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Community Connections

View Through Cross Glen Iris Road Uniting Church seeks ways to help make a difference in community. The congregation is very grateful to the people in our Centre community who give generous assistance. Here is a snapshot of our community connections and projects undertaken in 2009 and early 2010.

Members of the congregation:

  • Served on the advisory committees or boards of Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Kindergarten and Samarinda Lodge Aged Services
  • Taught CRE in two local primary schools
  • Staffed the Centre throughout the week
  • Gardened at Samarinda Lodge
  • Attended a working bee at Chum Creek Primary School after the Black Saturday bushfires
  • Financially assisted one family devastated by the bushfire through loss of life and property
  • Financially supported Frontier Services, Hotham Asylum Seekers, the Christmas Bowl Appeal, Anglicord’s Gazan Palestinian appeal, Wesley Mission’s Homeless appeal
  • Knitted over a hundred rugs for the work of Boroondara Community Outreach
  • Provided educational supplies for the HIV ravaged African region of Mwandi
  • Assisted Mathoura Uniting Church with its teenagers outreach program
  • Gave to various Share appeals
  • Hosted a local community Christmas party
  • Assisted the Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Kindergarten in a variety of practical ways
  • Supported Glen Iris Primary School in its regular use of the Centre hall for school assemblies, some classes, and special events
  • Following a presentation from World Vision in 2009, the congregation agreed to establish a program jointly with the adjacent Glen Iris Primary School to commence in 2010. The program, titled “kids hope” is governed by World Vision and provides individual mentoring by trained church members to students selected by the school. It involves each mentor spending one hour every week for a year with their student. It is absolutely secular but each mentor has a prayer partner from the church to support them. Now well settled into operation, the program is clearly helpful to the children and deeply satisfying for each mentor.


And with help from our Centre Community:

  • Provided food items throughout the year and donated Christmas gifts and food hampers to Camcare Ashburton and Moreland Hall Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation
  • Raised over $10,000 for the Bushfire Appeal and continue to give monthly donations through UnitingCare to help the Uniting Church provide ongoing counseling and other services to bushfire affected communities
  • Collected used stamps for the Sammy Stamp appeal
  • Collected baby clothes and other items for Wesley Mission Baby Needs appeal