Easter is almost upon us, and we've got a variety of Easter Services planned, both in person and online.
Maundy Thursday, 28th of March
- 6:30PM — Quiet Meditation from 6:30PM
- 7:30PM — Pascal Dinner
Good Friday, 29th of March
- 9:30AM — Worship Service (This service will be live streamed to our YouTube channel)
Easter Sunday, 31st of March
- 5:30AM — Sunrise Vigil
- 10:00AM — Worship Service
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After more than 14 years as Uniting Church minister of the Living Faith Church (LFC) Greensborough, Reverend Graeme Harrison is retiring on December 17.
Terms are usually around 10 years, but according to Council chair, Alistair Clough: “Reverend Graeme has been such a strong and innovative leader that the church wanted to hang on to such a good leader as long as we could.”
Reverend Graeme says one reason he came to this church was that it is a cooperating church, between the Uniting Church and the Church of Christ, which is rare in Australia. He says he loves celebrating and respecting the differences as well as working in a team.
He was also on a Uniting Church Synod (church assembly) task group that reviewed and modernised the structure across Victoria and Tasmania.
But as Reverend Graeme’s Synod work finished, Covid struck. He says it was a steep learning curve to produce services on-line for people at home. Sadly, funerals during this time were reduced to handfuls of people plus those who could watch online.
One positive of this time was his use of Lego to create mini movies that delighted the children (and older members!) of the congregation.
Reverend Graeme’s time at LFC has been packed with activities that have enriched many lives:
- The church’s support for the Vanuatu Prevention of Blindness Project has grown including exchange visits to Vanuatu.
- The monthly Tucker Club, supplied meals and conversation to people in hardship. But Covid stopped this and it is not known if it will resume.
- Church members regularly visited asylum seekers in permanent detention at a Detention Centre (which has since closed) and the church organised annual fundraisers.
- Responding to Global warming, solar roof panels were installed and the church plans to stop using gas within a year.
- Regular Alpha courses that introduce people to the Christian faith continue to meet a need in the wider community and weekly Bible studies.
- Annual Families Camps are very popular.
- LFC has provided Working with Children training to help ensure a safe environment.
- The church takes part in the annual Safe Water September campaign to fund new wells in developing countries.
Reverend Graeme was also on the joint church committee that funded a secular role for a pastoral care person to connect with isolated people at the Greensborough Plaza. This helped reduce loneliness, and people were directed to services for further help. However that stopped with Covid and the Plaza Management no longer supports it, says Reverend Graeme.
The Chinese speaking Agape Church has been welcomed into Greensborough and shares the LFC building on Sunday afternoons.
Reverend Graeme has a passion for praising God through contemporary music. He introduced much new music for church services and regularly leads communal singing with his guitar.
So what next for Reverend Graeme?
He says - first a break to reassess his future and then a season of writing resources and maybe even a book.
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As February rolls around, members of all ages in the congregation are preparing for one of our most exciting and fulfilling experiences throughout the year, Church Camp 2023! A long-established tradition at Living Faith, this camp is a wonderful opportunity to connect and engage with each other, and God on a deeper level.
This year's theme is centered around growth, which can manifest itself in various ways. Living Faith as a Church, always strives to grow and develop itself and God's presence within the community. Last year, those efforts were certainly realised at Church Camp 2022 (Noticing God Everyday), with nearly 50 in attendance throughout the weekend.
That being said, growth is not merely about numbers, or attendance, or even simply the process of getting older.
We are hoping that this year, our church (and subsequently, our church camp), can focus on taking our time, both individually and as a spiritual body, to evolve our relationships with ourselves, each other and even the world around us. To process, heal, and connect with God during this time and beyond.
With the beautiful backdrop of coastal Victoria to aid us, we also have many activities planned to make the most of this weekend. High ropes, beach volleyball and the flying fox for the more physical and daring of camp goers, alongside morning walks, board games and puzzles for those wanting to unwind. Most excitingly of all, perhaps, is the opportunity to chat, engage and worship together.
Please pray for Church Camp 2023, that it will be a fulfilling experience where we can learn and grow to live better through God's vision.
As Vic finishes up his time with us, we are excited to welcome Ellen Grabner to the Living Faith Church Ministry Team!
Ellen joins us after a long tenure with Doncaster Church of Christ, a community we at LFC have some close connections to. At Doncaster, her role was focused on community building initiatives, and she is excited to bring her passion and expertise for inter-generational ministry to Living Faith.
Ellen will be commencing her role on February 1st, 2023, and will be inducted during the Sunday Service on the 5th of February.
Please join us in welcoming Ellen into our community.
Vic's final day at Living Faith Church was on Sunday, the 18th December. On leaving, Vic wanted to share a message with the Living Faith Church community.
Well, well, well, that was a rapid couple of years! After an unusual pandemic start, I have really enjoyed my time at Living Faith Church. You guys are a warm and welcoming community and that is your strength. Looking back, it was unique to be doing pre-recorded messages from my shed which is something new for the ministry resume, but it did provide some insight into my interests and passions as a bloke who likes to tinker. I find it very therapeutic. The wonderful ministerial service role of preaching, leading and presiding over communion is always an honour and privilege. The experience has blessed me as much as (I hope) it has blessed all of you who make up the wonderful Living Faith Church folk.
We want to thank Vic for his wonderful ministry, support and friendship shared with our LFC Community.
As we enter the Advent season, we'd like to invite everyone to join us in December for our celebrations of Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, we will be meeting at 5:00PM outside of the church for a special celebration. There will be animals, food, carols, and quality Christmas jokes, so please bring a friend and come join us for a great evening.
The following morning, Christmas Day, we will be holding a special worship service at 9:30AM. We would love to see you there!
Leading up to Christmas, we will be having our regular Sunday morning Worship Services at 10AM every week. In person services have resumed, so we would love to see you in person on Sunday morning. If you'd like to join us from home, every Sunday we live-stream our services on YouTube.
God bless you and we hope to see you this Christmas season.
Sunday 27th February at 10am
The worship service on Sunday 27th February 2022 will be on our Youtube channel only. There will be no face-to-face worship due to the Family Camp and reduced numbers during covid. The service will be pre-recorded.
To view the service follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuVrDYM_aV1tAGgPZpjI-mw
Remember to prepare early with communion elements, then sit back, and take part in Sunday worship.
7:00-8:30PM Church will be open for quiet prayer and meditation - Guide available to aid your contemplation.
9:30AM Join us for worship on Christmas Morning.
10AM Join us for our regular Sunday Morning worship on Boxing Day
Please see our pinned news post on the front page of the website & app for COVID-19 safety information regarding services.