Come and enjoy meeting new people, getting together for fun and fellowship and just generally having a great time. The social group is open to everyone. All age groups are welcome and it is not necessary to attend the church.
Our modern society has become increasingly “connected” — through social media, smart phones and modern technology — but ironically many of us feel increasingly lonely and dissatisfied. Building stronger in-person connections, looking people in the eyes, listening, sharing our life together and enjoying meaningful social connections can increase our enjoyment of life and lead to feelings of greater fulfillment and general happiness.
The TUC Social Group meets monthly, usually on the second Saturday of the month, to share a meal at a restaurant or for a group outing.
We have a range of great outings planned for 2021. We will be visiting a restaurant for a meal every second month, and plan to take advantage of the many multicultural restaurants Canberra has to offer by selecting a cuisine from a different culture for each meal. These will be out of ‘the valley’ for a change of scenery.
We also plan to try some new activities this year including an outing to the “Riddle Room” which has great reviews on its website. There is a cost of $35.00 but is an ultimate escape room and takes 90 minutes. It’s less than the cost of a good meal and should be great fun.
SO our planned outings to begin the year are:
February 13 – Art by Great Women
A showcase of Indigenous & non-indigenous artists
Inspired by the Know My Name movement and in a cultural partnership with the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), this is a showcase of contemporary Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists from multi-disciplinary backgrounds including street art, fine art, photography, illustration, digital, sculpture, film and more.
March 13 – Italian Restaurant
We will enjoy a great Italian meal at Vivaldi Restaurant, University Ave, Acton
April 11 – Photographic Exhibition
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
This photographic display highlights just a few of the 3,000 Commonwealth documentaries and educational short films in the Film Australia Collection, which recorded life as it was lived in Australia during the 20th century.
May 8 – Ethiopian Restaurant
Ethiopia Down Under 1/70 Hodgson St Pearce
We will sample Ethiopia’s unique food and culture at Canberra’s first Ethiopian Restaurant.
Ethiopian food is spicy and hot – but not hot! This may seem like a contradiction but Ethiopian food is a unique cuisine with spices that emphasises flavour and not heat. Like most national cuisines, Ethiopian food varies from region to region. Ethiopia Downunder’s food has its origins in the Tigray region of Ethiopia .
June 13 – National Art Gallery
This unprecedented exhibition includes 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain in the National Gallery’s 192-year history.
Botticelli to Van Gogh features 55 of the world’s most famous and admired artists from the fifteenth to the turn of the twentieth century, including Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Turner, Constable, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.
July 11 – Christmas in July
We will hold the TUC Social Groups annual Christmas in July party this month. Details to be advised closer to the date.
If you are interested in joining the group please contact the church office for more information.