What happens on a Code Red or an Extreme Fire Danger day?
With summer now upon us and a potentially severe bushfire season, it is important to be aware of our policy for our meetings and worship. Check the Contact us Page for details.
All age worship
Our All Age Worship takes many forms each month. There is an emphasis on participation and engagement across ages. Adults support children and children inspire adults.
Worship may be kenisthetic, auditory, visual, responsive, vocal or even silent. Story telling, activity, sharing, eating, creating are aspects of what may be included in our services.
The photo is of some participants during one such service after having walked the labyrinth together and then completing a puzzle as a team.
The White Goose BOOK EXCHANGE
We have a fantastic initiative for the Macedon Ranges community... "The White Goose Book Exchange".
Come visit us in Riddells Creek and check out our growing library, sit in the warmth and have a tea or coffee, have a chat, read the paper, buy a book or bring one of your own to swap.
The Book Exchange will now be open every
Wednesday from 9:30am until 1:30pm.
Check out our flier for details. The local Riddells Creek goose was illustrated by our very own - and very talented - Mim.
Anyone is welcome to walk the Labyrinth.
Walking the Labyrinth
Pause outside the Labyrinth. Prayerfully commit yourself to the experience and to be open to what comes or even to "nothing much" seeming to happen except taking a time of quiet walking meditation.
Some choose to consciously put aside the day's business while others decide to take what is on their mind into the walk so that some sifting and discerning may occur.
Usually it is helpful to walk quite slowly and at an even pace paying some attention to the twists and turns of the path. If you meet another person, share responsibility to silently move past each other. Leave a little space for the person in front.
When you get to the central area, pause. You might like to pray, do a breath meditation, or simply be still in God's presence.
A Labyrinth is an interactive installation for spiritual journeys. Labyrinths have a long history in many cultures and religions. In the Christian tradition, they date from before the 12th Century.
A labyrinth is a meandering pathway that takes a person on a symbolic journey, creating a space to unwind, think and pray. The Labyrinth is not a "maze" as there are no false paths or tricks to be overcome. Instead we simply walk the path to the centre, rest a little, take some time to meditate and pray and walk the same way out again.
The Labyrinth is simply an aid to prayer. People walk the labyrinth slowly, as an aid to contemplative prayer and reflection, as a spiritual exercise or as a form of pilgrimage. You may pause along the pathway to reflect, meditate and pray. Labyrinths, because of their broader cultural connections are also a gentle way to welcome people of all traditions who wish to explore their spirituality and faith.
The Labyrinth is a path that mirrors our spiritual journey over a life-time, or when facing a particular concern or challenge, or when, in the here and now of today, we value this "tool" as a discipline of prayer over a few minutes or as long as is desired. It is one way among many others of attending to our journey with God, "getting down to earth" and focusing on the centre of life.
Our Labyrinth is of a Cretan design and is built to be wheelchair friendly. It was built by volunteers from the Macedon Ranges Partnership of the Uniting Church using funding provided through the Simpson Bequest, a bequest administered by the Presbytery of Port Phillip West. For link to various Labyrinth web sites for more information about Labyrinths, go to our Resources page.
Come and walk the labyrinth
Feel free to walk the Labyrinth when it suits you.
Mid-week meditation and prayer
Come and join us in the office at Riddells Creek each Wednesday at 9am for meditation and prayer. It is a great opportunity to still our hearts and minds to listen to God and be aware of the needs of those around us. If you have not experienced Christian Meditation previously, you will be gently guided through the process.
Carols by Candlelight
Riddells Creek turned on stunning weather for our annual Carols by Candlelight down by the duck pond on Saturday night. Many thanks to all involved on making this event happen every year and to the locals that continue to support this important opportunity for community connection. Merry Christmas.