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OUR SERVICE

Our 10am worship gathering

Our primary church gathering is at 10am on Sunday morning at 9 Pakington Street, St Kilda.

On most Sundays, about 40 to 60 of us gather: large enough for the singing to sound good, small enough to enable a flexible and interactive community engagement. In this COVID-19 time, we offer good sanitation and physical distancing.

We combine formality and informality. We follow the common lectionary as a basis for our worship, but we feel free to depart from it when our church life warrants other emphases. We always have elements of prepared liturgy, but these are uniquely chosen and created around the themes of each Sunday. There are often times for community interaction, especially passing of the peace, community prayers and community news.

Our approach is

  • earthy, grounded in the beauty and brokenness of life,

  • inclusive, because the kingdom of God has no favourites

  • and contemplative, recognising that God is profoundly present in ordinary human longings, struggles and relationships.

We offer tea and coffee following the service whenever COVID-19 restrictions allow. We respect the gift of visitors, welcoming you personally but not embarrassing you by exposing you.

We offer a Zoom link for those who wish to worship from home (or that we all join in lockdowns). Please email us if you would like to join us on zoom. 
 

Every worship gathering varies, but you can expect our engagement to be biblical and open to life experience.

 

Our contemplative gatherings

Amidst the busyness of our lives, we have found the value of regularly pausing in the quiet to allow ourselves to be present to God. Candlelight, gentle music, the words of Scripture and silence are often our companions as we regularly rest into the presence of the Divine, who is constantly seeking relationship with us. Sally Wall is our frequent facilitator.

We have found this simple way of praying lends itself well to Zoom.

We acknowledge that St Kilda Baptist Church is built on the stolen land of the Yaluk-ut Weelam people of the Boon Wurrung nation and pay our respects to their elders past and present.