A sense of community and faith is important for many people and if you are like the congregation at Boronia Road Uniting Church, or BRUC for short, you would feel very much at home with Rev. Ann Scull's heartwarming messages, the gentle piano and organ music, and conversations with the elders and other church members.
A little snippet of the church's humour and lighthearted address which shows their support of an all-inclusive community:
"We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, or skinny as a rake, or could afford to loose a few pounds...
We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti, or are like our minister (who can't carry a note in a bucket). You're welcome here if you're 'just browsing', just woke up, or just got out of prison. We don't care if you're more Christian than the Pope, or haven't been in church since little Jack's christening."
Humour is not only found in the welcome message; it is also found in Rev. Ann Scull's Sunday sermons. She is truly a beacon of light for those who attend morning mass and on the Sunday that I was present, a little girl was invited to give a little talk about bullying and I could see how important it was for her to get her message out.
Opposite the entrance is a book lover's paradise. A free library stocked with countless books on two large three-level shelves. A litany of brochures promoting affiliated businesses and events can be found in the same area.
The church plays host to several choirs as their rehearsal space as well as a venue for their concerts. The church greatly encourages music culture and supports those with an interest.
Artwork adorns the walls of the church both inside and outside the chapel. However, one that stands out is a yarn tapestry of The Last Supper that hangs under the balcony in the chapel. From afar, the individual strands meld into a canvas of colour and on closer inspection, you come to appreciate the meticulous toil expended by its creator.