We seek to foster a vibrant worshiping community, inclusive of a range of worship styles.
Every Sunday we have a 10.00am service of worship.
Our Sunday@5 service is inter-generational in focus, with a special theme each month. A recent example was looking at Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding and having the gathering in a local vineyard which included sharing our wedding photos. These services are held on the 4th Sunday of every month and the theme for the upcoming service can be found in our calendar.
Each Thursday at 12.30pm a caring and prayerful group of people who support each other along and through their faith journey come together in the St Giles Chapel.
As part of the first of our Priorities - “we seek to foster a vibrant worshiping community, inclusive of a range of worship styles” - we adopt a cafe style approach to worship on occasions.
Most recently we met with people gathered in table groups to share their understanding of relationships between the First and Second Peoples of our land. How do we, as Christians of diverse cultures, seek to live as people of reconciliation? How can we, as Australians, walk and live together as people of compassion, justice, peace and hope? The significant features of this worship experience were:
· Our recognition of the Wathaurong people as the traditional custodians of the land.
· Singing of songs related to the building of community and God’s love for all people.
· Reference to the Uniting Church in Australia’s Covenanting Statement with First Peoples (1994) and the revised Preamble to the UCA Constitution (2009) Follow these links to read them: https://assembly.uca.org.au/resources/covenanting/item/135-covenanting-statement-1994 https://assembly.uca.org.au/resources/covenanting/item/668-the-revised-preamble
· Reading and discussion of Isaiah Chapter 60
· Use of the Indigenous version of the Lord’s Prayer
· Table group activities to share experiences and make bracelets related to the map of Australia showing traditional areas of the indigenous peoples.
· Sharing food together.
At the conclusion of the service it was agreed that we would commence all church gatherings with recognition of the traditional custodians of the land. Further discussion of our responses to issues related to reconciliation with First Peoples will continue.
More experiences of Cafe Church are planned for the future.