I Heard a Voice from Heaven concert

Posted on March 7, 2024 by northbal

To be held at NBUC on Sunday 14th April at 2pm.

A concert of sacred vocal music by Bach, Bruckner, Fauré, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Schubert and others in support of Uniting AgeWell’s Music for David program.

Book online at https://www.trybooking.com/CPHDF. Tickets also available at the door – $35 / $30 conc. Enquiries 0429 907 908 or 0437 569 718.


‘The Song of Songs’

Posted on August 18, 2023 by northbal

SAT. 26th AUG at 7PMBons Ventos Baroque will present ‘The Song of Songs’, directed by Tim Willis, with guests soprano Eliza Bennetts O’Connor and baritone Julien Robinson. They will journey through diverse lands and languages, including an Italian Hebrew Psalm, a work by English composer Taverner, and favourites from Handel and Bach, including the Brandenburg Concerto number 3.

Tickets $40, Pensioners $20, under 16 free.

Proceedswill go to Medecins sans Frontieres. Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/CJYWZ


Music to Gladden the Soul

Posted on November 25, 2022 by northbal

Sunday 27th NOV at 3PM

A concert of beautiful instruments and vocal music in support of Uniting AgeWell’s Music for David program. For a list of works to be performed and performers, please go to the booking page. Book online at www.trybooking.com/CDBXR. Tickets also available at the door – $30 / $25 conc.

Here at North Balwyn Uniting Church.

2022 Carols in the Park

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Saturday, 10 December 2022, from 6 pm. At MacLeay Park, 101 Belmore Rd, Balwyn North.


Bruce at 90

Posted on November 19, 2022 by northbal

Last year Bruce turned 90. To celebrate this milestone, Bruce performed some of your favourite organ music on Sunday the 6th November at NBUC. Donations were collected for the UNHCR.

Audio Recording

Bons Ventos Baroque Presents The Golden Age of the Recorder

Posted on October 21, 2022 by northbal

November 13, 2022 at 5pm

Featuring guest artist Ruth Wilkinson (Baroque Recorder). Music from early to late Baroque. By Cima, Falconieri, Loeillet, Corelli, & Telemann.

At North Balwyn Uniting Church, 17-21 Duggan Street, North Balwyn. Donations for Boroondara Community Outreach.

Bons Ventos Trio members are: Stephen Robinson (Baroque Oboe), Barbara Manovel ( Baroque Cello), Charles Su (Harpsichord).

Flyer Bons Ventos Nov 13 2022

Meet the Kooyong Candidate

Posted on May 13, 2022 by northbal

Our local MP, Mr Josh Frydenberg, has agreed to meet and answer questions at the Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism, 31-37 Harp Road, East Kew.

NEXT MONDAY, the 16th of May, at 6.30 pm.

This is the delayed ‘Meet the Candidates’ session from the series we ran in conjunction with the Leo Baeck Centre.

Meet the Kooyong Candidate

Posted on April 29, 2022 by northbal

SUN. 8th MAY – 2022 is a federal election year, and the team that brought you ‘Mind, Body, Spirit’ has decided this year to organize ‘Meet the Candidate’ events. The forum will start at 1 pm. The candidates have been invited to come separately; to speak for half-an-hour; and then to take questions for another half-an-hour.

On the third of these forums on Sunday, May 8, our guest speaker is the Labor Candidate, Dr Peter Lynch

Meet the Kooyong Candidate

Posted on March 11, 2022 by northbal

SUN. 27th MAR – 2022 is a federal election year, and the team that brought you ‘Mind, Body, Spirit’ has decided this year to organize ‘Meet the Candidate’ events. The forum will start at 1 pm. The candidates have been invited to come separately; to speak for half-an-hour; and then to take questions for another half-an-hour.

On the second of these forums on Sunday, March 27, our guest speaker is the Greens Candidate, Piers Mitchem. 

Bons Ventos Baroque concert

Posted on February 17, 2022 by northbal

SUN. 13th MAR at 5pm-6:30pm – Come along to “Music from Versailles as played for the Court of the Sun King”. Featuring 17th century pieces played on baroque instruments. Donations will be taken up for a particular cause (more to come).

Communion Service

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Sunday 6 Mar, 2022 at 2pm

We have an afternoon Communion Service at 2 pm on the first Sunday of every month from February to December. This is a repeat of the 10 am Communion Service for those unable to attend in the morning and everyone is welcome.

Meet the Candidate

Posted on January 28, 2022 by northbal

SUN. 27th FEB – 2022 is a federal election year, and the team that brought you ‘Mind, Body, Spirit’ has decided this year to organize ‘Meet the Candidate’ events. The plan is that these will be held on Sunday afternoons, with a light lunch starting at 12 noon, and then the forum at 1 pm. The candidates have been invited to come separately; to speak for half-an-hour; and then to take questions for another half-an-hour.

On the first of these on Sunday, February 27, our guest speaker is the Independent Candidate, Dr Monique Ryan. 

Communion Service

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Sunday 6 Feb, 2022 at 2pm

We have an afternoon Communion Service at 2 pm on the first Sunday of every month from February to December. This is a repeat of the 10 am Communion Service for those unable to attend in the morning and everyone is welcome.


Posted on December 14, 2021 by northbal

?Christmas Eve, Friday 24 December at 5pm – A service of readings, carols, prayers, reflection, and an on-the-spot Nativity

?Christmas Day, Saturday 25 December at 9am – Family Worship Service

Please be reminded that double vaccination is required for those eligible in order to attend worship. We hope to see you there!

Pentecost – May 23rd

Posted on May 19, 2021 by northbal

Wear RED! On Sunday May 23rd the church celebrates Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the world Church. Everyone is welcome to the 10 am service.

2020 Christmas Day Services

Posted on December 19, 2020 by northbal

There will be two identical services held on Christmas Day, one at 8am and one at 10am. The church will be sanitised between services.  We hope to be able to spread out the people attending a Christmas Day service across both services, so that more people in total will be able to attend. 
For those unable to attend, both services will be live streamed on audio (see website homepage at www.nbuc.org.au), and the 10am service will be available on Zoom.
If you are attending in person, we ask that you:
  1. Scan the QR code with your smart phone (for those without, a Duty Elder will help you)
  2. Wear a mask.
The Zoom details for the 10am Christmas Day service are
Meeting ID: 895 3931 3069
Passcode: 367575
We wish you and your families a blessed and happy Christmas.

Jean Upton’s Funeral

Posted on October 30, 2020 by northbal

The funeral service for a treasured member of the NBUC community, Jean Upton, was held on Monday 26 October.  For those who were unable to view the live service, it is available at the links below:

Video Recording

Audio Recording

Jean was a much loved, respected and contributing member to our Church which she served so well and faithfully. Her flower arranging skills were amazing and the spectacular arrangements which graced the Church will long be remembered.

She contributed the tea and coffee for the after Church morning teas for many years and this is much appreciated. She was also a much respected and appreciated member of the ladies’ groups which have formed a very special part of our Church.

One of her great loves was music and she was a founding member of the Music Society which raised the money to purchase and install the magnificent organ which is such a special part of our Church. She contributed greatly to the various fund raising efforts for this cause.

We trust that she is now safe in God’s loving care and re-united with her husband Fred and son Peter, which will be of some comfort to all. Jean will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.


Posted on March 22, 2020 by northbal

The audio recording for the 22 March service is now online. Please click on the link below, or click here.

Temporary closure of NBUC

Posted on March 19, 2020 by northbal

In light of recent Government announcements and medical advice, the leadership of North Balwyn Uniting Church have made the decision that in the safety of all concerned we really do need to close the Church building for the time being. There will be no Sunday Service for the next 4 weeks (including this Sunday 22nd March, 2020) and there will be no hiring of the facilities during this time. An audio of the weekly reflection will be available on the home page from 11.30am each Sunday.

Easter Services

Posted on February 21, 2020 by northbal

LENTEN TALKS – with Dr Ian Hansen on the theme: “Faith and Literature” . Ian intends to use poems to reflect on our faith from a number of different angles. Sessions: Wednesdays Mar 4th, 11th and 18th, 2 – 3.30pm

GOOD FRIDAY – 10th April at 9.30am

EASTER SUNDAY –  12th April at 10am. Easter Communion service followed by an Easter Egg hunt for the children.

Click here for the poster

Nativity Play/Picnic cancelled

Posted on December 18, 2019 by northbal

We have decided to cancel the Family Nativity Play and Picnic scheduled for tomorrow, due to the predicted hot weather. Stay cool, and we apologise for any inconvenience!

Christmas Services 2019

Posted on December 10, 2019 by northbal

Saturday 14 December (6pm) – Carols in the Park (by North Balwyn InterChurch Council), Macleay Park
Wednesday 18 December (6pm) – Family Christmas Carols and Picnic – CANCELLED DUE TO HOT WEATHER
Sunday 22 December (10am) – Traditional Music Service of Lessons and Carols
Wednesday 25 December (8am) – Christmas Day Communion Service
Wednesday 25 December (9:30am) – Christmas Day Family Service


Posted on October 1, 2019 by northbal

SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER, 5:30pm – 7.30pm, here at NBUC

Speaker: Mr Ahmad Aly MB.BS, FRACS, MS, Head Upper GI Surgery, Austin Health; Clinical Associate Professor, University Melbourne

Topic: ‘Obesity, Cancer and everything in between… Self-inflicted or Conspiracy?’

Mr Ahmad Aly, MB.BS, FRACS, MS, is a General Surgeon and Specialist Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon. He trained at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne, and completed subspecialist fellowships in Adelaide and the U.K, gaining expertise in the full spectrum of upper gastrointestinal surgeon before returning to Melbourne in 2005. He is the Head of Upper GI Surgery at The Austin Hospital, a senior lecturer and researcher with Melbourne University. He is also a board member of ANZGOSA and OSSANZ.

To be followed by soup and a short service of reflective worship in the church, 6.30-7.30pm.


Posted on September 15, 2019 by northbal

SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER, 11:30am – 12.30pm, here at NBUC

Speakers: Luise Westwood and Ian Proudlock

Topic: ‘Debunking the Myths of Funerals’

Prior to working for the North Balwyn Uniting Church as Pastoral Assistant, Luise worked in the funeral industry for nearly 10 years with a well-known local funeral home. Ian is currently working in the industry as the manager of Le Pine Funerals Box Hill. The primary focus of Sunday’s talk is to provide helpful & practical ideas of what to consider when arranging or pre-planning a funeral.

To be followed by soup and a short service of reflective worship in the church.

Lux Aeterna

Posted on September 8, 2019 by northbal

Sunday 22 September, 3pm at NBUC

A concert of sacred vocal quartets by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Gounod and others in support of Uniting AgeWell’s Music For David program.


Posted on October 5, 2018 by northbal

SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, here at NBUC

Speaker: Rev Anneke Oppewal, Minister of Religion and qualified clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist.

Topic: ‘Anxiety and its many guises, how it affects our lives and how we might find ways to bend our minds towards a more helpful way of living with it. Where does it come from? And where can it take us? In a world where we find ourselves surrounded by ambiguity, overwhelmed with information, we are all in danger of losing ourselves in apprehension, unable to see the wood for the trees, and wondering how we can stay on top of the ever shifting ground of our being.

How and why are we triggered? Lack of discrimination skills, cognitive distortion of reality, lack of compartmentalisation, rumination, self-referencing, feelings of helplessness and being overwhelmed, future orientation, ambiguity, global thinking, they are all patterns that have a role to play. The question is: How do we bend what is unhelpful about these thought patterns into something that is more helpful and learn to be more in control of our own anxiety?’

To be followed by soup and a short service of reflective worship in the church.


Posted on September 20, 2018 by northbal

SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, here at NBUC

Speaker: Dr Peter Sherwen, formerly a GP in North Balwyn. Palliative care doctor for 20 years – now working at Caritas Christi Hospice, Epworth Hospital and for Eastern Palliative Care community service.

Topic: “Decision making at the end of life”. If you would like a recording of this talk then please email the church office – mail@nbuc.org.au

Followed by soup and a short service of reflective worship.


Posted on March 28, 2018 by northbal

SUNDAY 29 APRIL, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, here at NBUC

Speaker: Prof Andrew Weickhardt – cancer specialist and scientist at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre. He has been involved in several exciting trials of drugs that stimulate the immune system treating bladder and kidney cancer.

Topic: “Totally nuts! The immunotherapy revolution in treating cancer”

Followed by soup and a short service of reflective worship.


Posted on February 22, 2018 by northbal

SUNDAY 25th MARCH AT 5.30PM- 7.30PM here at NBUC

Speaker: Sary Zananiri, an Australian-Palestinian artist and academic. His PhD looked at the ways in which biblical frameworks colour the imaging of the Palestinian landscape.

Topic: “The Crucifixion narrative and its political implications. Christianity, indigeneity and colonialism”

Followed by soup and a short service of reflective worship.


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‘Devotional Listening’ here at NBUC








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with Rev. Coralie Ling – here at NBUC


Theme – ‘Women of the Reformation’. Amid tension and conflict many reformation women took creative steps in their new found faith. Discover how these women developed reformed spirituality and theology, independent voices and strong action for justice.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 7 – focusing on ‘Working women’,  Katherine Schutz Zell 1498-1562, Argula von Grumbach, Marie Dentiere, Katharina von Bora.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 14 – focusing on ‘Ruling women’,  Marguerite de Navarre 1492-1549, Vittoria Colonna, Jeanne D’Albret.

7.30 – 9.00PM. Cost: $10 for both sessions incl. Refreshments.

Please RSVP to Nell at the church office, mail@nbuc.org.au or 9857 8412 (Wed – Fri)

Christmas Services 2017

Posted on November 30, 2017 by northbal

Wednesday 20 December (6pm) – Christmas carols and picnic
Sunday 24 December (10am) – Traditional Music Service of Lessons and Carols
Monday 25 December (8am) – Christmas Day Communion Service
Monday 25 December (9:30am) – Christmas Day Family Service


Posted on November 16, 2017 by northbal

SUNDAY 26th NOVEMBER AT 5.30PM- 7.30PM here at NBUC

Speaker: Vicki Mustafa, Senior Pastor at Glen Hill Community Church

Topic: “A Woman’s Journey to Christ – a life transformed by the love of God”. Vicki will speak about her adult conversion to Christianity while visiting Israel, and her subsequent Christian Mission work in various other Middle Eastern countries.

Followed by soup and a short service of reflective worship.


Posted on October 19, 2017 by northbal

SUNDAY 12th NOVEMBER AT 2.30PM–4.00PM here at NBUC

Immanuel Singers will be giving a concert of sacred and secular music – a repertoire of mainly traditional songs and hymns. The fundraising concert will include a short presentation of photos with brief commentary from a human rights monitor who spent 3 months in the West Bank, Palestine earlier in 2017.

Donations are invited to support the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel. A World Council of Church’s program – https://eappi.org/en

Afternoon tea provided. 

Imm. Singer fundraiser for Palestine Nov 2017


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A powerful film about Palestinian Christians telling their story of life in the Holy Land during the last 70 years, a narrative that is often untold. The film goes for around 1 hour with short interviews following from local Palestinians talking about their own family’s connection and experience in Palestine. Entry is free with donations accepted for https://www.facebook.com/PalestineIsraelEcumenicalNetwork/

Please bring a plate to share after the screening.

Here is a link to the trailer – https://vimeo.com/64301886 

Flyer- Stone Melb 11-11



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SUNDAY 29th OCTOBER AT 5:30PM– 7.30PM  here at NBUC

Speaker: Julie McDonald, Co–coordinator at the Bethel Centre, Counsellor and Creative Arts Therapist.

Topic:Responding with hope to heal abuse and misuse of power in the Church. The Church is a sacred refuge. Shared with family and friends, it is held to be a safe place but what happens when you have been hurt by the church in some way? It can be difficult to make sense of these experiences and very easy to become disoriented to one’s faith. Bethel works to respond to the reality of the hurt a person or people within a congregation have experienced. The goal is to restore faith, hold hope and foster healing ”.

To be followed by soup and a short service of reflective worship in the church.


Posted on June 30, 2017 by northbal

Sunday 30 July, 5.30-7.30pm, here at North Balwyn UC

Speaker: Pastor Karen Eller is the Uniting Church Chaplain at The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Topic: “Admission to exile” For many, admission to hospital can be an overwhelming and alienating experience. Even the language and landscape of hospitals are foreign.  Dignity is surrendered and vulnerability is off the chart.  In hospital there is much interest in body; its failures, its capacity to heal and all manner of interventions to assist recovery. All of us are embodied people and the impact of hospitalisation on personhood can vary from mild impact to major crisis.

Karen will offer insights into the unique challenges of caring for patients, family members and staff in the radical clinical setting of a teaching hospital.


Posted on June 7, 2017 by northbal

Sunday June 25th, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, here at North Balwyn Uniting Church

Speaker: Kirstie MacGill is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon working at Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Eastern Health. Her interests include Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery and all aspects of reconstructive plastic surgery which is useful when working as a volunteer surgeon with Interplast.

Topic: “Interplast Australia. Repairing bodies and Rebuilding Lives in the Asia-Pacific Region”. The talk will focus on Kirstie’s experiences with Interplast and some thoughts about the role of Surgical Missions providing healthcare in Low and Middle Income Countries.

The talk will be followed by soup and then a short service of reflective worship in the church.

Mind, Body, Spirit Service

Posted on May 19, 2017 by northbal

Sunday May 28th, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Speaker: Stephen Mayne – is a Walkley Award winning former newspaper journalist who founded the well-known website Crikey.com in February 2000, and has remained as a contributor since selling it in 2005. He’s a former political spin doctor for the Kennett Government who also spent almost 8 years in local government, including 4 years as Finance and Governance committee chair at City of Melbourne. He is also Australia’s best known shareholder activist having asked questions at more than 400 AGMs and run for 48 public company boards. He is currently a director of the Australian Shareholders’ Association, but also campaigns broadly for transparency and accountability across the media, business and political sectors.

Topic: “Corporate Transparency” – Business, like big media and establishment politicians, has never been more on the nose than now – and that’s a global phenomenon. Stephen, who has more than 25 years’ experience putting business, media and politicians under the blowtorch, will explain what business needs to do to lift its standing in the community. Genuine consultation, exemplary governance, an ethical culture and maximum transparency are just some of the options which could work – if done properly.


Easter Services 2017

Posted on March 23, 2017 by northbal

Easter Services 2017

Please click on this link to see our Easter service times for 2017

Easter Poster 2017_v3




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SUN. 27th NOVEMBER AT 5.30- 7.30PM – MIND, BODY, SPIRIT. Assoc Prof Bruce Steele AM FAHA, Organist and Music Director, North Balwyn Uniting Church, will give a talk on “Shakespeare in 2016”. William Shakespeare died 400 years ago this year yet his work is still as alive as ever. Bruce Steele looks at some aspects of his work which explains why this is so. The talk will be followed by soup and then a short reflective service.


Posted on October 5, 2016 by northbal


Speaker – Jim Beggs AM and Justice of the Peace. Jim spent 20 years as a Wharfie, 8 of which as the National president of the waterside workers union. He was also the Co-founder of Prison Fellowship.

Topic“Proud To Be A Wharfie”. Jim will talk about his faith journey, and how as a very shy Sunday school lad later became the national president of the most militant union in Australia, not in spite of his faith but because of it.

The talk will be followed by soup and then a short reflective service. NBUC,  17-21 Duggan St, Balwyn North.



Posted on July 8, 2016 by northbal

SUN. 31st JULY AT 5.30- 7.30PM – MIND, BODY, SPIRIT. Rev Anneke Oppewal, will give a talk on “Hypnosis, Meditation & Prayer”.  Anneke will explore the differences and similarities between hypnosis, meditation & prayer. She will speak about how focus and entering into trance like states can help us more easily access resources within ourselves that can bring healing and transformation, both physically and mentally and help us deal with a wide range of conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, addiction, insomnia, high blood pressure and depression.  The talk will be followed by soup and then a short reflective service. NBUC,  17-21 Duggan St, Balwyn North.


Posted on May 19, 2016 by northbal

SUN. 5th JUNE AT 2PM – Fundraising Concert featuring The Licorice Allsorts .

This classic group of dedicated clarinet players will have a wonderful programme of song for us all to enjoy as their music is varied and wonderfully refreshing. The concert will go for about one and a half hours followed by an afternoon tea of scones, cakes etc. We are asking for a donation of $25.00 per head. Very good value.

ALL proceeds will go to the UNHCR for the plight of the Syrian Refugees and help them find immediate shelter, food and protection.

Get your tickets today! Simply email unhcrconcert@yahoo.com and tell us how many tickets you would like – you can pay on the day.


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SUN. 22nd MAY at  2.30PM

This year marks 20 years since the installation and dedication of our organ. It dates from 1896/7 and so will be 120. To celebrate, there will be a concert with a difference. Bruce, our Organist here at NBUC, will talk about the organ in worship and play some favourites. Come and join in a hymn sing-along. Donations in aid of the PNG Fresh Water Appeal, by UnitingWorld.


Posted on April 15, 2016 by northbal

MBS program in 2016 

Sunday 29 May, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Rev Dr Geoff Thompson  is Co-ordinator of Studies in Systematic Theology at Pilgrim Theological College, the theological college of the VIC/TAS Synod of the UCA. 

Geoff will give a talk entitled – “Culture, Beliefs and Theology”. Under this heading we will explore some of the conversations happening in Australian society at the edge of or outside the church, about such topics as God, Jesus, and the Bible. We will eavesdrop on academics, comedians, Politian’s and social commentators.  


Sunday 26 June, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Assoc Prof Elizabeth M Dax AM is the Executive Chair of the Dax Centre.

Elizabeth will give a talk entitled – “Art towards Mental Health”. The Cunningham Dax Collection of more than 15,000 art works created by people with experience of mental illness, is unique and one of only three like collections in the world.  The Dax Centre uses the art works to promote understanding of mental illness and empathy with the issues portrayed.  The aim is to educate; offering increased sympathy with, and reduced stigma against, mentally ill people.

Talks are followed soup and bread and then a short reflective service.




Posted on February 12, 2016 by northbal

Imm. Singer fundraiser for KZ Jan 2016 A4SUNDAY 6th MARCH AT 2.30PM – The Immanuel Singers are holding a fundraising concert on behalf of Kondanani Zambia Inc. The concert will be followed by afternoon tea and a short update from John and Jenny on the latest news from Zambia. A donation will be taken up at the concert. To book please contact Nell at the church office.



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Easter poster 2016

LENTEN BIBLE STUDIES – This year we are pleased to have Rev John Rickard lead our Lenten studies. The theme of these studies is ‘Post-Colonial Theology’.  Wednesday March 2, 9 & 16, 8.00 – 9.30pm. Cost: $10 for all 3 sessions incl. Refreshments. To book please contact Nell at the church office.

EASTER SERVICES – March 20 at 10am Palm Sunday; March 24 at 7.30pm Tenebrae; March 25 at 9.30am Good Friday and March 27 at 10am Easter Sunday. All welcome.


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On SUNDAY 28th FEBRUARY, 5.30- 7.30PM at our MIND, BODY, SPIRIT service, come and hear Mr Robert Turner, a solicitor working in the legal unit of the Uniting Church Synod of Vic/Tas, talk on the topic “The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse”. The talk will be followed by soup and then a short reflective service. All welcome.


Posted on December 17, 2015 by northbal

On Christmas Day, Friday 25th December we will hold 2 services.

We have a Communion Service at 8am, followed by a Family Worship service at 9.30am.

All welcome to attend either service!

Christmas 2015 poster


Posted on December 4, 2015 by northbal

Christmas 2015 poster

All are welcome to attend our ‘Family Christmas time’. It’s on Wednesday 16 December at 6pm, here at NBUC. We’ll be having a fun Christmas picnic, sing-a-long and children’s dress up. BYO food, with tea and coffee provided.

Please RSVP by Friday December 11 to Nell at the church office – Wednesday to Fridays, mail@nbuc.org.au or ph: 9857 8412.





MUSIC FOR DAVID Christmas Concert

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2419 Music For David Christmas Flyer LR

MUSIC FOR DAVID  concert to be held here at the North Balwyn Uniting Church on Sunday 13 December at 4pm.

Music to celebrate Christmas with wonderful performers including pianist, Hoang Pham, winner of the 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award and soprano, Rosemary Ball. There will be carols for everyone to sing with refreshments following the concert. Admission charge: $25 and $20 concession.

For enquiries about any of these concerts please phone David Ross-Smith on 9809 0550 or 0429 907 908 or email:davidshrs927@gmail.com




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We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Opening and Dedication of the church building in Duggan Street on Sunday 13 December 2015 at 10am. Many people will be invited to this important occasion and in addition to a special service there will be morning tea, a birthday cake and old photos and documents on display.

Past clergy, members and associates are warmly invited to attend the service.

To RSVP please call the office Wed-Fri, 9857 8412.





School Music Festival 2015

Posted on September 19, 2015 by northbal

The School Music Festival will once again be held at North Balwyn Uniting Church on 22 October, 2015.  Members of the public are most welcome to attend.

Choir festival Oct 2015 poster

Licorice Allsorts (Clarinet Choir) Fundraiser Concert

Posted on September 17, 2015 by northbal

Licorice Allsorts (Clarinet Choir) will perform a fundraiser concert on Sunday 11 October, 2015 from 2-4:30pm.

The program will feature mostly classical compositions with the ensemble using a range of instruments which cover the same ‘voicing’ (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) as choirs.

Proceeds will go towards Kondanani Zambia, who support community schools for disabled, orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia.

Click here to view the flyer.

Revelations Bible Study

Posted on May 31, 2015 by northbal

Revelations Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Sunny Chen on Wednesday nights for 3 weeks from the 3rd of June, starting at 7:30pm.

Vanuatu Cyclone Damage Appeal

Posted on April 5, 2015 by northbal

Church Council and Elders agreed to make an immediate donation of $5,000 to the Vanuatu Cyclone Damage Appeal (via the UCA Share Appeal) from NBUC bequest funds and a cheque was sent two weeks ago.

Members of the congregation were invited to make their own contribution by way of retiring offerings over the past two weeks and a further $3,495.20 has been received and sent to the Appeal office.

We thank people for their generosity.

Christmas Services 2014

Posted on November 23, 2014 by northbal

The NBUC Christmas services for 2014 have now been announced.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Christmas poster 2014

Launch of ‘Holy Grub’ Cookbook

Posted on September 22, 2014 by northbal

North Balwyn Uniting Church has recently published its very own cookbook – ‘Holy Grub’ Cookbook.  With this book, North Balwyn Uniting Church wants to celebrate the gifts of cooks who have contributed to its community gatherings around tables big and small over many years. Tried and tested recipes have been brought together to provide a wonderful resource for communities in- and outside the Church. There are sweet memories here, and bold experiments, little treasures for intimate gatherings and recipes that can be easily adjusted for larger numbers.  Click here to view the poster, which you can print and display.

Our book is now ready to find a new home in kitchens and onto coffee tables everywhere. It is a unique and thoughtful gift for family and friends, and a great way to promote our church. By purchasing our book, you will also be helping to raise funds for “Good Grub”, the food program in Kew supported by our Church.

‘Holy Grub’ Cookbook will be launched after church on Sunday 28 September, 2014.  Michael Harden, writer of several books, journalist and food critic will launch the book. With some of the tasty goodies from the book on offer during morning tea this should be a great occasion to browse the book, buy and order copies.

To purchase the cookbook, please complete an Order Form or contact the Church office at mail@nbuc.org.au  The price is a very reasonable $20, and $2.50 of every book sold will be donated to “Good Grub”.

To keep up-to-date with further recipes from the NBUC congregation, please ‘like’ the Facebook page.



Immanuel Singers Fundraiser

Posted on September 1, 2014 by northbal

A concert of sacred and secular music presented by the Immanuel Singers.  Donations in aid of Kondanani Zambia Inc., who support community schools for disabled, orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia.

Immanuel fundraiser poster NBUC 2

Bruce Steele celebrates 30 years as Music Director

Posted on April 30, 2014 by northbal

On 29 April, Associate Professor Bruce Steele AM FAHA celebrated 30 years as Music Director of our church.  We celebrated this occasion with an afternoon of organ music, song and recollections, with Soloist Nathan Su.  Congratulations to Bruce on reaching this wonderful milestone!!

Photos can be viewed on the NBUC Facebook page here.

Bruce was also featured in an article in the Progress Leader on 21 May, 2014.



Sale of Trinity Property

Posted on April 6, 2014 by northbal

As you may already know, the Trinity property on Doncaster Road has been sold to Metro Property Developments (MPD) with settlement due on 30th June. MPD have now decided to onsell or lease the Doncaster Road portion only of the property as it no longer fits their strategic plans. They have already placed advertisements to this effect in the Melbourne press. Please be aware that this change in plans will take effect only after Synod has received full financial settlement from MPD nor does it affect our arrangements to vacate the property by 30th June and these are proceeding on schedule.

You will also be pleased to know that the Trinity organ will soon be transferred to a new home at St Anne’s church in East Kew as a gift from our congregation. To mark the occasion there will be a farewell organ musicale for all to attend on Sunday afternoon 1st June.

Placement for Ross Pearce

Posted on March 16, 2014 by northbal

Ross Pearce has officially accepted the placement at Highfield Road, Canterbury. Congratulations, Ross!

Trinity Closure Report

Posted on March 2, 2014 by northbal

The Church Council received this report at their meeting last week and suggested that it be circulated to bring our members up to date.  As you know, the property has been sold and much work has still to be done prior to the settlement date of 30 June, 2014.

Sadly, after some 60 years of operation, all the Gym Club equipment has been donated to a worthy recipient, namely the Bulleen and Templestowe Youth Club.  In lieu of any payment, they plan to make a donation to the Cancer Council in the name of Trinity Gym Club.

The future of the Trinity organ has been a very protracted exercise.  We had several options: leaving it behind – quite possibly to be demolished as part of any redevelopment; or paying approximately $7,000 for it to be removed and stored, with the uncertainty of a sale sometime in the future.

We advertised it on a specialist organ website and had several enquiries but no firm interest.  As time was short, it seemed reasonable to offer it on a ‘free to a good home’ basis, and recently we had an enquiry from Father Utri of St Anne’s Church in East Kew.  After inspecting the organ, they have now given us a letter of intent and we expect a final response by late May.  An organ specialist firm did offer to remove it at no charge and this is our fall-back position.

We are hoping to hold an ‘Organ Farewell’ recital so that past members of Trinity can hear their organ played for the last time.  We would also invite members of the St Anne’s congregation to attend and hear the excellence of their new acquisition.  This occasion has been tentatively set for Sunday afternoon, 1 June.  If all goes to plan, St Anne’s have kindly invited us to make a return visit when the organ is finally installed in its new home.

The Church Council last week approved the very reasonable $6,000 cost of bringing two beautiful stained glass windows here to help with the transformation of the choir room into a chapel area.

The larger stained glass window will be divided into 3 sections, fitted into timber frames, and each hung on the inside of the three existing choir room windows.  The other window will also be framed and placed in a suitable location.

Still be to be moved here when Trinity is vacated are: a baby grand piano, two foundation stones and the large external cross.  The plan is that the cross will be reduced in size and hung as a centrepiece on the brick wall in the new chapel area.

Brian Hurnard

Lenten Study Series 2014

Posted on February 22, 2014 by northbal

Monica Melanchthon, Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies, Centre for Theology and Ministry, UCA will lead a Lenten Study Series on “Reading the Women in the Gospel of Matthew intertextually and contextually”.

For further details, see Education or image below.


Lenten Study Poster


NBUC Brochure

Posted on November 20, 2013 by northbal

North Balwyn Uniting Church has recently had a new brochure printed.  Click on one of the images below to download the brochure.

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Christmas Services 2013

Posted on by northbal

The NBUC Christmas services have now been announced.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Christmas postcard 2013 back

Divestment of Trinity Site

Posted on November 18, 2013 by northbal

Unfortunately, the Trinity site on Doncaster Road has been put on the divestment list for Uniting our future.  All activity of North Balwyn Uniting Church will cease at that site by the end of 2013.  Worship will continue at Duggan Street, and some activities that were previously held at Doncaster Road may be moved to the Duggan Street Church Centre.

Uniting our future describes the program of work relating to the resolutions concerning the financial sustainability of the Church made at the May 2013 Synod meeting.  At this meeting the Synod declared that special circumstances exist and the Church is divesting some of its properties to help generate the $56 million of net funds required by 31 December 2014.  Further information aboutUniting our future can be found at http://listeningpost.victas.uca.org.au/projects/uniting-our-future-uca-victas

Time of Prayer and Lament – 24 October, 2013

Posted on October 23, 2013 by northbal

Another Special Circumstances time for Prayer and Lament will be held on Thursday 24 October at 7.30pm at NBUC. It will be a short service of prayers, music, readings and reflection. Coffee and tea will be served afterwards, which will provide an opportunity to share about our experiences so far.

Please feel free to bring any friends.

Pentecost Service at North Balwyn Baptist Church

Posted on May 11, 2013 by northbal

The Ecumenical Council of Churches Pentecost service will be held at North Balwyn Baptist Church on Sunday 19 May, 2013. We will close our doors on this Sunday.

NBUC Book Fair

Posted on April 23, 2013 by northbal

A Book Fair will be held on Saturday 27 July at Trinity. We are starting to collect books now so please contact Diane Goetze to arrange delivery/storage of any saleable books you may wish to part with.

Book Fair Flyer

Update, 11 August 2013:

A big thank you to all who donated books, moved the books from storage, sorted all the books, set up the small Trinity hall in just over half an hour, watched over the buyers and received payment, and who packed away the unsold stock and tidied up in less than an hour.  So far we have raised $ 1,825 and with further sales should exceed $2,000 to be shared between GOOD GRUB & Camcare.

Moderator’s Easter Message

Posted on March 25, 2013 by northbal

The Moderator’s Easter message is available and can be:

  • Streamed from Crosslight online;
  • Downloaded from the Uniting Church Victas Vimeo site (open page, scroll down and press the ‘download’ button, and choose which format you want – ‘HD’ stands for High Definition and has the best quality, ‘SD’ stands for Standard Definition and is a suitable secondary option);
  • Requested in CD hardcopy by contacting Ben Grundy on ben.grundy@victas.uca.org.au or 9251 5968.

New Website

Posted on February 24, 2013 by northbal

Welcome to our new website!  This website is intended to be a source of information for our congregation, as well as members of the community.  If you have any enquiries at all about our Church or activities, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Lenten Offering 2013

Posted on February 17, 2013 by northbal

The 2013 Lenten Offering will support the following projects:

  • Equipment for a kindergarten in Popua, one of the most marginalised communities in Tonga
  • The building of peace and reconciliation in the Sri Lankan community through Multi-Faith dialogue meetings
  • A ‘Helping Homeless People Back into the Mainstream’ program, which will assist homeless people in the Barwon region regain support
  • A Travelling Opportunity Shop service for people in rural and remote communities across Tasmania.

The Lenten Offering is a significant way for us to put our beliefs into action. All the projects are practical ways of addressing injustice and need. They all can bring new life and hope to individuals and communities who need to know that they are a valued part of the community. Please respond generously if you are able. Envelopes will be available soon.

Prayer Candle

Posted on December 2, 2012 by northbal

Have you noticed the Prayer Candle and prayer tray at the front of the Church, near the Baptismal Font?

We invite you to light a taper from the Prayer Candle and place it in the sand tray.  You can do this prior to the beginning of worship, or after the Benediction.

We hope to make this a permanent way in which you can express your petitions or thanksgivings you wish to share with God’s always loving heart.