Life together in Christ
We are a growing Christian community including families, children, young adults, singles, couples, seniors. We see Jesus as the centre of our thoughtful Christian faith, the Bible our textbook, and we work together to express God's love to one another and in our care of others. We (actually do) warmly welcome visitors and newcomers.
Easter services etc
Good Friday 14th April 2017 at 9am in the bluestone church: a reflective Good Friday service including readings from the the Gospels and perspectives from the Apostle Paul about the death of Christ.
Easter Day 16th April 2017 we celebrate the resurrection of Christ in church at the usual Sunday times of 8:30am (Holy Communion in the bluestone church) and 10am (contemporary in the Memorial Hall).
Please note: on Sunday 23rd April there will be no 10am church (because most of the church is going to Merrijig for a Weekend Away). On Sunday 23rd April the 8:30am Holy Communion service will be held as usual.
Your local international church
Located at the city / river / western end of Hawthorn, immediately beside Hawthorn West Primary School, we serve our local community in Hawthorn, Richmond and surrounding areas. Our congregations include members from many countries and language backgrounds. Melbourne Thai Church is an activity of Christ Church, and meets on the second Sunday of each month at 1 pm. We have some Chinese members, and a Chinese church (Mandarin language) meets in our Wood Hall (6 Wood Street Hawthorn) on Sunday afternoons. We value our overseas mission partnerships, including specific connections in Tanzania, Namibia, D R Congo, Cambodia and Thailand.
Our Sunday gatherings
We meet on Sundays to build one another up to maturity in Christ. We sing God's praises, most of all for his grace to us in Christ. We bring our concerns - including for the world - to God in prayer, knowing His love for the world. We hear and reflect on God's Word, and pray together for his Holy Spirit to transform our lives by that powerful Word. As members of a Christian community together, we get to know one another, seek to care for one another, seek to encourage and stir up one another to godly living.
Most Sundays we meet at 8:30am (traditional Holy Communion, in the old church) and at 10:00am (contemporary, in the Memorial Hall). Both of these gatherings are in English language, and are followed by morning tea.
However, on the first Sunday of the month, including Sundays 2nd April and 7th May 2017, we have a Combined Service including Holy Communion at 10am in the old church, followed by lunch together. (Note there is no 8:30am service on these Sundays).
See note above about no 10am church on Sunday 23rd April.
"Community Groups" - our small groups
We have a number of weekly small groups, known as "Community Groups", and most of our church members actively share in one of these. By getting to know and care for one another, and by Bible study and prayer together, we help one another grow, living as Christ's people in the world. Currently groups meet on Tuesday daytime and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Weekday mornings, for young families
On weekday mornings we conduct programmes for young children and their parents/carers. "Mainly Music" runs on Monday and Thursday mornings, and our "Rostered Playgroup" runs on Wednesday mornings. See details under the "FAMILIES" tab above.