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

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 Thursdays at 10am 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.


Friendship Club

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 Club meets at the Gannawarra Centre in Keilor Road North Essendon. Transport to the venue can be arranged. 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. A charge of $25 each week covers all of the above.


Messy Church

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 Messy Church session will have five or six different craft activities on the evening’s theme, a time of worship and will finish with a COVID safe “meal”. Messy Church is welcoming, relaxed, different, for all ages from babies to seniors, and, above all, fun. Messy Church is held on a Saturday evening, from 5pm – 7pm.

Dates for 2022 are as follows: 23 April, 25 June, 20 August, 22 October

Mini Messy Church is held on the alternate month from Messy Church so we can keep in touch with each other.  This is a more low-key event: one all age activity and a COVID safe “meal”. Mini Messy Church is held on a Saturday evening, from 5pm – 6.15pm.

Dates for 2022 are as follows: 21 May, 16 July, 17 September, 19 November

Both Messy Church and Mini Messy Church are designed to be inter-generational, they are not “children’s church”.

Messy Church values are about being Christ-centered, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.


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 Closing Down Sale

10am – 2pm each weekday for the entire month of May.

Please use Mt Alexander Rd entry to the car park.

No donations please.


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)

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.