Crossroads Connection



National Reconciliation Week

From May 27 to June 3 is National Reconciliation Week, a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Last Tuesday was the anniversary of the death of Derrimut, who died in the North Melbourne Benevolent Asylum on 28 May 1864. He was a headman of the Bunurong tribe, who alerted Batman's party to possible attack from hostile aborigines. He is buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery. His portrait was painted by Benjamin Duterreau, on a visit to Hobart.

Join us in prayer for…

  • Work in building national reconciliation between the wider Australian population and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, especially at the level of our new national government.
  • Pacific Island nations as they attempt to cope with rising sea levels and seek help from Australia and other countries in meeting their special needs.
  • The Campaign for Australian Aid as it works to encourage and strengthen Australia’s overseas aid programs and support from the Australian government.
  • Community and government efforts to work towards ways of counteracting men’s violence against women, and for the families of the victims of such violence.
  • The new Federal Government ministry and the new leader of the ALP, Anthony Albanese.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Communion (Rev. Valerie Johnson)
12 noon Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: 10.30 am Church Council Executive (Robert Renton’s home);
12.30 pm UC Adult Fellowship.
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Wyndham Playgroup; 5 pm African Youth
Saturday: 10 am African Youth

Bible Readings – 2 June 2019

Revelation 22:12–14, 16–17, 20–21; Psalm 97; Acts 16:16–34; John 17:20–26.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 9 June 2019

Minister: Rev. Valerie Johnson
Duty Elder: Julie Rees
Greeting: Kur Mag
Morning Tea: Betty Parker & Elaine Belcher
Flowers: Margaret Forrester
Reader: Lyn O’Meara
AV Desk: Brendan Geilen
Prayers of the People: Samantha Gourlay
Piano: Asanka Pakura

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton.  We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten.  If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.


Jennie and Paul Kirkman

Jennie and Paul Kirkman and their girls Faith and Chelsea are regular worshippers at Crossroads Uniting congregation. Faith and Chelsea attend the Good News Lutheran College in Tarneit.

Paul grew up in England, in Hornchurch, Essex. When he was 10 years of age, his family migrated as “Ten pound Poms”, and they settled in South Australia.  When Paul finished technical school at Thebarton, he started working in the Royal Australian Air Force, equipping and servicing airplanes.

Paul’s air force bases included Edinburgh, Wagga, Amberley, Williamtown, Butterworth and Laverton.

He and Jennie met, and they married in 1990. Their adopted son, Barris, is now 23, and working locally. They lived for a while in Carlton, then Werribee.

Jennie belonged to the Methodist Church in the Philippines.

After Paul’s retirement from the RAF in 1995 he worked at Ansett Airways until it folded. Now he is a storeman at Nepean Building and Infrastructure, which makes those steel lintels which are placed above house windows, holding up the building above the walls.

For some time Jennie volunteered at Werribee Care and Concern. She is now working at VIP, part of the Pratt group of industries.

Paul leads the senior CRUNCH, and he takes a turn operating the sound system on Sunday mornings.

“Crossroads feels like family.  Over the years it has been a good experience for us; particularly I remember the musicals, and their fun and enjoyment,” Paul says.

Pray for all our members who lead children’s activities, for our teenagers, and those who make the sound system work for good communication in church worship. (NT)

Uniting Church National History Society

The UNHS is holding a conference at the Centre for Theology and Ministry over the Queen’s Birthday weekend (7–10 June) and you are invited to attend the whole event or just part of the program.

There is a full program commencing on Friday evening and concluding on Monday afternoon. Speakers in short 20 minute presentations include D’Arcy Wood, Neil Tolliday and people from all parts of Australia.  To book, speak to Robert Renton or go to


Stewardship responses

New stewardship envelopes will be available soon.

Church Council urges you to prayerfully consider your giving to Crossroads for the next 12 months.

Please complete the pledge form and return it in an envelope addressed to ‘The Recorder’.

Blank forms are available from the office.

UC Adult Fellowship meeting

UCAF will meet at Crossroads on Wednesday 5th of June. We will hear from Margaret and Rose about their recent shoebox distribution trip to Chile with Operation Christmas Child.

Please bring an item to put into a shoebox. (Items for school, hygiene, clothing, a toy or something special). Bring your lunch at 12.30pm for a 1pm start.

Koala conservation in the You Yangs

Koala conservation in the You Yangs is ongoing, and Koala Conservation Day will be held on Sunday 23 June from 9am to 2pm. The cost is $30 and for children $20. Book at or call 03 9646 8249. Bookings are essential. Participants will be helping remove weeds, meet the koalas, take walks with researchers. For more information please speak to Val Martin.

Soup and Salaam

On World Refugee Day 20 June, 12.30–2pm at Ashburton Baptist Church we are invited to come and share a traditional soup in support of people seeking asylum. This is Baptcare’s inaugural ‘Soup and Salaam’ lunch; salaam meaning ‘Peace be upon you’. Through the warm and nourishing power of soup and conversation, we’re aiming to share some stories, courtesy of our Sanctuary residents, and understand a little more about their plight

Staged world-wide in June each year, Refugee Week commemorates the immense resilience, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees, and is about celebrating the contribution refugees make to our society.

RSVP by Friday 7 June to Gwen O’Hanlon (0400 389 718) or


Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.