Thursday, 9 July 2020

Marsden Road Uniting Church
203 Marsden Road Carlingford

Sunday 12th July 2020

Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the Community
Greetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.
We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.

Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Saving God, in Jesus Christ you opened for us a new and living way into your presence: give us pure hearts and constant wills to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Worship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:

  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856

Month of Wesley

From the end of July until the end of August we will be focusing on the teachings and contribution of the Wesley Family to our faith.
·         For our mid-year study this year we will complete a study of the last five chapters of the book by John O Gooch of the United Methodist Church USA. The Book is titled; “John Wesley for the 21st Century. The studies will be held through Zoom. Day and time yet to be finalised – more details to come.
·         Worship – the preaching and services will reflect the theme of each week’s study starting on 2nd August 2020.
·         As part of our month we will be sharing our favourite Wesley Hymns. Please Email Rev John your favourites or pass them on to your Elder for them to pass them onto Rev John.

Reflection Pentecost 6

Jesus loves to tell stories about the things he sees around him. Birds, flowers, fields. He tells stories about all of them. Jesus tells his friends about how the farmers sow wheat—they till up their fields and just kind of throw the seeds out there—and then they wait. Not all the seeds end up turning into wheat—some of them don’t grow, some grow too fast a die, some get eaten by critters. But the ones that do grow are enough to make so much flour and bake so much bread and feed so many people. You and me and everyone we know; we are like those seeds. Jesus is the farmer and he has put us in his field to grow. When we listen to Jesus and the people who love us, when we are kind, when we feed our bodies good things, we are like healthy wheat. Jesus can harvest the healthy wheat we grow in our hearts and help us keep each other strong and healthy and happy.


Minister of the Word
Rev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658 or
Church Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194
Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409
Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531
Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231
Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584
Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584
Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog:
Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:

Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email:

Did you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.
Those who would prefer to make a financial donation to Community Aid (amounts of $2.00 or more are tax deductible) can be made using their website or the form sent out last week.

From Chrisanthi and the Social and Education Team

Last week we donated $200 to Parramatta Mission, being funds collected in our coin jar, plus dollar for dollar matched by the Education and Social Committee.
Since the start of the small change project we have donated $1,100 to Parramatta Mission which includes $100 for sponsoring 4 plates at the meals-plus Christmas lunch 2019.

Return to Face to Face Worship

To fulfil Government requirements, we need to fulfil the relevant checklists for our activities in the Church and be able to fulfil and develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan. The Government Health Regulations and our Synod agrees, that before we can use the premises, either ourselves or any
Hirer then the group or we must have a risk management plan in place.

For any Hirer, the Church Council must agree to their Safety Plan and ensure that it meets all Health Regulation requirements. This the same procedure is used for any business or group that is gathering or opening and it is essential that it is in place before any face to face can take place.

For Marsden Road these means that a Safety Plan must be in place and meet the Synod and Government standards before anyone can enter the premises again.  It will be some time before we can worship face to face again. Your Church Council continues to monitor the situation and work out its future safety plan. We have been reminded that failure to comply with regulations brings heavy penalties. 

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