Heidelberg Scots Church was packed to overflowing on the afternoon of Sunday 29 January 2023 for the service inducting Rev Denise Liersch into the position of ‘Discipleship, Christian Education and Small Group Ministry’ with the Banyule Network.
The occasion was a joyful one, with much singing and some laughter and a feeling of warmth and hope.
During the induction service, Denise was reminded of her responsibilities as a Minister of the Word in this new placement. Then a group of people from the congregations and communities came forward with symbols representing the Network. As well as the usual Bible, water, bread and wine, there were other symbols more specific to the Network – a basket of toys representing Messy Church and a computer and mobile phone, representing modern ways of communication.
The Presbytery Chair then declared, to enthusiastic cheering, that Denise Liersch was inducted into the Banyule Network as a Minister of the Word.
Representatives from other local churches were called up to offer Denise their good wishes on behalf of their congregations. These included members of Anglican, Baptist and Catholic congregations, as well the Imam from the local Islamic Mosque. 
Then Denise gave a short heartfelt address. She spoke of being excited but a little nervous, and she thought that probably members of the Network felt much the same! 
It was a fittingly joyous occasion for the beginning of a new ministry in the Network.

Thursday 15 December 2022

Join the SPACE Contemplative Community for an Advent Christian Meditation Service.

Messy Christmas

In addition to all the usual Christmas Crafts and Activities, we’ll be having a Nativity Escape Room, so bring your best puzzle solving skills to team up with your Messy friends and solve some Christmas puzzles over pizza.

It’s going to be an awesome night. If you’ve not made it to Messy Church for a while – this will be one not to miss!

It will be lovely to see you all this Sunday 11 December 2022 from 4:30 – 6:30 at Ivanhoe Uniting Church, Seddon St Ivanhoe. Bring your friends!

Thursday 8 December 2022

This Advent service focuses on the imagery of the Jesse Tree from Isaiah.

We are delighted to announce that Rev Denise Liersch has accepted a call to the position of Christian Education & Small Group Ministry with the Banyule Network.

Denise originally trained as a physiotherapist, later moving into ministry after undertaking theological study in Australia and Germany. She was ordained in 2011 and was minister at The Avenue Uniting Church in Blackburn from 2011 – 2019. She subsequently held the role of Moderator of the VicTas Synod (from 2019 – 2022).

The Joint Nominating Committee (JNC), who undertook a number of conversations with Denise, spoke warmly of her strong and genuine Christian faith, her vibrant, reflective and engaging personality, and her maturity and valuable life-experience. She has prior experience working in team situations, and showed a strong desire to work as part of a team in her ministry.

JNC members also appreciated Denise’s interest in the Banyule Network, and her understanding of the call to work in both a Network-wide role in Christian Education and Small Group Ministry, and also to support congregations at Rosanna, Gresswell and Cross Generation. 

It is likely that Denise will commence in the Banyule Network in mid-late January 2023, with a date for her induction to be determined by the Presbytery.

Thursday 1 December 2022

A Contemplative Service of Advent Taizé Worship, led by Liz White.

Thursday 24 November 2022

Join the SPACE Contemplative Community for an Advent SPACE service.

Thursday 17 November 2022

Join Rev Sandy Brodine as she curates a reflective service based on St Benedict’s encouragement to his followers to live all of life as though it was Advent.

We are encouraged to enter the advent season sharpening our awareness on the presence of God as we wait for the Incarnate one who comes anew at Christmas.

This service includes a lovely “Silent Meditation” sequence taken from our friend Rev Dr Peter Blackwood’s “Icon Diary” as he paints his own icon of St Benedict, set to music by the Cambridge Singers.

Celebrating Small things!

This month at Messy Church, we’ll be looking at a story about one of the tiniest seeds in the world – a mustard seed, which grows into a huge bush! We’ll talk about what this tells us about God, and how God celebrates small things.

We’ll also have all the usual fun activities, games and crafts, a celebration time and a yummy shared meal.

It will be lovely to see you all this Sunday 13 November 2022 from 4:30 – 6:30 at Ivanhoe Uniting Church, Seddon St Ivanhoe. Bring your friends!

Thursday 10 November 2022

Join Kristen Barnett as she leads the SPACE Contemplative Community for our monthly Meditation Service.