Bendigo Advertiser church notices August 17

MAJESTIC: Sacred Heart Church in Bendigo is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst. Picture: Angela Morrissey
MAJESTIC: Sacred Heart Church in Bendigo is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst. Picture: Angela Morrissey


St Paul’s

This Sunday is the 11th after Pentecost. One of the greatest gifts the Anglican tradition has given to the Catholic Church is the Prayer of Humble Access; an incredible legacy of Cranmer’s poetry and his gift for liturgy. Controversial – and yet endlessly popular among the Christian faithful the world over – this prayer reminds us of the Canaanite woman’s immense faith in Jesus, and the depth of God’s bountiful mercy despite our own frailties and sinfulness. Services this Sunday are 8am – said Eucharist, 9.30 – choral Eucharist, 11am – celebration Eucharist. This Sunday is the last day of the August Prom concert series. The program begins at 2pm with the Guitar Collaboration, Meryl Wilkinson follows at 3.15 and the afternoon concludes with Women of Note at 4.30pm. Refreshments served after each performance. For more about St Paul’s, please visit  or find us on Facebook.

St Mary’s

The celebration of our patron St Mary was remembered last Sunday. Many parishioners wore blue for the occasion. The chapel altar donated in memory of Jim Peach and candle table remembering Golda Hyde were dedicated at the 9am service.

Merry Music continues on Thursdays, 10-11am. Preschoolers really enjoy this time. A quiet time of Christian meditation led by Eileen Dunicliff is available each Wednesday at 3.30pm. Mark in your diary Saturday, November 4, when the parish fair will take place.

Our weekly services are 9am traditional service and 11am contemporary service, both with Holy Communion. For details, visit our website at www, or call 5447 7427.


Hymns Alive welcomes motivational speaker Nathan Hulls as our guest today, when 70-80 people gather in the hall at 1.30pm to sing their favourite hymns. Afternoon tea. Free bus transport may be arranged; phone Allan on 5442 2774.

Young people from year 6 up are welcome to come along every Friday night to the Collective Society from 7-9.30pm. More details: email

Machine Gun Preacher Sam Childers will share his story of overcoming a life of drugs and violence to being involved in Christianity and freeing large numbers of enslaved children throughout Africa, at the 5pm service on Sunday, August 27.

Connect Kids will celebrate their double-in-a-day service at 10 am on Sunday, August 27.  This is an opportunity to bring along a friend who is not already attending. Sunday services 10am and 5 pm, 35 Solomon Street, Bendigo. For details, phone 5441 3133.


Last Sunday, Clare spoke about the transfiguration of Jesus Christ’s glory witnessed by the disciples in Matthew 17:1-3.  While Jesus was on earth, He revealed and gave examples of what we need to know about the truth of all that is contained in Christ’s salvation for mankind.  This scripture describes what Jesus wants those who follow Him to understand that once they receive Jesus; a believer’s spiritual being changes into the light of Christ’s glory, through his shed blood and sacrifice on the cross that absorbed all mankind’s sin, restoring mankind’s one-to-one relationship with God the father as Adam and Eve had before the fall into sin. We also see in 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 an amazing phenomenon within Christ’s gift of salvation; Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within each person who accepts God’s son. He helps, encourages, strengthens; as well as illuminates and convicts, building up the fullness of the transfigured spiritual man, changing believers from one degree of glory to the next.

All are welcome at our regular Sunday services where you will find hope, encouragement and encounter God, held on Sundays at 10am at the Long Gully Community Centre, 27 Havilah Road, Bendigo. Inquiries: 5443 1468 or 0402 087 083.



“Crucified with Christ” Galatians 2:20 was Reverend Len Pearce’s address last Sunday.

Paul makes it very clear in this passage that you have to know Jesus Christ personally, living a life for Him in everything we say and do. We have to have a heart love for Him, not just head knowledge. As Paul states: “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” We must be born again, not of the flesh but of the spirit, we must have faith and believe that Christ came to earth as a baby, grew to a man, was crucified for our sins, was dead, buried and rose again into heaven.

If we don’t have Christ in the centre of our life what sort of person will we become? Don’t live in the flesh, but live in faith in the son of God, Jesus Christ.

Sunday 20: 10am worship service conducted by Jesse Cutler.

Wednesday 23: 9am weekly prayer meeting followed by bible study at 10.30am.

All inquiries to 5446 8086.

St John’s

Last Sunday, Rev Philip Burns preached again on the topic of holiness. While the world knows the reality of the horror of war, the believer also knows the reality of the battle for holiness. Best laid plans and intentions can so easily be left aside. The Christian life is a paradox. We have been delivered from the penalty of sin, but not yet from the presence of sin. The desires of our own sinful natures and the Holy Spirit are often in conflict. How do we fight this battle? Every believer needs to know that indwelling sin is the problem, that it lives within our hearts, that it deceives our reasoning and ought not be allowed to have control. The key to victory is not found in ourselves but in the presence of God’s Holy Spirit who can and will assist us in this ongoing battle for holiness.

SMILE playgroup, ladies' home group, evening home groups and playgroup all meet during the week. Next Sunday, PTC student Jordan Brown will preach on Daniel 8. Morning tea in the hall. For more information or to hear this week's message, visit


Central Cluster

Each Thursday at Forest Street UC Hall, 10-3pm there’s an opportunity for a “cuppa with company” and/or a light lunch, led by the Uniting Care Emergency Relief Program to combat social isolation. It will be a client focused approach by providing an environment where all can relax, enjoy a cuppa in company. There will also be arts and craft programs with materials provided and a kid’s corner. Cluster members are encouraged to support this program.

Narratives in Genesis – a series of four weekly studies will commence today from 1.30-3pm in the Randall room, St Andrew’s.  The first session’s title is Joseph and brothers part 1, with part 2 on August 24. Further information from session leader David Shield, 5441 4029.

St Andrew’s UCAF next meeting is tomorrow, August 18 from 10am, when attendees will be sharing their favourite recipes with some sampling involved.

On Friday at 1.30pm there will be a meeting at Neale Street for friends and volunteers of Uniting Bendigo with Rev John Clarke, director of mission for Uniting and Lentara staff, to discuss issues which have arisen since the change-over. All welcome to attend.

Tranquility Zone: Bendigo Interfaith Council invites you to this experience – an opportunity to reflect in a safe and tranquil space, on words of wisdom from the world’s spiritual traditions. The first function will be held in the Bendigo library from 3.15-4.30pm Saturday. 

Sunday’s worship: 9.30am at Forest  Street will be led by Rev Ray Outhred and at St Andrews by Rev Adrian Pegler, who will lead at 2.30pm a service at St Andrews, Axedale.

Forest Street’s UCAF High Tea, is at 2pm on Monday, August 28.  Proceeds will be sent to the Uniting Church Frontier Services.

ELM Cluster

Eaglehawk: Everyone is welcome to our service this Sunday at 10am, when the Rev Chris Venning will be the leader. Including the Cornerstone program for young people. Morning tea will follow. The evening service at 6.30pm will be a study on the lectionary readings. The service will be preceded with soup and bread from 6pm.

On Saturday, in the meeting room at 9.30am, the Think, Move and Do Session will be held for seniors. This program keeps you thinking, moving and doing the things you love. Cost: $8.50 per person. The JAMM session for musicians and multimedia people will be held after the 10am service this Sunday.

The Missionary Action Group will meet on Tuesday from noon. Emergency food assistance is available at the church on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 3pm.

Long Gully: Sunday’s service will be at 9.30am and will be led by the Rev George Buckle.

Marong: The congregation will participate in the 9am service this coming Sunday.

Bendigo South Cluster

Sunday services. 

Kangaroo Flat: 9.30am led by Rev Ian Stewart (cuppa to follow)

Lockwood: 9.30am service led by Rev Dale Pascall.

Chum Street: 11am led by Rev Ian Stewart (cuppa from 10am) 

Thursdays: Indoor (non-bias) bowls from 1.30-3.30pm at the Old Church on the Hill (corner Harkness & Russell streets, Quarry Hill). People of all ages and bowling abilities are welcome. Afternoon tea is provided and two games of bowls.  Cost $2. Contact: Anne 5447 8430.

Saturday, August 19:  6-9pm, dinner club at Chum Street Uniting Church. Cost $2. Please bring a main or dessert to share. All welcome. RSVP Janette on 5447 1552 by August 17.  

Mondays: 9.30-11am, Playgroup at Kangaroo Flat Uniting is a welcoming place for parents and grandparents to bring children under five years – a place where children can socialise and enjoy activities designed to help them learn and develop through play. Gold coin donation. Contact Anne, 5447 8430. 

Monday, August 21: noon, Sparkling Seniors at Chum Street Uniting Church, guest speaker.

Tuesdays & Fridays: UnitingCare Emergency Relief from 10am-1pm at Kangaroo Flat Uniting Church. Phone 5443 5458.  

Tuesdays: 10.30am – bible study group at 149 Thistle Street, Golden Square. All welcome. Contact: Glenys, 5443 9451 

Wednesdays:  Craft group from 9am-noon at Kangaroo Flat Uniting Church. Everyone is welcome.  Contact Verna on 5447 7289.  

Wednesdays: 11am – Talk ‘n’ Tucker at Chum Street Uniting Church.

Wednesday, August 23:  noon, community lunch at Kangaroo Flat Uniting Church. Cost: $5 for two-course meal and tea/coffee. Everyone welcome. Contact: Carol 5447 7568.

Uniting Prayer Point:  Some of our callers suffer from chronic or serious illness, and affording regular medication can be hard, even for those who hold a Centrelink card. It is difficult to keep well, especially in winter, if food options and accessibility to medication are affected by a limited income. Please pray for those who are struggling to afford necessary treatment.


This Sunday there will be three Weeroona services. Morning services will be held at 9.15am at Neale Street, and 11am at White Hills. Both will be led by Rev. Susan Malthouse-Law and will include activities for the children.

On Sunday evening you are invited to come along to Song Story Supper at 5pm at the Neale Street church and experience worship in a different way. This service is ideal for families, singles, couples, old, young, and those in between. The service will be followed by a bring and share tea.

The next TIC TAC (Totally Inclusive Children Talking About Church) Kid’s Club get together is at Neale Street on Tuesday, August 22 at 4pm . All school-aged children are welcome to come along for a great afternoon.

Save the date for our trivia night on Friday, September 22. 7.30pm at Neale Street. We will be fundraising for our church community and have some fun. Gather yourself a team of eight. Details will grow as the dates gets closer, but there will be lots of fun to be had, great prizes and a chance to enjoy each others company. Cost is $10 per person; BYO snacks, nibbles and drinks. Special treats will be provided.


The Bendigo School Chaplaincy annual dinner is at the Wellington Hotel, White Hills from 6pm on Monday, August 28.

Guest Dawn Penney is CEO for Access Ministries in Victoria. She will be part of a panel with chaplains. Access Ministries has chaplains in three Bendigo secondary colleges and nine primary schools. Bookings can be made by August 20 with Ray, 5442 1732 or Jenny, 5448 3912.