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St John's

An International Church

St John's Uniting Church, Essendon had its beginnings when the first church was built on our present site by early Scottish Presbyterian settlers in 1852.  In 1849 a Society of the Primitive Methodist Church with pioneering settlers from England began meetings in homes before soon constructing their own church buildings.  With such a long and rich heritage of over 150 years, St John's continues to bring together Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational and people from other Christian traditions to explore and express an authentic contemporary Australian spirituality.

Today, St John's is a vibrant community consisting of people from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe.  We are an open, welcoming, outward looking church.  We strive to be loving and humble, truthful and kind and open to all people who are searching for a meaningful dialogue with God.  St John's is a safe place for all people, regardless of race, age, creed, gender or sexual orientation.

As a congregation we acknowledge that our buildings stand on the land for which the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation are the traditional custodians.
We honour their Elders and forbears with respect and commit ourselves to work for reconciliation and justice for all people.
(A plaque was dedicated in May 1999 near the front doors of the Church with this acknowledgement.)

Revelation 1:8
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."


Please note that St John's no longer uses a PO Box. Our postal address is:

Cnr Mt Alexander Road & Buckley St, Essendon Vic 3040.


Bob Chalmers, our historian, has produced a very interesting document about the history of the various memorials in the church. Read the document here.


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Check out the Uniting Church's Commission for Mission awareness drive here


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International Monthly Hospitality Dinners  continue on the 2nd Friday of every month in 2013. Read more


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