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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):
Sunday 24th March
Northern Illawarra Scripture Teacher Commissioning Service and BBQ
Details: 12 noon sausage sizzle (gold coin donation), 12:45 p.m. Commissioning Service at Woonona High School, 12 Nicholson Lane.
See Facebook page.

Thursday 28th March
Open Doors - Forbidden Obedience
Smuggling Faith To The Millions - From China to Iraq, North Korea to India, hear stories of radical obedience from a man who dared to serve the persecuted church. Join us for a night of prayer and praise as we explore the realities of living a bold faith in the face of suffering.
Details: 7:30-9:00pm Wollongong Baptist Church, 330 Keira St, Wollongong
Speaker: Dean Keaney, founder of Open Doors Australia
Facebook Event page.

Saturday 30th March
Songs of Praise
Rehearse and sing Songs of Praise under Ross Cobb, musical director St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney. Download flyer.
Details: 9:30 a.m. rehearsals; 3:00 p.m. Service. Berry Uniting Church, 77 Albert St Berry.
Cost: $35
Contact: Naomi Spencer 4422 4166, www.rscmaustralia.org.au

Paddle Against Poverty
Christian Surfers is hosting the 19th annual paddle to raise money for Compassion children. Paddle from either Wollongong Harbour or Stanwell Park (depending on wind direction, check their website) to Thirroul starting 7:00 a.m. to about 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Brett Davis 0421 399 484

Sunday 7th April

End of Daylight Saving Time (1 hour backwards)
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 12th April
School Term 1 Ends

Sunday 14th April
Palm Sunday

Maundy Thursday 18th April

Friday 19th April
Good Friday

Easter Saturday 20th April Public Holiday

Easter Sunday 21st April

Easter Monday 22nd April Public Holday

ANZAC Day 25th April Public Holiday

Orthodox Good Friday 26th April

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April
VMTC Healing Training School
Venue: Chittick Lodge, Gerringong
Cost: $260 for meals & accommodation, $60 registration.
Contact: Andrea Gibbons 0407 169 708. Download flyer.

Orthodox Holy Saturday 27th April

Orthodox Easter Sunday 28th April
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)

Monday 29th April
School Term 2 Begins

Sunday 12th May
Mother's Day

Friday 24th May
Illawarra Prayer Breakfast

Sunday 26th May
National Sorry Day

Monday 27th May
Reconciliation Day

Thursday 30th May
Ascension Day

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.

Sunday 9th June
Pentecost

Whit Monday 10th June
Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

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.

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 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

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.

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)
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.

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 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.

Second Saturday of each month
Healing Prayer and Mass
All welcome. A Catholic Mass will be celebrated by Fr George Condookala at 11:00 a.m.
Venue: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wollongong Public Hospital Chapel.

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