Riverina Presbytery (COVID-19) Home Page

Last updated 30th July 2020

Welcome to the Uniting Church in Australia Riverina Presbytery

Meet our ministers –
Rev Matthew Stewart, Rev Yvonne Ghavalas, Rev Nigel Hawken. Rev Keith Robinson, Rev Jannice McWhinney.

During this time of rapid and frequent change in the way we live our lives our new Home Page will try to bring you some new ways of worship and other relevant information.

These are some links to other sites where you can find on-line worship liturgies, worship services and study groups.  The list will grow as we adapt to our current very different ways of sharing without gathering together face to face.

The most recent additions are listed first, out of date items will be updated or replaced by current ones, lectionary details will be updated from time to time.

This information by Synod and NSW Government on COVID 19 compliance requirements has been updated on 30th July 2020.

Synod Covid Guidance Notes:

COVID Restrictions tighten from 24 July 2020 This is an important document to read.

This link takes you to the start of the Synod information pages on COVID-19.

All places of worship must register their COVID-19 Safety Plan through NSW Government.

NSW Government Information:

This link takes you to the page to register a business, this covers weddings, funerals and other activities – nsw.gov.au/register-your-business-as-covid-safe

This link is for Places of Worship and contains informative links and a link to a .pdf file that may help in developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan to help you create and maintain a safe environment for you, your workers and your congregants.

The UCA NSW and ACT Synod web site contains a lot of information about the impact of COVID-19 on the operation of the Uniting Church in NSW and the ACT. The Information is updated as circumstances change.
Please check regularly. We are in a time when information changes frequently

Update on the next Presbytery Meeting
The date has been decided – 19th September
details will be sent to all congregations to explain the proposed format given the continued Covid restrictions.

Link to the Weekly Insights page of the NSW and ACT Synod for 24 July 2020.

Worship at home services for
Pentecost 9 (Ordinary Time 17).
Sunday 2nd August 2020

Rev Yvonne Ghavalis has prepared a new series of
Online Worship Services. All the details are on this new page.
Please note these are ZOOM meetings Sundays @ 10am.
There is a pre filled contact form at the end of the new page,
there is a new ID for this series,
just add your email address and click Submit

Orders of service prepared by Eastern Region Minister of the Word,
Rev Keith Robinson
Click Here to go to the list of ALL the services on this website.

Wagga Wagga Uniting Church
“Worship at Home” services are available on line
at this webpage

Riverina Presbytery Moderators Anniversary Message issued 20 June 2020.
Visit our moderator’s page, Rev. Simon Hansford,
Read the Moderators page.

Campbelltown Uniting Church are marketing “Hands Free” sanitisers
to raise money for some key missions in Africa.

The Saltbush team have prepared many pre recorded services for worship.
This is a link to their collection of on-line services:
Saltbush pre-recorded devotionals.

Saltbush live. There is also a weekly Saltbush service that you can join ‘live’ over the internet using Zoom software. If you are new to this and would like to join, please send an email to saltbush@nswact.uca.org.au.

Year ‘A’ Lectionary Readings
for the next few weeks

AFTER PENTECOST A period of time that varies in length depending on whether Easter is early or late. In this period, the Church recalls its faith in the Holy Trinity. It seeks to relate its faith as a people of God to Christ’s mission in the world. It commences with Trinity Sunday (7th June 2020) and concludes with the feast of Christ the King (22nd Nov 2020).

The Lectionary colours, while not referred to a lot in the UCA are, I think, interesting. If you want to know more about them this site is of interest. Liturgical Colours

Sunday July 26 – Pentecost 8 (Ordinary Time 16)

  • Genesis 29:15-28
  • Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128
  • Romans 8:26-39
  • Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Sunday August 2 – Pentecost 9 (Ordinary Time 17)

  • Genesis 32:22-31
  • Psalm 17:1-7, 15
  • Romans 9:1-5
  • Matthew 14:13-21

Sunday August 9 – Pentecost 10 (Ordinary Time 18)

  • Genesis 37:1-4,12-28
  • Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b
  • Romans 10:5-15
  • Matthew 14:22-33

Liturgies 4 life:

Liturgies 4 Life Web site with Many Topics by Rev. Yvonne Ghavalas

Saltbush Scattered Communities:

Transforming Worship – Uniting Church in Australia