We are a group of people who love Burleigh and everyone in it. We have actively positioned ourselves do whatever it takes to make Burleigh the best place it can be and to encourage people into considering who Jesus is and what he can do for them. Ralph Mayhew is the minister who leads Burleigh Village Uniting Church, which is the result of a recent merge between Burleigh Village Church and Burleigh Heads Uniting Church.
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 DO WE MEET?
We meet in the Burleigh Village Uniting Church building 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 10.00am. If you want to come a few minutes early you won’t be alone.
DO YOU MEET EVERY WEEK?
Yes at 10am.
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 and welcome them with open arms. There are a number of other teens, boys and girls across the age range, so your young person should find a friend quite quickly.
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 10.00am and conclude our time together with morning tea. If you stay for the whole thing, including morning tea you can easily be in your car by 11.30am however, you can take off before morning tea if needed. We want everyone who comes to have the chance of encountering a God who loves them and cares for them. There may be a bit of singing, reflecting, chatting, listening, praying, watching and creating. To be honest, each week is often 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.
HOW IS THE CHURCH FUNDED?
Those who are members of the church give on a regular basis. We don’t ask for an offering from anyone on a Sunday, because the church service is not something to be paid for, but a gift of grace to be received and enriched by.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.