Presbytery Meeting Electives

Presbytery Meeting Electives

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15 Sep 2012
9:30 AM - 12:15 PM

New Lambton UC Trinity Centre

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All Welcome – Free of Charge! Choose two electives from the following:

ELECTIVE 1 : Creative Use of Art in Worship

Worship with Eyes Wide Open: Creative use of visual art in worship

Led by Rev Dr Rod Pattenden

This workshop will provide some models and resources for using images in worship. This will include a sneak preview of the upcoming Laughing Jesus exhibition

(21st – 28th September at Adamstown). Consideration will also be given to some ways to draw out creative gifts in the congregation, and ways original artworks

might be used, including the use of symbols and simple sculptural installations.
Rod has wide experience in the arts and worship and is Chair of the Blake Prize for Religious Art.

ELECTIVE 2: Creative Use of Music in Worship 

Introducing Seasonal songs for – Creation Season and the Season of Advent

Led by Rev Amelia Koh-Butler

This will be a ‘how to’ and ‘what songs’ session and will include resources to take home for congregational use – to make life a little easier!

Amelia is currently in the doctor of missiology program at Fuller Seminary, studying use of music to empower congregations missionally. Her study is about using

worship music with diverse groups in the Newcastle area.

ELECTIVE 3: Global Warming from Tuvalu to The Hunter

Led by Helen Weavers, and your Social Justice Committee with Bruce Mullan (UnitingWorld Assoc. Dir. Church Solidarity, Pacific)

A conversation introduced by Bruce Mullen, recently returned from the Pacific Islands, on the effects of climate change on Tuvalu. The contribution of the coal industry in the Hunter will be discussed including the good, the bad and the ugly .

ELECTIVE 4: Imagining Discipleship & Youth People

Led by Rob Hanks, and your Youth and Tertiary Ministry Committee

Exploring what discipleship in our 21st century context can look like as we rediscover it’s essence beyond programs, treating young people as ‘crazy’ and remembering the invitation to participate in God’s own action in the world. Discipleship is more formative than informative.

Youth Worker and theologian Andrew Root in “Taking Theology/The Cross to Youth Ministry” reminds us that discipleship is a relationship best explored in community and is about entering into our brokenness shared with Christ. The workshop will include some resource ideas but only as they serve a reinvention of what we understand to be God’s call for us to follow.


The first elective will run from 9.45 am to 10.45 am

Morning tea will be from 10.45 am to 11.15 am

The second elective will run from 11.15 am to 12.15 pm




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