Church Life

Serving Together

If you’re just in the spot where God wants you, and doing what God has gifted you to do, it’s a good place to be.

We call it your spiritual gifting, or finding your ministry. Usually you’ll find it invigorating. Often it’s fun, certainly fulfilling, and definitely a blessing to others.

God made us for fruitfulness, and that’s that. The car park attendant who greets you cheerfully has found it. The member of a midweek small group who has joined others serving in the soup kitchen has made just the same discovery. You can expect a church in which we seek to be inspired by the Spirit to be bubbling up all the time with people doing things that somehow add up to a healthy functioning body that’s a great place to be, but is always pushing out beyond itself.

Each year we invite our members to consider in which areas they are gifted and able to serve. Rather than seeing this as a list of jobs waiting for people to do them, instead ask God “In what area of ministry and service do you want me to be fruitful?” We suggest that each person should discuss this with someone who knows you well, to seek their discernment as to your gifts for ministry. This may lead you to some exciting new adventure with God, and you’ll see why he’s put you in this church.

The latest ‘Together we can make a difference’ (known as 'TWCMAD', pronounced 'twookmad') response forms are linked with a separate children's form also available. Thank you for your willingness to serve in this way.

For some areas of ministry you may be asked to complete a Police Check, and a fillable PDF is linked for this purpose.

Note: SurveyHero.com is supporting us with the free use of their [online survey software](https://www.surveyhero.com/).

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Church Life

Giving

Update (April 2020) - In this period of change brought about by COVID-19, the Church Council has written to the congregation re. church finances, generosity and the opportunities of our current situation. You can read this letter [here](https://www.corouniting.org/d/jR8u8g9E7lsqdUWy90NKQgQ0t).

If you'd like to know how to give either by EFT from your bank account, or [online with your credit/debit card](https://www.corouniting.org/give), see the tabs at the bottom of this page.

For many of us, talking about our finances is a no-go area, yet as Christians we are called to be wise stewards of all that we have been given and that includes money. The money that is given to the church is used in many ways:

- to support those who have been called to minister to the congregation as their vocation,

- to contribute to property upkeep costs,

- to give away - we give away a significant portion to support many different projects and individuals that operate outside of our own congregation.

One of the privileges of belonging to a church community is the opportunity to share in what Paul calls this “grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:3-7). It’s a great way to feel connected with the practical work of the church and we believe that as we honour God in this key area of our lives, our own needs are met in sometimes quite miraculous ways.

Refer to the attached Giving FAQ for further information. You can also contact our [Treasurer](mailto:treasurer@corouniting.org?subject=Website%20enquiry%20re.%20Giving) with any specific questions.

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Generations

CoroYouth

Update (18 June 2020) - We're meeting in person again... 6.30pm for 7.00-8.30pm at the church - yay!

We are once again gathering together physically subject to [various restrictions](https://www.corouniting.org/d/1OFbQbtU1MPJc6qjEG0OW7FP6). Please note that no food is able to be shared and we ask that if anyone is unwell with cold or flu symptoms they stay home.

Please [contact Jethro](mailto:jethro@corouniting.org?subject=CoroYouth%20back%20to%20meeting%20in%20person) if you have any questions, in particular if you still feel uncomfortable coming or sending your youth. We are happy to provide online options if this is requested in advance.

Term 2 (29 May - 3 Jul): We’re going to be looking at some well-known stories in the Bible that many of us would know from our childhood and explore what they mean for us today - see the above video for more info...

When meeting in non-COVID restrictions, CoroYouth runs from 7.00-9.00pm every Friday night during the school term for young people in Years 7-12.

Our aim is to “Lead young people to Jesus through authentic, Christ-centred relationships.”

We are excited to see young people meet Jesus and discover the life that is found in Him! On a typical Friday night, we spend time in worship, hear a message of Jesus’ love, play games, eat food, and enjoy spending time together. Each week is a little bit different, so come ready for anything!

Our team is made up of young adults from Coro, led by our Youth Leadership Team.

Throughout the year we also engage in several events such as [SYG](https://www.stateyouthgames.net/home), with our Youth Camp in Term 4 a massive highlight!

Drop in some time, we’d love to get to know you!

To contact CoroYouth email coroyouth@corouniting.org

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Generations

Kids on Sundays

Children and their families are an integral part of our life together as the family of God here at Coro. As an intergenerational church community, we place value on children worshipping together with the whole church family, also understanding the need for kids to have opportunities to learn and engage with the Bible in ways that are designed specifically for the different stages of their development.

On Sunday mornings our children spend the first half hour or so together with their families in worship. There are a couple of areas set aside for very young children with some quiet toys and books, however we encourage parents to help their children engage with the service by explaining to them what is happening and encouraging them to participate.

After around half an hour, the children move out to different programs that are designed to stimulate, encourage and enable each child to grow in their own faith journey and in their relationships with their peers. We have four different programs that we run most weeks:

- LPC (ages 0-3) is a free-play session for our very young ones

- Kindy Kids (ages 3-5) is a more structured program with story, craft and free time

- KBG (R-Yr6) has large group and small group times with teaching, memory verses, creative and fun activities and times of prayer.

- Bounce (Yrs7-10) learn through discussion, video clips, and games – always with plenty of food on offer!

See the tabs below for more information.

Note: The safety of the children in our care is paramount. Children are signed in and out of programs with all our helpers holding valid Working with Children Checks and key leaders having undergone Child-Safe Environments and First Aid training in line with the Uniting Church Child Safe Policy.

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Community

Cross-Cultural Ministry

CoroUniting commissions individuals and families who are called to share the good news of Jesus in words and actions by living and working in other cultural contexts.

Many exciting ministries are also happening through others beyond Australia’s shores, and we love to build relationships with some of these. Two we have ongoing connection with are the [Saiyarak](https://www.corouniting.org/ministries/saiyarak) group and [Project Kola](https://www.corouniting.org/ministries/project-kola).

Mission Care

Mission Care (formerly Mission Focus Group) is primarily focused on the pastoral care of our Cross-Cultural Workers, especially those who are geographically separate from us. It is our deepest desire that these brothers and sisters not be forgotten or disregarded when we act as a church community. The pastoral care we offer is to hear the stories of those interested in becoming involved in mission activities that require them to cross cultural boundaries, and to journey with them as they enter the field, do the work, and return.

We currently have three partnerships with CoroUniting members working cross-culturally - see the below tabs for details.

Each of these Cross-Cultural Workers keep in touch with their supporters via newsletters, blogs, facebook groups and videos - for privacy reasons, these are restricted to those who call CoroUniting home and can be viewed in the [Resources section](https://www.corouniting.org/resources) (search for 'cross-cultural').

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