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Welcome to St John’s Essendon and thanks for visiting our website. I am Peter Gador-Whyte, the Minister of this warm and diverse community here in Essendon.

Our congregation worships in this beautiful old church, which for over 160 years has been a place of prayer, of music and silence where people have been sustained and challenged by the transforming love of God.

We aim to be a vibrant, Christian community, active in building one another up in faith and love and sustained in the hope given to us in Jesus Christ. We are a multi-cultural congregation enriched by the wide variety of cultures represented among us, and committed to working for justice, peace and reconciliation.

On Sundays at 8.30am we gather for Holy Communion in the Chapel followed by a cuppa in the hall. At 10am another part of our community gather to worship supported by a wonderful pipe organ, and twice a month by a fantastic Samoan Choir

We would like you to be part of our community as we seek to witness to the love of God made known in Jesus Christ.

You may like to attend worship on Sunday, or be part of a number of the small groups that function in our midst and you would be welcome in any capacity.

Minister: Rev Peter Gador-Whyte
Phone: 0417 425 188

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Worship at St John’s

Christmas Services

See our list of Christmas Services at St John’s

Every Sunday we gather at…

8.30am for Holy Communion.
10am we celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month.
Our Samoan Congregation join in the 10am service on the first, third and fifth Sundays, and on the second and fourth Sundays they meet at 12noon for Samoan language services.

On the fourth Saturday of every second month…

Messy Church operates on the third Saturday of every second month at 5pm where we gather in the Hall for an intergenerational event involving craft, worship and food.


Worship is the heart of the church’s life and mission. In worship we return to the wellsprings of the faith and are engaged in communion with the God who calls us. We discover new relationships of love and peace with each other and are sent to minister in the world in the name of Jesus Christ.

Worship is central to who we are, and forms us to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Through worship we come to know God personally, and are given strength and hope to live out our faith throughout the week.

We are committed to careful preparation for worship, and follow the pattern of worship set out in “Uniting in Worship”. With the church throughout the world we follow a systematic reading of the Bible known as the Lectionary. We are committed to good preaching, and a warm, welcoming ministry with children.

Our worship is enriched by a strong musical tradition led by the pipe organ, our singing group and on two Sundays by the Samoan Choir.