the resurrection on Easter Sunday.

In reflecting on each of these events we invite you to join us in reflecting on life’s emotional rollercoaster and the lessons we can draw from the Easter story.

Whether you are a regular, infrequent or “never” attender at church, we invite you to join us online at one or many of these services.

There are three exciting ways to join us in worship this Easter.

Through Zoom

Where we all can talk to each other, see each other, worship together, pray for each other, and have Church as we normally do but do it all via interactive video conferencing. In the weeks to come we may work out a way to have communion together!

The live services will start at 9.30am with the “room” open for you to log-in to from 9.00am. Log-in, chat to others, be the church!

Click on the links below to join the Waranga Cluster Zoom Church Services

Maundy Thursday Service Apr 9th – 7:00 pm for a 7.30 start  https://zoom.us/j/599427945 Meeting ID: 599 427 945

Good Friday Service Apr 10th – 9.00 am for a 9.30 start https://zoom.us/j/659834133 Meeting ID: 659 834 133

Easter Sunday at 9:00 am for 9:30 start. https://zoom.us/j/261283947   Meeting ID: 261 283 947

Through YouTube streaming

It the congregation gets too large (Zoom can cope with 100 people) then you can watch the service live on Facebook LiveStream. Facebook doesn’t have the interactivity of Zoom, but you can interact. The Facebook LiveStream will be available from 15 minutes before the start of the service. Check here for the link.

Watch the recorded service later

The service will be recorded and available to watch later or share with others in your family and friendship circle. The recording of the service will be available on YouTube as soon as possible following the end of the service.
Click here to go to recorded services.

The live services will start at 9.30am with the “room” open for you to log in to from 9.00am. Log in, chat to others, be the church!

Our church needs your support.

Please consider donating your offering online via the button below. 


Rather stay anonymous?

We understand that you may prefer to remain anonymous.  It may have been a while since you went to church, maybe you’ve never been to church and are just curious. We understand that don’t want to be hassled just because you were curious.

If you want to remain anonymous there are four ways you can do it.

  • Choose the “Join without video” option. You will be able to see, hear (and talk if you want to)
  • Your name also appears in the bottom left of their picture in Zoom. This name will be the one you entered at sign-up. At any time in the meeting you can right-mouse click on your name and change or delete it.
  • You can choose to attend via the Livestream option.
  • You can watch the recorded service later on the website

About us

The Waranga Uniting Churches comprise congregations from the towns of Colbinabbin, Murchison, Rushworth, and Tatura.
You are welcome to join us at any of our worship services or activities.

Many faces… Many places… Many forms
Our congregations throughout the district are caring communities to which all people can belong.
Some of our congregations may be a tiny community of a dozen people, but they are warm vibrant and alive.
They have many faces. There are older people and young, families and single people, people of one culture or many.

While our congregations can be different, each aims to embrace all people… to unite them with each other and with God. This is expressed in part by our having an open table for Holy Communion, to which all baptised people are invited, welcoming children for baptism and being willing to marry those who are divorced.

We are by no means perfect, but we know that God loves us as we are and as we grow. Our congregations are communities in which people seek to follow Jesus, learn about God, share their faith, care for each other, serve the local community, and seek to live faithfully and with real joy. This is the kind of engaging church to which we belong.

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