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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.


Regular Events:

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)
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


Tuesdays from 1st May for 9 weeks
Alpha Course
Open to all, watch a video, talk in small groups, morning tea (gold coin donation).
Venue: 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. at Parish Meeting Room, St Paul's Catholic Church, 249-251 Tongarra Rd, Albion Park.
Contacts: Pene or Linda.

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 14th March to 20th June 2018
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
A course for all Christians to learn about God's mission from all perspectives:
Biblical, historical, cultural and strategic.
Download: flyer, schedule, registration form.
Details: 7-9 p.m. at Woonona Presbyterian Church, Gray St, Woonona.
Cost: $180 includes registration, text book and course manual.
Contact: Sue Currie 0422 174 434.

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


First Monday of each month
Southern Worship
This is an interdenominational Connect Group for musicians and singers.
Details: 7:00-8:00 p.m. 39 Bridge St, Coniston.
Contact: Jo-Anne Rushworth 0449 068 984

First Friday of each month
Healing Service and Mass
All welcome. Mass will be celebrated for Catholics by Fr George Condookala. Prayer for healing by Fr George and Derek Thompson of the Illawarra Prayer Network.
Details: 10:30 a.m. Patients Lounge, Level 3, to the right of lifts, Wollongong Private Hospital.

Saturdays
Serenity 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: 5pm at Albion Park Neighbourhood Centre, Russell St, Albion Park
Contact: Jono on 0412 174 181 or email life_recovery@hotmail.com

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Upcoming Events:
Friday 25th May
Illawarra Prayer Breakfast
Speaker: Liberal Party Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz
Details: 7:00-8:30a.m. Main Auditorium, Wollongong Salvation Army, 11-13 Burelli St, Wollongong.
Cost: $50 each or table of 10 for $450 (online registration closed).

Saturday 26th May - National Sorry Day
National Day of Thanks

For the Community Focus this year we are Thanking:

People who contribute in a positive way to the vibrant cultural tapestry of Australia.

People in organisations that work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.  People who help newcomers to Australia connect into their local communities. People from different cultural backgrounds who make a meaningful contribution to cohesion in their communities.

People who work in Schools across our Nation.

Public and Private schools including High Schools, Primary Schools, Kindergartens, Pre-Schools and Day Care Centres.  Principals, Teachers, Teachers Aids, Chaplains, Administration Staff, Volunteers, Cleaners and Maintenance staff, etc.

The Personal Focus is ongoing and is about the Unsung Heroes in your life and community.

Trinity Sunday 27th May
Albion Park Community Fun Day
Organised by C3 Church Shellharbour. There'll be a sausage sizzle, a variety of market stalls, a petting zoo, jumping castle, great coffee, and an auction - all to celebrate community and support our ongoing community work in Albion Park and Bushwarra, Papua New Guinea!
Details: from 12 noon at Albion Park Community Hall, 8/10 Russell St.
Cost: gold coin entry per person, and for some activities

Tuesday 29th May
Spirituality in the Pub
Speaker: Rev. Dr Patrick McInerney, Director of the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations will speal on "Where Inter-Faith Practice might be in 2050".
Pub: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Woonona Bulli RSL Club.
Enquiries: Ann 0427 235 955 or wollsip@gmail.com.

Thursday 31st May - Corpus Christi

Friday 1st June
Healing Service and Mass
All welcome. Mass will be celebrated for Catholics by Fr George Condookala. Prayer for healing by Fr George and Derek Thompson of the Illawarra Prayer Network.
Details: 10:30 a.m. Patients Lounge, Level 3 to the right of lifts, Wollongong Private Hospital

Saturday 2nd June
National Grandparent Conference
Details: 9am to 4:30pm, Figtree Anglican Church, 4-10 Gibsons Rd, Figtree
Cost: $35 per person, $60 per couple. Book here.

Monday 4th June
5icm Mid-year Meeting
This is not a business meeting, but a time to find out what the member ministries have been doing and plan for the future.
Details: 7:30-9:00pm at #1 O'Gorman St, Albion Park
Contact: Derek Thompson 4256 5780

WCCEB Coffee and Dessert Night
Wollongong Combined Churches Education Board's annual fund raiser.
Cost: $15 (includes dessert, hot drinks, live music, hear what's happening in the schools.
Details: 7-9pm, Wollongong Baptist Church

Monday 11th June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Saturday 16th June'
Gong Men's Day - Stand. Focus. Run.
Speaker: Ps Tim Baldwin from central coast EV Church on Hebrews 12 & 13.
Details: Either 8:30am to 2pm or 5pm to 9:30pm. Dapto Anglican Church, Moombara St, Dapto.
Cost: $35, conc. $25 (includes lunch or dinner) Book here.

Saturday 23rd June
Northern Illawarra Combined Churches Christian Education Board
Trivia Night, Silent Auction & Pie Drive Launch Fundraiser
Details: 6:30 p.m. C3 Church Thirroul, 345 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Thirroul
Contact: Graeme Hush (Chairperson) mobile: 0418 297 504

Sunday 24th June
Hymnsing at Kiama
All welcome for Hymn and chorus singing. Further details
Details: 2:00 p.m. Kiama Uniting Church Fellowship Centre, 19 Bong Bong Rd, cnr Manning St Kiama. Sing for one hour then have afternoon tea.
Requests: Phone Gail on 4232 1630 or Reuben on 4233 2490

Friday 6th July - last day of school Term 2

Sunday 22nd July
Hymnsing at Kiama
All welcome for Hymn and chorus singing. Further details
Details: 2:00 p.m. Kiama Uniting Church Fellowship Centre, 19 Bong Bong Rd, cnr Manning St Kiama. Sing for one hour then have afternoon tea.
Requests: Phone Gail on 4232 1630 or Reuben on 4233 2490

Tuesday 24th July - first day of school Term 3

Monday 6th August - Bank Holiday

Wednesday 15th August - Assumption of Mary

Sunday 26th August
Hymnfest
Featuring Wollongong Gospel Choir.
Details: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Dapto Uniting Church, 122 Princes Hwy

Sunday 9th September
Taizé Prayer Gathering
Ecumenical Taizé style prayer and worship open to all. Download flyer.
Details: 6:00 p.m. St Paul's Catholic Church, 251 Tongarra Rd, Albion Park.

Wednesday 19th September
Northern Illawarra Combined Churches Christian Education Board
Coffee and Dessert Night
Details: Northern Illawarra Uniting Church.
Contact: Graeme Hush (Chairperson) mobile: 0418 297 504

Sunday 23rd September
Hymnsing at Kiama
All welcome for Hymn and chorus singing. Further details
Details: 2:00 p.m. Kiama Uniting Church Fellowship Centre, 19 Bong Bong Rd, cnr Manning St Kiama. Sing for one hour then have afternoon tea.
Requests: Phone Gail on 4232 1630 or Reuben on 4233 2490

Friday 28th September - last day of school Term 3

Monday 1st October - Labour Day Holiday

Saturday 6th October - Daylight Saving time starts

Monday 15th October - first day of school Term 4

Saturday 20th October
Northern Illawarra Combined Churches Christian Education Board
Annual Fun Run Boardwalk Fundraiser
Details: Start at 9:00 a.m. Bulli Beach Playground. See Board members for sponsorship forms.
Contact: Graeme Hush (Chairperson) mobile: 0418 297 504

Thursday 1st November - All Saints Day

Sunday 25th November
Hymnsing at Kiama
All welcome for Hymn and chorus singing. Further details
Details: 2:00 p.m. Kiama Uniting Church Fellowship Centre, 19 Bong Bong Rd, cnr Manning St Kiama. Sing for one hour then afternoon tea.
Requests: Phone Gail on 4232 1630 or Reuben on 4233 2490

Taizé Prayer Gathering
Ecumenical Taizé style prayer and worship open to all. Download flyer.
Details: 6 p.m. St Paul's Catholic Church, 251 Tongarra Rd, Albion Park.

Wednesday 19th December - last day of school Term 4

Monday 25th December - Christmas Day

Tuesday 26th December - Boxing Day

Wednesday 30th January 2019 - first day of school Term 1