Seeking and Sharing the Fullness of Life

Feb
26
Wed
Ash Wednesday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ash Wednesday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent, and it sets the tone for the season by calling us to confront our own mortality and our own entanglement in the webs of sin and corruption that cripple our world.

The service is an inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices, and all are welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

Bible Readings for Worship on Ash Wednesday 
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 51:1-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Mar
1
Sun
Lenten Retreat Day @ To be confirmed
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Lenten Retreat Day @ To be confirmed | Abbotsford | Victoria | Australia

As part of our Lenten observances, we spend the day in guided prayer and reflection before returning to the church for our regular worship service.

Sunday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Mar 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church

Our regular Sunday gathering around the Lord’s Word and Table. An inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices. All welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

After the service, everyone is welcome to share in a light evening meal together.

Bible Readings for Worship this Sunday
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Preacher
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Mar
4
Wed
Host Group Meeting @ Nathan's House
Mar 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Host Group Meeting @ Nathan's House

Anyone in the congregation is welcome to attend this monthly leadership meeting where we do the work of governance, discerning and deciding the mind of Jesus for our congregational life, prayer and ministry.

Mar
8
Sun
Sunday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church

Our regular Sunday gathering around the Lord’s Word and Table. An inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices. All welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

After the service, everyone is welcome to share in a light evening meal together.

Bible Readings for Worship this Sunday
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Preacher
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Mar
15
Sun
Sunday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Mar 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church

Our regular Sunday gathering around the Lord’s Word and Table. An inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices. All welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

After the service, everyone is welcome to share in a light evening meal together.

Bible Readings for Worship this Sunday
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Preacher
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Mar
22
Sun
Sunday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Mar 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church

Our regular Sunday gathering around the Lord’s Word and Table. An inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices. All welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

After the service, everyone is welcome to share in a light evening meal together.

Bible Readings for Worship this Sunday
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Preacher
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Mar
29
Sun
Sunday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church

Our regular Sunday gathering around the Lord’s Word and Table. An inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices. All welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

After the service, everyone is welcome to share in a light evening meal together.

Bible Readings for Worship this Sunday
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Preacher
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Apr
1
Wed
Host Group Meeting @ Nathan's House
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Host Group Meeting @ Nathan's House

Anyone in the congregation is welcome to attend this monthly leadership meeting where we do the work of governance, discerning and deciding the mind of Jesus for our congregational life, prayer and ministry.

Apr
5
Sun
Lenten Book Discussion @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Apr 5 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lenten Book Discussion @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

Sharing reflections on our shared Lenten reading assignment

Palm Sunday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Palm Sunday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

On Palm Sunday, our regular gathering around the Lord’s Word and Table takes a different shape as we commemorate Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem under the looming shadow of the cross. The service begins outside the church (weather permitting), and once inside it features an extended reading of the gospel account of Jesus’s final hours as the church’s lights are gradually extinguished until we are left sitting in the darkness in prayerful silence.

The service is an inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices, and all are welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

After the service, everyone is welcome to share in a light evening meal together. During this season of Lent, it is a simple meal of soup and bread, but the conversation is as hearty as ever.

Bible Readings for Worship this Sunday 
Matthew 21:1-11
Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29
Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Psalm 31: 9-16
Philippians 2: 5-11
Matthew 26:14 – 27:66

Apr
9
Thu
Maundy Thursday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Apr 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Maundy Thursday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

The Maundy Thursday service, marking Jesus’ Last Supper, includes the rite of footwashing, as well as the Lord’s Table.

It is an inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices, and all are welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

Bible Readings for Worship 
Exodus 12: 1-14
Psalm 116: 1-2, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
John 13: 1-17, 31b-35

Apr
10
Fri
Good Friday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Good Friday Worship @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

The Good Friday or Great Friday service is focussed around the cross as we remember the execution of Jesus and his gracious refusal to reciprocate our hostility and violence.

It is an inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices, and all are welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

Bible Readings for Worship 
Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12
Psalm 22
Hebrews 10: 16-25
Hebrew 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1 – 19:42

Apr
11
Sat
Great Paschal Vigil @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Great Paschal Vigil @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

The Great Paschal (or Easter) Vigil is the biggest worship service of the year as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. It starts outside around a fire, and then includes a baptism, and the Paschal Eucharist. The celebrations will continue after the service with champagne and hot cross buns.

The service is an inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices, and all are welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

Bible Readings for Worship 
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13
Genesis 22:1-18
Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21
Proverbs 8:1-8; 19-21; 9:4b-6
Isaiah 55:1-11
Ezekiel 36:24-28
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Romans 6:3-11
Psalm 114
Luke 24:1-12

Apr
12
Sun
Resurrection Morning Cruise and Breakfast @ Departing from Federation Square
Apr 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Resurrection Morning Cruise and Breakfast @ Departing from Federation Square | Melton | Victoria | Australia

We celebrate Resurrection Morning (Easter Sunday) by enjoying a leisurely boat cruise along the Yarra River from Federation Square to Herring Island. On the Island we take advantage of some of the wonderful sculptures in the sculpture park to observe a short stational liturgy focussed around the stories of the resurrection of Jesus. The liturgy concludes with sharing a barbecue breakfast (BYO food and drink) in the picnic area (free public barbecue facilities available). The boat collects us in time to return us to Federation Square by 1:30pm. It is also possible to skip the cruise and join us at the island by meeting us at the Como Landing, on the South Yarra side of the river, right where Alexandra Avenue meets Williams Road in South Yarra to be ferried across.

Bible Readings for Worship 
John 20:1-18
John 21: 1-3a, 4-5, 9, 12-13

NO Easter Sunday Service @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Apr 12 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
NO Easter Sunday Service @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church

There will be no worship service at the church on Easter Sunday, because our main celebration of Easter is held the previous night in the Great Paschal Vigil from 8:00pm.

May
6
Wed
Host Group Meeting @ Nathan's House
May 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Host Group Meeting @ Nathan's House

Anyone in the congregation is welcome to attend this monthly leadership meeting where we do the work of governance, discerning and deciding the mind of Jesus for our congregational life, prayer and ministry.

May
10
Sun
SYCBaps Discernment Forum or Workshop
May 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
SYCBaps Discernment Forum or Workshop

Topic to be announced

May
21
Thu
The Feast of the Ascension – Ecumenical Worship @ Christ Church South Yarra
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Feast of the Ascension - Ecumenical Worship @ Christ Church South Yarra | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

On the Feast of the Ascension the Church celebrates Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven to be everywhere present. On this occasion each year, we gather to worship God with three other local congregations. A festive supper will be served afterwards. This is part of our annual cycle of four ecumenical services, with each church hosting one.

Bible Readings
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47
Daniel 7:9-14
Ephesians 1:15-23
Luke 24:44-53

Preacher
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May
22
Fri
BUV Delegates Dinner @ Karralyka Centre
May 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
BUV Delegates Dinner @ Karralyka Centre | Victoria | Australia

A twice yearly gathering of Baptist Ministers and the nominated representative of each Baptist Church, Community, or Agency, to discern and decide on the directions of the things our churches do in association with one another.