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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:

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

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


Wednesdays from 1st August to 19th September
Lunch Time Bible Talks - Acts of the Apostles
Speaker: Bishop Reg Piper Download flyer.
Venue: 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. (doors open 12:30 p.m.) Ocean Room, Wollongong Town Hall, cnr Kembla & Crown St.
Contact: Reg Piper on 0408 029 379 or email regpiper@bigpond.com

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.

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

Second Saturday of each month.
Healing Service and Mass
All welcome. Mass will be celebrated for Catholics by Fr George Condookala.
Details: 11:30 a.m. Hospital Chapel, Ground floor, Wollongong Public Hospital.

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Upcoming Events:
Soldiers of the Cross Bible Ministries
Diploma in Ministry
Enrolling now. Download flyer.
Contact: Rodney Osbourne 0410 911 097

Sunday 22nd July
Hymnsing at Kiama
All welcome for Hymn and chorus singing. Wollongong Gospel Choir will perform at this event. 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

Annual Shoebox Musical Celebration
Fundraiser for Samaritan's Purse Christmas shoeboxes.
Details: 2:00 p.m. Albion Park Uniting Church, Cnr Russell & Terry St.
Cost: $10 (includes afternoon tea), selection of gifts for sale.
Enquiries: Lyn Brown 4256 1487 Download flyer.

Tuesday 24th July - first day of school Term 3

Wednesday 25th July
Church luncheon and Concert
Concert by Illawarra Senior Band. All welcome.
Cost: $10 for concert, soup & sweets.
Details: start 11:00 a.m. Shellharbour Village Uniting Church, Mary St, Shellharbour. Download flyer.
RSVP (by 18th July) & enquires: Chris White on 0421 881 835.

Friday 27th July
Sea Sunday Photo Exhibition and Lunch
An exhibition of photos of the lives of seafarers taken on board different vessels whilst at Port Kembla.
Details: 2:00 p.m. Mission to Seafarers 55 Darcy Rd, Port Kembla
RSVP by 24th July:  to the Mission to Seafarers 4274 6498.

Saturday 28th July
E.F.E.C.T. Seminar
Effective, Friendship, Evangelism, Complete, Teaching on soul winning.
Speaker: Paul Harb
Venue: Ribbonwood Centre, 93-109 Princes Hwy, Dapto
Cost: free (includes lunch, morning & afternoon tea, certificate)
Hosted by Salvation Church, Dapto. Numbers limited to 40, register by phoning 0478 754 919

Heart Coming Home - Day of Reflection
Jamberoo Carmelites invite you to a day of reflection facilitated by Noel Davis.
Venue: 9:30a.m. to 3:00 p.m. St Matthew's Catholic Church, Jamberoo
Cost: $20 single, $25 couple (includes morning tea and light lunch)
RSVP: Mary Clarke on 4232 2970 Download flyer.

Wednesdays from 1st August to 19th September
Lunch Time Bible Talks - Acts of the Apostles
Speaker: Bishop Reg Piper Download flyer.
Venue: 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. (doors open 12:30 p.m.) Ocean Room, Wollongong Town Hall, cnr Kembla & Crown St.
Contact: Reg Piper on 0408 029 379 or email regpiper@bigpond.com

Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd August
Northern Illawarra Combined Churches Men's Bootcamp
Theme: At the Workbench - tackles success, anger, mental health, community. Accessible for all men regardless of background and whether Christian or not. More details to come.
Venue: Ryan's Hotel, 138 Phillip St, Thirroul
Contact: Brett Davis, 0421 399 484

Thursday 2nd August
CMS Meet the Missionaries Day
The speakers will be missionaries who have been in the field and also those who are new missionaries.
Details: 12:30-2:00 p.m. St Mark's Anglican Church, West Wollongong.
BYO lunch & mug, tea & coffee provided.
Contact: Beverly Defty

Friday 3rd
August
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.

Monday 6th August - Bank Holiday

Saturday 11th August
Wollongong Women's Conference - What Satisfies?
Greta Gaut speaks from God’s Word on finding meaning in an unpredictable world.
Details: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wollongong Salvation Army Conference Centre, 11-13 Burelli St, Wollongong.
Cost: $30; concession: $25; 15-18 year olds: $15 (includes morning tea and lunch) Register here by 8th August.

Tuesdays from 14th August
Alpha Course
This course is for anyone who is looking for their meaning in life. It is non secular and all are welcome. Dinner is provided, watch a short film and discuss with new friends your thoughts and feelings or just sit and listen, there is no pressure.
Venue: 7:00 p.m. Parish meeting room, St Paul's Catholic Church, 249 Tongarra Rd, Albion Park.

Saturday 24th August
Healing Prayer and Mass
All welcome. Mass will be celebrated for Catholics by Fr George Condookala.
Details: 11:30 a.m. Hospital Chapel, Ground floor, Wollongong Public Hospital.

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

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September
Good News for Israel Conference
Rev. Fraser J. Harding will speak on the relevance of Israel, Jesus and the church in God's eternal purposes.
Venue: Port Kembla Baptist Church
Program: Friday night: Shabbat Meal; Saturday morning sessions 1 & 2: open to all; Saturday afternoon: invitation only to clergy and leaders; Sunday morning: "Is the God of the OT less loving and kind than the God of the NT?"; Sunday afternoon sessions 3 & 4: open to all.
Cost: free but an offering will be taken.
Bookings and queries: Gordon Barr  Download brochure.

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.

Friday 30th November to Monday 3rd December
Wild at Heart Men's Bootcamp
Venue: The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops
Cost: $450
Further information and registration here.

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