Seeking and Sharing the Fullness of Life

Apr
5
Sun
Lenten Book Discussion @ Online Meeting
Apr 5 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lenten Book Discussion @ Online Meeting | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

Sharing reflections on our shared Lenten reading assignment

Palm Sunday Worship @ Online Only
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Palm Sunday Worship @ Online Only | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

Our regular worship services are currently happening online only, but it is not just a streamed telecast. Like our usual service, it is a highly participatory inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices. All welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

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 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.

After the service, we would normally share in a light evening meal together, but we haven’t worked out how to serve soup and bread online!

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 @ Online Only
Apr 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Maundy Thursday Worship @ Online Only | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

Our worship services are currently happening online only, but it is not just a streamed telecast. Like our usual service, it is a highly participatory inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices. All welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

The Maundy Thursday service, marking Jesus’ Last Supper, usually includes the rites of footwashing and the Lord’s Table. We’re still working out what the online version will look like.

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 @ Online Only
Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Good Friday Worship @ Online Only | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

Our worship services are currently happening online only, but it is not just a streamed telecast. Like our usual service, it is a highly participatory inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices. All welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

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.

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 @ Online Only
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Great Paschal Vigil @ Online Only | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

Our worship services are currently happening online only, but it is not just a streamed telecast. Like our usual service, it is a highly participatory inclusive and healing blend of ancient and modern spiritual practices. All welcome, regardless of age, race, religion, capability, sexual identity, or immigration status.

The Great Paschal (or Easter) Vigil is the biggest worship service of the year as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. We are still working out what the online version will look like.

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 @ Online Meeting
May 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Host Group Meeting @ Online Meeting

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
t.b.c.

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.

May
24
Sun
Working Bee @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
May 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Working Bee @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

An opportunity to enjoy one another’s company while working together on some of the routine maintenance needs of our church buildings and property.

Jun
3
Wed
Host Group Meeting @ Online Meeting
Jun 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Host Group Meeting @ Online Meeting

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.

Jun
21
Sun
Church Anniversary Worship/Dinner @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We celebrate the 164th anniversary of the founding of our church with a service of worship around a festive meal table. The service includes the annual renewal of our covenant membership vows.

The hall set for the anniversary dinner
Anniversary Dinner
Anniversary Dinner
Jul
1
Wed
Host Group Meeting @ Online Meeting
Jul 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Host Group Meeting @ Online Meeting

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.

Jul
5
Sun
SYCBaps Discernment Forum or Workshop
Jul 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
SYCBaps Discernment Forum or Workshop

Topic to be announced

Aug
5
Wed
Host Group Meeting @ Online Meeting
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Host Group Meeting @ Online Meeting

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.

Aug
6
Thu
The Feast of Transfiguration Ecumenical Worship @ St Josephs Church
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Feast of Transfiguration Ecumenical Worship @ St Josephs Church | South Yarra | Victoria | Australia

On the Feast Day of the Transfiguration of our Lord, 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
Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14
Psalm 97
2 Peter 1: 16-19
Matthew 17: 1-9

Preacher
Nathan Nettleton

Aug
28
Fri
Church Camp
Aug 28 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 30 @ 2:00 pm
Church Camp @ Anglesea | Victoria | Australia

Our annual weekend away to enjoy one another’s company over food, prayer, and relaxed activities. Our Sunday worship service will be held at the camp on this weekend.

Aug
30
Sun
NO Worship Service this week @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church
Aug 30 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
NO Worship Service this week @ South Yarra Community Baptist Church

There will be no worship service at the church this week, because we will be holding our service at our church camp in Anglesea.