Faith & Connection
Through Worship and a range of nurturing opportunities we seek to grow in our faith, and live out our faith in active service.
We offer a range of opportunities for people within and beyond the church from English Classes to the Op Shop.
For more information contact the church office.
Is English your second language? Do you lack confidence in using English to talk to people in your everyday life? Come and join us at Conversation Class and practise using your English in a supportive, small group environment. We meet on Fridays, 6.30pm – 7.30 pm in term time, in the meeting room adjoining the church hall. There is no charge for this class. For more information contact the church office.
St John’s Emergency Relief will be closed until further notice.
For Emergency Relief assistance during this time, The Salvation Army (880 Mt Alexander Rd Essendon, ph. 9375 3249) is open every Tuesday & Thursday from 9am to 3pm.
From 18 March 2020:
- Due to recommendations about preventing the spread of the coronavirus, Friendship Club will not meet until further notice.
- Updates will be added here as soon as they are available.
Friendship Club is a weekly activity for older, frail and lonely members of the community who might not otherwise get out. Friendship Club is held from 10am to 2pm on Wednesdays throughout the year with an eight-week recess from the second week in December until the second week in February. The purpose of the activity is to provide an opportunity for social interaction through sharing in group activities and through entertainment. A meal and tea and coffee are also provided for participants.
Messy Church is an informal, inter-generational gathering, where we enjoy each other’s company as we explore the Christian story through craft, conversation, music and story. Each session finishes with a COVID safe “meal”. Messy Church is welcoming, relaxed, different, for all ages from babies to seniors, and, above all, fun. Come along and see for yourself. Messy Church is held on a Saturday evening, from 5pm – 7pm.
Visit the Children & Families page for more child-focused activities.
Mini Messy Church is held on the alternate month from Messy Church on a Saturday evening, from 5pm – 6.15pm. This is a more low-key event: hospitality and one activity.
St John’s Choral Group, although small in number, is dedicated to enhancing the congregational singing and leading worship in the singing of psalms and responses. These are often taken from John Bell’s publications. We also meet regularly to prepare choral music for significant times in the Church year.
New members are always welcome. This can be one of the most uplifting forms of Stewardship… just ask any of the present Choristers!
The Op Shop is currently shut and will not reopen until sometime in 2021.
The usual opening hours are
- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 3pm
- Saturday 10am – 1pm
The entrance to the Op Shop is from Buckley Street.
St Johns Uniting Church Op Shop has a long standing in the Essendon area. It has been happily serving the community for well over thirty years now.
Our shop is small but is brim full of amazing items donated by the locals. It’s like loaves and fishes at times. Quality goods are available for very reasonable prices. Our shop has been enlarged and improved over recent years and is supported by many local, regular shoppers.
We are proud that our staff are all volunteers with no paid staff at all. This enables us to donate all funds raised to charitable causes.
Slow Spirituality – come and take part in a short service of evening prayer and hear from a range of speakers on different aspects of spirituality
5.00pm on the third Sunday of every month (excluding January and December)
May 16 Offering welcome on behalf of Christ – led by the Rev Fiona Winn and a member of the L’Arche community (an organisation which makes known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships).
More information about each event will be found closer to the event by viewing the full list of Upcoming Events.
Social Club is a group of mostly young retired members, who gather once a month to enjoy various social activities together. For further information about this group, please contact the Office.