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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NEWS:
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PARISH ANNUAL MEETING 2020
SUNDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2020 during COVID-19
 
8am      EUCHARIST
9.30am  EUCHARIST
Government and Diocese regulations suggest that Church Services can be held outdoors with 20 people.  We are holding Eucharists outside on the decking behind the hall on Sundays with 20 people.  Parishioners are to enter via the laneway between the vicarage and the Town Houses. No one is to enter via the Parish Centre or Church.
Parishioners wanting to attend will need to ring, text or email Fr John (0417407768) to book a seat. Bookings open at 10am Friday and closes at 4pm Saturday for the Sunday Eucharists. If you have not booked – you cannot attend.

11am    ANNUAL MEETING
Government and Diocese regulations suggest that we can hold a meeting in the Parish Centre or Hall with 10 people only. We need more to attend to have a quorum so we will hold the AGM on ZOOM. Those attending via Zoom need to connect around 10.55am and do not need to RSVP.  Hopefully, those who live some distance from the Church may go to the 8am Eucharist so as to be home in time for the Zoom Annual Meeting.
We hope to have up to 10 people in the Parish Centre including Fr John & Carolyn (priority on those without computers or internet). Parishioners wanting to attend the AGM in the Parish Centre will need to ring, text or email Fr John (0417407768) to book a seat. Bookings open at 10am Friday and closes at 4pm Saturday for the Annual Meeting in the Parish Centre. We hope to have the meeting on a big screen in the Parish Centre for people to see those on Zoom.

AGM REPORTS
Reports will be distributed by email on Thursday 19th November 2020 or delivered to people on Friday 20th November 2020 for people to read before AGM Zoom
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COVID 19 COMMITTEE & RE-OPENING
Fr John has formed a Covid 19 committee made up of himself, Bill Howard and Margaret Elsey to look at what the Diocese, Health Department and Work Safe are saying. Policies and plans for re-opening of the Church, Op Shop, hire of hall and children’s ministry are in place with permission from the Diocese Parish Council. To re-open we need to implement these polices with the Government approval. Please be aware there is a lot of work happening behind the scenes working towards a safe reopening.
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RE-OPENING FOR EUCHARISTS WITH GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS BEING LIFTED
Church Services can be held outdoors with 20 people. We are re-opening outside on the decking behind the hall on Sundays with 20 people. Parishioners are to enter via the laneway between the vicarage and the Town Houses. No one is to enter via the Parish Centre or Church.
On Sundays there will be an 8am & 9.30am Eucharist.
On Wednesdays there will be a 10am Eucharist
Parishioners wanting to attend will need to ring or email Fr John (0417407768) to book a seat. Bookings open at 10am Friday and closes at 4pm Saturday each week for Sunday Eucharists. Bookings open at 9am Tuesday and closes at 5pm Tuesday each week for Wednesday Eucharists. The first 20 who book in only can attend per service. If you have not booked – you cannot attend.
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CORONA VIRUS   
The programs below are suspended until the Corona Virus is over
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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. 
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FAMILIES@4

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
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NEW CHOIR MEMBERS

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
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MISSION ACTION PLAN – PARISH STRATEGIC MISSION PLAN
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
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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…

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Check out our Children’s page for our policy on our “Child Safe organisation policy”
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We have recently updated many pages – check out information on the parish and the resources…
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CHRIST CHURCH PLAYGROUP
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

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ANGLICAN PARISH OF CHRIST CHURCH ESSENDON

 MISSION STATEMENT

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.

VISION STATEMENT 

 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.

SERVICE TIMES

8am SUNDAY EUCHARIST
9.30am SUNDAY SUNG EUCHARIST followed by morning tea

10am WEDNESDAY EUCHARIST

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


WE ARE ALSO ON FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/essendonanglican