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UCA Temporary Arrangements for Holy Communion in Online Worship - 3 April 

The Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) has approved temporary guidelines for Uniting Church congregations and faith communities to celebrate Holy Communion as part of online worship. The new guidelines are a temporary pastoral measure for the period of COVID-19 isolation measures, and will conclude no later than March 2021 or when the Standing Committee advises otherwise.

Pastoral Letter from Dr Deidre Palmer explaining the ASC decision
Guidelines - Online Gathering for Worship with Holy Communion
A Resource for Theological Discernment

 

Faith Formation Resources

Resources to help us practice our faith in isolation.

Holy Week at Home: ideas for families
Download here

Illustrated Ministry is supporting local congregations and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing free, weekly, faith formation resources for all ages. https://www.illustratedministry.com/flattenthecurve

Weekly Lenten Studies: Shared by Craig Mitchell on his blog Mountain Masala

Mediacom has made this Sunday's Seasons (Exploring the Bible) material available for free here

The Synod of South Australia has produced a print-ready worship from home resource for Sunday 29 March.

Being in the Church of Un-gathered Times - Message and resource curation from Rev Sue Page the Associate General Secretary of the Synod of SA.

The Assembly's National Disaster Recovery Officer Rev Dr Stephen Robinson has recommended a suite of resources on Ministry during the Pandemic from the US-based Ministry Matters website. 


 

MULTILINGUAL RESOURCES

Information about COVID-19 in 18 different languages from health authorities at Federal, State and global levels.
https://www.ethnolink.com.au/covid-19-coronavirus-translated-resources/?mc_cid=caab504f52&mc_eid=0dbd264871

Resources For CALD Communities:

Gospel Hall Melbourne UCA (Chinese)
https://www.facebook.com/ucaucghm/?ref=br_tf

Taiwanese UCA Brisbane (Taiwanese)
https://www.facebook.com/taiwanuca/

St Albans (Filipino) UCA Melbourne (English)
https://www.facebook.com/stalbansunitingchurch

St Andrews UCA Melbourne (Indonesian)
http://saguc.org.au/

GKI Perth UCA (Indonesian)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRx8jTTkDBI&feature=youtu.be

Hanbit UCA Melbourne (Korean)
Youtube: Hanbit Korean church of Melbourne

For additional multilingual resources and advice about COVID-19 go to nsw.gov.au/covid-19

NSW Health  /  Australian Government  /  SBS COVID-19 portal


Liturgy Resources

Palm Sunday Worship at Home service by Rev Charissa Suli
Prepared for St David's Uniting Church in Dee Why on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gqLyc7MJW0sRQuA33h68LW4gV39yeMPL/view 

By the Well Podcast: produced by Pilgrim Theological College, Senior Lecturer Dr Robyn Whitaker, UCA minister Rev. Fran Barber and a scholarly guest discuss one or more of the lectionary readings, to help preachers prepare or for self-reflection. Existing episodes can be found at www.bythewell.com.au and on all the main podcast platforms. 

The Sacrament of Empty Hands: written by Rev. Dr Amelia Koh-Butler, the liturgy follows the pattern for Holy Communion and allows for the absence of consecrated bread and wine/juice, written with the Easter season in mind. Find it here

Liturgy During a Pandemic
A liturgy designed for use at home from SCM Press by liturgical theologian Porter C. Taylor:
https://scmpress.hymnsam.co.uk/blog/theologyinisolation-a-liturgy-during-a-pandemic-by-porter-c-taylor

The Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts is developing worship resources for communities to use as congregations are not able to gather together. The first are now online: https://www.cmla.org.au/resources/worship-in-times-of-isolation/

Project Reconnect: A Resource created for small congregations. The resources include a weekly DVD and worship Information sheet. The DVD includes two messages, a short “all-age” and a longer main message, discussion questions, hymns and choruses. Find out more here http://www.projectreconnect.com.au/

Coronavirus Liturgy and Prayer Resources: from the Church of England including prayers about the outbreak, prayers with children, worship at home and prayers if you can’t get to Church.

Home Church Resource: An example of a resource to use for home worship who do not have an online option, prepared by Rev. Jon Humphries for Sunday 22 March. 
Download here


Music

Free Music Licence: One License is providing gratis license options valid through April 15, 2020 giving permission to reprint or project music for their congregations from Member Publishers and also to podcast or stream religious services.

Because the Lord’s My Shepherd: Song and music score composed by Rev. David McGregor for Psalm 23, which is in the Lectionary for this Sunday 21 March. Chris McNaught has recorded the vocals.

Click here for the Music: https://www.facebook.com/dmacgreg1/videos/pcb.10157844678954871/10157334835597986/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

Click here for the Score Sheet: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157334836187986&set=pcb.10157844678954871&type=3&theater&ifg=1

See also this post from the Progressive Christian Artists Network on access to streaming music