Being Church Differently

Event Details

Being Church Differently is a gathering for people exploring and experimenting with innovative ways of ‘being church’ today.

This day is an opportunity to connect with others excited about Mission Pioneering, Fresh Expressions, or whatever terms helps you describe being church differently.

The day will include inspirational storytelling, shared learning, and some time in geographic and/or interest groups, to help move our learning from knowledge to action.

A perfect opportunity for those who want to understand more about ‘being church differently’ even if you’ve never tried anything before!  For those who are already on the journey, a perfect networking space to connect in with others on these growing edges of the church.

We understand ‘being church differently’ to mean seeking to grow expressions of Christian community with people who ‘don’t do church’, enabling ways of discipleship and Christian life that connects them with God and one another.  The aim of the gathering is to share both encouraging signs of life and what we are learning from experience, to network and encourage both newcomers and old-hands, connect active expressions for peer learning, and provide spaces for creativity to be nurtured.


Date: Saturday, 10 February 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Uniting Church Centre for Ministry
16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta
Cost: $30 + Eventbrite Booking Fee
(includes: morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea).
UME Grant: Short-term Education Grants are available for those in financial need.
Please go to the UME Scholarships page for more information, and
a copy of the application form.


Gathering Flyer:



Online Payment and Registration Form:

Please register and pay in advance, via the online ‘Tickets’ payment and registration form that appears below.  Registration in advance using this form is essential.

Please Note: Registrations Close – Monday, 5 February at 11:30 p.m.

Mission Shaped Ministry Programs at Uniting Mission & Education
What does it look like when we build Christian discipleship communities shaped by people who aren’t yet members of any church?
How do we establish missional communities where people can encounter and live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ without having to step into a church building?
In 2018, the NSW ACT Synod is launching Mission Shaped Ministry, a program originally created in the UK as part of the Fresh Expressions movement.
The Mission Shaped Ministry courses are being delivered by teams from UME, Uniting, Parramatta Nepean and Sydney Central Coast Presbyteries.
Experiential and reflective learning increase the capacity and learning in this field which is still relatively new.

Payment Processing Instructions:

To pay by credit card:

  1. select the quantity of tickets you wish to purchase (the default quantity is 1).  Then,
  2. click on the green ‘Order Now’ button.  Then,
  3. complete the Online Registration Form that appears next.  Then,
  4. click on either the: MasterCard, Visa, or PayPal icons that appear at the bottom of the registration form to progress to payment processing.  Then,
  5. select your preferred method of payment (i.e. ‘Pay with PayPal’, or ‘Pay with Credit or Debit Card’)
  6. on the following ‘PayPal Guest Checkout’ screen, submit your: credit card, billing address, and contact details, then click ‘Pay Now’ to complete your purchase.  If paying by credit card, you are under no obligation to accept the offer to: ‘Create a PayPal account’ at the bottom of the checkout screen.

To pay by cheque:

  1. select the quantity of registration tickets you wish to purchase (the default quantity is 1).  Then,
  2. click on the green ‘Order Now’ button.  Then,
  3. complete the Online Registration Form that appears next.  Then,
  4. click on the blue word ‘Show’ that appears under the ‘Other Payment Options’ text at the bottom of the registration form.  Then,
  5. click on the blue ‘Pay By Cheque’ button that appears at the bottom of the registration form to complete your registration.
  6. post your cheque, made payable to: ‘Uniting Mission and Education’, to the address provided on your invoice.

Please, no cash upon arrival at the gathering.


Onsite Overnight Accommodation:

Those wishing to book overnight accommodation on-site at the Centre for Ministry are required to make inquiries directly with the Uniting Venues Booking Office:
Ph: 1300 138 125
Web: (choose ‘North Parramatta’ from the ‘Preferred centre’ drop-down list)


Travelling to the Centre

The Centre for Ministry is accessible by public transport.
Please click on this link for more information about travelling to the centre via the various modes of transport.


Further Information:

Please contact, either:
Emma Parr |
UME Reception | | 02 8838 8900

Uniting Mission & Education | A leading theological education provider for the Uniting Church in Australia

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