E-News 1 October 2019


Greetings to all in Georges River Presbytery

Welcome to this edition of the E-News. We hope you find the following information helpful.

Please share this information with your congregation, and if you wish to have the full advertisement sent to you or your church, please contact the Presbytery office.

The next E-News will be sent out on 22 October 2019 with contributions due at the Presbytery Office by 18 October.  

Future events included in this E-News

  • 13 October 2019: Half a Million Steps Documentary, Engadine Uniting Church 2pm (Flyer attached)
  • 12 November 2017: Seniors Christmas Luncheon, Punchbowl Uniting Church 11am
  • 17 November 2019: Celebration and Thanksgiving Service, Rockdale Uniting Church 9.30am


Other Information

Georges River Presbytery – Prayer Points



Sunday 13 October 2019 at 2pm

Engadine Uniting Church, Cnr Cambrai & Chipilly Aves, Engadine

Half a Million Steps is an Australian documentary that was filmed in Dubbo and features Dubbo local residents. The documentary was shown at the July 2019 Synod meeting. It is part of the Uniting Church’s Fair Treatment campaign to advocate for drug law reform and enhance access to treatment and harm reduction strategies

The 90 minute documentary tells many people’s stories of the impacts of drug use as a baton is carried the half a million steps from Dubbo to Sydney. This is the distance Shantell Irwin, a single mother living in Dubbo, needs to travel to find suitable treatment and help she so needs and wants. “It takes only a few steps to get drugs in Dubbo but I have to travel 400kms to Sydney to get treatment”, said Shantell. Shantell’s story is not unique and there are many other people featured in the documentary, who live in regional NSW and in Sydney who have no access to treatment services despite their desire to get well and whole

This is an important issue today as drug induced deaths in Australia have hit their highest in 20 years

CELEBRATION AND THANKSGIVING SERVICE for Frederick St Rockdale Congregation/Uniting Church - the building which was lost by fire

Sunday 17 November 2019 at 9.30am

Rockdale Uniting Church, 11 Bay Street, Rockdale

Guest Speaker Rev Terence Corkin

All are invited, especially those who worshipped or had an association with the church. If you have any memorabilia you would like to share at the morning tea please bring it along

Contact: Rev Martin Goodwin 0437 498 949 or Dorothy Mammatt

0424 019 083


Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 11am

Punchbowl Uniting Church, 11-15 The Broadway, Punchbowl

Free parking available in adjacent Broadway Plaza for three hours

Entertainment by the students from Punchbowl Public School and Danebank Anglican School for Girls

RSVP: 9 November 2019

Contact: Pam 9790 4284 or 0428 610 744; Norma 9759 8061; John 9709 2871


As per the GRP Prayer list we will be praying for various congregations over the coming weeks

6 October – Carlton-Ramsgate Uniting Church

20 October – Earlwood Uniting Church

Presbytery Prayer Points:

6 October – for Gail Kilby, Pastoral Care Pastor Uniting

13 October - for those who have taken up the reins of the Presbytery for 2019-20

20 October – for Op-shop volunteers