8th November 2020

In this email you will find updates from Terrigal Uniting Church, including our minister's message for the week, news about our community and information about worship. If you have something to include in our weekly news, please email

Returning to on-site worship

It's wonderful to be able to gather together once more in the church building.

If you are planning to attend this week, please make sure to register in advance via our website.
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Minister's message

There is something special about seeing someone in person. In the ever-changing world of dealing with COVID-19 we have had a time of isolation, state borders closing and restrictions in numbers to worship. All these things have been really important but all of them have meant that we haven’t seen some people face to face. I saw my parents last Christmas and since then there has really been no chance of seeing them as they live in Tasmania. No amount of phone calls and zoom chats can replace the chance of seeing each other face to face. There is an importance in touch and being close. I am looking forward to a 3 day visit to Tassie later this month just to catch up.

It is the same for worship and many other things in life. For now, we need to maintain physical distance to keep everyone safe but one of my prayers is that during the next 12 months there will be a vaccine or something that will change our world for the better. Being with one another is an important way of shaping our community It is also a powerful way of shaping our faith as we focus on God together. I know in our church community not everyone can come together at this time and while that is the case, we need to pray for each other and look at other ways of building one another up in love (Thessalonians 5:11) as Paul would invite us to do.

Just because we cannot see each other face to face dose not mean we have stopped caring we still care for one another and our community is still important.
Stay safe and looking forward to seeing you some time.


4:12 Kids and Youth

4:12 was fantastic last week with Noel speaking about Africa, his experiences, faith and choosing it as his own. Plus then moving to Australia and why he and Leigh decided to come to church. We all enjoyed hearing from him. We give thanks to God for Noel giving us his time and showing interest in our young people, also to Carmen and Cindy, who provided a taste of Africa. Carmen made Samosa’s and quiche, Cindy provided  Koeksister for desert and Noel brought a variety of Biltong to try. All the Youth enjoyed trying the delights and it was wonderful to learn another perspective and hear about Noels journey with Christ..  
Both groups have lots of exciting things to look forward to in Term 4!

Health Care Manual

News about the PNG Health Care Manual Congregational Project
  • 2,000 copies of the 3rd edition of the Health Care Manual for Community Health Workers in Papua New Guinea (HCM3) were printed and then shipped to PNG at the end of 2019 with the generous support of many donors, HealthServe Australia, an Australian Aid grant and PNG Air Services.
  • Despite COVID19, most of these manuals were able to be distributed by Baptist Union PNG to Community Health Worker training schools, students, teachers, and libraries across PNG.
 Some fantastic news:
  • An additional 13,000 copies of HCM3 are currently being printed as a result of recent funding from the PNG Church Partnership Program!
  • The printing will occur in Australia.
  • Transform Aid International are managing the process.
  • These manuals are planned to go to PNG Community Health Workers in the provincial health authorities, rural health centres, aid posts, and church-run and other health facilities.
  • Once distributed, it means that the original project goal will be achieved!
  • Thanks be to God.
 The project concept is the legacy of Judy Smith’s husband, the late Dr Clifford Smith and was a TUC congregational project twice.
Without the faithful support of TUC, this project would never have started or finished. Thank you to everyone at TUC for your support in prayer and donations.
If you would like a more detailed newsletter, please contact me on 0400258033.
With thanks, Gerri Koelma
(part of the Project Management Team)

November Prayer Focus: Emergency Workers

Our prayer focus for November is our dedicated people who respond to disasters of any kind. Many are volunteers, and they include, but are not limited to; Rural Fire Service, SES, Marine Rescue and Emergency Services. Please remember to thank these people when you see them and ask the question: How can we, as a local church community, be praying for you at this time. 

Prayers from a Rural Fire Service member: 
  • balance of home life and volunteer/work situation. At all hours of the night and day they are called leaving family that often worry about whether they will come home safely. 
  • Please pray for their mental health as they often face difficult decisions as well as horrific situations. We pray for wisdom and God's guidance as choices need to be made. 
  • for safety for all involved.  
  • the community and families of the people involved.  Expectations can outweigh reality leaving everyone feeling devastated. 
  • for strength and commitment and the ability to cope with the rush of adrenaline when called to an emergency. 
Prayers from a SES member:
  • for the families that support and encourage volunteer emergency workers, freeing them to carry out their duties, knowing all is well at home.
  • for the work places that understand the need for volunteers to spend long hours assisting in the community and still turn up to work as scheduled and perform their usual tasks.  
  • for emergency service volunteers having the privilege to be able to make a difference and give something back to their community 
  • for opportunities to pray with the casualty or families at accidents, emergencies or crime scenes. The ability to offer spiritual support along with the practical brings great comfort to many in times of need. 
  •  Prayers for all those assisting, to allow themselves time out when needed, and not to feel they have to attend every event and callout.  Knowing their limitations and keeping their physical and especially their mental welfare in mind during these trying times of COVID 19 especially
Thank you for praying. 

For more information or to send your prayers: 
Anne & Arthur Hand 

Throughout this week, please be praying for...

  • HSC Students
  • Distribution of Health Care Manuals to PNG
  • 4:12 Kids & Youth
  • Bringing hope to the community this Christmas
Some additional points are listed on our prayer boards at church:

Position Vacant


Music Co-ordinator:
Permanent part-time, 10 hours per week.
Responsible for encouraging and facilitating music for worship, growing new musicians & introducing new music into the life of our church.

Terrigal Uniting Church is a regional congregation on the Central Coast of NSW. The successful candidates will need to work alongside a team of 5 staff as well as many volunteers under the leadership of the Minister of the Word.

Enquiries to Richard on 4385 1248 or

Applications close: Friday 27th  Nov 2020

Live Stream on Sundays at 8am & 9:45am

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Upcoming Readings

Sunday 8th November
Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10
Sunday 15th November
Isaiah 6:1-8 

Catch up on last Sunday's Services:

Tithes and offerings

Thank you for continuing your generous offerings during this time. 
If you would like to give a tithe or offering to the church, you can do this online. 
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