Image: Pink roses in loving memory of Marg Vazey. A gift from the Vazey family on the occasion of a memorial held at Blackwattle Bay on Saturday, April 29, 2023. Marg was a beloved crew member of dragon boat club Dragons Abreast, Sydney.

What’s on this week

Check this post regularly for events and activities. We look forward to seeing you.

Please join us for worship each Sunday at 10am in the church or garden and via Zoom.

Join via Zoom 

(Meeting ID: 879 3746 4388/ Password: 087151).
Download liturgy (in folder each week by Saturday).

Thanks to all worship leaders (please check the online worship roster for opportunities in May – you might like to volunteer as a reader, musician, helper with setup or server of morning tea).

‘Stronger Together’ art exhibition – Saturday May 18, 5pm
A group show to mark Neighbourhood Centre Week 2024, featuring work by local artists from Counterpoint Community Services and the Orchard Gallery. With music by Svetlana Rodgers. Exhibition opens at 5pm. Orchard Gallery. One week only! All welcome!

Art Workshop – Saturday May 25
Regular and new participants welcome. 12pm to 4pm in the church hall. All materials supplied, with lunch too. Gold coin donation.

Missional thinking and planning
A special series of worship-workshops in the Easter season. Led by Alison, based on the five marks of mission: Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform, Treasure.

April 7-28; May 12-19 … regular time of 10am … all members and friends welcome; SSH, arts and garden participants welcome!

This Sunday is Pentecost (May 19) and our final worship-workshop will focus on the mission theme: Transform. We will consider transformation of knowledge and understanding, transformation of relationships and community, transformation of unjust structures, transformation of the Earth … in light of the Gospel, alongside work of Gadigal artist Konstantina … Thanks to Alison for leading. You are invited to wear something red as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. All welcome.

Image: Our worship space in readiness for mission workshops. With thanks to Louisa for helping to create the space.

Mirrung Garden
Sign up as a Member ($30 for the year) or as a Friend (assisting the working group with various tasks). Please see Naomi or Cathie if you’d like information on ways to participate in the garden.

Worship services in the garden, 10am on the first Sunday of the month (resuming June 2).

Last month we installed a beehive, with thanks to the City of Sydney. The stingless native bees are a welcome addition to the garden – and will play a crucial role in plant reproduction and health. See more here.

Greetings from Bob and Kathleen in Dallas, Texas.

Follow garden progress on Instagram @edencommunitygarden

Thanks, Bob. Safe travels Bob and Kathleen. Love from the Tuesday Crew and all of us at SSUC.

Read Gardening Hints and Tips by Chris Lodge here.

Life in our Mirrung Garden
Giving and receiving, welcoming and saying goodbye 

Can you give?
Our hens need lots of the heavy paper bags used by supermarkets, online deliveries, etc. Please save them for our hens and perhaps check out neighbours’ yellow bins on collection night. They can be placed in the blue bin near the hen house. 

Our next working bee is on Saturday 18 May from 8-10am and the bi-monthly BIG ONE on Saturday 25 May from 8-11am.  If you would like to help but these times don’t work for you, please see or email

We need some volunteers to give some time and muscle to get some garden jobs done. This includes:

* Distributing bags of soil and mulch to garden beds following delivery by City of Sydney Council.

* Gentle weeding of paths and alcoves. Tip – weeding is much easier after the rain.

* Trimming the fig tree. Green waste can go to green bin or composting area.

* Clearing gardens on front nature strip back to just trees and bottle-brush shrubs and garden in front of fence on the east side, near the gate. Remove any litter and trim back grass. Dig over the area for some low-level planting. Green waste can go in green bin or be taken to the back of the garden for composting.

* Attaching wall planters to fence. Will require a drill and some handyperson skill.

* Edging along back path using the stack of old bricks.

Would you like a plant to take home and care for? Potted plants on church side of the drive can be rehoused at your place.

Would you like to share in communal herbs?
We are in the process of setting up some herb plots with herbs such as basil, holy basil, parsley, rosemary, oregano, mint, chillies, lemon verbena, thyme. The herbs will thrive with regular trimming but not over doing it. Please take a small quantity of what you need, being conscious of others who belong to our church, garden and community.

We welcome Sukur to the garden and we’re so happy to have Aunty Val planting in her garden patch. 

Our beautiful team of hen herders have been taking great care of hen Rosita, in her last days. If all living creatures, human, flora and fauna could receive the tender care being offered to Rosita, the world would be a kinder place for all. We are reminded of the value of every living thing … 

Thank you to all the volunteers who keep our garden ticking along, rain or shine. Thank you to Gill and Craig, Bek and Gehard, Alicia and Warren for being willing to collect garden items and plants for us. This week and last we have added another table that will provide a surface for propagating, some large pots of herbs, some native creepers, some kangaroo paw. Thank you to Anne, Andrew, Adrian, Chris, Anna, Ben, and hen herders Naomi, Kelly and Blair. 

Thanks to Murray for creating a chalkboard for us and Ben for installing a large re-purposed white board to help with communication.

South Sydney Herald
The May issue of the SSH is out now! Please see Lyn, Norrie or Andrew if you’d like to know more about the SSH – there are opportunities to volunteer as a contributor or distributor. Story ideas welcome – reports, profiles, interviews, reviews, comment, photos and artworks …

Visit the SSH website for latest news and online exclusives.

Coming soon …

Truth, Treaty, and Justice – Where to after the Referendum?

7.30-8.30pm, Tues 21 May

Join Brooke Prentis, Aboriginal Christian Leader and Education Consultant,
as she leads the discussion on where we are as a nation six months
after the Referendum.

A Wellspring Community event.

Join Zoom Meeting (Free)
Meeting ID: 381 054 7728

Gospel Conversation – Thursday June 13
The theme for the first half of the year is Belonging. We have invited six theologians to lead Bible studies on this topic.

Where: Gospel Conversation is held in person at the manse (173 George St, Redfern) and via Zoom (Meeting ID: 834 9761 7002; Passcode: 173116).

When: Every second Thursday of the month.

Engaging in deep theological reflection about what it means to belong in community, on Gadigal land, as the people of God – to ground and shape our discernment for the future.

  • March 14: Rev. Lofa Anga’aelangi
  • April 11: Rev. Dr Peter Walker
  • May 9: Rev. Dr Karina Kreminski
  • June 13: Dr Matt Anslow
  • July 11: Rev. Ben Gilmour
  • Aug 8: Rev. Dr Garry Deverell