Worship resources archive

Archived worship resources assist worship leaders with material and ideas for offering worship in many contexts. This page houses resources that have previously been gifted to the Synod for use on our webpage.

The main worship resources page hosts updated links for the coming weeks, and for regular providers of worship material within the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.

Worship resources

Here you will find resources to release ministry for creative opportunities and also enable people to worship from home. We have how-to guides, prayers, reflections, readings, videos and much more that cater for all ages.

Season of Pentecost 2021

21 November, 2021 (Reign of Christ Sunday)

14 November, 2021 (25th Sunday in Pentecost)

7 November, 2021 (24th Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 7 November, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

31 October, 2021 (23rd Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 31 October, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

24 October, 2021 (22nd Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 24 October, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

17 October, 2021 (21st Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 17 October, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

10 October, 2021 (Twentieth Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 10 October, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

3 October, 2021 (Nineteenth Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 3 October, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

26 September, 2021 (Eighteenth Sunday in Pentecost)

19 September, 2021 (Seventeenth Sunday in Pentecost)

12 September, 2021 (Sixteenth Sunday in Pentecost)

5 September, 2021 (Fifteenth Sunday in Pentecost)

29 August, 2021 (Fourteenth Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 29 August, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

22 August, 2021 (Thirteenth Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 22 August, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

15 August, 2021 (Twelfth Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 15 August, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

8 August, 2021 (Eleventh Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 8 August, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

1 August, 2021 (Tenth Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 1 August, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

25 July, 2021 (Ninth Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 25 July, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

18 July, 2021 (Eighth Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 18 July, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

11 July, 2021 (Seventh Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 11 July, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

4 July, 2021 (Sixth Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 4 July, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

27 June, 2021 (Fifth Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 27 June, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

20 June, 2021 (Fourth Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 20 June, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

13 June, 2021 (Third Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 13 June, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

6 June, 2021 (Second Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 6 June, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

30 May, 2021 (Trinity Sunday)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 30 May, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

23 May, 2021 (Pentecost Sunday)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 23 May, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.
Season of Pentecost 2020
31 May 2020
  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a "Worship@Home" service and reflection for Pentecost. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
7 June 2020
  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a "Worship@Home" service and reflection for the Trinity Sunday. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
15 June 2020
  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a "Worship@Home" service and reflection for Pentecost 2. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
21 June 2020 
  • The Shearwater Cluster of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 3 recognises the 43rd UCA Anniversary. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
28 June 2020
  • The Shearwater Cluster of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 4. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
5 July 2020 
  • The Shearwater Cluster of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 5. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
12 July 2020
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 6. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
17 July 2020 
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 7. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
26 July 2020
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 8. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
2 August 2020 
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 9. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
9 August 2020
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 10. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
16 August 2020 
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 11. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
23 August 2020
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 12. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
30 August 2020
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 13. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
6 September 2020
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 14. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
13 September 2020
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 15. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
20 September 2020 
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 16. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
27 September 2020 
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 17. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
4 October 2020 
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 18. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
11 October 2020 
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 19. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
18 October 2020
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 20. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
25 October 2020 
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 21. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
1 November 2020
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 22. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
8 November 2020
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 23. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
15 November 2020
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Pentecost 24. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
22 November 2020 (Reign of Christ / Christ the King)
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Reign of Christ. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
Pentecost Season Resources
  • An ‘At Home’ Pavement Chalk Pentecost labyrinth for adults and kids. One of the delights for kids sheltering at home has been drawing with chalk on footpaths and driveways. Adults and kids can mark out the design together and decorate this Flame Labyrinth in pavement chalk. You don’t need to be an artist - a flame is always moving anyway, so whatever you draw will be perfect!
  • Happy Birthday to the Church (UCA SA)
  • “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility” - World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel 2020. This World Council of Churches resource has been designed to assist people with prayer, study, advocacy and action.
Season of Creation Resources (1 September – 4 October) “Jubilee for the Earth”
  • Season of Creation 2020 Guide – Ecumenical Worldwide resource
  • Season of Creation – UCA Resource
  • Common Grace have produced a series of resources for the Season of Creation 2020. During this year’s Season of Creation in September, we enter a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, where we hold tight to God’s intention to see the flourishing of the whole of creation. Stay connected throughout the season with a weekly email featuring prayers and reflections on the theme, as well as updates on activities and events you can participate in and pray for. Sign up here to get more information or to receive a Church Service resource toolkit for your church to use for any service you hold during the Season of Creation.
  • For more information on the VicTas Synod’s response to Climate Change, check out the JustAct consultation and Letter writing actions.
Season of Creation (2021)
A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God.

From 1 September to 4 October, Christians around the world take part in acts of worship and action focused on how we live in relationship with and care for God’s creation.

The international theme for the 2021 Season of Creation is A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God. Oikos is the Greek word for “home,” or “household.” The theme calls us to reflect on the integral web of relationships that sustain the Earth, our common home.1

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters have long walked in the wisdom of these interwoven, interdependent relationships and the need to care for country, acknowledging our role, as Indigenous Christian scholar Randy Woodley expresses, as one part of the “community of creation”.2

Season of Creation is an opportunity to reflect on our role as stewards of God’s beautiful Creation and the need for us to renew and restore the Oikos of God as we seek to live out Jesus call to love our neighbour.2

Message from UCA President Rev Sharon Hollis1

Resources - Readings, prayers, liturgies, action steps

27 February, 2022 (Transfiguration Sunday)

20 February, 2022 (Seventh Sunday in Epiphany)  

13 February 2022, (Sixth Sunday in Epiphany)

6 February, 2022 (Fifth Sunday in Pentecost)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 6 February, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

30 January 2022 (Fourth Sunday in Epiphany)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 30 January 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

23 January, 2022 (Day of Mourning)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for the Day of Mourning, Sunday 23 January, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

16 January, 2022 (Second Sunday in Ephiphany)

9 January, 2022 (First Sunday in Epiphany)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 9 January, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

2 January, 2022 (Christmas 2)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 2 January, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

24, 25, 26 December, 2021 (Christmas eve, Christmas day, Christmas 1)

19 December, 2021 (Advent 4)

12 December, 2021 (Advent 3)

5 December, 2021 (Second Sunday in Advent)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 5 December, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

28 November, 2021 (First Sunday in Advent)

Advent Faith at Home (UCA)
Advent Outdoor Worship (UCA)
Christmas Family Faith Trail (UCA)
Advent & Christmas Services (UCA)
Advent Engage Together Worship Resource (UCA)

Advent in 2 Minutes
Advent & Christmas (Strandz)
Advent Ideas (Going for Growth)
Advent & Christmas Ideas Hub (BRF)
Messy Christmas ideas (Messy Church)
Advent & Christmas resources (Mountain Masala)

Advent Calendars (Build Faith)
Advent Surprise calendar (Busted Halo)
A Celtic Advent Calendar (Contemplative Cottage)
Living Advent Wreath (Build Faith)
Watery Advent Wreath (Annette Buckley)
Advent Wreath Prayers for Home (Build Faith)

29 November 2020 (Advent 1)
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for the first Sunday in Advent. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
December 6 2020 (Advent 2)
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for the second Sunday in Advent. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
December 20 2020 (Advent 3)
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for the third Sunday in Advent. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
December 20 2020 (Advent 4)
  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for the fourth Sunday in Advent. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.

December 25 2020 (Christmas Day)

  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for Christmas Day. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.

December 27, 2020 (First Sunday after Christmas)

  • The Shearwater Ministry Team of the Gippsland Presbytery worship service for the First Sunday after Christmas Day. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.

The following resources have been gathered to assist individuals, families, communities and worship leaders in their practice and preparation of Advent. The headings are given to assist navigating the resources, though intergenerational resources may be used in community worship, and prayer resources may be suitable for public worship or private prayer practice.

This list continues to grow each week. New links (added this week) are indicated with a * at the end of each description. New links are added at the top of each section. If you have additional ideas, please send a link and one sentence description to nigel.hanscamp@victas.uca.org.au

Intergenerational in Groups and in Homes

(See also Chris Barnett’s Monthly Updates for more information)

  • 28 Ways to Prepare for Christmas A single page poster of small, meaningful actions to take in preparation for Christmas. *
  • Daily Meditations around the Advent Wreath – From making a simple Advent Wreath, to a daily prayer aid, this resource takes participants deeper into and understanding and practice of Advent prayer. *
  • Handel’s Messiah online A complete video recording of Handel’s Messiah from the Orchestra and Choir group “Handel and Haydn”. Popular sections of the Messiah are also offered as separate links. *
  • Advent: Something is Coming!
    A fresh way to engage households, small groups and whole communities throughout Advent. This new, FREE resource encourages us to pray, reflect, grieve and rejoice as we draw nearer to Christmas.
  • Christmas Family Faith Trail
    This excellent resource encourages households, small groups and even whole churches to explore the events of the Christmas story through five interactive stations across the four weeks of Advent.
  • For us a child is born: all-age Advent resources (Synod of CNOB)
    This simple devotional booklet for all ages provides opportunities around the lighting of Advent candles, reading the scriptures and hearing stories that prepare us for the nativity.
  • Advent: We Wonder
    These daily Advent podcasts invite all ages into an immersive, contemplative experience of the words of Scripture – making space for responses and questions, guiding in prayerful engagement.
  • Busted Halo
    Features not just an updated version of the classic “Advent in 2 Minutes”, but also an on-line Advent Calendar to engage with daily.

Advent and Christmas outdoors

(See Also Mat Harry’s Youtube channel for other ideas on New and Renewing ways of being church)

  • Lightning the church – Horsham UC Nativity Lights (2:07).
    Showing how a church in a regional town is able to use its’ building to offer a night-time nativity and light show.
  • Worshipping outdoors – October 2020 Webinar (37:23)
    How might you include both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in Advent and Christmas worship in a safe and inclusive way? Worship outdoors can be an option that allows the most people to participate (NOTE: Please work within whatever Covid restrictions apply to your context at the time of your event). This Webinar replay covers: Present Context - Liturgical Framework - Styles of adapting to 'Outside'; Transfer, Translate, Transform - Examples and ideas - Further Resources - Being Inclusive

Worship leading and preaching

  • Advent meditations 2021 Weekly reflections on the gospel readings of Advent from the new monastic community of Servants of the Word, - Ecumenical Advent Meditations. *
  • Prayers & Reflections from our ecumenical community The NCCA have provided links to a range of Advent resources available through Australian Churches, including Act for Peace (Christmas Bowl) and Advent studies. *
  • Advent + Christmas Resources 2021 is a video led by Dr Craig Mitchell from the Port Phillip East presbytery. The hour long video outlines a range of worship resources and ideas, with Craig and a range of other highly gifted practitioners providing ideas for activities, worship, music and insights for engaging our church neighbourhoods.
  • By the Well - A weekly podcast where a Minister and a Biblical scholar discuss the lectionary readings to equip preachers to proclaim the Word.

Prayer and Meditation – Personal and Community

21 February, 2021 (First Sunday in Lent)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 21 February – First Sunday in Lent is ready to print and be distributed.

14 February, 2021 (Transfiguration)

7 February, 2021 (Epiphany 5)

31 January, 2021 (Epiphany 4)

24 January, 2021 (Epiphany 3)

17 January, 2021 (Epiphany 2)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 17 January - Epiphany 2 is ready to print and be distributed.

10 January, 2021 (Baptism of Jesus)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 10 January - Baptism of Jesus. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.

In Lent 2022 we are learning to be vibrant and faithful followers of Christ in the long tail of pandemic. We continue to grow in discipleship, and to worship in person, online, at home in families, and physically distanced in our various places of worship. The following resources are offered from around the church to assist with our journey through Lent at this time.

Lent 2022 Study Resources:

Lent 2022 Worship and Study resources

  • The Fig Tree Weekly Worship resources now contain daily reflections for Lent. These are captured at the end of each Weekly Worship PDF. Click on “This Week” on this webpage to find the latest version, and here to find previous editions (Scroll to the bottom to find the documents)
  • Lent and Easter Resources (Port Phillip East Presbytery)

Intergenerational and Children & Families resources

Lent 2022 (Year B)

15 April 2022 (Good Friday)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Friday 15 April, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

10 April 2022 (Palm Sunday)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 10 April, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

13 March, 2022 (Lent 2)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 13 March, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

6 March, 2022 (Lent 1)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 6 March, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.
Lent 2021 (Year B)

Lent 2021 Resources

  • Illuminating Faithis a faith education initiative of the Congregation of Mark the Evangelist, North Melbourne, for Lent / Holy Week / Easter.

28 March, 2021 (Palm Sunday)

21 March, 2021 (Fifth Sunday in Lent)

14 March, 2021 (Fourth Sunday in Lent)

7 March, 2021 (Third Sunday in Lent)

28 February, 2021 (Second Sunday in Lent)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 28 February – Second Sunday in Lent is ready to print and be distributed.
Holy Week

1 April, 2021 (Maundy Thursday)

2 April, 2021 (Good Friday)

Good Friday
  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a “Worship@Home” service and reflection for Good Friday. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
  • Julie Perrin offers a visual Collect for Good Friday.
Easter Saturday
  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a “Worship@Home” service and reflection for Easter Saturday. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
  • Julie Perrin offers a visual Collect for Easter Saturday.

22 May, 2022 (Easter 6)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 22 May, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

15 May, 2022 (Easter 5)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 15 May, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

8 May, 2022 (Easter 4)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 8 May, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

1 May, 2022 (Third Sunday in Easter)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 1 May, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

24 April, 2022 (Second Sunday in Easter)

The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 24 April, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.

17 April 2022 (Easter Day)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 17 April, 2022 is ready to print and be distributed.
Season of Easter (2021)

16 May, 2021 (7th Sunday in Easter)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 16 May, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

9 May, 2021 (6th Sunday in Easter)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 9 May, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

2 May, 2021 (5th Sunday in Easter)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 2 May, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

25 April, 2021 (4th Sunday in Easter)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 25 April, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

18 April, 2021 (3rd Sunday in Easter)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 18 April, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

11 April, 2021 (2nd Sunday in Easter)

  • The Gippsland Presbytery Fig Tree worship resource for Sunday 11 April, 2021 is ready to print and be distributed.

4 April, 2021 (Easter Day 2021)

Easter Day
  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a “Worship@Home” service and reflection for Holy Week. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
  • Connectible – Easter Day resources from Strandz, Children and Families ministry, Aotearoa.
  • Julie Perrin offers a visual Collect for Easter Day.
  • Sally Douglas offers a Table Liturgy for Easter Day - "Come and have breakfast"
19 April 2020 (Easter 2)
  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a "Worship@Home" service and reflection for Easter 2. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
26 April 2020 (Easter 3)
  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a "Worship@Home" service and reflection for Easter 3. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
3 May 2020 (Easter 4)
  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a "Worship@Home" service and reflection for Easter 4. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
10 May 2020 (Easter 5)
  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a "Worship@Home" service and reflection for Easter 5. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
17 May 2020 (Easter 6)
  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a "Worship@Home" service and reflection for Easter 6. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
24 May 2020 (Easter 7)
  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a "Worship@Home" service and reflection for Easter 7. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.

Going online

Live streaming worship services is a simple and effective way of participating in worship that doesn’t involve physically going to church. Facebook and YouTube are two platforms you can use. For more information on how to live stream a service or church event, click here.

If you intend to live-stream worship from your church building, please follow the latest advice from official government sources about the numbers of people who can be involved, and appropriate physical distancing.

The latest directive from the Victorian and Tasmanian state governments is that up to five people can be involved in a live-streamed service, provided social distancing guidelines are maintained.

That rule also prohibits people who are unwell from participating as well as people who are deemed vulnerable, such as:
· People who are immuno-compromised
· People aged over 70
· People aged over 65 with a significant medical condition
· Aboriginal Tasmanians aged over 50 with significant medical conditions.

With in-church worship now on hold for the foreseeable future, more and more congregations are looking to broadcast their services in other ways. Some are:

  • pre-recording, such as Manningham UC
  • live streaming, such as Hobart North UC
  • podcasting, such as Richmond UC.
  • using Zoom to connect children together for Godly play, such as Nourish from Brunswick UC (more information in 'Online Churches' below).

If you have found other ways to broadcast your worship, please email Nigel Hanscamp. We’d love to spread the word.

For a more complete list of VicTas congregations streaming, see ONLINE CHURCHES below.

Congregational worship at home

Here are some resources you may use to encourage people to worship and pray together, using common resources in their homes.

Window Installation

  • An online exhibition created by participants at Boroondara Community Outreach (BCO), a mental health ministry of the Yarra Yarra Presbytery, based at Kew. The Installation invited the artists to reflect on parts of the Easter story, and to tell their story alongside the artwork they created – a ‘stain-glass window’. (note: large 28MB Video)

Holy Week

Good Friday

  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a “Worship@Home” service and reflection for Holy Week. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
  • Julie Perrin offers a visual Collect for Good Friday.

Easter Saturday

  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a “Worship@Home” service and reflection for Holy Week. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
  • Julie Perrin offers a visual Collect for Easter Saturday.

Easter Day

  • The Shearwater ministry team (Gippsland Presbytery) offers a “Worship@Home” service and reflection for Holy Week. This resource is ready to print and be distributed.
  • Connectible – Easter Day resources from Strandz, Children and Families ministry, Aotearoa.
  • Julie Perrin offers a visual Collect for Easter Day.
  • Sally Douglas offers a Table Liturgy for Easter Day - "Come and have breakfast"

General Resources (For this week, and those who want to work ahead)

  • By the Well podcast from Rev Fran Barber and Rev Dr Robyn Whitaker (eLM and Pilgrim) explores one of the lectionary texts to equip preachers to proclaim the Word.
  • Passing the Peace using AUSLAN.
  • Engage Together (Free Lent download from CTM Resourcing)
  • Spill the Beans (Downloadable Resource for Lent, Easter and Pentecost – Payment required)
  • Connectible – Easter Day resources from Strandz, Children and Families ministry, Aotearoa
  • East Gippsland Easter Reflections 02 - A Carpet of Green. Rev Ian Ferguson reflects on Palm Sunday with word and image.
  • Julie Perrin offers a reading of Psalm 118 and a Collect.
  • Mustard Seeds – Palm Sunday resources from Ann Scull, Boronia Road UC.
  • Church at Home – A general resource of ideas for growing faith at home (Downloadable resource).
  • Lost Sheep – Retelling Bible stories in a fresh way. Free resources are available here (Free Subscription required).

Readings

Resources related to the readings for this week, including reflections, and audio-visual versions of the readings.

Each week on the By the Well podcast, Rev Fran Barber and Rev Dr Robyn Whitaker explore one of the lectionary texts to equip preachers to proclaim the Word.

RCL Readings

 

Holy Communion

Communion is a key part of our celebration of the Church’s faith and life. During times of physical distancing, this brings opportunities to think differently about the sacraments.

The Assembly Standing Committee has offered resources to help Ministers and church leaders to think theologically and practically about how we offer worship with Holy Communion.

Sally Douglas offers a Table Liturgy for Easter Day - "Come and have breakfast".

Prayer and faith practices at home

Could this time of social distancing and isolation be Jubilee, Sabbath or Retreat? This could be a time to explore some different ways of being Christian and being Church.

  • The Banyule Network has created five resources (see Lectio Divina, Examen, Praying With Images and Prayer Practices in RELATED DOCUMENTS below) on learning to pray in different ways. Try a different one each week.
  • Rev Jennie Gordon, Presbytery Minister Gippsland and poet, has written this Affirmation of Faith as we shelter at home, based on Psalm 23.
  • And this one for Psalm 130 “From Cries of comfort, to affirmation of hope".
  • Interfaith Litany for Wholeness from Rev Andy Calder (see Related Documents below).
  • Lent Engage Together (can be adapted for use at home and in small groups).
  • StoryPath (linking lectionary to children’s literature).
  • Weekly Lenten Study Reflections for easy sharing in a dispersed community from Craig Mitchell (Pres Minister Port Philip East).
  • Lent Event is an action from Uniting World that encourages people to connect with justice for those living in poverty. Resources are available, including a Bible Study series on Jesus “the other”, and how to embrace difference.
  • The Abbey of the Arts is giving a Novena for Times of Unravelling – nine days of prayer. To learn more about this free resource, click here.
  • Poetry Unbound – a new, short-form podcast from On Being is presented by Padraig O’Tuama, and may be like a mini retreat in the new structure of your day.
  • Thank You Prayers
  • For families learning about the Lord’s Prayer, When You Pray – Children and When You Pray – Adults

Community support

We are called to Love Our Neighbour, Loving and caring in the world. There are many social media groups and posts going viral. One worth considering is the Facebook group The Kindness Pandemic. This has stories and anecdotes of kindness, compassion and hope. 

Messy Church has created the #MessyNeighbour hashtag in Facebook to share stories of Christ-Centred, all-age creativity, hospitality, and celebration. 

Here is a card you could slip under someone’s door to offer kindness and care. 

Re-imagining Church

At this time of disruption, we have opportunities for rethinking church as church leaders. 

Questions to consider: 

  • During social isolation the typical distractions are not around, so is this a time in which the local church may be able to connect with the dechurched and unchurched? Is this a time when people will think about their spirituality and how would they locate the local church if they did?
  • How does our church address complex social issues without a pulpit?
  • In what ways can we be living into God’s mission at this time?

An excellent resource worth considering is from Traci Smith, who has compiled 100 ideas for ministers and ministry leaders.

Carey Nieuwhof writes about changes in church attendance. This is relevant to the way we think about Church during a pandemic. He also reflects on changing patterns of being church, through a reflection on changes in media.

Financial giving to your church

For many of us, our financial offering is a spiritual practice – part of our Christian discipleship, and a practical response to a generous God. For churches, offerings resource ministry and mission. The costs of our church’s mission and ministry continue during this time, and our ongoing financial support is important.

We encourage you to have a conversation as a church and inform your congregations of the best options.

In a season of physical distancing and forced closures, here are a few options to allow congregants to still give their offering.

  • Put cash in an envelope (plain or a planned giving envelope) in an offering bowl at home. Contact your treasurer or elders to discuss how this should be collected.
  • Mail a cheque to your church’s treasurer or stewardship contact.
  • Use online banking through your bank, or set up a direct debit to your church’s account at UEthical (contact your treasurer for account details)

For more information about some online giving options, click here.

Your Presbytery has also been thinking about this and have specific responses for your situation – please contact them directly for more information.

Prayers

  • The Banyule Network has created five resources (see Related Documents below) on learning to pray in different ways. Try a different one each week.
  • Rev Jennie Gordon, Presbytery Minister Gippsland and poet, has written this Affirmation of Faith as we shelter at home, based on Psalm 23.
  • And this one for Psalm 130 “From Cries of comfort, to affirmation of hope".
  • Thank You Prayers
  • When You Pray – Children
  • When You Pray – Adults
  • "A Way to Worship at Home"(see RELATED DOCUMENTS below) contains some ideas on creating a  worship space, and a practice of meditative worship at home.

 

Faith practices

Could this time of social distancing and isolation be Jubilee, Sabbath or Retreat?

The Abbey of the Arts is giving a Novena for Times of Unravelling – nine days of prayer. To learn more about this free resource, click here.

Poetry Unbound – a new, short-form podcast from On Being – is presented by Padraig O’Tuama and may be like a mini-retreat in the new structure of your day.

As stated above, the Banyule Network has created five resources on learning to pray in different ways (see Related Documents below). Try a different one each week.

  • The Abbey of the Arts is giving a Novena for Times of Unravelling – nine days of prayer. To learn more about this free resource, click here.
  •  Poetry Unbound – a new, short-form podcast from On Being – is presented by Padraig O’Tuama and may be like a mini-retreat in the new structure of your day.
  • The Banyule Network has created five resources on learning to pray in different ways (see Related Documents below). Try a different one each week.
  • Engage at Home are providing daily family prayer and worship activities (or via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #EngageAtHome.
  • Top five faith resources for households, from the UCA Assembly website
  • Way to Live offers resources for growing Christian practices with Teens
  • Holy Habits offers resources for growing Christian faith and practices for all ages
  • Faith 5 Five simple steps for everyday household engagement in faith
  • Kitchen Table Project Ten easy things to try as a household
  • Faith in Homes Faith nurturing tips, activities, podcasts and resources
  • Faith in the Home Links to ideas to help families through the week

Financial giving to your church

Financial offering is a spiritual practice for many of us - a practical response to a generous God. Offerings resource ministry and mission in our churches.

In a season of social distancing and forced closures ask your Treasurer for direct debit options – or set aside your offering envelope in a jar to give to your visitor from church.

Live streaming congregations/Faith Communities

Recorded worship

Pre-recorded or podcast

Recorded worship

 Recorded Sermon

Presbyteries

 

Synod 

Moderator Denise Liersch and General Secretary Mark Lawrence sent this letter to everyone on March 27.

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