Physical distancing * Social connection * Community care
The Manning Valley Project is an initiative of the Mid North Coast Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia, connecting and serving people and communities in our region.
We're just getting started, but
our aim is to develop a range of groups and activities with the community to connect and serve
the community; to 'join the dots' with like-minded groups and activities across our region; and
to offer safe and creative 'alternative' spaces and experiences for people to explore a generous and inclusive spirituality.
We're a community of communities, committed to connecting.
Connecting people to God; people to people; and people to community – for the common good.
We believe in the ancient biblical concept of shalom – healing and wholeness, restoration and peace.
We believe that this is God's ultimate desire for the whole world – and that communities of faith are called to work together to this end.
We know that 'the Church' has not always been a place of healing or peace, inclusion or inspiration.
We'd like to 'be church' differently.
We'd like to suprise you.
'The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness' (The Bible: Letter to the Galatians). We'd like to see that.
We'd like to welcome you into the conversation and the journey.
We'll be developing activities and groups out of conversation in the community. What is needed? What shared interests might be pursued? What gifts and passions do people want to contribute?
Meanwhile, our Manning Valley Uniting churches are already involved in a number of activities – and you're welcome to connect!
The Red Dove Cafe (Taree)
Coopernook Pop-Up Op Shop
Cundletown Community Centre and Garden (Cundletown)
Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy
The Uniting Church co-ordinates chaplaincy services for disaster-affected areas, through the NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network. In the aftermath of the catastrophic floods of March 2021, we will be offering chaplaincy to communities across the Manning and Camden Haven region.
Some helpful information resources for those whose communities are affected by floods or bushfires (or COVID):
Faith | Community
Uniting faith communities are active in Taree, Chatham, Wingham, Harrington, Coopernook, Lansdowne and Elands.
Our facilities are COVID-safe –
and we are committed to offering 'in-person' gatherings for worship where possible, in line with NSW Health guidelines. Some may be informal 'picnic' services in local outdoor spaces. Some may utilise available multi-media technology. Worship still happens!
Meanwhile, we are still offering:
At-home worship/devotions – Zoom, live-streaming, print, DVD and USB resources on request
Pastoral care – including visiting, funerals and welfare services
Check out the Manning Valley Project 'blog' - and watch this space!
If you'd like to stay connected, join our mailing list and receive emails we send out (from time to time) with news and event invitations.