Life together in Christ
We are a growing Christian church, a vibrant community including families, children, and young adults, singles, couples, seniors. We see Jesus as the centre of our thoughtful Christian faith, and we work together to express God's love to one another and in our care of others. We warmly welcome visitors.
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. We have a Mandarin-language group serving a growing number of Chinese members, and Melbourne Thai Church meets in our Wood Hall (6 Wood Street Hawthorn) on the second Sunday of each month at 1 pm. 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, in the old church) and at 10:00am (contemporary, in the Memorial Hall), and both of these gatherings are followed by morning tea. , and sometimes lunch, and warmly invite visitors to share in this.
On the first Sunday of the month, including Sundays 6th November and 4th December 2016, we have a Combined Service at 10am in the old church, followed by lunch together. (Note there is no 8:30am service on these Sundays).
Our current preaching series: September-October 2016, "Good God!" (Romans 1-4), and in early November, two sermons offering "Notes on the News" (Christian perspectives on the latest big news stories).
"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 Monday afternoons and on 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.