This a page to celebrate our joys and sorrows, as well as our triumphs, disasters and interesting events.


I’m sure that there are plenty of interesting stories about things that happen at the congregations of our recipients, and we would love to hear them. The first concerns Broome and the ABC Drama “Mystery Road” reported by Rev David King:

Mystery Road 2 was filmed around the district of Broome, W.A. As the cast and crew arrived in Broome, the 4WD hire vehicles were swallowed up & it was common to see them at various locations around the town, and encounter them at more remote locations in the neighbouring district.

The Broome Uniting Church was one of the locations that was used. The filming crew were drawn to our church because of its atmosphere and architecture. It was built in 1925 with opening side walls to enable open air worship. The film crew returned to the church for further scenes as the filming proceeded. When they did so, the grounds behind the church were filled with trucks and trailers to support the filming effort, and to provide meals and refreshments for the crew. Very generously, we were invited to eat with them, and had the chance to meet many crew; mostly those that work in various ways behind the camera.

Our Op-Shop also benefitted, becoming a place for the art department to find many items needed for creating the scenes. Over the months leading up to, and during the filming some of the art department crew became familiar faces to us. But they were always careful not to drop any spoilers.

It’s not the first time our church has been used for filming. It was previously used for “The Circuit”, and “Flight into Hell.” Each time it has been used, it has left us with memories of the filming and stories to tell. This time was no different. It was a memorable experience.

We look forward to watching the series as it comes to TV this week. We’ll be looking with eager eyes to see what they did to our church!

David King

Broome Uniting Church 

Aaron Pederson

One little known fact is that in real life, Sofia is a Christian and the wife of a priest of the Church of  Sweden and they  have two teenage children.  

Fans of the Swedish/Danish TV series “The Bridge” will be interested to note that Sofia Helin, who plays Saga, the eccentric Porsche driving detective on the Autism spectrum in “the Bridge” plays the role of Professor Sandra Elmquist, whose search for Indigenous cultural artefacts unearths a deep moral quandary. She has swapped the urban detective’s leather pants and Porsche for an Akubra, workboots and cargos. It’s Saga Noren gone Indiana Jones, and Helin is loving every minute of it.


Daphne Prior from Forbes in Western NSW has responded to our call for information with this account of dealing with the COVID – 19 emergency:

Hi Charles ,

I thought you may like to know what we at the Forbes Uniting Church are doing for all our congregation during this lockdown.

Our 4 Lay presiders plus the Leadership Team got together and decided on our way to approach it all.

The secretary rang all our churchgoers (took me two days as I like a bit of a chat as you know) and found out who wanted DVDs and who preferred USBs and also who was willing to share with a neighbour. I then made a list of everyone who was interested and pass it on. Still print off our pew sheet and inserts.

The presiders now take it in turns to do their usual sermons  (COMPLETE WITH HYMNS) which are filmed either at the church or in their home. These are then burned onto the DVDs or USBs whichever suited each family.  
These are then placed in snap lock plastic bags with any other information, plus their Palm crosses on Palm Sunday, and then small Easter eggs and a lovely book mark which the Sunday School children had made for everyone on Easter Sunday.

These were then delivered around Forbes and district by a couple of volunteers and popped into all their mailboxes on Saturday. The DVDs can be kept but most put them and USBs back in bags so they can be collected and perhaps used again. So far this has worked very well and all seem to work well together. Also keeping in touch by phone or emails to see that all are OK.So now you know how the Forbes Uniting Church are coping with the Coronavirus Lockdown.

Thank you ever so much for all your information, It is much appreciated, as is Project Reconnect. I have passed your email on.

Cheers and God Bless
Daphne Prior
Hon. Secretary
Forbes Uniting Church.