Saint John’s extends a warm welcome to people of all faiths and none. Long a place of warm care and quiet peaceful beauty, Saint John’s has been a source of inspiration for generations, with a proud history of service to those in need.
Saint John’s is a vibrant forum for education, the arts, culture and public discourse. It is a place to gather in a relaxed and enjoyable environment, to share inspiring worship, and to grow in spirituality.
Saint John’s is a community in which faith and service to others are nurtured and encouraged. Our programs serve the needs of a diverse and cosmopolitan community.
The Service of Evensong is held at 6.00pm on First Sunday of the month, and next on Sunday 2 October. All choristers are encouraged to rehearse and sing.
Set aside some time to join in the Parish retreat on the weekend of 14-16 October 2016 at The Abbey on Raymond Island Set in several acres of pristine bushland surrounded by the waters of the Gippsland Lakes, it is a perfect place for some rest, refreshment and learning. The Retreat will be led the by The Vicar, Fr. John Baldock, around the theme of pilgrimage and journeys of discovery. Bookings can be made by contacting The Abbey on 03 5156 6580 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Plane to come for a day or the whole weekend. Transportation can be arranged on 0438 640 644.
The Spring edition of the Saint John’s and Saint Agnes’ parish paper, the ‘Eagle and Lamb’ is now available here.
The Shenanigans Bush Band is visiting Saint John’s on Friday 14 October for a traditional Parish Bush Dance. The dictionary defines Shenanigans as ‘silly or high-spirited behaviour’ – with maybe some ‘mischief’ thrown in – but could you ever imagine such a thing at Saint John’s! Even if your left foot doesn’t know what your right foot is doing, a bush dance is always terrific fun. You’ll learn plenty of English, Irish and European dance steps. There will be laughter, maybe a pulled muscle or two, and you might get a headache trying to remember which way to go! No experience necessary! Come along! Its time to step out and have some fun!!. Kids Free. Adults $10. BYO food and drink. All are welcome.
Work on the West Wall of the church has been completed and necessary geo-technical exploration on the North Transept foundations have been completed. We now await a report on possible movement in the foundations and the effect of tree roots on the structure. Scoping works for the final stage of the church restoration are proceeding, after which costings for the work will be sought. You can make a donation via the St John’s of East Malvern Foundation or directly to the National Trust, specifying your donation is for works on Saint John’s East Malvern. Donations to the National Trust over $2 are tax-deductible. Call 9571 6616 for further information on how you can contribute to the Restoration Campaign! Please give generously!.
Each week during semester time, Saint John’s organises a support program for overseas students studying at Monash University in Caulfield. Up to 75 students attend, for a diverse program that includes everything from learning to play the didgeridoo, circus arts and African drumming, to sports, excursions and wider cultural activities. Volunteers are always needed to help organise the nights and to serve food, along with hosting for students dinners each Semester. Call Jonathan on 0405 927 280 or email email@example.com.
You are invited to join and help The St John’s Garden Club, to help maintain the extensive nature of the parish grounds. A gardener is employed to mow lawns and do heavy some of the heavy pruning, but we rely on parishioners to work in the gardens to maintain the many lovely plants we now enjoy. The Garden Club meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month between 9.00am and 12.00pm, under the direction of Alex Wood. There is joy to be found in the company as well as the work. New members are always welcome. Call the Parish Office on 9571 6616 for further information. All are welcome!