Prayer in the time of Coronavirus
Prayer in the time of Coronavirus
God of love, God of grace, God of surprises,
We are grateful for the moments of love and community we share.
We know you are with us.
We know the promise we have in you. Yet we live with our hurt in the present and uncertainty in the time ahead, and wonder what
the future holds for us and our communities.
We pour out our hearts and souls to you … and pray: for your world, your peoples and all who inhabit the face of the earth; for
those who are grieving for loss of loved ones, for those who fear for their safety, for those who feel most isolated and alone; for those
who give of themselves to support others: health care workers, cleaners, teachers, truck drivers and delivery personnel,
pharmacists, grocery sales assistants, phone counselors, personal care assistants, those who prepare meals for emergency food relief
… bring your comfort, hope, strength, and healing love.
We pray for our communities of faith, that we may be beacons of hopefulness, of promise, of peace with each other, and of inclusive
love for neighbor.
We pray in the hope we know in Jesus, in whom we see and know the fullness of the grace and love of God.
During the Covid-19 Epidemic there will be Worship Service Resources and Reflections Posted on-line
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Praying for One Another
Presbytery is inviting all of the churches in the Presbytery of North East Victoria to pray for each other.
Specific Churches are named on Newsletter each week and prayed for.
한인 성경 나눔과 기도회 Korean Prayer and Study Group – Meeting via ZOOM until further notice
한인 성경 나눔과 기도회
Fridays at 7pm in the Fellowship room
A Brief History of St Stephen’s Wodonga
|1842||Rev Peter Gunn of the Gaelic Church in Melbourne was sent to visit the Presbyterians who had settled along the Murray River in the Wodonga district.|
|1851||Appointment of Rev D.H. Ballantine as the first minister to the Albury/Wodonga region. Every Sunday he would cross the river from his base in Albury to conduct worship. Services were held in either the Bambrick Hotel, the court house, the school or the Church of England.|
|1887||Wodonga Presbyterian Church became part of the Presbytery of Beechworth and only 2 years later built their own church in High Street.|
|1889||The Presbyterian Church in High St, Wodonga was built (not the present site of St Stephen’s), it is now the Serbian Orthodox Church. The cost of the building was 447 pounds.|
|1902||Methodist Union came into being and the “Wesleyan” became the “Methodist” Church.|
|1936||The Wodonga Presbyterian became the Wodonga/Kergunyah Parish, preaching places being Wodonga, Kergunyah and Red Bluff. Services began for Presbyterians at Ebden, mainly to cater for Bonegilla Military Camp. These services ceased when the enlargement of the Hume Dam caused the site to be flooded.|
|1946||The Methodist Circuit was extended to Staghorn Flat.|
|1961||The new Wesley Hall was built in Hovel St, with a chapel for services incorporated in the building.|
|1962||Saw the All Purpose Hall built for the Presbyterian congregation at the corner of Beechworth Rd and Nilmar Avenue. It was opened for the public worship on Sat 4 Aug 1962 with the Moderator of the North East Presbytery, Rev Malcolm Williams officiating.|
|1964||The Session of the Presbyterian Church decided they should have a name, and after consultation with the congregation the name of “St Stephen’s” was chosen.|
|1977||Union came officially on 22 June 1977 and the Wodonga United Parish became the Uniting Church with preaching places at Barnwartha, Bethanga, Cookinburra, Kergunyah, Kiewa, Leneva and St Stephen’s.|
|1981||saw a period of reconstruction with the building of St Stephen’s undergoing an extensive alteration and extensions, dedication service on Sunday 12 July 1981.|
|2012||with purchase of 1 Nilmar Ave, UnitingCare Wodonga and more building changes completed to St Stephen’s Uniting Church.|
CHURCH OPEN – Thru Sliding FRONT Doors
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS TUESDAY to FRIDAY 12:30-4:30 BY PHONE APPOINTMENT OR CONTACT REV DENISE BY PHONE FOR PASTORAL CARE.
UNTIL CORONA VIRUS BANS ARE LIFTED THERE WILL BE NO WORSHIP SERVICE’S
* To worship God
* To respect and care for every individual
* To build one another up in faith , sharing the teachings of Christ, empowering and inspiring others in hope
* To be an inclusive community, particularly through offering a place for those who are vulnerable and marginalised .
- Alive and growing faith inspiring and empowering leadership.
- Innovation and openness to new ideas.
- Strong sense of belonging and involvement.
Uniting Wodonga, Vic. Tas
WODONGA, NEW PHONE NUMBER 02 60486900