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Ecumenical Events in and near the
Illawarra Region


Email admin@5icm.org.au to advertise ecumenical events on this page and in the Illawarra Prayer Network newsletter. Only events in the Illawarra (Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama local government areas) are advertised in the newsletter. There is no charge for this service. The inclusion of events in this list does not imply 5icm members agree with all the views expressed at these events.


Upcoming Events (scroll down for Regular Events):
Saturday 25th May
National Day of Thanks
A day for all Australians to pause as a nation and say thank you to God, and to each other for those many things we often take for granted – those things that really make our lives worth living. There will be a gathering of Illawarra Prayer Network members and Facebook Illawarra Christians members at Stuart Park, Wollongong from noon. See Facebook Event page for details.

Sunday 26th May

National Sorry Day

Monday 27th May
Reconciliation Day

Thursday 30th May - Ascension Day
Origins Education Meetings
Trevor Holt is holding an introductory meeting to explore biblical creation and evolutionary models of origins. Thereafter the meetings will be monthly.
Details: 7:30 p.m. C3 Church Thirroul, 345 Lawrence Hargrave Dr.
RSVP: Trevor Holt mobile: 0401 198 140. Download flyer.

Saturday 1st June
Grandparents Conference 2019
Speakers: Ian Barnett, Mike Raiter, Jo-Anne Berthelsen, Baz McGrath, Tim Hanna, Colin Buchanan. Go to FAC website for more details and brochure.
Details: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Figtree Anglican Church, 4-10 Gibson Rd.
Cost: $35 per person or $60 per couple.

Sunday 2nd to Sunday 9th June
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The theme for the week of prayer in 2019, "Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue ..." is inspired by Deuteronomy 16:18-20. The resources for the week have been prepared by members of different churches in Indonesia.
For details and resources see the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Monday 3rd June
5icm Mid-Year Meeting
This is not a business meeting, but an opportunity for member ministries to talk about what they are doing and to encourage one another. All welcome.
Venue: 1 O'Gorman St, Albion Park
RSVP: Derek Thompson 4256 5780

Sunday 9th June
Pentecost

Whit Monday 10th June
Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Saturday 15th June
South Coast Mental Health Discovery Day
Hosted by C3 Church Shellharbour with clinical psychologist Krystiyna Kidson focussing on managing stress and preventing burn out. Download flyer.
Venue: Albion Park Bowling Club, 32-52 Taylor Rd, Albion Park
Cost: $19.50 Tickets from www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=475812
Contact: Ps Jason Kent jasonkent@c3churchshellharbour.com.au

Gong Men's Day
Speaker: Sam Chan on knowing and sharing the gospel.
Venue: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dapto Anglican Church, Moombara St
Cost: $40 ($30 concession) includes lunch. Book through https://gongmensday.org/

Trinity Sunday 16th June
Taiz Prayer
Ecumenical Service using Taiz prayer and songs. Download flyer.
Venue: 6:00 p.m. St Paul's Catholic Church, 251 Tongarra Rd, Albion Park.

Saturday 22nd June
BWCB Trivia Night with silent auction
Fundraiser for northern Illawarra school Scripture Teachers.
Details: starts 7:00 p.m. See BWCB webpage or Facebook page.

Peter Shurley in Concert
Fund raiser for "Hope & Future Foundation". Download flyer
Details: 7:30 p.m. Port Kembla Baptist Church, cnr Cowper St & Illawarra Rd, Port Kembla.
Cost: free entry, a love offering will be taken.
Contact: Gordon Barr 0404 828 680

Sunday 23rd June
Kiama HymnSing
Hymn and chorus singing followed by afternoon tea.
Details: 2:00 p.m. Kiama Uniting Church cnr Manning & Bong Bong Sts.
Contact for song requests: Reuben (4233 2490) or Gail (4232 1630)

Friday 5th July
School Term 2 ends

Monday 22nd July
School Term 3 begins

Sunday 28th July
Kiama HymnSing
Hymn and chorus singing, featuring Wollongong Gospel Choir, and followed by afternoon tea.
Details: 2:00 p.m. Kiama Uniting Church cnr Manning & Bong Bong Sts.
Contact for song requests: Reuben (4233 2490) or Gail (4232 1630)

Monday 5th August - Bank Holiday
A Training Course in Cross-Cultural Skills
The first of six weekly sessions of a course designed to help Australian Christians engage with people from other faith and ethnic backgrounds.
Presenter: Andrew Schachtel, co-author of the book Changing Lanes, Crossing Cultures. Download flyer.
Cost: free but participants are recommended to but the Changing Lanes book for $18 which well be available.
Venue: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wollongong Baptist Church, 330 Keira St, Wollongong.
Register: by email or phone to Andrew Schachtel, 0433 827 431.

Sunday 1st September
Taiz Prayer
Ecumenical Service using Taiz prayer and songs. Download flyer.
Venue: 6:00 p.m. St Paul's Catholic Church, 251 Tongarra Rd, Albion Park.

Wednesday 18th September
BWCB Coffee and Dessert Night
Fundraiser for northern Illawarra school Scripture Teachers.
Details: starts 7:30 p.m. See BWCB webpage or Facebook page.

Sunday 22nd September
Kiama HymnSing
Hymn and chorus singing followed by afternoon tea.
Details: 2:00 p.m. Kiama Uniting Church cnr Manning & Bong Bong Sts.
Contact for song requests: Reuben (4233 2490) or Gail (4232 1630)

Friday 27th September
School Term 3 ends

Sunday 6th October
Start of Daylight Saving Time (1 hour forward)

Monday 7th October
Labour Day Publc Holiday

Monday 14th October
School Term 4 Begins

Friday 1st November
All Saints' Day

Monday 11th November
Remembrance Day

Sunday 24th November
Kiama HymnSing
Hymn and chorus singing followed by afternoon tea.
Details: 2:00 p.m. Kiama Uniting Church cnr Manning & Bong Bong Sts.
Contact for song requests: Reuben (4233 2490) or Gail (4232 1630)

Sunday 1st December
First Sunday in Advent
Taiz Prayer
Ecumenical Service using Taiz prayer and songs. Download flyer.
Venue: 6:00 p.m. St Paul's Catholic Church, 251 Tongarra Rd, Albion Park.

Friday 20th December
School Term 4 ends

Wednesday 25th December
Christmas Day

Thursday 26th December
Boxing Day Public Holiday

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Regular Events:

First Sunday of each month
Albion Park Community Luncheon
C3 Shellharbour Church extends an open invitation to their Community
Luncheon run in conjunction with Albion Park Community Centre.
Venue: Albion Park Community Centre 8 – 10 Russell Street Albion Park from 11.45 a.m. You are welcome to attend the church service at 10.00 a.m.
Contact: Melissa Moore 0401 646 610.

Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings
English Conversation Classes
ESL classes with a choice of two time slots, Monday 7-9pm or Wednesday 1-am-noon. Dowload flyer.
Venue: Kiama Anglican Church Point Centre, 2 Terralong St, Kiama.

1st and 3rd Monday of each month
Nar Anon Support Group
12-step program for the support of family members of drug addicts.
Details: 10:00 am - 11:30 am Port Kembla Baptist Church, 81 Illawarra St.
Contact: Lynda Dean 0432 201 897

First Monday of each month

Southern Worship
This is an interdenominational Connect Group for musicians and singers.
Details: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Contact: Jo-Anne Rushworth 0449 068 984

Tuesdays during school terms,
Wollongong Gospel Choir Rehearsals

7:00 pm at Wollongong Senior Citizens Centre,
192 Gipps Road, Gwynneville
Contact: John Sandercock 0499 444 151

Tuesdays (during school terms)
The Good Shepherd Welcome Centre
For men, women and children. If you are doing it tough or feeling lonely and would like somebody to talk to, come and chat over a free cuppa and a free light meal of Soup and Sandwiches. Or just come and relax for a while, read the paper or browse through a magazine, or just chill out!
Venue and time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Scouts Hall, Kiama Harbour


2nd Tuesday of month
Nar Anon Support Group
12-step program for the support of family members of drug addicts.
Details: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Albion Park Community Centre, Russell St.
Contact: Lynda Dean 0432 201 897

Wednesdays (during school terms)
Christian Meditation Group
Venue: 4:00-5:00 p.m. Fellowship Centre, Kiama Uniting Church, Manning St.
Contact: Michele Broad 0400 324 708. All welcome.

Wednesdays
Soul Recovery 12-Step Support Group
Ps Jonathan Hyratt, associate minister of Corrimal Community Church, runs this group for people who struggle with addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex & love, over-eating, co-dependency, etc.
Details: 7pm at Central Church, 4 Fitzwilliam St, Port Kembla.
Contact: Jono on 0412 174 181 or email life_recovery@hotmail.com

Thursdays
Inspire Church Food Care
The food care program is to help people who are struggling financially by providing grocery items at reduced prices.
Details: 9:30a.m.-2:30p.m. 35 Kurrawa Cres, Koonawarra.
Download flyer

Thursdays (
during school terms)
Good Shepherd Welcome Centre
Morning tea followed by mahjong, jigsaws, scrabble and other games.
Venue and time: 10:00 a.m. Scouts Hall, Kiama Harbour


Fridays (except 10/5/19)
Healing Prayer and Mass
All welcome. Mass will be celebrated for Catholics by Fr George Condookala.
Details: 9:30 a.m. Patients Lounge, Level 3, to the right of lifts, Wollongong Private Hospital.
Contact: Fr George on 0475 815 506 for further information or to arrange visits of family members in Wollongong Public or Private Hospitals.

Saturdays
Healing Prayer and Mass
All welcome. A Catholic Mass will be celebrated by Fr George Condookala.
Venue: 9:30 a.m. ground floor Chapel, Wollongong Public Hospital.
Contact: Fr George on 0475 815 506 for further information or to arrange visits of family members in Wollongong Public or Private Hospitals.