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Welcome to St Jude’s

St Jude’s is an Evangelical Anglican church in Melbourne, welcoming all people: young and old, families and singles, students and workers, internationals and locals. We are a contemporary church that takes both the Bible and the world seriously.

St Jude’s is a welcoming and exciting community with one thing in common: We want to know God and be known by him, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

St Jude’s meets in various locations around the Inner-North of Melbourne – see our times and locations below.

Our historic church building on Lygon Street, Carlton was damaged in a fire on October 18, 2014. While it is being repaired some of our congregations are gathering in temporary homes. We hope you will visit us at one of our Sunday meeting locations.

Our Vision

‘The Spiritual Renewal of Inner Northern Melbourne, Our City and the World.’

Spiritual Renewal – because God brings new life to a world that is spiritually dead, and constant renewal and refreshment to His own people.

Inner Northern Melbourne – because we gather each week in the inner north with its international and local students, young adults, families, intellectuals, and housing estate residents; people from all over the world; many thousands living in the darkness of sin. The Gospel is powerful to rescue them, and we are in their midst, and have the words they need.

Our City – because we love the City of Melbourne with its culture, love of sport, arts, intellectual life, business and local neighbourhoods. We are a gathered church from all over Melbourne, and can influence not just the inner north, but wherever we live, work and play. We believe the whole city needs spiritual renewal.

Our World – because we know that we have good news for every tribe, language, people and nation, and we cannot keep it to ourselves.

Our Core Commitments

God – Our greatest commitment is to God, revealed to us in the scriptures as Father, Son and Holy Spirit – to worship Him with our whole lives.

Bible – We value the Bible in all our life as God’s words to us, and therefore the primary means for our spiritual renewal.

Prayer – We humbly depend on God through prayer, calling on Him to work through us, sustain us and grow us.

Community – We love Christ’s church and the community we have with one another in it, where we share our lives with each other in congregations, missional communities and small groups.

Diversity – We love the fact that St Jude’s is made up of many different types of people – young and old, families and singles, internationals and locals.

Evangelism – We love people and long for them to be disciples of Christ, and know that they need to respond to the Gospel as it is proclaimed to them.

Service – We love the world that God has made, and want to serve Him in it to bring justice and transformation through the reign of Christ.

St Jude’s Anglican Church affirms the fundamental truths of Christianity including:

We at St Jude’s believe the historic tenets of the Christian Faith, as found in the scriptures and summarised in the ancient creeds of the church. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5   “For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.”

Statement of Belief

1. We live in a universe that was created by God, and we completely depend upon him for our continued existence. God is all-powerful, personal, and perfectly good; and he seeks mutually caring, interpersonal relationships with human beings. God is a Trinity, consisting of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who share close fellowship and unity of purpose with each other.

2. Individual human lives are seriously distorted by varying levels of irrationality, imperceptiveness, selfishness, callousness, hostility and injustice, as shown in people’s behaviour. The social structures in which we live manifest similar defects at a collective level. Our own problems and those of our society are bound up with the fact that human beings have wronged God in various ways, and alienated themselves from him. We are accountable to God for doing so. Left to ourselves, we are incapable of dealing effectively with this situation.

3. God has freely, lovingly and generously taken the initiative. The centre of his strategy has involved God the Son’s becoming a human being, the particular man Jesus of Nazareth. As a result his life in 1st century Palestine, his death to deal with human wrongdoing, and his resurrection, God has made a way for a restoration of a good relationship with human beings, and has offered help to us in bringing about the right changes to how we live.

4. These things do not happen whether we want it or not: we must actively seek them. More specifically, we must turn away from wrong ways of thinking and acting, must trust in Jesus as the one through whom God has acted to rescue us from our present predicament, and must be willing to yield to Jesus’ living authority.

5. Putting right the broken relationship between humans and God is very important. It involves our being freed from obstacles to fellowship with God, created by objective guilt for our failures in relating to God and to other people. God is utterly opposed to human wrongdoing and to the distortions in human lives, and will eventually act to put a complete, public end to them. There will be life beyond death which, as a result of the activity of Jesus, a great many human beings will attain, and in which both human beings and nature will flourish. There is also the prospect of final divine condemnation and rejection of some human beings.

6. God has constituted Jesus’ followers as a worldwide community, the Church. Its core mission involves proclaiming these truths to the world, so that people may seek the right kind of relationship with God and trust Jesus. It also involves pursuing key Christian values – e.g., by being peacemakers, working for justice, feeding the hungry, and healing the sick.

7. God is active in many ways in the world today. The Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity, is directly involved in establishing and maintaining the right kind of relationship between us and God – one based on openness, trust, and mutual love, and one which fosters commitment to the good of other people. He guides Christians in a large part through the Bible, which is authoritative as a revelation of God’s character, of the meaning of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, and of basic Christian principles and values. Furthermore, God’s interest in the universe, and his future activity in it, extend beyond human beings to a renewal of cosmic proportions.

Service Times and Locations

Estates Community

Ground Floor Meeting Space
530 Lygon Street, Carlton

A multi-ethnic congregation meeting at 530 Lygon Street, specifically catering for families living in the housing estates.

Sunday services: 12.30pm for lunch, 1pm church

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Errol Street

North Melbourne PS,
210 Errol St, North Melbourne

Our service has a children’s program and relevant teaching for adults. An all-age congregation for young and old, families and singles.

Sunday services: 10am

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Parkville

170 The Avenue
Parkville

Thinking faith, loving community. For workers at all stages of life. Relevant teaching and lively interactions for singles and couples. We want to see people come to know Jesus.

Sunday services: 10am, 5pm

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Unichurch

Laby Theatre
Physics South Building
University of Melbourne

For young adults and tertiary students, especially from the local campuses, colleges and student accommodation. A lively congregation designed to challenge and equip.

Sunday services: 6.30pm

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Inner West 

Kensington Community Recreation Centre
Cnr Kensington Rd & Altona St, Kensington

A new church for Melbourne’s inner west, focused in Kensington. A community of Christians doing life together as family, while on mission to make disciples who make disciples.

Sunday services: 10:30am

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I’m new to church?

Anyone is welcome at St Jude’s. We would love to meet you.

What time should I arrive?

We recommend arriving 5-10 minutes before the service starts. Members of the congregation will come and say hello and help you find a seat.

What are services like at St Jude’s?

The length of St Jude’s services range from about 75 to 90 minutes. They include songs, praying, reading from the Bible, and hearing a talk about what the Bible means and how it applies to life in 21st century Australia. You can participate as much or as little as you feel comfortable.

Our services follow the shape of the Anglican Prayer Book, but we don’t use the actual prayer books. The words of the songs and some of the prayers are on the screen or service booklet. The music is usually led by a band, which will have a range of instruments in it.

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper regularly in each congregation. If you are a Christian believer, you are welcome to join us in remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection in this symbolic meal. Or if you’d prefer, you can remain in your seat while others take part; no one will think this is strange.

What should I wear?

People at St Jude’s are generally relaxed. Most people wear casual clothes that fit the seasons. You will be offered (even encouraged!) to wear a nametag when you come. This helps people be friendly, and not embarrassed to talk to you—especially if they have met you before and forgotten your name. Please write yourself one when you come in. Regulars and visitors alike wear the stick-on variety, so you won’t be singled out as a visitor.

What can children do during the service?

Our morning services (10am Parkville and 10am Errol St) have children’s programs and any visiting children are welcome to participate. The children tend to remain with the whole congregation for the first part of the service and then go out for age-appropriate teaching part-way through the service. All of our children’s leaders have current Working With Children accreditation and Police check; we take their safety very seriously. Click here to read our Child Safe Policy.

It is quite okay for babies and children to remain in the service and people are relaxed about parents moving around to look after their children.

Click here for more information about our Children’s and Youth Programs

What if I’m not a Christian?

We would love for you to join us. St Jude’s is a community that welcomes all people, christians, non-christians and those who are unsure. We are very happy to talk with you about Jesus and will take your questions seriously.

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Our Staff Team

JOHN FORSYTH
JOHN FORSYTHVicar
Email: jforsyth@stjudes.org.au
ROSS GREEN
ROSS GREENWorship & Discipleship Minister - Errol Street
Email: rgreen@stjudes.org.au
TIM CURTIS
TIM CURTISSenior Associate Minister - Unichurch
Email: tcurtis@stjudes.org.au
FIONA MCLEAN
FIONA MCLEANDiscipleship Minister - Unichurch
Email: fmclean@stjudes.org.au
GEOFF KENNEDY
GEOFF KENNEDYSenior Associate Minister - Estates Community
PETE GREENWOOD
PETE GREENWOODSenior Associate Minister - Inner West Church
Email: pgreenwood@stjudes.org.au
TUSI FROST
TUSI FROSTChurch Administrator
Email: tfrost@stjudes.org.au
PETER WILLIAMS
PETER WILLIAMSPersonal Assistant to the Vicar
Email: vicarpa@stjudes.org.au
RACHEL SARKIS
RACHEL SARKISCommunications Officer
Email: rsarkis@stjudes.org.au
HOLLY ZHANG
HOLLY ZHANGBookkeeper
Email: hzhang@stjudes.org.au
PETER ADAM
PETER ADAMVicar Emeritus
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