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. This year we are continuing ‘SLOW SPIRITUALITY in a fast moving world’ exploring Sacred Play, Sacred Poetry, Sacred Song, Sacred Stillness, Sacred Space, Sacred Art, Sacred Journey and Sacred Story.

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

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

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.

LITTLE MUSIC MAKERS

This class will not be running in semester 1 of 2019. Please check back closer to mid year for 2nd semester plans.

Little Music Makers is a class for families with babies or toddlers. It aims to promote singing and engage children in music. The music class runs for approximately 30mins, followed by tea/coffee and biscuits.

Classes are on Wednesdays at 9:30am during school term time. The class is usually in the hall next to the tennis court and there should be a sign in the car park pointing the way.

A small donation of a gold coin/up to $5 is suggested to cover costs. Updates about the group can be found at https://benitachampion.wixsite.com/littlemusicmakers.

MESSY CHURCH

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 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. The dates for 2019 are 16 March, 18 May, 20 July, 21 September and 23 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.

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

The op shop re-opened on 7th February 2019

Opening hours continue to be:

  • Thursday and Friday 10am – 3pm and

  • 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

Slow Spirituality – Come and explore the power of the arts to communicate the Divine

5.00pm on the third Sunday of every month (excluding January, April and December)

March 17 Sacred Play – Steph Gesling
To keep religion on the side of humanity instead of against it, we need continuously to refresh its playfulness.

Wednesday March 20 6.30pm – 8.30pm This is a special mid-week Slow Spirituality event. You are invited to join our minister Peter in visiting a Jewish Synagogue in East Kew for the festival of Purim. For more information see Upcoming Events.

In April, join us for our HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES – information about each event will be found closer to Easter by viewing the full list of Upcoming Events.

May 19 Sacred Song – Cellist Miranda Brockman
The power of Music to communicate the divine

June 16 Sacred Art – Rev Dr Howard Wallace
Imaging the Word

July 21 Sacred Space – Fred Batterton
How place and space can foster our prayer

August 18 Sacred Stillness – Paul Sanders
Christian Meditation

September 15 Sacred Poetry – Sr Mary Raeburn NDS
Praying the psalms

October 20 Sacred Journey – Christina Rowntree
Pilgrimage/Labyrinth

November 17 Sacred Story – Jess Holt & Katherine Jones

More information about each event will be found closer to each 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.