On the evening of the Sunday 19th of July, Chris Duke was licensed by the Presbytery of Ballarat as a preacher of the Gospel. Chris' licensing is the culmination of several years' theological training, and it was a joyful occasion which was attended by people from near and far. A moving sermon was preached by Rev John Stasse, followed by a delicious supper.

As a licentiate of the PCV, Chris is now available for a call.


On Tuesday the 21st of July, Belgrave Heights Christian School celebrated the Opening of the excellent facilities for their new Middle School. The facilities include expandable classrooms with glass walls which can be written on for group work, innovative furniture to allow for flexible classroom arrangements and TV screens to allow students to present their work. Other facilities include an outdoor amphitheatre for learning and performance, a giant chess set and innovative play areas with a section for parkour, all set in the natural, leafy surroundings near Monbulk Creek.

The Official Opening by Mr Jason Wood (Federal Member for Latrobe, on right) and Mr Andy Callow (Principal, on left)

The Opening Ceremony was attended by esteemed guests including Mr Jason Wood, the Federal Member for Latrobe, Mr James Merlino, the Minister for Education in Victoria, and our very own Clerk of Assembly, Rev John Wilson. The proceedings included a prayer from the Middle School Captain, a musical item by two students and speeches from senior staff, including one from Mr Andy Callow, the Principal. Mr Wood then officially opened the facility and spoke encouraging words about the progress of the school and the quality of its leadership and students. Two of the three pioneers of the school, Isabel Bell and Lyn Thompson, attended the ceremony (Jennifer Robinson was unable to attend).

The Opening was a great opportunity to give thanks for the new facilities and to celebrate them with – as the Principal stated – “the four P’s – pioneers, parents, principals and politicians”.

For more photos of the occasion, please click "Read More" below.

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Just a reminder that the 2015 Colloquium is only five weeks away! We have a great line-up of speakers who will stimulate your thinking on a broad range of current issues. The Colloquium will be running on Friday the 7th of August from 9:00am to 9:00pm, and on Saturday the 8th of August from 9:00am to 5:30pm. To view the full program or to register, please click the following link: http://yourcan.org/index.php/register.

Registration can also be completed by via mail by sending your name, address, phone number, email address (if you have one) and payment to:

PCV Colloquium 2015
4 Schofield Court
Bell Post Hill VIC 3215
We hope to see you there!
Your congregation can reach out to your community through English Classes!
Join us for ESL Ministry Training with Judy Rowlands from PCNSW at Donvale Presbyterian Church.
There will be two sessions:
1. Friday 31 July from 7-9pm - Introduction to ESL Ministry (free of charge).
2. Saturday 1 August from 9am-3.30pm - Further training including:
-   Teaching Pronunciation (the most-desired student need)  
-   Student Centred ESL Classes (less of us - more of them)
-   using the Bible in ESL.
The fee for Saturday is $30. Concessions may be requested. Lunch will be provided on Saturday for those who have registered.
To register to attend either or both sessions, please contact or call 9655 1406.
See you there!
Ministry Development Committee
Presbyterian Church of Victoria

The PCV Archive, situated in South Yarra, has a need for one or two extra volunteer helpers. The work is conducted in a very warm and friendly atmosphere in the SYPC church premises and the work is under the supervision of Chris Palmer, and with her training.
In particular, we are in need of help on Tuesdays, and such a person would need to be available on a fairly regular basis.
Please respond to the PCV Archivist, Mrs Chris Palmer:   

Warm regards,
John Wilson
(Clerk of Assembly)



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