Come join us for the Commencement Service of the Presbyterian Theological College! Supper will be served immediately after the service. Please note the earlier starting time of 7:00pm as opposed to 7:30pm in previous years. We hope to see you there!
On a Sunday evening in September we had a special visit from Brian and Helen Gault from Northern Ireland. ‘Brian was one of the 480 survivors of the “miracle drug” thalidomide brought on the British market during the early 1960s. To the shock of his parents, he was born with no arms.’ (Look, No Hands! The inspiring story of Brian Gault with Helena Rogers, Hodder Christian Books.)
Brian spoke passionately about his early life, and most importantly how he was saved by God’s grace. Later on, God led him to Helen, and they were married in August 2000. Brian gave thanks to God for life, and encouraged everyone to consider ‘How much are YOU worth?’, from Psalm 139. Brian was able to use his toes freely, and he showed us how he could ‘shake hands’, hold a spoon, mug, and autograph his books. It was a wonderful and inspiring evening for everyone.
We had warm fellowship over supper, and many visitors were impressed with the spread of food. They were even more surprised to hear that we have these kinds of yummy foods after church every week! Thanks to all our ladies for their beautiful cooking and baking. A special thank you goes to Lisa and Rob from Frankston Presbyterian Church for providing transportation for Brian and Helen to church.
The 2015-16 PYV Summer Camp has been a wonderful and successful event. Over five nights and six days we gathered at Rawson Village in Gippsland for times of worship, study, fun, and food. Our speaker for this camp was Rev Andrew Vines. Vinesy is certainly no stranger to PYV having been involved with us for many years. So we were confident that his talks would be good. But they were so much better than that.
The topic for the camp was “Practical Christianity” and Andrew used the book of James to bring a practical edge to our faith. With talk titles like “Rearrange your values” and “Deal with your desires” you can see that the youth of our church have been challenged to see Christianity as a faith that affects how we live. These talks will be available at www.pyv.org.au in the next week or two.
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Chaplain to the Kirkbrae Presbyterian Home – Melbourne Outer East (1.0EFT)
An exciting opportunity exists for an energetic and compassionate Chaplain to work on a full time basis with residents, their families and staff at Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in outer eastern Melbourne. The position will commence from 1/7/2016.
The position will include personal visitation to residents in both the independent living units and residential care at Kirkbrae in conjunction with a small team of pastoral carers, including volunteers ; the provision of Christian pastoral care and prayer; the facilitation of regular worship services both mid-week and on Sundays and ongoing liaison with and support for the community’s management, staff and programs.
Applicants should be an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in good standing and demonstrate a willingness to work within Presbyterian Church of Australia guidelines including adherence to biblical standards as summarised in the Westminster Confession of Faith, read in the light of the Declaratory Statement of 1901.
The successful applicant will demonstrate a heart and vision for dedicated chaplaincy work amongst the elderly, their families and those who work with them. He should possess relevant theological qualifications (training in Clinical Pastoral education or equivalent will be highly regarded ), well developed practical experience in a similar environment and a commitment to ongoing personal, spiritual and professional development.
A position description including prerequisites for the position and details of the application process is available by contacting:
Final applications for the position are to be received by no later than :
Recently Eltham PC has made a number of property improvements. We have bought an adjoining property, extended our auditorium by sixty-three seats, included a much larger stage and installed a portable for extra Sunday School space. Now we are focussing on growing our ministry by increasing our team and community connections.
In 2014, Andy Buchan joined us as a part time assistant. Andy, Taimi and their two children came to us from the Mt Barker Anglican church plant in SA. Andy is also studying part time at the PTC as a candidate for the ministry. Currently he heads up the music team, runs young adults hospitality events, preaches monthly and looks after the outreach ministries of EPC. These include running a stall at the Eltham Festival, pastoral oversight of Mainly Music, our letter box drop program and a dedicated website for people wanting to consider Jesus more deeply (thinklifethinkjesus.org). Apart from his various ministry experiences, Andy is also a trained percussionist and brings a new musical dimension to our music team. Taimi has started up a Community Thank You ministry where we as a congregation provide morning tea for local schools (where EPC children attend) and for the SES, fire brigade, police etc. It is our way of saying we appreciate their contribution and that we see ourselves as part of the wider community. Taimi has also taken a role as Regional Coordinator for Mainly Music in Victoria and beyond.