A SPACE Contemplative Community worship service, ‘An Upsidedown SPACE‘, was held on Thursday 10 February 2022 at 8pm at Ivanhoe Uniting Church and simultaneously on the Banyule Network Vimeo page.

An online SPACE Contemplative Community worship service, ‘A Taizé SPACE‘, was held on Thursday 3 February 2022 at 8pm to mark the 5th Sunday after Epiphany on the Banyule Network Vimeo & Banyule Network Facebook pages.

Video of SPACE Contemplative Community Service

During January 2022, the Banyule Network will be offering a number of opportunities for face-to-face and online worship.

Gathered Worship

Sunday 2 January at 10amFormal Responsive WorshipIvanhoe Uniting Church
Gresswell Uniting Church
Sunday 9 January at 10am Formal Responsive WorshipIvanhoe Uniting Church
Rosanna Uniting Church
Sunday 16 January at 10amFormal Responsive WorshipIvanhoe Uniting Church
Gresswell Uniting Church
Sunday 23 January at 10amFormal Responsive Worship
Rev Dr Jong Soo Park’s Final Service in the Network
Rosanna Uniting Church
Sunday 30 January at 10amNetwork WorshipGresswell Uniting Church

Online Worship

Sundays at 5pmCross Generation CatchupPlease contact Ian Gordon for Zoom link.

‘Our Creative Community’

The 2021 hope springs online Art Exhibition was launched on 22 October. The curator, Natasha Dewhirst, described the exhibition as ‘a window into the artistic and creative expressions of the hope springs community‘.

The strength and resilience of the community is clearly demonstrated through the range of artwork available. Some of the artwork has been created by members working together – including a collection of origami figures and an installation of crocheted wind spinners.

There are also many individual pieces created with paint, pens, pencils, textas, pastels, linocut prints, computer software – and even a piece of art contributed by Beau the dog! There are also poems and two members of the community performing original songs.

The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of beloved community member, Lindsay Hopley, who passed away in January 2021.

The complete video of the exhibition is included below.  (Well worth watching!)

‘Our Creative Community’ 2021

Recently, some hope springs staff and volunteers came together to prepare beautiful care packages for hope springs participants who have been struggling with lockdown.

Sixty care packages were prepared, which included a greeting card, a poem on a painting (written and painted by one of our volunteers), biscuits from church volunteer bakers, a lovely cake of soap, a coffee sachet, a can of soft drink, a chocolate and a fresh mango. Some participants also received a handmade boomerang bag, very kindly donated by Watsonia Neighbourhood House.

The care packages were distributed by hope springs staff, Jon Rumble and JJ, in mid-October and they have already received many appreciative messages from recipients.

At our September Zoom Messy Church we heard one of the ‘Lost Sheep’ stories called ‘Echidnas on Everest’, which focuses on a letter from Saint Paul to the community in Colossae. In his letter, Paul talks about how the people can have good relationships with those they are in community with.

This seems pretty appropriate for lockdown, when we’re all stuck together in our homes and can become a bit ‘spiky’ with one another! Friends, brothers/sisters and parents can all annoy one another at times, but we need to stick together to work things out.

We all had fun making our spiky echidnas out of material we had to hand.

Last week, Rev Sandy Brodine held a Facebook Livestream for the Bible Reading Fellowship in the UK (who are the international providers of Messy Church). They had asked Sandy to tell other Messy Church leaders around the world (most still locked down) about the Network’s adventures with Messy Miners.
Sandy got together with Paul Voutier, Jonte, Sophia and Bianca, three of our Messy Church young leaders, and recorded some videos where they explained various elements of Messy Miners.

You can watch the video below.

Video of Livestream

As a regular part of our worship services, we take time to make an offering of our time, abilities and financial resources.

There are several ways in which you can make your financial offering to support the vital ministry and mission of our Network. 

Direct Offerings to the Banyule Network

If you wish to set up a regular direct debit to the Banyule Network, you will need the following details: –
Bank: Bendigo Bank Account Name: Banyule Network Direct Offerings
BSB: 633-000 Account No: 185375458 Reference: Your name (optional)

Alternatively, we have prepared a form you can complete and take in to your bank, so they can set up the direct debit for you.

Open Plate

You can contribute money to the open plate provided at Network worship services.

Other Options

You can send a cheque (made out to Banyule Network of Uniting Churches) to the Network Office, addressed to Treasurer, Banyule Network of Uniting Churches, PO Box 476, Ivanhoe, Vic 3079 or, alternatively, you may wish to put your offering in an envelope each week and set it aside. Please contact the Network Treasurer to arrange collection.

Thank you for your ongoing contribution to the life of our local congregations and the Banyule Network of Uniting Churches.