THORNBURY CHURCH OF CHRIST
We are a congregation that aims to be attentive to God and to the people in our neighbourhood, looking for opportunities to be of assistance or support and bringing the message of hope into the lives of people. Our Sunday services are in the chapel, however, prayer meetings and bible studies are still online or via telephone using zoom. We are really keen to have you join us, even if you don't believe what we believe, we hope that you'll find a place to belong.
Despite changes in the methods of operating, the message has remained the same throughout all our history; namely, we encourage people to relate to God the Father, through God the Son, in the power of God the Holy Spirit. Our mission statement is Seek, Connect, Grow - To Seek God, to Connect in community and Grow together. We are an independent church affiliated with the Churches of Christ movement in Victoria and Tasmania.
Our Sunday and weekly prayer services are geared to worshippers of all ages. Coming together as a community strengthens and guides us in our daily life. For those who wish to join us, you are always welcome.
Sundays at 10AM
*except the 4th Sunday of the month*
Our usual Sunday program is varied and evolving as we grow and change as a community. We currently have four different types of services each month, for some brief descriptions see below:
1st & 5th Sunday of the month: Worship accompanied by organ, communion & Bible message.
2nd Sunday of the month: Communion, teaching DVD & small group discussion.
3rd Sunday of the month: Creative worship, communion & Bible message.
4th Sunday of the month: Discovery Bible study only at 10am (Lunch at 12:30pm)
Thursday 6:30pm (weekly) on zoom
Tuesday 11am (fortnightly) in the chapel
Sunday 10am (4th Sunday of the month) in the chapel
Small groups are great ways to share life together, read the bible and discuss. One hour only.
PRAYER TIMES / REQUESTS
Tuesday - Friday 8:30am & 8pm (30 min) on zoom.
You are welcome to join the meeting via our zoom link or contact us to send through your prayer request.
Our Food Relief Program has really grown over the last four years and since the beginning of the pandemic we have seen a sharp increase in community need. Our produce ranges from gourmet sourdough bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen pre-cooked meals and various pantry items. We would like to thank our generous supporters, volunteers and regular suppliers.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are you open? Monday, Wednesday & Friday 2:30pm - 5pm (except public holidays)
Who can come? Anyone (if you are unwell please stay home)
Do I need a health care card? No
How often can I come? As often as you need.
Can I volunteer? Yes, send us a message on the Contact Us page or just drop in.
Free Community Meal
What: Roast meat or Vegetarian
When: 4th Sunday of every month* (*Except December 18th & January 29th)
Time: Served from 12:30pm
On the 4th Sunday of every month we cook a fresh roast meal (vegetarian options are available).
You can pre-order your meal via email, please state whether you would like meat or vegetarian.
SMITH ST COMMUNITY PANTRY
Take what you need, give what you can.
The Smith St Community Pantry has been supplied, refurbished and installed due to the generosity of the local community. It is located on the church premises but it is managed by local neighbours and friends who keep it clean and check it from day to day.
What can we put in the pantry?
Unopened non perishable food eg: dry pasta, cans fruit/veg, sauces, soups, noodles, flour, rice, beans, biscuits, long life milk, cereal etc.
Toiletries eg: tooth paste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper
Cleaning products eg: dish soap, washing powder, spray cleaners,
Baby needs eg: nappies, wipes, baby food etc.
Garden produce eg: lemons, oranges, plums, apples, cucumber, zucchini
What can't we put in the pantry?
opened / stale food
food that requires refrigeration
really out of date food
unwrapped food (other than fruit/veg)
random items that would usually be given to an op shop eg: furniture items, books etc.
*Please note that we have a couple of local bakeries that donate left over bread and food from their end of day trading. They have permission to put the non-perishable food in the pantry individually wrapped for those who are in need and reduce waste.
If you are a local business or have a larger donation we would love to hear from you.
We are a proud CareWorks partner and able to issue instant tax deductible receipts for all donations towards our community programs by clicking the link below.
Coming April 2023
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space, online or in person, where people can explore life, faith and meaning.
Alpha is an environment for anyone and everyone who wants to explore life and the Christian faith, ask questions, and share their point of view. Alpha is free and everyone is welcome.
THE MARRIAGE COURSE
Starting Nov 8th 2022 for 7 weeks
The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Nicky and Sila Lee, authors of The Marriage Book, developed The Marriage Course for couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship. The course is designed to help couples build strong foundations, learn to communicate more effectively and resolve differences well.
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CAFE
THINK LOCAL COMMUNITY CAFE
Think Local Community Cafe is a non-profit social enterprise set up to service the caffeine needs of the Thornbury community. We use only the best Fairtrade organic coffee, roasted by Just Planet and have a range of ready to eat sweet and savoury goodies, for breakfast on the go or a refuel to get you through the day.
Starting with a mobile coffee cart, we have grown into our food trailer at the front of the Church (390-398 St Georges Road Thornbury). As a social enterprise, our desire is to channel all profits back into the community, initially in the form of community meals programs before expanding to other community care initiatives.
At Thornbury Church of Christ, our community programs operate with the help of our fantastic volunteers.
We always need volunteers to assist with our community programs and social enterprise cafe.
390-398 St Georges Road
Thornbury VIC 3071
Our church is conveniently located at the corner of St. Georges Road and Smith Street in Thornbury.
Tram number 11 along St Georges Road between stops #32 and #33 or a short walk from the Thornbury train station.
03 9484 2918