News from Picton, Re: Floods

We have received news from Presbytery about Picton UC following the flooding 2 weeks ago. The Uniting Church and Manse at Picton are fortunately on high ground and escaped damage.

However the Anglican Church was flooded and Geraldine Clarkson, the UC pastor at Picton, has offered Picton Uniting as an alternative venue for their services.

There was major flooding in the township which has impacted most businesses and many households. Geraldine writes that “livelihoods have been ruined but we are thankful no lives have been lost”.

Please keep the people and churches of Picton in your prayers, including Geraldine who has particularly asked for them; and those who are supporting the town as they recover from the floods.

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News from the Cumberland Zone

North Rocks UC are having an Encounter Youth Camp, at Kiah Ridge Conference Centre on 17-19 June. It is open to young people in years 7-12 and Uni-aged young adults 18-21.

Quakers Hill UC are having a LEGO Competition & Display on Saturday 25th June.

Penrith UC Singers present a MidWinter Concert on Sunday 19 June from 2pm. Entry donation of $10 goes to support the community work at Bidwill Uniting Church.

Details of all these events are on the noticeboard. If you would like a copy of the entry form for the LEGO competition or permission note for the camp, please email Sue in our office and she will forward the forms to you.

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Cumberland Zone News

Churches within the Cumberland Zone have been invited to contribute to a newsletter, which will be published monthly. If you have a story or mission activity that has happened or will be happening in the future in our Church you can email the details directly to the editor at phil@northrocks.org.au by 22nd April or by the 3rd week of the following months. Pictures of any events can be included.

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Parramatta Mission Samuel Leigh 200th Anniversary

Rev Samuel Leigh was the first Wesley Missionary to the colony of New South Wales and subsequently the first minister of Parramatta Mission. He arrived in Sydney on August 10, 1815 and went on to secure the land grant where Parramatta Mission now stands. Rev Leigh and his wife Catherine worked tirelessly among the colony at Parramatta and established mission work with indigenous groups and in New Zealand.

Parramatta Mission are celebrating this anniversary with some special events including an Anniversary Service on Sunday 9th August at 9.30am at Leigh Memorial Macquarie St Parramatta. There is also a picnic, High Tea and A Heritage Evening details are on the flyer on the noticeboard.

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Special Edition Insights

The latest Insights special edition titled “Property for a Pilgrim People” is available from the stewards if you don’t already have one. It follows on from the similar publication last year and has some very interesting reading regarding mission and property and the proposed Proceeds of Sale Policy.

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