Retreat Walk Granite Belt

Retreat Walk Granite Belt

The roads and lanes around Stanthorpe lend themselves to gentle walks and quiet reflections. The Uniting Churches on the Granite Belt will host a weekend retreat, combining times of gathered worship and quiet contemplation.

WHEN: 5th & 6th May 2018

COST: $100.00 per person

ACCOMMODATION: Participants may arrange private accommodation at their own cost. A limited number of billets are also available.


For a walking retreat, a level of fitness is required. Participants would need to be able to walk at least 10km each day and up to 20km for those who choose the extended day walks.
Sturdy walking shoes, a daypack, hat, sunscreen, water bottle and insect repellent are recommended. A light rain coat could also be useful in case the weather changes. 

Further reading material and a registration form will be provided upon enquiry.

Bush Dance and Sausage Sizzle

Bush dance flyer

February 24, from 6.30pm at the Civic Centre. A fun night for all the family.

Tickets for the bush dance are $15 per adult or $30 per family. Food and drinks available for sale. This is a fund raiser for the school chaplaincy ministry in the Granite Belt schools. Click here to purchase your tickets online. 

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one?

Bereavement Support

A free Grief and Loss Program will run for eight weeks at the Blue Care Centre in Day Street, Stanthorpe. The sessions run from 2:30-4:30pm and afternoon tea is provided. The trained facilitators for this group are Rev Kaye Ronalds and Mrs Irene Scott. The program is open to anyone, not just Blue Care clients.

This program is designed for people who are coming to terms with the death of a loved one. Several of the previous participants were grieving for the loss of a partner in the previous twelve months, while others are grieving for other relatives and friends.

Judy Flitcroft, attended the program last year and said, “At times when grieving for my husband, Peter, I felt like I was losing touch with reality, but the care of other group members and sharing our experiences really helped.” Lindsay Saunders, a resident from Glen Aplin said, “The aim of the grief and loss program is to help you remember your loved one without the heart-ache.” He adds that there is no need to do it alone.

The two hour sessions include some education about grief and refreshments.
Registration forms are now available from the Blue Care Centre at 10 Day Street, Stanthorpe or telephone Kaye Ronalds (07) 4681 2173 or  0418 907540 or Irene Scott 0402 202464. You can also get the information from the ministers, priest and pastors in the district.
Places in the course are limited to eight, but if you miss out this time your name will be added to the waiting list for courses later in the year. The next course begins on 9th May.

Feeling a bit blue this Christmas?

Feeling a bit blue this Christmas?

For people who have had a bereavement, Christmas can be a difficult time of the year.

At 7pm on Thursday 14 December, the Stanthorpe Uniting Church will host a simple service to help people who may feel that they just cannot get into the mood of Christmas because someone from their circle has died. It is a chance for people who have been dealing with loss and grief to take some time out from the flurry of the Christmas season to attend to the deep feelings of mourning.

Rev Kaye Ronalds will give a short reflection and there will be some gentle music for contemplation and remembering. Some folk may like to light a candle in memory of a loved one. The service will take about half an hour with supper to follow for those who wish to stay.

Christmas is a time when loved ones who are no longer with us are missed even when it has been many years.

This event is open to all members of the community.
For inquiries please call Rev Kaye Ronalds on (07) 4681 2173.

The Summit – End of an Era

On Saturday 17 November a Service of Thanksgiving will be held at The Summit Uniting Church, in Church Road at 1pm. Former members and people who have had a connection with the Church and the community will gather for a thanksgiving service and “decommissioning” of the building.
The last regular service was held this year in April.
In 2015 the congregation celebrated its Centenary and a history of the Church and the people who have worshiped there was published. Many people who went to Sunday School there or attended worship on a regular basis have taken seriously the call of God to serve and to be involved in the mission of God in other places. Amongst the former members were Ministers, Lay Preachers, missionaries, Bible translators and “ordinary” Christians who have generously supported community activities and volunteered in community organisations. Many of them believe that they have been blessed by God in order to be a blessing to others.

On Sunday morning the symbols of worship will be carried to the Stanthorpe Uniting Church for a Family Service and ceremony of amalgamation.

Target & Uniting Care Giving Box

With the holiday season just around the corner, an overwhelming number of families in Australia will be feeling anxiety over the lack of resources to buy Christmas gifts for their children.

That’s why we have teamed up with Target Australia in an effort to spread Christmas cheer to families that won’t be able to buy gifts for their children. You can help out by visiting our local Target Country store and place an unwrapped gift/s inside the giving box or take a bauble gift tag to make a donation at the register.

What a great way to be involved and help someone less fortunate at the happiest time of the year!

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Mary meets Mohammad (screening locally)

Mary meets Mohammad

A documentary feature film

This film follows the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre, as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie.

The film will be screened locally at Artworks on Davadi on Saturday 23 November @ 7pm for 7:30pm.
Entry: gold coin donation to Artworks.

Induction of Rev Linda Hamill

Linda Hamill (Minister of the Word) will be inducted as the leader of our congregations at a service to be held at the Stanthorpe Church on Wednesday 1 May at 7:30pm.

A supper will follow, please bring a plate of food to share.

Easter Worship Services

Maundy Thursday, 7pm at Stanthorpe

Good Friday, 8:30am at Stanthorpe

Congregation Breakfast, 8am Sunday at Severnlea (RSVP please)

Easter Sunday Worship, 9:30am Sunday at Stanthorpe.

Pass It On Tour

Pass It On Tour

McGregor Park, Stanthorpe

7 – 14 April

In coordination with local church ministers, you are invited to attend the Pass It On Tour. There will be a variety of events for you and your family to attend. Please come along and be a part of what God is doing as we pass on the wisdom of God to the next generation.

Holiday Youth Program

McGregor Park,

9 – 12 April (1pm – 4pm)

Your children and their friends are welcome to enjoy afternoons filled with sport, art & music in a laid-back atmosphere around the Pass It On Tent. We will have an inflatable soccer field set up & blue card-bearing YWAMers would love to spend time with them.

 Click here for more information