18 December, 2018

Mission and Outreach

 

Marketplace Crafts

Our ‘Marketplace Crafts’ shop sells items provided by local talented craftspeople, providing them a chance to sell their handmade goods on a commission basis. Items include Christmas gifts, toys, knitting, biscuits and jams, baby clothes, quilts, china painting, linen, cards, and much more.

All money raised goes to local charities. In its fifteen years, the shop has contributed to organisations such as Values 4 Life educational programs, bushfire and flood relief, STEPS, Angel Flight, Heart House, School Chaplaincy, Echuca Hospital and our breakfast and lunch programs. It is entirely staffed by volunteers.

The shop is open weekdays, 10am to 2pm. It is located on the Pakenham Street side of the church.

Breakfast & Lunch Programs

SHARE  –  HELPING THOSE WHO NEED A HELPING HAND
The people of the Echuca Moama Uniting Church provide a breakfast and lunch program most weeks of the year. This is made possible through the ministry of the SHARE program. Community-based organisations and some businesses generously support this important ministry through donations and volunteer support. 

Breakfast and lunch meals help women and men who are struggling to raise families, people who are unemployed, lonely or with some of the other difficulties that people of today face. Those who can, give a gold coin donation for their meal.

A team of volunteers provide appetizing food as well as a friendly face and an encouraging word. Meals are served except on public holidays and a short break after Christmas & New Year. Enter through the Pakenham Street entrance (next to Marketplace Crafts Shop) of the Church.

Breakfast: Every Wednesday & Friday morning 8:00 – 9:00 am.

A varied menu from cereal and toast to eggs, bacon & sausages is provided.

Lunch: Tuesdays 12:00 – 1:00pm.

The happy crew once again put on a great menu with main courses such as roast chicken, spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne, casseroles, vegetables and other wonderful dishes.

If you would like to volunteer to assist with either of these programs, please call in and speak to someone in the church office.

STEPS – Campaspe Murray’s Hands on Health Centre

P.O. Box 956, Echuca, 3564.
Phone (03) 5480 2357
Email:   steps@impulse.net.au

Although STEPS is a non-religious organisation, it is supported in Echuca by our Church and is held in the lower hall 10am – 1pm each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

STEPS offers companionship and a cuppa if you need a friendly face and a warm and welcoming place to go.

STEPS has health and care workers who give free consultations when your body is aching and your mind is stressed and you can’t afford to see anyone.

STEPS is run by local people who volunteer their time to help others who may be going through more difficult times. Some of our volunteers started at STEPS as clients.

STEPS offers different services depending on current volunteers and may include:

  • Snacks
  • Chiropractic, Massage, Relaxation/meditation, Reiki
  • Hairdressing

Anyone with either a health care card or pension card is eligible. There is no charge for services but donations are accepted or any other form of exchange is welcomed. For instance, clients may wish to become volunteers, or bake cakes, or help with the chores.  However, these contributions are not necessary for the person to be treated at the centre.

It is better to light a candle than blame the darkness.

 If you have time or skills you can offer STEPS, please drop in for a look and a chat.

Other areas of local ministry are:

  • Meals on Wheels – providing a number of drivers and carers every week
  • Support of chaplains at local schools
  • Target Uniting Care Christmas Appeal
  • Grocery collection for foodbank
  • Hospital Visitation at Echuca Hospital
  • Support of local community projects
 

Wider Mission:

Supporting the work of Uniting Church Australia and other organisations

The church supports such ministries as:

    • Sammy Stamp
    • Lenten Offering
    • Christmas Bowl Appeal
    • SHARE Appeal and Pancake Day
    • Flying Doctor Services
    • Frontier Services
    • Overseas Mission
    • Rural Australians for Refugees
    • Disaster appeals after bushfires, floods, earthquakes or other major traumas.
    • East Timor

just to name a few!