THE CHURCH ON THE HILL AND THE CHURCH ON THE PLAIN

Addresses

High Street Road Worship Centre
482 High Street Road, Mount Waverley 3149
Office: 9887 8239
Email: office@highstreetroadunitingchurchmountwaverley.org

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Virginia Street Worship Centre
37-43 Virginia Street, Mount Waverley 3149
Office: 9888 2295
Email: office@stjohnsuniting.org.au

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Together as One Congregation

High Street Road and St John’s Uniting Churches began worshipping together every Sunday at alternating churches in February 2020. Since Easter 2020, our worship continued to be together but virtual, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our two churches, with the support of Presbytery and Synod, have now become one and our outreach to the community and those in need has been strengthened by our collaboration.
The Church on the Hill and the Church on the Plain are now one Church in Community!

This officially commenced on 1 January 2021, with our service of inauguration held on 7 February 2021. We are overjoyed that this has come to be and give heartfelt thanks to God! In a time when everyone has been social distancing and in lockdown, we have reversed the trend and have become one! Details of our worship times and locations can be found here.

MOVING FORWARD WITH COVID-19

Requirement to record church worker and volunteer covid vaccination status 

Our Synod has advised us that under current Victorian COVID-19 Health Directions from Friday October 15, our church must collect and record COVID-19 vaccination information for all staff and volunteers. If you undertake work or volunteer at either of our sites, please look for further information in our Newsletter No. 39, regarding this requirement and the need to provide proof of vaccination status. All COVID-19 vaccination records will be held confidentially at our two offices by our office managers.

We are very pleased that most of our people have advised our ministers that they are  fully vaccinated. Thank you for your cooperation in complying with this new Synod requirement as soon  as possible. Paul Kirton for Church Council 

Worshipping Together

On Sunday 17th, the Victorian government gave us the good news that from midnight  Thursday, October 20 (which means first thing Friday October 21), we will have reached  the threshold of 70 percent of people 16 years old and over fully vaccinated. For  Religious gatherings, funerals and weddings, the following limits apply:

  • Fully Vaccinated: Outdoor maximum of 50 people
  • Fully Vaccinated: Indoor maximum of 20 people
  • Unknown vaccination status: Outdoor maximum of 20 people
  • Unknown vaccination status: Indoor maximum of 10 people

Religious gathering applies not only to worship services, but to other meetings of the  church. If there are more than 10 people attending, everyone present must show that they are double vaccinated.  

From Friday November 5 we’re likely to be able to gather indoors for religious gatherings  and weddings, with a 4 square metres per person ratio, maximum of 150, on the  condition that we know that everyone present is fully vaccinated. For HSR, this is a  maximum of 47 and for Virginia St it’s 52 fully vaccinated people in the worship space.  If the vaccination status of worshippers is unknown, it’s a maximum of 20 people, either  indoors or outdoors. 

At HSR and St John’s, we are working towards having face to face worship from  Sunday 14th November. But numbers will be limited and booking through the  church offices will be required. 

Let us all support each other, reach out to friends and neighbours who may need our help and praise God for our loving community. Stay safe, be kind and wear a mask whenever you leave home.

Online worship will continue indefinitely. This can be accessed at any time by anyone through the following link:

Sunday Evenings

Details of our informal Sunday evening worship and discussion can be found here.

INAUGURATION SERVICE

On the 7th of February 2021 the inauguration service for our two congregations becoming one was held at St John’s Uniting Church Mount Waverley and was available for live streaming at that time. For those who missed this service, please follow the link below to view the video online.

Welcome

Welcome to the High Street Road and St John’s Uniting Church Mount Waverley.

We are a loving and caring community, living the way of Jesus, participating in God’s action in Australia and around the world and reaching out to assist and care for our local community.

Celebrating 130 plus years of worship and service from the hilltop in Mount Waverley and 60 years plus of worship and service from the plains of the Mount Waverley Village.

We are an inclusive congregation and work ecumenically with neighbouring churches. We welcome people of all cultures, races, spiritual beliefs and sexual orientation. We worship God in mainstream Christian tradition with a rich blend of styles and with an open hearts based on the teachings of Jesus. We are always seeking to learn and grow spiritually, theologically and faithfully.

We are members of the Mount Waverley Uniting Church Cluster, comprising High Street Road and St John’s Uniting Church, St Luke’s, St Mark’s and the Melbourne Fijian Uniting Church.

On Sunday 17th, the Victorian government gave us the good news that from midnight  Thursday, October 20 (which means first thing Friday October 21), we will have reached  the threshold of 70 percent of people 16 years old and over fully vaccinated. For  Religious gatherings, funerals and weddings, the following limits apply:

  • Fully Vaccinated: Outdoor maximum of 50 people
  • Fully Vaccinated: Indoor maximum of 20 people
  • Unknown vaccination status: Outdoor maximum of 20 people
  • Unknown vaccination status: Indoor maximum of 10 people

From Friday November 5 we’re likely to be able to gather indoors for religious gatherings  and weddings, with a 4 square metres per person ratio, maximum of 150, on the  condition that we know that everyone present is fully vaccinated. For HSR, this is a  maximum of 47 and for Virginia St it’s 52 fully vaccinated people in the worship space.  If the vaccination status of worshippers is unknown, it’s a maximum of 20 people, either  indoors or outdoors. 

At HSR and St John’s, we are working towards having face to face worship from  Sunday 14th November. Numbers will be limited and booking through the  church offices will be required. 

For services at Virginia Street, email office@stjohnsuniting.org.au or phone (9888 2295) during office hours.
For services at High Street Road, email Shirley office@highstreetroadunitingchurchmountwaverley.org or phone (9887 8239) during office hours.

Virtual Worship is available via this link

2021

Sunday 31 October

Virginia Street Online only
Virtual service available here

9:45 am Rev Semisi Tauali’i

No Sunday PM
(5th Sunday)

Sunday 7 November

Virginia Street
Online only
Virtual service available here

Via Zoom here

9:45 am Rev Semisi & Rev Julie
Holy Communion


7:00 pm Sunday PM
TBA

Sunday 14 November

HSR
Virtual service available here

Via Zoom here

9:45 am Rev Julie Ross


Sunday PM
TBA

Sunday 21 November

Virginia Street
Virtual service available here

Via Zoom here

 

9:30 am Early Morning Hymn Singing
9:45 am Rev Semisi Tauali’i

Sunday PM
TBA

SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP

SUNDAY PMSTUDY SERIES
Next session:    Sunday 7 November 7:00 pm
TBA

Leaders: Rev Julie, Rev Semisi and Ian McKinnon
Zoom access meeting ID: 863 4496 3833 (no password required)
The meeting room will be open from 6:45pm. Click here

If you have any questions about how to access our Zoom meetings, please contact Ian McKinnon, ph: 9807 2663 or email Ian.Frances@bigpond.com;

Acknowledgement of Country

High Street Road and St John’s Uniting Churches in Mount Waverley acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn, work and worship.