Ministries

We believe in changing lives in practical and spiritual ways. Our ministries are an example of how we express that in our community.

Helping Hand Cafe

Food, conversation and a warm welcome is what you will find every Tuesday at our Helping Hand Café. Everyone from the community is invited to Helping Hand Café, where we offer a free two-course meal, free grocery items to take away and a warm and welcoming atmosphere where everyone is welcome. One regular guest said he feels like Café is “his big family” – exactly the purpose of our Helping Hand Café.

Join us from 11am each Tuesday morning in the chapel to pray for Helping Hand Café, or come anytime from 11.30am for coffee and a chat before the meal is served at 12 noon.

Café is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, led by our Café Coordinator, Robert Adams, who has run Helping Hand Café since it began in 2005. In July 2018, we celebrated 13 years of Helping Hand Café!

Discipleship Groups

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Our Discipleship Groups are groups of people who gather together weekly to share life together, study the Bible, pray and care for one another, challenge one another in faith and seek God together for how God is calling them to bless our community.

Every Discipleship Group includes three core elements:

Belong //   Each Discipleship Group shares a meal or some food together, building community and sharing stories of faith.

Believe //   We believe in Jesus. We get to know Jesus more as we open the Bible and pray together.

Bless // Believing leads to blessing. Each Group will work together on their own {Bless Project} to bless and connect with the community.

For more information on how to sign up, please contact our Minister.

Seeds

Our kids are an incredibly important part of the life of our church, and as a church we make every effort to ensure that kids and parents are championed and equipped for day to day discipleship.

If your children are aged from 18 months to 3 years they are welcome to join Little Seeds, our play-based toddler program. If your children are aged 4 to grade 6, they are welcome to join Seeds. Seeds and Little Seeds run each week during school term time. Seeds and Little Seeds begin around 20-30 minutes after the start of the service, usually after our time of worship and Communion, and run until the end of the service. Some weeks our Seeds break off into two groups – early primary (4 year old kinder to grade 2) and primary (grade 3 to grade 6) for more age-specific teaching and activities.

Our Seeds and Little Seeds volunteers are passionate about Jesus and love being a part of helping our kids discover what it means to follow Jesus. All our Seeds volunteers have Working With Children checks. We use the ‘Kidswise’ curriculum with our Seeds program: find out more here. All parents of Seeds and Little Seeds children must have completed a Child Registration Form before a child can participate in the program.

We have a kids’ corner at the back of the chapel which all our kids are welcome to use – there is always play-doh, activity sheets and lots of other toys and games to be found in our kids’ corner! We also have a baby change table in our female toilets.

Youth and Young Adults

Our Youth and Young Adults meet regularly for supper and discussions about life and Jesus.

To find out more contact the church office.

Giving to our Local and Global Community

Giving backEvery year, we give away a portion of our church income to our mission partners who are focused on bringing God’s justice, hope, equality, and peace to communities in Melbourne, across Australia and in some of the poorest parts of the world. We currently support:

We also invite our church community to give over and above their regular church giving to some special offerings during the year, including:

  • Global Mission Partners Church Partnership Offering (May)
  • Christmas Bowl Appeal of Act for Peace, National Council of Churches (December)
  • Churches of Christ Overseas Aid (COCOA) (December).