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.

CONVERSATION CLASS

Conversation class

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.

EMERGENCY RELIEF

From 18 March 2020:

  • Due to recommendations about preventing the spread of the coronavirus, St John’s  Emergency Relief will be closed until further notice.
  • Updates will be added here as soon as they are available.

St John’s Emergency Relief assists those is need on Wednesdays between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm. It provides food and supermarket vouchers (which cannot be used to purchase alcohol or tobacco products) to those who present, generally giving more assistance to larger families. Clients usually need to show a Centrelink card demonstrating that they are on a pension or other allowance. Funding comes directly from the St John’s budget (supplemented by a monthly retiring offering) and the Uniting Church’s Share appeal. Food is sourced from the Food Bank in Yarraville. Some important policies are to provide food to a client only once every three months, and to concentrate resources on clients from the Moonee Valley City Council area.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB

Friendship Club

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

Messy Church

From 21 March 2020:

  • Due to recommendations about preventing the spread of the coronavirus, Messy Church and Messy Meet-up will not be held until further notice.
  • Updates will be added here as soon as they are available.

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 shared light 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.

Messy Church dates for 2020 are 28 March, 16 May, 18 July, 19 September and 21 November.

Messy Church is welcoming, relaxed, different, for all ages from babies to seniors, and, above all, fun. Come along and see for yourself. Visit the Children & Families page for more child-focused activities.

In 2020 “Messy Meet-up” will be held on the alternate month to Messy Church at the same 5pm -7pm on the third Saturday of the month. This will be a more low-key event: hospitality and one activity.

The first one is on 18 April.  It will be a  BBQ and games night.

“Messy Meet-up” dates for 2020 are 18 April, 20 June, 15  August and 17 October.

MUSIC MINISTRY

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!

OP SHOP

Op Shop

From 18 March 2020:

  • Due to recommendations about preventing the spread of the coronavirus, the Op Shop will be closed until further notice.
  • Updates will be added here as soon as they are available.

Opening hours in 2020 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 Opportunity Shop has re-opened for 2020 and customer support is very pleasing. As the weather starts to cool, why not drop in and browse?

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

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)

The sessions for 2020 are as follows:

16 February  ‘Self-Care’ Rev Fiona Winn

8 March  ‘Way of the Cross’ walk Rev Peter Gador-Whyte – 2.00pm at St Francis Church Melbourne

15 March  ‘Simplicity’ Sr Margaret Malone

19 April  ‘Discerning God’s Presence in everyday life’ Sr Michele McCourt

17 May  ‘Rule for Life’ Dr Katharine Massam

21 June  ‘Keeping Confidences – building trust’ Rev Sue Withers

19 July  ‘Praying with the Bible’ Rev Peter Gador-Whyte

16 August  ‘The Examen’ Rev Joan Wright-Howie

20 September  ‘Care for the earth’ Rev Gail Pritchard

4 October Blessing of Pets – Queens Park, Moonee Ponds

18 October  ‘Spiritual Direction’ Rev Joan Wright

15 November  ‘Expressing faith in art’ Christina Rowntree

6 December  Concert at St Paul’s Cathedral Mr Philip Nicholls

More information about each event will be found closer to the event by viewing the full list of Upcoming Events.

SOCIAL CLUB

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.