Each week we release a video for our children and familes to help them start to explore the reading for the coming Sunday. You can see this above. We also send out some faith resources on the Monday to start these conversations. You can find these linked on the left side of the page.
We have a number of activities across Southside for young people. You can find out details about each of them in the tabs at the bottom of the page. Here are some photos to help you see some of these groups.
JAFFA - (grade 1-5)
Girls Brigade - (prep - year 12)
Boys Brigade - (prep - year 12)
Unite Youth Group - (grade 6-12)
Richard Moors works with an amazing team of volunteers to oversee all of the activities we do with young people. If you would like to know any more details he would love to chat with you.
All our volunteers with young people are screened and commit to adhering to the Safe Ministry With Children policy.
God’s call, our prayer
When Jesus began his ministry, he announced the coming of God:
…the kingdom of God has come near. (Matt. 4:17; Mark 1:15)
God has come near.
The world is called and invited through Christ to turn to God, accepting God’s nearness as the way the world can be renewed, reborn, and recreated through the Holy Spirit. (2 Cor. 5:17-19)
The invitation is new every day. During this season of Lent, we are called to take up God’s invitation in prayer and fasting as a sign of our commitment and love for God.
Throughout the centuries, Christians have gathered for worship and asked God to be near. In a service of worship, this is known as the prayer of invocation: asking God to come and be present in which the worship of the people takes place. The church has asked God to come near, not only in worship but in the world – to establish peace and justice, heal the sick, and mend broken hearts.
In the Jewish and Christian tradition, being ‘near God’ is a way of expressing devotion, trust and faithfulness. In Psalm 73 it reads:
…for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
to tell of all your works. (Ps 73:28)
The apostle Paul expressed this ancient Christian prayer in its simplest form when he exclaims, ‘Maranatha,’ which means ‘Our Lord, come!’ (1 Cor. 16:22)
And Jesus taught us to pray:
Your kingdom come… on earth as in heaven. (Matt. 6:10)
When we ask God to come near, or pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth, we are asking for our hearts and lives to be shaped and transformed by the Spirit, so that we align with the heart and mind of God.
This Lent as we respond to God’s call to ‘draw near,’ may our prayer be that our hearts would be God’s home. And more than this: that Southside Uniting Church, our congregation, would be God’s church – empowered by the Spirit, following Jesus, participating in God’s mission: transforming lives.
To ‘draw near’ let’s seek God in prayer.
Spiritual Growth covers key elements of the life of the Christian Church, including discipleship, bible studies, developing spiritual leaders and identifying people who have a calling on their lives for future ministry and mission engagement. As One Congregation in multiple locations, Southside seeks to build our unified identity through our spiritual commitment, by developing ourselves to discipleship we can find out more about our identity in Christ and as members of this unique community in the life of our church.
To find out more about Spiritual Growth in Southside Uniting Church or to express your interest in joining a Small Group, please contact the church office.
Jesus tells us that the church "is the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14).
Southside Uniting Church takes seriously this charge to be active in sharing Christ's love locally, nationally and internationally.
For more information on our Outreach Groups please contact the church office.
As one church in multiple locations, we are keenly aware of the importance of pastoral care, since caring for each other is intrinsic to authentic Christian community and the heart and character of God. Christ proclaims in John 13:34-35 “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Networks of care are established in each of our communities, so that we may live out our motto of pastoral care being for everyone, by everyone.
How does the church engage in mission with the local community today?
This question receives many different responses for one simple reason: it is not a simple question.
Simple problems have simple solutions. The question of the church engaging in ethical, effective, authentic and compassionate ways with its local community is one that must begin with this honest acknowledgement: "We don't know."
"I don't know" is a powerful statement. It carries the potential to awaken curiosity.
When we are curious the probability of moving past our assumptions and irrelevant knowledge increases; our mind and heart opens to possibilities for new learning, asking questions, listening to people's stories, leading to adapt our practices and try new things.
The ministry area of New Missions, particularly through our established Mission Experiment Group (MEG), is our attempt to ask questions, learn, experiment, and reflect on Christian engagement with the local community in our part of the world today. Through this framework, we hope to faithfully participate in God’s action and thereby join God in the unfolding work of God’s new creation of hope, peace, compassion, and justice for all in Christ.
Watch this short video from Tod Bolsinger, as he illustrates the challenge the church is facing today.
"New Friends" Coming Soon!
We are excited to announce a new group "New Friends".
This group is being led by the Mission Experiment Group (MEG) and the focus will be to develop meaningful relationships with CALD women who are socially isolated so that God's love might flourish.
This new group is borne out of a year long discernment process where a small group of people at Southside carefully and deliberately researched various aspects of the local community and identified gaps where we could both be of service to and also significantly learn from others in our community.
Southside Uniting Church is committed to moving into God’s missional future. As part of this we will try new approaches to our worship, witness and service. A missional church for the 21st century will respect the tradition of the church whilst it seeks to engage a new generation in with the transforming message of Jesus Christ.
Our underpinning values for worship
· Christ centred
· Inclusive of all people, including ethnicities and ages
· Community building
God has richly blessed our congregation with resources of property and finance to support our mission and ministry. Faithful discipleship requires that we act as good stewards of what we have.
The Resources Ministry Area attends to:
- property maintenance
- risk management
- Blue Card compliance
We'd love for you to be involved
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7
We are gifted for the privilege of serving God and others
We believe we don’t have to do this, we get to do this. Jesus gave His life for us and left us a powerful example when He washed His disciples’ feet. His overwhelming grace in our lives makes no job too insignificant when it comes to lifting up the name of Jesus and loving His people. We serve because we want to follow in His footsteps. We serve excellently because He deserves nothing less. We serve together because this is His church, and this is our church.
So please get involved by joining a team to serve. .
Knowing our spiritual gifts is a key to be used by God to serve him and others. If you don't already know your gifts, or if you'd like to know if other gifts have been released for a season, you can follow this link to take a spiritual gifts test.