SPIRITUALITY

Nurturing connection within, between and beyond

We gather in community to remember and nurture our connection to that great presence of love and life some call God, others The Spirit, The Universe, Mystery, The Divine, The Sacred. We acknowledge and celebrate the variety of language to express spirituality. With stories of the radical love of Jesus and from other traditions, with music, images, art and silence, we ground our lives in grace and compassion.

Still Point (Wed, 6pm)

We gather at 6pm for a community meal, then at 7pm for prayers in a contemplative style. This gathering deepens our friendships and gives many of us a still point in the busy week- and best of all, the evening meal is put on the table for us to enjoy in good company. Feel free to just come for the meal, or arrive at 7pm in time for the prayers. A simple eucharist, open to all, is included in the service. The meal is ‘by donation’.

Sunday Gatherings (10am)

Sunday Gatherings Our ‘regular’ service has a focus on teaching, stories, creativity and reflective times. Key elements of the gospel are interpreted for the current day with an emphasis on progressive and missional thought. Holy Communion is held on the third Sunday as well as on Messy Church Sunday.

Mindful Moments (Sat, 10.30am)

Take a moment for… Gentle Music and Wisdom Writings Saturday Mornings at 10.30am at Kirks Place. Drop by for some relaxing meditation with music and readings from Wisdom Writings.

Arcare Worship (1st Wed, 11am)

Held in collaboration with the Anglican church, members of the congregation join the ministers in providing worship and pastoral care to the local aged care home Arcare. Residents enjoy singing some of the older hymns, and are enriched by the sharing of communion.

Messy Sundays (1st Sun, 10am)

On the first Sunday of each month, we put on our old clothes and get messy in church! Art activities, stories, singing, reflective spaces, a simple eucharist and a focus on the child in all of us.

Core Values:

To invite a wide range of ages and backgrounds to experience

  • diverse relationships and intentional community
  • beauty and a sense of quiet wonder
  • a gentle alternative to the dominant consumer culture
  • a special concern for the marginalised.

A Special Focus on Young People and their Families, while creating an experience that is nurturing for all.

Friday Lunch and Communion (3rd Fri, 12.30pm)

Friday Lunch is held at Kirks Place and is especially for those finding it difficult to get to church on a Sunday, together with others who enjoy a meal in a relaxed environment. We are joined by friends from Arcare each month. A team of dedicated people take responsibility for transport, and others joyfully handle the catering aspects with care and panache. The occasions begin with a simple communion service.

Festive Gatherings

Blessing for the New Year – first Sunday in January. Pets Blessing -first Sunday in October. “Sacred Time, Sacred Place” with Queenscliff Music Festival, last weekend in November. Easter Dawn Service (on the beach at Point Lonsdale).

Funerals

Celebrating Life and Holding our Sadness with Care. Our ministers are able to work closely with you to create a thoughtful, personal and spiritually caring tribute to farewell your loved one. We work closely with the various funeral directors on the Bellarine Peninsula and Geelong. We are also very pleased to be able to host your post service refreshments in the Bay Room or Hall. We can provide a variety of teas and brewed coffee, serving of food, set up and clean up. We ask for a $300 donation for this service. You will need to organise caterers for food. We are happy to chat to you about local caterers who provide great food and work well in our spaces

Weddings

We are delighted to be able to affirm the equal love of the LGBTIQ Community by offering them marriage in our church, by our ministers.

The Uniting Church liturgy allows flexibility in fashioning a marriage service that is sacred, personal and meaningful. Here in Queenscliff, we endeavor to establish a good rapport with each couple, so that the service can be sensitive to your spirituality and have personal significance for your family and friends.
Marriage preparation normally involves three sessions using the materials “Prepare” as a basis for discussion. Prepare helps you to examine your relationship in a personal way, helping you to explore the in-depth issues that arise in a normal healthy relationship.

The church at Queenscliff has a long history, yet recent improvements make it a flexible and intimate space for family and friends to celebrate this special occasion together. We will help you to capture a sacred sense of occasion that is appropriate for your wedding ceremony.

The ministers are available to conduct services at other locations.

Costs for weddings are as follows:

  • Minister’s fee: $300
  • Prepare Marriage Course $45 online
  • Church $200
  • Organist (if required) $80

Baptisms

The rite of Baptism is a way of bringing a person into the heart of the community as they begin their faith journey. The Uniting Church practises both child and adult baptism as an initiatory rite into the community of faith, and we welcome any who wish to take this step in our Queenscliff community.

At Unitingqueenscliff

We see the sacred in all aspects of life, and invite you to participate and find your spiritual home through any of our activities. Our doors are open to all; everyone is considered as part of our community no matter what their level of participation.

We have a strong focus on the connection of prayer to justice and compassion. Our understanding might be considered progressive in character, contemplative in style.

We hold dearly the people of the First Nations, and we actively support the Refugee Community through our activities. We have a deep concern for the environment, and strive to minimise our carbon footprint. We are also strongly supportive of the LGBTIQ community, and practice equal marriage as an affirmation of human love.

Spiritual Care Ministry Team

Oversees the spiritual life and the pastoral care of the community. This ministry team coordinates Messy Church, initiates special services and events such as the Blessing of Pets, as well as maintaining the network of pastoral connection throughout the wider Unitingqueenscliff Community.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE (updated 2019):

The Spiritual Care Ministry Team facilitates:

  • The weaving of a spiritual dimension through all aspects of our Community’s life. Imaginative and inspiring communal worship that speaks to our diversity and is open to new perspectives in spiritual practices.
  • A ministry of friendship and care within and by those in our Community.
  • A welcoming atmosphere and openness to new people.
  • Opportunities, including artistic installations and special events, for the wider community to engage the sacred.