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St Mary’s

The 10th annual Winter Art Show will be held from July 28-30, 10am to 4pm. Entry is $3. The official opening will be held on Friday, July 28 from 7.30pm. Bishop Ron Stone will open the show, as he did at the first show 10 years ago. This year’s judge is Andrew Goodman, artist and lecturer at La Trobe University.

Tickets for this year’s art show raffle are $2 each. First prize is a $200 voucher for The Capital Venues and Events. Second Prize is two tickets to the Russian National Ballet’s performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Ulumbarra Theatre in November.

A time of Christian Meditation is held in the side chapel at St Mary’s each Wednesday at 3.30pm. These sessions are open to anyone.

Our weekly services are 9am traditional service and 11am contemporary service, both with Holy Communion. For details about St Mary’s visit our website at

St Paul’s Cathedral

This Sunday is the sixth after Pentecost. The Gospel readings the past few weeks have identified for us the vision God has for the growth of his Kingdom. God in his great abundance sows the seed of faith with seemingly reckless abandon, in poor and rich soil alike. As members of Christ’s Body, we are called to tend these soils, watering them with his life – giving word and nourishing them with the sacraments of grace he gifts to his Church. We all are given gifts to encourage the growth of these seeds, with faith and hope and love. Whether you are skilled in music, or art; singing, or writing; listening, or sharing – we are all gardeners in God’s Kingdom! Services this Sunday are 8am – said Eucharist, 9.30am – choral Eucharist, 11am – celebration Eucharist. For more about St Paul’s visit or find us on facebook.


A warm friendly environment is offered each Friday at 6pm at the Saltworks free community meal. The meal is held in the Anglican Church Hall, 63 High Street, Eaglehawk. All are very welcome, especially anyone who is finding life a little lonely or is perhaps struggling to make ends meet. The organisers of the Community Meal are very grateful to The City of Greater Bendigo for their generous grant to assist in the acquisition of new kitchen items and general upgrade of some of the amenities.  

The members of Eaglehawk Anglican Church were delighted to recently welcome to the church Phil Gai, the Relationship Manager for Compassion Australia. Phil shared some heart-rending, true stories of some of the thousands of children around the world who have been orphaned due to the results of war. Phil and his family from South Sudan had experienced many years of having to flee from one region and country to another during the many years of civil war. On Tuesday, July 25, members of the Mothers’ Union will meet in the hall with the Connections Craft group for lunch. 


The Hymns Alive group is looking forward to commencing its third term this Thursday, July 20, in the hall at 1.30pm. New people are welcome to come along and join with 70-80 others to sing the old hymns that have been important to them in their younger years. Micah Gregory, a young leader in the church, will share his testimony.  

If you would like to be involved or are interested in Sports’ Chaplaincy work, then a training session will be conducted in the church on Monday, July 24, from 7pm. More details available from Bruce Claridge at the church office.

New people to the church are invited to a special lunch after the morning service on Sunday, July 30.  For further information email Toni at or phone church office.

Connect Groups, which are home groups that meet each week throughout Bendigo, will commence again during this week. Sunday services, 10am and 4pm, 35 Solomon Street, Bendigo.


This coming Sunday, July 16, is the sixth Sunday after Pentecost. In the Bendigo Lutheran parish we will be celebrating with Holy Communion at both our worship centres at 9am at 94 Spring Gully Road, Spring Gully, and 11am in Castlemaine at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Our Sunday school will still be on a break for school holidays.

Our sermon this week will be upon Matthew 13:1-9,18-23, The parable of the sower. Where it is explained to us that, Not only is the word of God to be 'heard', but it is to be heard with a heart which is open to its truth and gladly receives what it clearly says.


Today we had a mighty sermon from Stella Johns about how we are meant to be light to others. Jesus is the light of the world. And we, like the moon, should reflect His light.

Scripture tells us not to hide our light under a bushel. That means that we are to be mighty witnesses of the Word of God and share it with others. A smile, a kind word, a coffee with others is the light in us. If we leave it to be a dull glow people will not notice us at all. We are light and salt to the world as Christians. We only need to leave a grain of salt in a place and it will grow in its power and healing of others. Salt without flavour is useless. Let's not be useless in Jesus’ mighty name.

Next Wednesday is the Lady Lunch day. Prayer ministry from Pastor Peter Pritchard on 0413682999. Join us at our church service 10am in the Y Community Hall opposite Aldi in Kangaroo Flat.


Pastor Diane brought an encouraging, exciting and thought provoking message last Sunday as she shared with the congregation a prophecy released by Lana Vaser for 2017 from the Australian Prophetic Council that “The Camels Are Coming” with increase and provision as described in Isaiah 60:6. They are going to bring an increase of abundant provision and that 2017 is also going to be the year of breakthroughs. This is a season when God will be doing remarkable things in the world, in individual lives and in the church. There will be breakthroughs in healing, relationships, finances and many longstanding rifts in families are going to be restored, promises of God will manifest in provision of abundance. How can we be sure that no one misses this breakthrough? The key will be to take time in your day to come into the secret place of the Lord; just you and Him. (Matthew 6:6) Services on Sundays at 10am at the Long Gully Community Centre, 27 Havilah Road, Bendigo. Enquiries: Ph: 5443 1468;  Mob:  0402 087 083  


St John’s

Rev Philip Burns preached from 1 Timothy 6:3-10. Life is full of dangers. Believers face dangers too. In these verses Paul wrote to Timothy concerning very real dangers at Ephesus. To make that clear, Paul reminded Timothy first of all of the root and fruit of sound doctrine. The gospel was not invented by the apostles but came to them direct from Jesus. The aim of such teaching is godliness, a life transformed by grace. Paul also wrote of the root and fruit of false teachers. Not all who profess to follow Jesus adhere to his truth and false teachers often have false motives and the result of these motives will become clear in their divisive behaviour. Paul also spoke of the root and fruit of the desire for material wealth. It is the love of money that can become a root of all kinds of evil. God’s people need to guard their hearts against the dangers of false teaching and the more subtle danger of the love of money.


Last Sunday, Brendan Rayson preached from 1 Thessalonians 1 V 1-10 “Paul commends the Thessalonians” Paul opens this Epistle with a greeting assuring the believers that he, Silvanus and Timothy had been praying for them. They know of their faith, love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ and how through their hearing of the gospel, the Holy Spirit had changed their lives. Upon hearing God’s word and accepting it, the gospel had led to a great changing of attitude in their thoughts and actions, now living the life that God requires, being faithful to the word and receiving the joy that comes from accepting Jesus Christ as their Saviour. When you share the gospel you use words and actions, the most obvious of actions was that the Thessalonians cast aside the idols that they were worshipping. Without God’s word no action takes place.

Sunday: 10am, worship service conducted by Reverend Grant Vayne.

Wednesday: 9am, weekly prayer meeting followed by bible study at 10-30am.  


Bendigo Central

Cluster worship will be led by Rev.Di Esbensen at St.Andrew’s Myers St, 9.30am and at Axedale commencing 2.30pm.

July 13:  Forest St UC Hall, 10am-3pm, “Cuppa with Company” and, or, a light lunch will be the weekly Uniting Care Emergency Relief Program to combat social isolation in the Bendigo Region. It will be a client focused approach by providing an environment in the Forest St.UC Hall where all can relax, enjoy a cuppa in company and shop at their “Red Dove” pop-up shop. There will also be arts and craft programs with materials provided and a ‘Kid’s Corner’. Cluster members are encouraged to support this program. 

July 19: 6pm, 60 minute Vigil, Wednesday,  Rosalind Park. Please bring a candle to show your support. Event is organised by RAR Bendigo. 

July 21: 10am, St.Andrew’s Fellowship meets. All are welcome to hear Rosemary Keeling share her recent overseas trip with you.

ELM Cluster

Eaglehawk: Everyone is welcome to join in the Festival of Songs and Hymns this Sunday, 9.40am. Morning tea will follow the service. After the service, the JAMM session for music and multimedia people will be held.

The evening service will be held at 6.30pm and will be a study on the Lectionary Readings for the day.

The Food Care Community Emergency Food assistance is available at the Church, from 1.30pm to 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Little Explorers Playgroup will meet on Wednesday from 9.30am.

Items for Emergency Relief include packets of Spaghetti and Baked Beans.

Long Gully: The service at 9.30am on Sunday will be led by the Rev George Buckle.

Marong: The service this coming Sunday will include singing favourite hymns and songs.

Bendigo South Cluster

Kangaroo Flat: Sunday’s Service at 9:30am will be led by Rev Ian Stewart, and followed by a “shared” morning tea and a time of fellowship.

Lockwood: Sunday’s 9.30am service will be led by Rev Joe Wilson Chum Street: “Café Church” will be held at 10am this Sunday. 

Friday, July 14: 6.30pm, Bendigo Cross-Cultural Ministry Gathering at Chum Street Uniting Church. A time of sharing and fellowship for people from different backgrounds and cultures. BYO food to share. Contact 5443 1717.

Saturday, July 15: 6-9pm, ‘Dinner Club’, at Chum Street Uniting Church. Cost $2 please bring a main or dessert to share. All welcome. RSVP Janette on 5447 1552 by July 13.

Sunday, July 16: ‘Fellowship Morning’, a shared morning tea and time of fellowship to follow the 9.30am service at Kangaroo Flat, a time when we can meet together with our minister. Please bring a plate of morning tea to share.  

Monday, July 17: 9.30-1pm, playgroup at Kangaroo Flat. 

July 18: 10-11.30am, KYB Bible Study, 22 Magellan Crescent, Kangaroo Flat. 

Wednesday, July 19: 6.30pm, Getaways “Old Fashion Kids’ Party, Kangaroo Flat Uniting Church. Theme: Wear Blue. Cost $5. RSVP by July 14 to Trudy 5447 7656. 


As the school holidays draw to a close activities around the church begin to resume. Keren is back in the office and will produce the weekly Bulletin. If there are any announcements to be included please see that the information is forwarded to the church office before noon today.

Rev. Susan is also home after a refreshing break and looks forward to leading services on Sunday, 9.15am, Neale Street, and 11am at White Hills.

Recently, Weeroona congregation members were saddened by the passing of Merle Jordan. One of Merle’s projects in past years had been to stitch together knitted squares that were provided by enthusiastic knitters. In 2013 Marie Grylls took over the responsibility and, with a team of helpers, over the years more than 300 large rugs, many knee rugs, cot blankets, slippers, children’s jumpers and socks have been distributed to persons in need in Bendigo and further afield.  

The congregation is preparing for a Harvest Thanksgiving Service on July 30. Goods collected will go to Uniting Care, Bendigo.