We like to call ourselves Village. We are a group of people who love Burleigh and everyone in it. We have given ourselves to do whatever it takes to make Burleigh the best place it can be and to entice people into considering who Jesus is and what he can do for them. Ralph Mayhew and Ori Zacher lead Village, which is a Uniting Church Faith Community, sent from Newlife Uniting Church to see more people encounter God and all the wonderful things He has for them.

ARE YOU A CULT?

Absolutely not. You are free to come and go, and be involved or not as much as you like, whenever you like for as long as you like. That won’t affect how we treat you or feel toward you either.

CAN I JUST COME?

Yes. EVERYONE is welcome. No one is excluded. We want to meet you and help you find your place in this Village.

DO I NEED TO KNOW ANYONE?

No, not at all. As soon as you come you’ll known at least some of us. You can come alone, bring a friend, or bring all of your friends and family, it doesn’t matter at all.

DO I NEED TO PAY?

NO. It is completely free and we don’t take up an offering.

WHERE IS IT?

We don’t have a building, but at the moment we do meet in the Burleigh Heads Uniting Church. That’s at 2 Burleigh Street, or better known as the church on the hill at the end of James Street.

WHAT TIME IS IT?

You can find us gathering at 4.00pm. If you want to come a few minutes early you won’t be alone.

DO YOU MEET EVERY WEEK?

Yes, but we don’t always stay at the Church. Sometimes we take the opportunity to go into Burleigh and bless the people there. IF you come tot eh church and we’re not there, you’ll find some instructions on the door about where we are and what we’re doing. You could also see what is happening on our Facebook page, or email us at hello@yourvillage.church.

CAN MY KIDS COME?

Yes! We love children and value them very highly. We have a team of qualified people to look after your child by providing them with a fun, engaging and healthy kids program, called Village Kids.

CAN MY TEENAGERS COME?

Yes! We love teenagers too and welcome them with open arms. As we’re only just starting we’re working on the best way to help them engage, but the more who come the easier this becomes, so if you’re keen know that we are too.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I ARRIVE?

There is an upstairs and downstairs entrance to the church. Your best bet is to walk uphill through the carpark to the front entrance, which overlooks James Street. Once you arrive there someone will be able to guide you in where to drop off your kids or/and introduce you to someone so you don’t feel like a loner.

WILL ANYONE TALK TO ME IF I COME ALONE?

Yes. One of our greatest desires is to be a group of people where every person finds their belonging. So don’t be stressed or anxious about coming along, we know how daunting this will be, but someone will come up and say hi to you, making you feel at home.

CAN I BRING A FRIEND?

Yes, or two or three or four or… you get the picture!

ARE THEIR WHEELCHAIR FACILITIES?

Yes. The above space in the church building where we meet can be accessed in a wheelchair.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON MY FIRST TIME?

We gather at 4.00 and if you stay for the whole thing you can easily be in your car by 5.30pm with some time to mingle afterwards. We want everyone who comes to have the chance of encountering a God who loves them and cares for them. There might be a bit of singing, reflecting, chatting, listening, praying, watching and creating. To be honest, each week will slightly different from the week before, but we want everyone to feel like they belong, experience the transforming power of God and if they choose to be sent into their worlds to do life with God in it.

DO YOU DO WEIRD STUFF?

No. We don’t like weird stuff or feeling uncomfortable, and we figure you’re the same. We want to create a safe place where people can encounter god in a gentle way, should they so desire.

HOW CAN I BECOME MORE INVOLVED IF I LIKE WHAT I SEE?

You should join the Village team if you’re asking this question. To join the team is two conversations where you get to think and reflect between to see if you’d like to join. The first conversation is about who we are, what we do and how we work. Then you get some space to think about if you’d like to be involved. Then the second chat is about the specifics and particulars of how we work and how you might fit in. If you’d like to be part of a first conversation just email hello@yourvillage.church.

WHO IS THE VILLAGE TEAM?

The Village Team is the team behind who Village is. It’s a group of 30 – 40 people who love Jesus, love Burleigh and who love what Village is about. We would love you to come on team with us.

HOW IS VILLAGE FUNDED?

Village is funded by the team. We each give to Village, so that those who we do it for do not have to give anything but instead receive. This is called grace, and God has an inexhaustible amount to give away, to you and everyone you know. We give out of a gratitude for what God has given to us, and hope it blesses you in the process.

WHAT IF I WANT TO BE MORE INVOLVED BUT I’M NOT READY TO BE ON TEAM?

We’d love for you to engage in the following ways: 1. The best thing we feel you could do with your life is to begin to put your trust in Jesus. We realise this is a journey and would love to share that journey with you. If this is your next step please email exploring@yourvillage.church and let us know who you are. 2. You can pray for us and the people of Burleigh by partnering with us in prayer. Just follow this link. 3. We meet in Anzac Park, Connor Street, at 6.00am each weekday morning. Why not come and join us. Even if you’re not the praying type, the opportunity to slow down and chat to God with friends is priceless. 4. Come with us on our next mission. To find out what that is check the event page on our Facebook. 5. If the above suggestions are what you’re after but you’re keen please chat with Ralph or Ori, who you can reach through hello@yourvillage.church.

WHAT IF I’M FROM ANOTHER CHURCH?

If you’re from another church, God has you in that church for a reason. We want to encourage you to press in there and invest there. If you have friends in Burleigh who you feel Village would suit, by all means bring them along, but stay strong in the Church where God has placed you.

WHAT IF I’VE JUST MOVED TO BURLEIGH?

Welcome. We may or may not be the church for you, but we’d love for you to come and see.

WHAT IF I LIVE OUTSIDE OF BURLEIGH?

Village is a church for Burleigh, but we welcome all people from anywhere. All you need to know is that the focus of our mission and energy is on Burleigh (Heads, Waters, West, Town, etc.)

CAN YOU MARRY US?

We do perform marriages and would be delighted to have a conversation with you and your partner about this. Please email hello@yourvillage.church.

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