Mission Statement

Eaglehawk Uniting

Mission Statement:

Eaglehawk Uniting Church tells people about Jesus, everywhere. (Acts 1, verse 8)

It is a community of people:

* Believing a Jesus-centred faith for the 21st century;
* Caring for people and the environment;
* Gathering to celebrate life and faith in God;
* Learning and growing through sharing;
* Resourcing; making best use of what is available
* Supporting and initiating outreach locally, regionally, nationally, globally;
* Welcoming everyone regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or status.

Believing:
* sharing the good news of God’s love
* in the value of each person and their place in God’s kingdom
* in the sustaining love of God in a world of many hurts

Caring :
~(for people)
* in our local community in practical ways through activities and programs
* in crisis situations
* through hospitality
~(for the environment)
* through taking ecologically sensitive initiatives to lessen our impact on our environment.

Gathering:
* regularly to celebrate God’s love and care for all people.
* in common interest groups to support and encourage one another.
* encouraging one another to grow in faith and our love for God.

Learning and growing:
# through age-appropriate education and Bible Study and other groups.
# in supporting youth by providing contexts for discussion across ages and issues
# by encouraging attendance at appropriate learning events.
# by facilitating learning events and training of leadership.

Resourcing
# the ministry of all members and using their talents, time and money.
# responsible stewardship of property and finances.
# responsible Management of our Op Shop,
# the generation of ideas for development.
# use the facilities as the site for local, community and Church activities.
# developing the talents of our church congregation to enable our strategies to be realised.

Supporting
(Local)
# local relief agencies.
# both the ACCESS School Chaplain and Bendigo Uniting Hospital Chaplain.
# "energy groups" to support the wider community as follows:
* Mission Action Group - supplying handmade craft to local groups;
* Community Market - facilitating a monthly Market on the premises;
* EUC Op-shop - supporting the locals at our Shop:
* EUC Play Group - providing a safe & friendly place for pre school children;
* 'UNITE' Youth Group - providing leadership and facilities for the Youth of the area.
* Virginia Hill folk -providing support with friendship and assistance as needed;
* Wattle Racing - supporting youth involved with Human Powered Vehicle racing.
# the ongoing support of and interaction with the Marong Congregation.
(Regional)
# the development of the relationship with the Wedderburn congregation.
# relief efforts as appropriate.
(National)
# Frontier Services and other mission agencies.
# steps to develop a relationship with an indigenous community.
(International)
# advocacy for "voiceless" in other countries
# financially supporting the Chibobo Orphanage students and assisting with the building and development of school facilities.(Zambia)
# Samaritan Purse Shoe - Box Appeal.
# UCA World "New Start" program
# Christmas Bowl and other international appeals

Welcoming
# by providing a comfortable and safe environment for people to enjoy.
# by providing a pleasant, creative and inviting meeting place for church and community activities and groups.
# by being a child friendly place where the contributions and opinions of children are respected and recognized.
# by using innovative ways of developing and publicising our Mission and activities.