Uniting Church Congregations

Christ invites us to serve humanity by creating an inclusive, connected and just world. This is the foundation of the work we do as Uniting. As part of the Uniting Church responding to God’s Mission and as part of the community serving humanity, the relationships we have with Uniting Church congregations are crucial.

Celebrating congregational community services

Our partnerships

Across Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church congregations deliver over 1000 individual community services. About 100 of these congregations partner with Uniting for some or all of their community service work. The partnerships we have with congregations cover many services. Just a few examples are:

  • Early learning centres supporting many young children and families
  • providing accommodation for asylum seekers
  • community arts programs
  • providing emergency relief to vulnerable people

The stories below highlight some of these partnerships.

We can support congregations that are looking to develop community services, through partnership, co-location or advice. You can use our contact form, just select Congregational Partnerships from the drop-down menu on the form.

Worship resources

Share Sunday resources

Several times a year we make available worship resources on a theme of particular interest to Uniting. We currently have Share Sunday resources available for download. 

We welcome your suggestions for occasions when you would welcome a contribution to your worship from Uniting. Get in touch at hello@vt.uniting.org

2020 Share Grants Program

Since 1980, the Share Grants Program has been providing financial assistance that enhances the quality and scope of UnitingCare and Uniting Church services to the community in Victoria and Tasmania.

With Share activities now managed of Uniting, this year’s Share Grants are for parish missions, congregations and others who would have historically applied.

The funding priorities remain projects that meet at least one of the following purposes:

  • Directly address urgent human need
  • Are preventative in nature
  • Tackle underlying structural causes of disadvantage
  • Improve the quality of community services

Applications close Monday 3 August 2020

RESOURCES to use to apply for Share Grants this year:

For further information, call 1800 668 426 or email fundraising@vt.uniting.org

Share Grants Contact:
Elizabeth Veal, Senior Manager Fundraising, Uniting Vic.Tas

Raise the Rate

Make an impact

Uniting is a supporter of the ACOSS Raise the Rate campaign that calls to increase Newstart and Youth Allowance payments.

By writing to your local, state of federal MP and asking them to support the Raise the Rate campaign, you can help break the cycle of homelessness.

Here is a resource pack to get you started:

  • Letter template (pdf)
  • Reference guide highlighting the number of constituents in your local area that are currently receiving Newstart and Youth Allowance payments (Excel)
  • Helpful links: Find your local MP and see how they voted regarding welfare payments/

Thank you for your support. Together we can make a difference.

Share

Share’s trusted relationship with congregations across Victoria and Tasmania has nurtured and supported a strong culture of making a difference and strengthening our communities.

Donations made through Uniting’s Share Appeals will continue to support people who live life at the margins and the programs and services that are close to your heart. In addition, you will still be able to nominate specific locations or services where you wish to direct your donation.

You can find our regular newsletters on our Publications page. Information about our latest appeal is on our Get Involved page.

How you can get involved

There are plenty of ways for your congregation to get more involved with Uniting’s work.

We are currently working with Presbyteries to set up Local Engagement Groups. These groups enable community engagement with local congregations, presbyteries and community networks in the work of Uniting Vic Tas. If your congregation or community group would like to be involved in your area, please contact us.

Our volunteers are an important part of our workforce and we are grateful for the many congregation members that donate their time to support vulnerable individuals and communities. You can find out more and register your interest on our Volunteering page.

Congregation Connect

Congregation Connect highlights the work of congregations across Victoria and Tasmania. A printed copy will also be included as part of our Share Appeals and newsletters.

News and stories

Spellbinding stories at Scots Early Learning Centre

Armed with his trusty box of props, Scots-Memorial Uniting Church Minister Graham Sturdy brings stories to life at Scots Early Learning Centre in Hobart.

A new home for BreezeWay

For over 20 years, people in the Ballarat community looking for a hot meal and a warm welcome have found both at BreezeWay.

Celebrating 60 years of volunteering

For nearly 60 years, Jan has been a familiar face at St Mark’s Uniting Church.