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.
‘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.