Christ Church Essendon


Welcome to the web page of the Anglican Parish of Christ Church, Essendon, in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

We are a traditional Anglo-Catholic Parish.

We are a growing, friendly church who welcomes all.

We are multi-cultural and inclusive

We are wheel chair friendly. 

In 2020 we celebrate 130 years of worshipping God in this community

In 2020 we celebrate 130 years of supporting the local community of Essendon

In 2020 our original church is 130 years old

In 2020 our current church is 100 years old 


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we are doing church differently – notice on door of our church

CORONA VIRUS    update    25.03.2020  

I received an email Saturday evening from the Archbishop of Melbourne who has advised us that effective from Monday 23rd March 2020, regular public services (Eucharists) and parish organised group activities (Lenten studies / Op Shops / play groups / Messy Church etc) are suspended within the Diocese of Melbourne. This means regular public services of worship or other activities are not to run so as to comply with the Government imposed restrictions. 

Unfortunately we are not even allowed to open our Church for individual people to pray in and have been ordered to shut our doors.

Therefore I advise with much sadness that our Sunday & Midweeks services will not go ahead as public services until further notice including our Easter liturgies and our 100th anniversary celebration. The Op Shop and other activities of the church will also be suspended.

At the same time, this is not a closure of ministry and that at this time there will be a heightened need to care for vulnerable people in our parish which includes all of us.

On pastoral care – if you get the Corona virus or are shut in or in an isolated situation and need help and support – please feel free to ring me and I am prepared to organise food, or medicine etc to be delivered to you.  If you just want to chat or raise concerns please feel free to contact me.

I hope to send out a digital epewsheet weekly with news, updates, resources, Sunday readings and intercessions etc. We are  exploring photocopying this and distributing it to those with out emails as well.

I have produced a resource of readings and reflections for over Easter which I distributed last Sunday & I will email them to those with emails next week. Our web page also has prayer resources including a simple morning and evening prayer that can be down loaded and used. I hope to email this also next week.

We will be exploring other ways to keep support and communications open in this difficult time including using facebook more.

Be aware also that St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne – are live streaming service straight to the Cathedral Facebook page. They are currently investigating service streaming to the Cathedral YouTube page.

It is important that we hold together in this difficult time and still be the church in the world. We still need to worship God even if it is in the home. I hope to say a private eucharist each week on behalf of our parishioners and continue to pray for  you and the sick and needy.

We need to care for our elderly, disabled and vulnerable groups in our community.  Please pray for each other in this difficult time.

Please keep safe and well so we can all return to normal worship and activities in the near future.

With our activities suspended, we have no income coming in but bills to pay and we request that you continue to use the weekly envelopes and bring them back to us when we return to normal or give them to Fr John when or if you see him.

As the Corona Virus escalates, we will continue to monitor the advice offered to us and respond appropriately.


Fr John Mathes  (Parish Priest) 

The programs below are suspended until the Corona Virus is over
We are starting some new programs in 2020 including Families@4 which will complement our Messy Church and Children and Family Ministry. Please check out our Children & Family page for more information. 

Families@4 is an opportunity for young families to connect with our Anglican Church but do it differently in a child friendly  environment. This service is for young families who want to connect with the church in a meaningful way, and new families wishing to participate in a child and family focussed service with time made available for fellowship with other young families. All members of the family unit encouraged to come along including mums, dads, children, grandparents &c…  All people are welcome as we are all part of God’s family.

 Families @ 4 is usually on the third Sunday in the month at Christ Church Anglican Church Essendon.   We start in the Parish Centre – enter through the door next to the Op Shop in Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon. 

4pm                  Fun Activity
4.15pm             Afternoon Tea
4.30pm             Family Worship
5pm                  Finish

FAMILIES@4 DATES FOR 2020   –    Third Sunday in Month
 4pm  Sunday 16th February 2020
4pm  Sunday 15th March 2020
4pm  Sunday 19th April 2020
4pm Sunday 17th May 2020
4pm  Sunday 21st June 2020
4pm  Sunday 19th July 2020
4pm  Sunday 16th August 2020
4pm  Sunday 20th September 2020
4pm  Sunday 18th October 2020
4pm  Sunday 15th November 2020
Sunday 20th December 2020   5pm Parish BBQ & 7pm Carol Service

The Parish is looking for new members for our Choir. Previous choir experience is helpful but anyone who wants to sing is also welcome. Choir practice is Sunday morning at 9am for the 9.30am Sung Eucharist. The choir also sings for other services during the year. For more information please talk to our Priest Fr John 0417 407 768
During January and February 2019 the Parish discussed at great length strategies and directions for the next 5 years. A copy of the Strategic Plan is found on the FRESH EXPRESSIONS PAGE

CHRIST CHURCH CRAFT GROUP have vacancies and room for new members to join their craft activities – please see the craft page for more information on the group and when they meet and come along and check them out…

Check out our Children’s page for our policy on our “Child Safe organisation policy”
We have recently updated many pages – check out information on the parish and the resources…
A play group for mothers (dads or grandparents) and preschool children has started on Wednesdays 10.30am to 12noon during the School Term  in the Parish Hall – enter via path in Marco Polo Street Essendon – all welcome




We are disciples of Jesus who are seeking to love God, and our neighbour.

We are committed to being God focussed,  Jesus centred and Spirit led.

We are determined to build up the Kingdom of God and renew our Church.


 We commit ourselves:
To listen to God.
To be nourished by God’s word and sacraments.
To meet together to pray and worship   God.
To use the gifts God has given us.
To explore our faith and spirituality.
To link into and serve the local community.
To  continue to strengthen and build up our Church.
To care for our environment.
To care for those in need.
To support family life.


9.30am SUNDAY SUNG EUCHARIST followed by morning tea


Morning and Evening Prayer is said each day. See Fr John for details.
The Parish Priest, Fr John, is available for baptisms,  weddings, confession and other services by appointment