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Missions Blog || Open House – Meet Barry Gunning

Hear what one of our church members, Barry Gunning shares about his volunteering at Open House in this interview. Open House is one of our mission partners that runs programs and activities for disadvantaged youth and adults across the northern reaches of Melbourne. What brought you to be a volunteer at Open House? I wanted to do some volunteer work for some time but the opportunity came in 2014 on retirement. David Woods invited me to Open House and I…

Missions Blog || SU Summer Mission Update with Andi, Ella and David

In January three members of our church, Andi Fidock and Ella & David Tregale, were part of an SU Mission Team in Ballarat. In this interview they speak about what they did in sharing the good news of Jesus in word and action, especially seeking to love like Jesus and undertake ‘random acts of kingdom’. Watch and be very encouraged and challenged!

Missions Blog || Diocese of Morogoro Update

It is a privilege for us to partner with the Anglican Diocese of Morogoro in Tanzania. One of the projects that we have been supporting is the building of a Women’s Centre of Excellence. Tony Bramley, a member of our congregation at St John’s and a Canon of the Cathedral in Morogoro has sent through this video and description showing the exciting work that we are supporting. Tony writes “I thought the attached video might be of interest to you…

Missions Blog || Breakaway Youth – meet Adrian Pain

Our mission partners Breakaway Youth run camps for disadvantaged young people in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. One of our church members Adrian Pain has been a volunteer leader with Breakaway Youth for a  number of years and provided this interview reflecting on his role: What motivates you to be a volunteer leader at Breakaway? There’s obviously a need for the Breakaway program, and I originally heard about it through Paul’s brother. At the time, I was also in a…

Missions Blog || Update from the Edwards family (Bush Church Aid)

Rob & Michelle Edwards with Nathan, Josh and Pete work with Bush Church Aid (BCA) in Strathfieldsaye. Rob is the minister of Strathfieldsaye Community Church, which is a combined church of Anglicans and Unitings who love Jesus, and is located in the heart of Strathfieldsaye on the outskirts of Bendigo. Strathfieldsaye is a fast-growing community with many young families. The Edwards family ask us to prayer for the local breaky club as it resumes at school. May the volunteers build good relationships…

Missions Blog || Update from the Beers February 2021

Kate and Tavis Beer together with their kids Beka and Fin live in Darwin and work with CMS equipping Aboriginal leaders in the Top End. Here’s their latest update: Thanking God for his Provision Recent monsoonal weather during January gave us a solid 600mm of rain. So we, along with other locals, are enjoying the cool wet weather. But not only for the provision of rain, we are praising God that last month Beka was accepted into arts at Melbourne…

Mission Partner: Anglican Overseas Aid

Jesus said that he came that all people may have life and have it abundantly, but for millions of people around the world, this is still far from reality. That’s why at St John’s we partner with Anglican Overseas Aid (AOA), which is an overseas relief and development agency. Their work is inspired by the gospel of Jesus, with a vision for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world for all. AOA works with in partnership with local organisations. The people…

Partners in the Gospel – Nungalinya College

In Philippians 1:4-5 the Apostle Paul writes that he always prays with joy because of the Philippian church’s “partnership in the gospel”. Through their prayers, encouragement and financial support they show that they are working alongside Paul in his mission of sharing the good news of Jesus and strengthening churches to love and serve Jesus. At St John’s we rejoice in being gospel partners too, working alongside a variety of organisations to share the good news of Jesus and help…