Thursday 28 September 2023

This is a reprise of a service from 2022, focusing on Woman Wisdom/the Holy Spirit.

It also includes an introduction to the practice of breath prayer.

Gathering of the People of God

Sunday 1 October 2023 at 7pm

Heidelberg Scots Uniting Church

187 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg

‘Together’ is an ecumenical prayer vigil being held in Rome on 30 September 2023 in the presence of Pope Francis and representatives of different churches.

Prayers will also be held around the world and in Melbourne from 28 September to 1 October with preparations being led by the Taizé Community.

As a part of this international event, we would love to have you join us at Heidelberg Scots Uniting Church for a service led by the SPACE Contemplative Community.

Check out the Together 2023 website for more information about this international gathering.

Thursday 21 September 2023

Join with the SPACE Contemplative Community for their monthly Christian Meditation service.

Sunday 24 September & Sunday 22 October 2023

Ivanhoe Uniting Church, 15 Seddon Street

Singing as one of a group is one of the greatest joys we can experience. Two Network events have been scheduled to assist us to sing our way into spring. Both will be held in the Ivanhoe worship space, beginning at 2 pm, and followed by afternoon tea.

The dates for these events are:

  • Sunday 24 September 2023
  • Sunday 22 October 2023

The first event will provide an opportunity to sing our favourite hymns and songs, as is part of our September Sabbath program.  The hymns and songs featured in this event will be those suggested by members of the Network, and can be chosen from any source, old or new.

The second event will be dedicated to Rod Horsfield’s new hymns, which is published in a collection called ‘Songs in Season’.

Please join us at Ivanhoe for both of these events and come prepared to have a great time of fellowship.

Thursday 14 September 2023

Join Rev Sandy Brodine and the SPACE Community for a reflection on what it means to be a re-wilded church…

Café of Dangerous Ideas

Friday 29 September 2023 at 7.30pm

Sycamore Tree Café

185 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg

The Café of Dangerous Ideas is back for the first time in 2 years!

The theme for our first few Café of Dangerous Ideas will be based around the idea of ecstatic experience.

Traditionally religion and spirituality were the places where ecstatic experience occurred, but in more recent times people have found alternative options that are divorced from traditional religion and spirituality via different methods. We’re going to ask questions about some of those alternative options and ask what they might offer us.

Our first evening will be a discussion with John and Roni, who have utilised Ayahuasca – a South American psychoactive brew used as a traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin.

For further information and to book in for the event, see

Café of Dangerous Ideas Facebook page

Sabbath Rest

Sunday 10 September 2023 from 4.30 – 6.30pm

Ivanhoe Uniting Church, Seddon Street

Messy Church this Sunday is going to be all about Sabbath and Rest.

We’ll be drawing, sculpting, making prayer beads, building blanket forts and reading stories.

Of course there will be singing, praying and reflecting together on what it means to rest, with a shared meal to follow.

Please contact Sandy Brodine for more information.

Thursday 7 September 2023

Join the SPACE Contemplative Community in their monthly Taizé worship service this time based on the readings from the Season of Creation.

Let Justice and Peace Flow

From 1 September (the World day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) to 4 October (The Feast of St Francis of Assisi), Christians around the world take part in acts of worship and action focused on how we live in relationship with and care for God’s creation.

The International theme for the 2023 Season of Creation is Let Peace and Justice Flow. 
The symbol for this year is a Mighty River. The theme calls us to reflect on the words of the prophet Amos, “Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5: 24). We are called to join the river of justice and peace, to take up climate and ecological justice, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate injustice and the loss of biodiversity.

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters have long walked in the wisdom of these interwoven, interdependent relationships and the need to care for country, acknowledging our role, as Indigenous Christian scholar Randy Woodley expresses, as one part of the “community of creation”.

Season of Creation is an opportunity to reflect on our role as stewards of God’s beautiful Creation and the need for us to work, pray and listen, as we seek to live out Jesus’ call to love our neighbour.