Lenten Offering 2019
Lent is the season of the church year when we take time to reflect on Jesus’ journey to the cross and what this means for us and for all people.
Please consider supporting the Lenten Appeal. In doing so you will be a participant in the kingdom’s work of renewal, justice and hope.
Ecumenical Accompaniment Program
Palestine and Israel (EAPPI); International
EAPPI was established in 2002 in response to a request from the Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem.
‘Protective presence’, adopted by EAPPI, draws on Christian values to provide witness, solidarity and to accompany. It also enables international civilian peacekeepers to stand with Palestinians and Israelis working in non-violent ways to end the military occupation and promote a just peace in Palestine and Israel.
Donations allow for 10 Australian Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) per year to live in Palestine
for three months, joining other EAs supported by over 20 countries. EAs offer protective presence to vulnerable Palestinian communities, de-escalate tensions, monitor and report human rights abuses.
EAs work can include:
- monitoring checkpoints to improve access and freedom of movement for people living under occupation
- documenting physical and non-physical harassment of Palestinians during their work or children travelling to school
- ensuring access to holy sites for Muslims and Christians.
Your Lenten Offering will support EAs in the Holy Land to work towards a just peace.
Homework Hub Pakenham/Officer; Pakenham Uniting Church; Melbourne Metro
In 2016/17 the Homework Hub was established and funded by gifts from Toorak Uniting Church and contributions from Pakenham Uniting Church. The Hub assists parents who face language barriers when helping their children with reading and other homework tasks. Within the local community, more than half of the students are from a South Sudanese background.
In 2018, the Homework Hub was the successful recipient of a grant which enabled a partnership with Monash University, including student placements.
To address the ongoing and ever-growing need for assistance, the Pakenham Uniting Church would like to ensure that the Homework Hub continues to open its doors. The Homework Hub is currently supported by a qualified co-ordinator, and volunteer tutors from the Pakenham Uniting Church and the community. It looks caters for students in Years 3-6 during the school term.
Your Lenten Offering will help support the Pakenham Homework Hub for another year while working with grant authorities to develop and build an ongoing relationship with the Centre for Multicultural Youth.
Benalla Central Community Garden; Benalla Uniting Church, regional Victoria
The aim of the Benalla Central Community Garden is to share God's love with the wider community through setting up and providing a communal vegetable garden using a variety of organic and sustainable gardening techniques. This garden will provide a welcoming place for anyone from the Benalla community to come together to grow food, share ideas, learn about soil preparation, composting, seed propagation, plant selection etc, and to get to meet new people and create community connections.
The Benalla Uniting Church will collaborate with a variety of other community groups in order to make real connections and look beyond the church walls to share faith, friendship and experiences together.
Your Lenten Offering will support The Benalla Uniting Church to create the garden space with a dividing fence and a tank to provide a reliable and sustainable water source. A small shed will provide a secure area for a wheelbarrow and tools which will help build five wicking garden beds. These beds are notable for only requiring watering weekly or fortnightly with no surface watering. The garden beds will also be raised to a height that is accessible for less agile people.
Migrant Women’s Music and Language Project; Scots-Memorial Uniting Church Hobart, Tasmania
The Scots-Memorial Uniting Church currently supports the Thirsty Ground Music Group for those experiencing disadvantage in some way as well as developing links with the TAFE where English discussion can take place in the church garden and at morning tea. They are also developing links with the Mosque through an Iftar meal.
The Migrant Women’s Music and Language Project represents language and cultural diversity while at the same time strengthening literacy and communications skills in English. Based at Scots Memorial Uniting Church, it will be run in partnership with other organisations who have already shown an interest. The initial focus for the group will be a performance at the Harmony Day concert. As the group develops, other opportunities for extended growth and outreach will arise.
Your Lenten Offering will allow for the Thirsty Ground Music Leader and Coordinator to develop this program for a full year and, in doing so, ensure that the work is fun, educational, and highly responsive to the changing needs and aspirations of the participants.
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