Message from the Moderator

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Colin Morrow, 20 March 2020 Matthew 8:23 – 27 Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke Him saying, “Lord save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little …

“Go into all the world …”

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Colin Morrow, Moderator As Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, the General Assembly has asked me to visit some of our overseas based missionaries. Together with my wife Alison we are visiting European based Missionaries. Our goals are: to meet, to encourage, to pray with and to show the love of the sending church to those serving in the …

Appointment Service for Rev Paul Lee to Kerang-Swan Hill

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The Presbytery of North Western Victoria met on the evening of Friday February 23 in the Swan Hill Church to celebrate the appointment of Rev Paul Lee to the Kerang-Swan Hill Charge. Paul began his 3 year appointment on January 1, 2020, living in the Swan Hill end of the Charge. The Moderator of Presbytery, Rev Stuart Withers, led the service …

The PCV and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Peter Phillips Acting Clerk As circulated on the PCV News Network 12 March 2020 Many churches have released statements regarding the surge in the number of confirmed Covid-19 (Coronavirus) cases around the world and its likely spread into Australia, which experts say is inevitable (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_RrEGEplCg).   It  has been suggested that the PCV ought to issue such a statement; in the …

KIRKBRAE PRESBYTERIAN HOMES

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A ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria From its beginnings in Victoria in the 1830s, the Presbyterian Church has sought to provide a range of relevant services for people in the community. In accordance with this ethic, in 1960 the first retirement living units were opened at Kilsyth, and Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes were established. The beautiful site of Kirkbrae …

Reflections on C19

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Rev Chris Duke, Convener of the PCV’s Church and Nation (C&N) Committee took time out to talk about the C&N’s recent Religion in the Public Square Colloquium 2019 (C19 for short) that was held in November 2019. Are you pleased with the outcomes? We have heard comments such as, “This is the best colloquium I have attended and I have …

KATHY – We’ll miss you!

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An interview with Kathy James – our outgoing Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Coordinator After 18 years of dedicated service to the PCV in varied roles, Mrs Kathy James has decided to hang up her boots. We spoke to her recently and Kathy shared thoughts on her PCV journey. What skills did Kathy James bring to our church? KJ: My professional …

Religion in the Public Square

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The Presbyterian Church of Victoria’s Church and Nation Committee is pleased to invite you to our biennial conference: Keynote speakers this year are Dr Matthew Tuininga and Rev Dr Joseph Boot with complementary contributors including Wendy Francis, Dr Bernie Power, Prof Margaret Somerville, Dr John Whitehall, Rev Peter Hastie and Prof Nicholas Aroney. The conference will be held on Friday – Saturday, 15 – …

Joel Otten – Exit Appointment

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Joel Otten’s Exit Appointment at the beginning of 2019 was to Mandurah Presbyterian Church in Western Australia.   I grew up in the South-Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Most of my life was spent in Narre Warren.  After school, I was a pool renderer. My main occupation before I entered a ministry apprenticeship and college was concreting.   My wife Steph grew …