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Mens Breakfast 4 February 2023

Our first Men's Breakfast for the year begins next Saturday 4 February at 7am. It will be amazing as Russell and Brian will share with around honey be and making honey. Come along with your sweet tooth and find out all about honey production and facts about honey be and their life cycle.

Registrations are needed and can be done here. RSVP by Thursday 2 February


KIck Start 2023

Kick Start is when we launch our children's and youth ministries for the year. Beginning with worship as we commission our Church Councillors and ministry leaders and then after church celebrating with a free sausage sizzle and with the opportunity to swim in the pool next doos (Enoggera State School.)


Dig In At Home

The Story Chapter 12 - Week Beginning 6 February 2023

Chapter 12: A King Makes Bad Choices / The Trials of a King

Timeless Truth: God is just . . . and forgiving.

Bible Basis: Psalm 51:1-12 5, 1 Chronicles 29:1-20, Psalm 23

Key Verse: “Wash away all of the evil things I've done. Make me pure from my sin” (Psalm 51:2).

The Story Chapter 12

Parent Tips:

Use the Table Talk questions to start a discussion around the dinner table during the week. The Living Faith activity will help your family understand the problem with sin (as you eat cookies). The Extra Mile exposes your family to two worship songs based on Psalm 51 and encourages you to get to know the Psalms.

Get the Point:

Preschool: God forgave David's sins. God forgives me when I'm sorry for doing wrong things.

Elementary: God forgave David's sins. God forgives me when I'm sorry for doing wrong things.

Middle School: David made huge mistakes. But when he asked God for forgiveness, David did it from the deepest part of his soul. God forgave David and used him in huge ways.

High School: David lived to the extreme. He messed up extremely bad, but also had a heart extremely committed to God. God loved and blessed David.

Table Talk:


- King David was called a man after God’s heart, but made a huge mistake and tried to cover it up. Is hiding sins ever a good idea? Why?

- The prophet Nathan came to let David know that God knew about David’s sin. David was totally embarrassed and felt awful. Have you ever sinned and tried to hide it? What happened? (As a parent, if you have a story to tell about your childhood, please share it here.)

- Talk about what it feels like when you’re trying to hide something bad that you’ve done. How does it make you feel?

- What wrong actions do you battle with the most? (Stealing, lying, anger.)

- What’s the best thing to do when you mess up?

Middle/High School

- God forgave David, but there were still consequences for his sin as David and Bathsheba’s first son died. Can you think of any consequences you’ve faced after doing something bad?

- Later, David’s son Absalom rebelled against him. Absalom was very proud of his hair, which ended up getting caught in a tree and led to his death (Can anyone say, “Pride comes before getting your hair stuck in a tree”?) Why is pride such a big deal to God?

- Are there any areas of pride that you need to look at in your life?

- Talk about some of David’s greatest accomplishments and mess-ups. What can you learn from his life?

Living Faith

You’ll need waxed paper, a tube of frosting, a rolling pin and sugar cookie dough for this activity. The slice-and-bake dough from the store will work or you can make dough the night before and have it chilling in the refrigerator.

When you’re ready, gather your family in the kitchen and ask: “Have you ever done something and then said, ‘I wish I could take that back’? David certainly did. Sometimes he did bonehead things and wished he could turn back time.”

Put out the waxed paper, tube of frosting and rolling pin. Ask for a volunteer. Have that family member try to get all the frosting out of the tube and onto the waxed paper. He can squeeze it, crush it and use the rolling pin on it. When he’s finished, say, “OK, now get all the frosting back in the tube.”

Just like it’s impossible to reverse time and take back sin, it’s impossible to get the frosting back in the tube. Talk about the importance of thinking before you act and trying to always follow God’s will and teaching with your words and actions. As you talk, take out the cookie dough. Roll and bake cookies, using the frosting to decorate them. Point out that God can use the mistakes in our life to make something sweet. God will always forgive when we honestly ask him for forgiveness. He wants us to serve him with our whole heart.

Extra Mile

Idea #1:

David did everything with gusto. He served God with passion, and when he messed up—he did it big time! After one especially painful mistake, David poured out his heart to God in Psalm 51.

Watch these two videos that feature songs based on Psalm 51.

“Create in Me a Clean Heart” by Keith Green

“Create in Me a Clean Heart” by Donnie McClurkin

- Are any specific lyrics especially meaningful to you?

- Have you ever journaled or written a poem about a time you’ve messed up? If it’s appropriate, share it with the family.

- How are these songs different?

Each person’s relationship with God is unique, because he knows our hearts. He knows what will work best to sculpt us to be more like him.

Idea #2:

Get to know the Psalms better by reading the one that corresponds to today’s date. Go the extra mile by reading all the Psalms that are multiples of the date (example: 17, 34, 51, 68, 85, 102, 119 (watch out for this one!) and 136. Do this for an entire week as a family.


The Story Chapter 11 - Week Beginning 30 January

Chapter 11: From Shepherd to King

Timeless Truth: Total trust in God brings great courage.

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 16-17; Psalm 59:1-5, 9-10 and 16; 2 Samuel 2:1-6

Key Verse: “I am coming against you in the name of the Lord who rules over all” (1 Samuel 17:45).

Resource: The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids/Children/Little Ones: Chapter 11

Parent Tips:

Use the Table Talk questions to start a discussion around the dinner table during the week. The Living Faith activity will help your family understand how God’s hand helped guide David’s stone. The Extra Mile encourages your family to watch classic “David versus Goliath” moments.

Get the Point:

Preschool: David fought in God's strength. God gives me courage when I am afraid.

Elementary: David fought in God’s strength. God gives me courage when I am afraid.

Middle/High School: David relied on God’s strength, not his own.

Table Talk


- Goliath’s enormous size (about 7 feet tall) and strength intimidated Israel’s army. Why wasn’t David afraid of this big bully?

- Would you have been afraid?

- Are there any bullies at school that scare you? What’s the best way to treat a bully? (Note: The correct answer isn’t to hit him in the head with a rock.)

- Saul thought David should fight Goliath in the traditional way and dressed David in his armor. Why was that a problem?

- How did David show faith by facing Goliath wearing his regular clothes and using rocks as a weapon?

Note: Young readers will enjoy hearing this story in the Jesus Storybook Bible on page 122.

Middle/High School

- In King Saul’s eyes, Goliath was a massive, immovable force. What are the Goliath’s in your life? In other words, what areas of your life do you need God’s power to help you overcome?

- Are there any things in your life that mock God? Maybe you’re focused more on video games than God. Perhaps it’s the music you listen to.

- How can you defeat these Goliaths?

- What’s the main lesson you walk away from after reading about David’s faith and trust in God?

Living Faith

How could a teenager defeat the greatest warrior of his era? Two words: God’s power. David trusted God to give him the strength to defeat Goliath. He knew he couldn’t defeat the ultimate soldier in his own power; David needed supernatural power, not to mention great aim.

Goliath was decked out in more than 125 pounds of armor. David probably weighed just a little more than that. Goliath had a 15-pound spear. David had five smooth stones. Odds were David would end up as a shish kabob. Instead Goliath ended up on his back.

Have your family practice its aim by playing this game. Collect eight to ten 2-liter plastic bottles. Put a couple of inches of water in the bottom of each bottle for stability and set them up as bowling pins. If you’re playing the game inside, take turns throwing a pillow at the pins. Each person gets one throw. Count how many pins are knocked down. If you play outside, take turns kicking a soccer ball at the pins. Play several rounds, keep a running score and declare a winner.

When you’re finished, talk about the difficulty of knocking down the pins. Now think how difficult it would’ve been for David to sling a stone into Goliath’s forehead. According to historians, military equipment was pretty advanced at this time. Goliath most likely wore a helmet with a thin slit or visor. The giant probably underestimated David and didn’t lower his visor or failed to wear a helmet. With God’s help, David made a perfect shot to give Israel the victory. Ask:

- Do you think people still underestimate God’s power today?

- What are some ways to show God’s power to the people around you?

Extra Mile

The contents of the Bible often make their way into the fabric of society. Nearly everyone knows the Golden Rule, which can be found in Luke 6:31. This week’s story also has made it into the English lexicon, especially when it comes to sports. Announcers love to talk about a “David versus Goliath” scenario as an underdog team faces a seemingly unbeatable opponent. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament, better known as March Madness, is famous for its upsets. Watch videos of two of the most well-known David-like victories.

The 1985 finals featured Georgetown and Villanova. Georgetown came into the game ranked No. 1 as the defending National Champion. Villanova was just an eight-seed and had already lost to Georgetown twice during the season. But the Wildcats shot an amazing 78.6 percent from the floor—missing just five shots all game—to win 66-64. Watch highlights of the game by searching YouTube.com for the 10:08 video called “1985 NCAA Championship - Georgetown vs Villanova.”

Perhaps an even more unlikely victory came in the 1983 finals when North Carolina State beat No. 1 Houston. With the game tied at 52-52, the Wolfpack wound down the clock and saw Dereck Whittenburg launch a shot into the air. Check it out by searching YouTube.com for the 5:28 video called “Team of Destiny.”

After watching these two videos, talk about what it took for a “David” to beat a “Goliath.” Ask members of your family if they still believe God gives Davids the ability to do the impossible today.


A Mindful Moment Resource



Emmanuel Playgroup

Emmanuel Playgroup offers a safe place for children 0-5 to play and develop social skills with their peers and other children and adults. It is a great place to make new friends, learn new things, and become part of a community. We welcome all young children and their carers including stay-at-home, work-from-home, and work outside the home; mums, dads, grandparents, and nannies.

We meet each Friday during school terms at 9:30 - 11:30am. Each week we have a different theme and activities to engage children. A large range of toys helps provide new experiences every week.

Cost: gold coin donation per child, per session. Bring your own food and drink.

Before attending Playgroup, all participants including children and adults MUST complete an online enrolment form here


Emmanuel Girls' Brigade

Girls' Brigade is great for primary and high school-aged girls looking for fun and friendship in a safe and supported environment.

We meet Thursday nights during school terms at Emmanuel Uniting Church

Prep - Grade 2 (Cadets) 6pm - 7:30pm

Grade 3-5 (Juniors) 6pm - 8pm

Grade 6-8 (Seniors) 6pm - 8pm

Grade 9-11 (Pioneers) 6pm - 8pm

All girls have the opportunity to earn awards and participate in leadership development appropriate to their age in smaller groups:

Girls' Brigade empowers girls and young women to be themselves, to develop and use their gifts and skills, and to discover what it means to have life to the full in their generation. Our weekly program includes a wide range of activities that supports the spiritual, physical, and emotional growth of girls and is committed to the values of:

- Living: We live our lives with God at the centre. Our relationships are centred on Him and rely on His word and direction.

- Community: We promote a sense of Community and belonging within Companies

- Partnering: We partner with churches to reach local communities with the good news of Jesus Christ

- Uniqueness: We accept the uniqueness of each girl & leader, using our individual talents to serve others as we grow

- Safety: We require safety for all girls and leaders

- Fun: We have fun in everything we do!

We would love to welcome you to Girls' Brigade soon.

Before attending Girls' Brigade, all participants including children and adults MUST complete an online enrolment form here, and must check-in every week.


Emmanuel Boys' Brigade

Boys' Brigade provides Fun, Challenge and Adventure for boys aged 5-18 years

We meet Wednesday nights during school terms at Emmanuel Uniting Church

5-7 years (Anchors) 6:30pm-8pm

8-11 years (Juniors) 6:30pm-8pm

12-18 years (Seniors) 6:30pm-8:30pm

We offer a weekly program that challenges Boys spiritually, physically, socially, and educationally. Our focus is on friendships, leadership, the self-discipline needed to achieve excellence, and understanding the Christian faith. All Boys have the opportunity to earn awards, badges, and participate in leadership training, working towards their Queen's badge (the highest award a boy can receive).

Our company also participates in other activities such as camping and inter-company competitions.

We would love to welcome you to Boys' Brigade soon.

Before attending Boys' Brigade, all participants including children and adults MUST complete an online enrolment form here, and must check-in every week.


Emmanuel Sunday School

Sunday School runs during school terms within our 9:30am Sunday Service and provides a time where children can share in fun, faith, friendships, and learn about Jesus.

Our leaders provide a range of varying experiences to help children draw closer to God through music, bible teaching, prayer, games, and creative activities. All our leaders are screened and trained and will love your kids almost as much as you do.

All children aged 3 - 12 are welcome and meet as one group in the Church Hall. A range of activities including games, craft, challenges, and small group time are provided to enhance age- and developmental- appropriate learning and connection for all.

Children will start each service in the church auditorium with the congregation for songs, prayers, videos, communion, and announcements and will move to the hall with their leaders when advised. In 2022 we will continue to follow the same readings and themes as Sunday Worship, learning more about the heart of God, and how to follow him.

To enhance child learning and discipleship, weekly Dig In @ Home materials are available at www.emmanueluca.org.au/dig-in-at-home, and we encourage you to connect with and talk about life and faith with your children during the week.

We look forward to "digging in' and connecting with your family soon.

Before you or your family attend Sunday School you MUST complete an online enrolment form here

We are also still encouraging households to continue with Faith at Home practices whether they attend weekly Worship and Sunday School or not. Dig in at Home resources that match and complement worship and Sunday School are available at www.emmanueluca.org.au/dig-in-at-home


Community Helping Hand

Community Helping Hand is one way we can connect with our local Community by offering Help, using our Hands and Hearts.

What we offer is not fancy gourmet food, but basic things: baked beans, rice, noodles, milk, tea bags, toothpaste, etc.


THURSDAY 9am - 12 noon only.

This is an emergency service only.

Due to the current Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic Community Helping Hand has had to reduce it's service hours and had to put other guidelines in place to try and keep everyone safe. We ask that if you are unwell that you do not come for a face to face consultation and call and we will try to deliver to you if we can. (this is will depend on volunteer capacity)


Youth Discipleship

Youth Discipleship is a collection of young people who are connected to each other, the church, and God. Journeying together as the church these young people care for one another and are so excited by God working in their lives and being part of this community, that they invite others to join too.

We meet fortnightly on a Sunday from 5-7pm at the Church to share a meal, read the bible and hang out.

All participants and leaders must complete an enrollment form before attending.

For further information about participating or leading Youth Discipleship please contact our office.


Explore Groups

An Explore Group is an intentional gathering of people who meet to study the bible and apply it to their daily lives and to pray for and support each other. As expressed in Acts 2:42 – 47, Explore Groups meet to develop authentic Christian Community. Explore Groups meet weekly or fortnightly.

Each Explore Group is unique. Each group will have a time of bible study and discussion, where the passage being studied is understood and applied in our contemporary setting. In addition there will be a time of prayer. There may also be times of sharing and eating. Each Explore Group works out together how they will spend their time.

Due to the current Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic our Explore groups are meeting both face to face and in online modes to keep connected during this time.

If would like to join one of these Explore Groups and would like to know more information please contact the church office and we will get the group leader to give you a call.

Current Explore Groups


2nd & 4th Mon 9:30am


Tues 9:45am

Wednesday Morning

Wed 9:15am

Bunnies Explore Group

Tues 7:00pm

Wednesday Wonderers

Fortnightly Thurs 7:00pm

Thursday Thinkers

2nd & 4th Thurs 7pm

Women’s Bible Study

Mon 12.45pm

If none of these times suit please also contact us there may be other like minded people and we can start a new group.


Uniting Early Learning Enoggera

Uniting Early Learning Enoggera is a small and nurturing child care and kindergarten with mixed age, family style groupings of 2-5-year-olds. We accommodate up to 27 children daily at our Enoggera centre on the north side of Brisbane.

Our diverse team of experienced and qualified educators are dedicated to giving children the best educational start in life. They provide an inclusive, play-based, nature-based environment; encourage a sense of wonder and adventure; and create an understanding of lived Christian values. Here, children learn the meaning of love, forgiveness, respect, service to others, equality, inclusiveness, and care for the environment – ideals, important to healthy friendships, families, and society.

The centre was established in 1974 by the Uniting Church as one of our important outreach services, working to support our local Enoggera community and meet its increasing childcare and early childhood education needs. It remains one of the ways that we connect with and care for families in our community.


Enoggera & District Eisteddfod

The Eisteddfod is back in 2022.

Entries have now closed and the programme will be emailed to entrants when it is complete

What is the Enoggera Eisteddfod

The Enoggera and District Eisteddfod has been an annual activity since its inception in 1960. It runs in August every year.

It provides an opportunity for young people up to 18 years of age to perform in front of an audience and to get feedback on their performance from highly qualified adjudicators in a friendly and safe environment.

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The eisteddfod relies on volunteers and sponsors to remain viable and to keep entry fees as low as possible.

If you can help in either way, please contact the secretary Laurel Muirhead.

Please email the secretary at eisteddfod@emmanueluca.org.au with any questions.

Laurel Muirhead



Ministry Team

Brian Hoole


0435 242 000



Dom Chan

Worship Pastor

0423 902 762



Jessica Pinkerton

Families Pastor

0438 168 706



92 Laurel St, Enoggera QLD 4051, Australia

Best parking is via Laurel Street where there is some off street parking. Also the sight is wheelchair friendly (ramp access and suitable toilets etc.) If you are looking to hire our facilities for your next event please contact the church office via office@emmanueluca.org.au and Helen will be able to assist you with this.

Sunday, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Sunday, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM