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what's on this week

Sunday morning - weekly worship engaging with the ancient faith and its radical heart of grace at 10 am followed by morning tea.

Wednesday- newsletter deadline, send to nucnewseditor@gmail.com

Wednesday and Friday - Op Shop sorting. Come from 9-12 and help sort the treasure from the trash. First picks and free morning tea, too.

Friday - Op Shop open from 4 30 to 6.

Saturday morning - Op Shop, Frilly's and the Mulch Pit Community Garden all open from 9 a.m.


Complete the 5-Leaf Awards Green Survey. Word document version and PDF version available here.









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A sane approach to caring for the community rooted in the ancient vision of Christianity. A vision that calls for a world based not on the standard orders of greed or competition or revenge or power, but on sharing, encouraging, forgiveness and grace. That is the vision of Christ.

And of the ancient faith long before; the old order is thrown down; Hannah sings it in her song, then Mary, then Jesus.  An alternative way: where the first become last, and the last become first, where the only law is love, and love is the law. An Alternative Resource Community? A Community built on Grace.




Recipes For Living

‘Recipes For Living’ Project: A first in Darwin

In November and December 2014, Nightcliff Uniting Church played host to a therapeutic cooking program after being awarded an ‘Our Neighbourhood’ grants by Australia Post.

‘Recipes For Living’ brought together a small group of refugees and one asylum seeker living in Darwin to cook together, share stories and eat yummy food.  The core group of women hailed from four different groups – Burmese, Karen, Chinese and Nepalese - however language turned out to be no barrier to participation and contributed to many laugh-out- loud moments!  The group has put together a Recipe Book featuring their favourite Food Recipes cooked and eaten in the on-site outdoor kitchen, as well as Recipes of Life featuring their strengths and skills, and Special Recipe Tips for surviving difficult times.  Collectively, they also wrote a Recipe for Starting Life in a New Country.  Their hope is that this recipe will benefit other refugees who are just arriving in Australia.

The group used many local tropical ingredients that are grown in Darwin, many of these harvested from the Mulch Pit Community Garden on the church grounds.  The women enjoyed picking from the garden and sharing the different ways they use local produce.

Facilitator of the group, Lucy Van Sambeek who is passionate about narrative therapeutic practice has been wanting to trial the Recipes of Life methodology in Darwin, after a chance meeting in Adelaide a few years ago with Natalie Rudland Wood, who developed the methodology.  Lucy has been involved in The Mulch Pit Community Garden since it was established and is always looking for ways to connect people with community and the earth.  ‘Recipes for Living’ also acknowledges the difficult paths that some people have experienced in life and celebrates their strengths in a supportive environment with like-minded people.

Outcomes included building new relationships amongst participants, connecting refugees to new resources at Nightcliff including the op shop and community garden, improved English skills and confidence in the community, and increased knowledge about growing and cooking local food.  A lovely surprise was the spontaneous participation of partners, children and other family members, who would pop up in at different times during the program, either to lead cooking or feast at the table.

Christabelle Baranay, a community cultural development consultant and volunteer with DASSAN, provided expert help in documentation and photography to create the Recipe Book, to remind participants of their cherished food memories and the ingredients that keep them strong in hard times.  The program was well supported by volunteers from the Mulch Pit Community Garden who offered child care on site and kitchen hand help.  Many from the church and wider community donated staple items to the pantry and organisations like Greenies provided fresh ingredients that were not growing on site.

You can download a copy of the Recipe Book here.  We would love to hear from other workers around Australia how our Recipes and stories have been of benefit to other refugees and asylum seekers.  To send a message to the Darwin group or find out more about the program, please contact lucy@metaphoricallyspeaking.com.au







The Combined Indigenous Choirs of Alice Springs and the Central Desert are performing at Nightcliff Uniting Church on Saturday 23rd August from 730pm. The Combined Indigenous Choir are in Darwin to support the Soweto Gospel Choir at the Darwin Festival. Entry by gold coin donation.


NUC Church Camp (Connecting in Nature Sharing in Community)

The annual NUC Church Camp is coming up. For more infomation please see the attached flyer Here.


Easter 2014 Services


Palm Sunday 13 April

8:30am Ecumenical Service at St Apul's Catholic Church

9:00am Celebration of Communion at Nightcliff Uniting Church together with IMC

Maundy Thursday 17 April 7.30pm
Candlelit Service of Readings and Music

Good Friday 18 April 10am
Readings, Music and the Eucharist

Easter Sunday 20 April 6am
Dawn Service at the beach at the mouth of Rapid Creek.
This is followed by an Easter Breakfast!







Nightcliff Uniting Church turns 50!


This Saturday August 31st, Nightcliff Uniting Church will be celebrating it's 50th birthday!

Come and join with us in our jubilee celebration. We will be sharing in a community meal and concert on the lawns of Nightcliff Uniting. The celebrations will include music, stories, an op shop fashion parade, and some reflection on the history of Nightcliff Uniting Church. If you are able to join us, please bring a plate of food to share.

Those interested are also invited to join us in a thanksgiving service held at 10am Sunday morning. 


Trevor Jenkins - Rubbish Warrior

Check out this beautiful video of friend of NUC, Trevor Jenkins, telling part of his story.


Gai receiving the Mulch Pit and Frilly's share of the funds raised at the Community Cafe at the Tropical Gardens Spectacular. Photos taken by Russell.


Frilly's on facebook!

Check out and 'like' Frilly's and the Op Shop's new facebook page to keep up with happenings in the op shop, cafe and wider Nightcliff Uniting Church community. http://www.facebook.com/frillysnightcliff 


Nightcliff Uniting Church 2013 Global Indigenous Stories Film Screening #4: BEFORE TOMORROW

Photo courtesy of Oana Spinu/Igloolik Isuma Productions


An Inuit film directed by

The Arnait Video Collective and Igloolik Isuma Productions

2009 l 92 mins l Canada

Two isolated families meet for a summertime celebration. Food is abundant and the future seems bright, but Ningiuq, a strong and wise old woman, sees her world as fragile and moves through it with a pervasive sense of dread.

Ningiuq and her grandson Maniq are dropped off on a remote island, where, every year, the family dries the catch and stores it for winter. The task is soon finished. As summer turns to autumn, they wait in vain for the others to pick them up. Are they the only ones left in their vast icy land?

Discussion and cuppa following the film.

All welcome. Entry free. Donations welcome.

Saturday June 22, 7:30-9:30pm.

Nightcliff Uniting Church, Cummins St Rapid Creek.

Watch a trailer here: 



Nightcliff Uniting Church 2013 Global Indigenous Stories Film Screening #3: AS HIPER MULHERES - The Hyperwomen

A film by Carlos Fausto, Leonardo Sette & Takumã Kuikuro

Saturday May 25th, 7:30pm-9:30pm

2011/2012 l 80 mins l Brazil

Fearing the death of his wife, an old man requests that his cousin put on the Jamurikumalu, the main women's ritual of the Indigenous peoples of the Upper Xingu (Brazil), so that she may sing one last time. The women start the rehearsals, but the only singer who really knows all the songs is seriously ill. Captivating story and stunning images.

Discussion and cuppa following the film.

All welcome. Entry free. Donations welcome.