15th Assembly Proposal on Marriage and Same-Gender Relationships

The Assembly Standing Committee was asked by the Fourteenth Assembly to support the continuing work of the Working Group on Doctrine in relation to marriage and same-gender relationships, to consult widely and bring a report with recommendations to the Fifteenth Assembly.

This proposal is now available: Click here to download

The 15th Assembly meeting will be hosted by the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania at the Box Hill Town Hall, Melbourne from Sunday 8 July until Saturday 14 July 2018.

To learn more about the Triennial Assembly: Click here
To learn more about the Marriage Conversation: Click here

Northern Beaches Refugee Initiative

The Northern Beaches Refugee Initiative (NBRI) was formed as a non-denominational and unaffiliated volunteer group in August 2016 with the purpose of assisting the resettlement of Syrian refugees in this area. The generous support of Northern Beaches churches, community groups and individuals has enabled NBRI to directly support nine Armenian Syrian families with rental assistance and inclusive mentoring as they settle into the Northern Beaches.

The families have a variety of circumstances from school age children through to aged grandparents, but all have progressed in their assimilation through housing stability, facilitation of ESL and driving lessons, and coordination of the various governmental processes and programs on offer. NBRI also assists with social and cultural integration by building relationships with newly arrived families to provide ongoing social support. The successes are a credit to the welcoming good will of the Northern Beaches community.

How can you help?

Ongoing employment is crucial for the long-term success of families. Opportunities are being sought in a range of sectors including food preparation, hospitality and labouring/handyman work. There are also several highly skilled Silversmiths who are looking for work.

Support is also required to help refugees to obtain their Australian Driver Licence. Many of the refugees had licences in Syria and can already drive. However, assistance is required to help them gain confidence driving in Sydney. 

If you can assist with the provision of employment opportunities OR if you have a full Australian Licence and are willing to spend time taking people driving please contact Heather Wrathall on heather@nbri.org.au. Please note volunteers are required to use their own cars (automatic transmission) and need to have appropriate insurance in place.
Click here to download the latest NBRI Update – February 2018 Newsletter



Lifeline Northern Beaches

Balgowlah Uniting Church was instrumental in establishing Lifeline Northern Beaches and continues to be very involved. Lifeline Northern Beaches has been serving the area for over 40 years, and is part of the national Lifeline network, which is the leading provider of suicide prevention services in Australia. There are many volunteers attached to the church, and three members of the current Board of LNB (Rev. John Barker, Brian Lees & Sue Saunders).

Thanks & Congratulations to Steve Byrne!

Steve has been generously volunteering for over 30 years and continues to assist in the Lifeline office at Balgowlah. Lifeline Australia has awarded him with the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award.



StreetWork Northern Beaches
Each year StreetWork

helps many young people in Sydney’s north turn their lives back on track. While each individual has a story that is unique, they all share a background of great personal suffering and countless challenges. They also share the experience and pride of driving their own personal turn arounds.

StreetWork was established by Peter Hobbs OAM in Chatswood more than 30 years ago on the premise that one supportive mentor is often all that is needed to turn a young life around. Since then, StreetWork

has grown to serve much of Sydney’s north through branches on the North Shore and Northern Beaches. There are plans to expand the organisation’s reach even further in the future. The Northern Beaches Uniting Churches are currently working closely with and supporting StreetWork in different ways.