The Presbytery of North East Victoria covers a large area of north eastern Victoria and reaches into southern NSW. The western boundary stretches from Mathoura to Heathcote, and the eastern boundary from Corryong to Alexandra with Broadford as the southern most community. Our northern boundary is through the Murray Valley region to Mathoura, and then south-east to Broadford.
Representatives and ministry workers usually met four times a year for formal Presbytery meetings. The Presbytery in Council is much more than a business meeting: it is the Body of Christ from across the region, meeting to worship, pray, study, learn and do business.
Our present practice is to hold the meetings on either Thursdays or Saturdays to enable different people to participate. We rotate around various congregations across the Presbytery to give depth to our relationship together. The Presbytery meets for other special occasions such as the ordination or induction of a new ministry worker, or on the rare occasion when an extraordinary meeting is called. Between Presbytery meetings, Standing Committee deals with the business of the Presbytery and is able to make decisions on behalf of the wider Presbytery.
Due to the large area covered by the Presbytery it is divided into four geographical areas which also hold Regional Gatherings regularly. Those regions are Ovens Murray, Campaspe Goulburn, Mid-Murray and Hill Country.
Uniting for our community
On 1 July, 21 UnitingCare agencies, Wesley Mission Victoria, UnitingCare Victoria/Tasmania Childhood Services and Share will come together as Uniting, and Director of Mission Rev John Clarke is excited by the potential of the new agency.
"The move to a single organisation with such a depth of local and regional service centres represents a significant commitment by the synod to community service delivery as an expression of care and compassion in support of God's mission in the world," John said.
"Our purpose and values recognises our foundations in the Church by stating 'Christ invites us to serve humanity by creating an inclusive, connected and just world'."
Uniting will build upon the rich history of the founding agencies and local congregations and their commitment to work with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community.
"So much great work is going on our various agencies and parish missions. I see Uniting as an opportunity to better utilise our collective strengths, so our wonderful volunteers and staff can continue to be innovative while uniting to enliven our community and confront injustice," he said.
In his role, John will focus on the ethos and spiritual heritage of Uniting, as well as further develop links across the Church.
"As a member of the executive team, I will bring a theological and missional lens to the strategy of the organisation."
John expects many in the Church will have questions and welcomes opening conversations via email to John.Clarke@victas.uca.org.au or phone 0427 994 972.
Many Congregations are in the habit of deliberately praying for one another each time they meet. By naming each other in prayer we enhance our pastoral support with each other, in God’s company. This invitation continues our practice over the past couple of years NEV Praying together 2017 [Download as PDF]
Lentara UnitingCare Asylum Seeker Project, centred in Melbourne, works with the most vulnerable people living lawfully in the community while they await the outcome of their claims for protection.
Lentara works with children, women and men who have little or no income and face homelessness. Many struggle with physical or emotional trauma, isolation and mental illness.
Since 2013 Lentara who took over the program from Hotham Mission continues to develop the housing and case management support to highly vulnerable Asylum Seekers, and also nuture the development of the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre in Brunswick.
Donations of money and housing are urgently needed. Please donate. All the information is available by following the link to https://www.lentarauc.org.au/
The passing of the Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection) Bill 2011 is a breakthrough for people seeking protection under a range of international conventions. Until now, people claiming asylum in Australia under the 1951 Refugee Convention had to wait until they had exhausted that process before they could be assessed under other conventions.
The new legislation allows people to have their claims for protection under relevant conventions assessed simultaneously. Hotham ASP and other agencies, including UnitingCare Wodonga and UnitingCare Goulburn North East (Wangaratta and St David's Albury), have advocated for the change in the hope that people will be able to obtain a final visa outcome in far less trying circumstances.
It is also hoped that fewer cases will need to go to the Minister for Intervention, freeing the Minister to process humanitarian claims. More at http://www.immi.gov.au/media/fact-sheets/61a-complementary.htm
UnitingCare Cutting Edge (now Kildonan UnitingCare) centred in Shepparton, in its 2011 Annual Report stated, "The commencement of the Humanitarian Settlement Service in April 2011 resulted in the expansion of the Multicultural Services Team. In planning for this, a Multicultural Services Manager, Tim Andrews, was employed in April 2011, followed by two Multicultural Project and Case workers and 15 casual Muticultural Support workers who have been drawn from the new settling communities".
Kildonan UnitingCare, UnitingCare Goulburn North East (Wangaratta and St David's Albury), and UnitingCare Wodonga all need support to continue their valuable community work. Please donate online at www.givenow.com.au/
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