Programs and Activities

The Programs & Activities below offer two opportunities – the opportunity to be served and to serve. These opportunities lie both inside the church, serving its members (ministry), and beyond, serving the community around us (misson).

We are keen to help you discern where God is calling you and how to follow that calling. Whether it’s within the church community, your work environment or the local neighbourhood, God has you there for a purpose.

If you believe you can help in a way which is isn’t listed, make sure you let us know. We are always looking for great new ways to reach the community.

Adults

A range of adult groups and programs help meet the needs of this group:

Children & Families

Opportunities for Service

Small Groups

Cell Groups are the heart and soul of the church and operate from member’s homes, usually on a fortnightly basis.

Each group includes opportunities for prayer, study and reflection on Scripture, and time to discuss “the important things in life”. Pastoral care and support of members is also a feature of our Small Groups.

Craft Group

Craft Group meets Monday mornings during school term. Novice or expert, you”ll find plenty of ways to express your creative urges.

Perhaps you just need to get out of the house and get some time away from the usual grind.

The group also raises funds or donates items to support various causes.

Girls Night Out

For women, this group usually meets monthly to escape from the demands of family life, or just to have a good time out with friends. A night out, a meal and plenty of chat are regular features of this low demand group.

Take “time out” to refresh, recharge and reconnect.

SOFA (Stressed Out Fellas Association)

For men, this group meets monthly to escape from the demands of family life, or just to have a good time out with “a few of the guys”. A movie, a cuppa, or game of pool and time to “chew the fat” are regular features of this group.

‘Take a seat’ and stress down with SOFA. Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

UCAF (Uniting Church Adult Fellowship)

This group is actively involved in fundraising for mission on both the local, national and overseas scenes.

Visiting speakers share their insights on mission and ministry, and there’s no shortage of ways of raising a few dollars for a worthwhile cause.

The social life among members is positive and supportive too. UCAF meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.45pm

Playgroups

Playgroup is an opportunity for parents to spend time with their children, to play, meet other parents in the area and glean some support for that all important task of raising the next generation!

Group sizes are limited to around 10 parents which helps good relationships to form within the group, rather than being ”lost in the crowd”.

We are affiliated with PlayGroup Vic. The costs are $50.00 per family with children under the age of 2 years, and $70.00 per family with children between 2-4 years. This amount is payable by the term.

Christmas in the Carpark

On Christmas Eve the Coatesville church carpark becomes the site for a community festival. Each year the Coatesville Primary School choir joins us for music, games, craft, face painting and free food.

Coatesville Community Care

Coatesville Community Care is an informal, neighbourhood drop-in service for people requiring emergency relief, run by volunteers.

It runs every Friday from 10.00am until 12 noon, except public holidays. To ensure you are seen, make sure you arrive at 10.00 am.

On the first Friday of each month we provide morning tea for any one who’d like to drop-in for coffee and a chat (10.00 am to 12 noon). All are welcome.

We provide basic advice to empower people to work through times of difficulty. We work together in creating strategies for people to choose from to reduce chances of their situation recurring in the future.

Commonly, we will offer a bag of food and may, on occasion, provide a food voucher to assist clients. We also make referrals to other agencies and connect clients to other community services such as support organizations and social groups.

The entire value of donations goes to clients.

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care team meets monthly. It takes responsibility, with the minister, to ensure a high level of care for those associated directly with Coatesville. Small groups and ministry activities also contribute to the pastoral care of their teams and members.

Worship Leadership

We plan worship on a quarterly basis and offer opportunities to participate in worship leadership as part of this process.

Music Team

Music plays a vital role in the worship life at Coatesville.

We recognize the power of music and the role it plays in Christian worship. Our general approach is to colour our worship with both contemporary and traditional pieces. It is important for us to ensure that the music we use is lyrically accessible and has broad relevance. We largely source the works of contemporary writers who through their songs, offer meaningful, considered and mature expressions of faith. We also see the regular use of original music and songs written by members of the Coatesville community.

Music is led by a music team featuring a 5-6 piece band (keyboards, guitars, bass, drums), and from time to time, use of secular and Christian recorded music is incorporated into our worship.

The Shuttle

The Coatesville monthly magazine The Shuttle – weaving the congregation together with its message is published monthly in print and online editions. We are always looking for new ideas and material.

Fete

The annual Church Fete offers a great opportunity to work alongside others in the church and meet members of the public. While the church is open most days of the week, hundreds of people come in to the church buildings for the first time on Fete day.