The Manning Valley Project is a kind of 'umbrella' for various activities and initiatives aimed at connecting people to God; connecting people to people; and connecting people to community.
Worship, prayer, weddings, baptisms and funerals
We're connected to the various Uniting Church communities of faith – and their ministers, pastors and chaplains – in the region.
If you're looking for an inclusive, friendly church to support you, celebrate with you, grieve with you, pray for you – or otherwise help you mark the important moments on your life journey – please be in touch.
For locations of our churches in the region (and links to their web sites)...
As a member of the NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network, Rev. Claire Wright was deployed in the region during and following the March 2021 floods.
With the generous support of the local churches, the Uniting Church's Disaster Recovery Fund and various community groups, we were able to deliver vouchers, food parcels, emergency supplies and practical assistance – as well as pastoral support and care – across several affected communities.
But recovery from a major disaster takes time. It needs support and nurture. And meanwhile, our region continues to struggle with the 'everyday' burdens of loneliness, disadvantage, homelessness, domestic and family violence and other pressures.
The Manning Valley Project has therefore commissioned Rev. Claire as a Community Chaplain in the Manning region on an on-going basis.
Pastoral support and care
A non-judgemental and confidential listening ear
Referral to appropriate helping and support agencies
Support for community-building activities and programmes.
If we can help in any way, please don't hesitate to email and let us know - or check out the following helpful resources.
'Community Life Support'
Rev. Claire is currently having conversations in the community around developing safe and creative new spaces and experiences for people of all faiths (or none) to explore spirituality and build supportive community.
'Community Life Support' is a programme being piloted at Coopernook Op Shop and Chapel, one Sunday afternoon per month.
Coffee|Connect is an opportunity to meet the neighbours for a relaxed cuppa and chat in the Tea Room. Purely social. Bring a slice or biscuits if you'd like to share!
Live|Learn offers FREE workshops and activities for skill-sharing, personal and community development – and fun! Sessions have included: Self Care; Line Dancing; Zentangling; Trash to Treasure; Sip'n'Sing; the Power of Pickling; and Lifeline's 'Mind your Mates'.
Spirit|Space is an opportunity to kick back in the Chapel for a restoring half hour of guided meditation or other inclusive spiritual practices.
For more information, or the programme of up-coming Community Life Support dates and activities, contact the Coopernook Op Shop on (02) 6556 3105 - or check us on Facebook.