* Support for Fiji - For some time now we have been partnering with UnitingWorld and the Methodist Church in Fiji to support families living in an informal settlement outside Suva. The aim is to help them become self-sufficient in supporting education of the children there. The link below was received recently as a 'thank you' from one of the graduating students.
Student thank you
* Rev. David Russell joined us in December 2013.
Merimbula and Wyndham work together as the Sapphire Coast Uniting Church.
The Op-Shop Co-ordinator and her team members have been very busy re-sorting the Op Shop at Tura Beach (behind the library building) and making room for the new stock that has been coming in daily, to cope with the needs of the new season.
Op Shop team consists of 40+ volunteers Coordinated by Corinne Nicolson and overseen by Supervisors who are members of the Merimbula Uniting Curch.
Thank you so much to all our helpful volunteers that scrub, clean, dust, sort, wash clothing, polish kitchen wares, sort books, etc. each week to keep our shop looking fresh and inviting.
Dance Group – weekly event with a core group of regular attendees. The group meet Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm and Friday mornings at 9:00am under the umbrella of the Uniting Church. New participants are most welcome.
Uniting Care Merimbula Community Visitors’ Scheme. This is a government funded scheme coordinated by Greg Wollaston providing one-to-one visitors for local nursing home residents and socially isolated residents in their own homes. With approximately 40 volunteer visitors. about half are church members.
OP Shop at Tura Beach. A great number of volunteer Church members are involved in this as well as a significant number of community volunteers.
Many people come through the shop each day to browse, chat or buy low cost goods. Proceeds assist with the running of the church and with local and international charities.
Fellowship Group - meets on the 1st Monday of the month at 1:30pm - Participants enjoy fun afternoons, guest speakers, delicious afternoon teas and bi-monthly lunch outings . Contact Corinne Nicolson or Joan Lovett .
At Wyndham several members belong to an inter faith choir, “Wyndham Hymn Singers”
Other Wyndham members are involved in scripture classes at the local primary school
Fiji Project - Our church has partnered with UnitingWorld, financially supporting a long-term project based at the Nanuku informal settlement near Suva, with the aim building financial self-sufficiency within the community. Skills and competencies are being developed within a leadership group, in order that they will be able to fund educational opportunities for the next generation, without ongoing direct reliance on outside agencies.
"We acknowledge the Yuin people, the first inhabitants of the land. We honour them for their custodianship of the land on which we gather."