Alister's Blog

If you are interested in reading more about Cafehchurch-y stuff, you might find our pastor Alister's blog interesting. Rather unimaginatively, it is at

He is particularly proud of

Alister in Krakow back in 2011

Cafechurch, Faith, and Mystery

In a segment filmed for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel, author Brene Brown reflects on why she left the Roman Catholic faith of her youth, and how she has found herself back in the Episcopal church.

One of the key points she makes is that she originally “fell in love with the faith and the mystery piece.” However, over time her experience of church, “became less about faith and mystery, and more about politics and certainty.”


It has been quite a year, and I'm sure everyone is as tired and over it and basically counting down the days to Christmas. So this week, we will a more reflective evening, which will include walking the labyrinth together.

As always, bring your dinner for 7pm, because eating together is central to our spiritual practice, and then we will get started on the serious bit at 8pm

Tuesday 15/12/20 at 7pm at Chalice - 251 High Street Northcote

The Song of Mary

And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,

John the Baptizer and Our Story

John the Baptizer was like a figure out of myth in his hairy coat, leather belt, and eccentric diet. Almost like someone doing Elijah Cosplay. He dressed like that because he saw himself as part of the story of how God dealt redemptively with Israel, and his clothes were part of that. What redemptive, good news story are we part of?

Picture: Detail from the Isenheim Altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald, 1512–1516.

Tuesday 1/12/20 at 7pm at Chalice, 251 High Street Northcote

COVID-19 Response

This page list some resources about our response to COVID-19, and will detail what Cafechurch is doing as a result

Currently Cafechurch is meeting in person at Chalice

We are following government requirements, and using the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania COVID COVID Safe processes.

Magical Mystery Tour

Join us at Chalice Northcote (251 High Street Northcote) for a session curated by Jess and Andrew. It will be an engaging night of conversation and spiritual engagement. We eat together at 7pm (please bring your own everything because of COVID-19 restrictions)), and we will be done by 8:30

COVID Safe Meetings

Cafechurch and Chalice Northcote

Cafechurch merged with Chalice, the Northcote Uniting Church Congregation in, Northcote in 2020. We are looking forward to the many exciting things we will be able to do together. as we bring our unique gifts and graces to bear in a much loved Northcote landmark.


This Tuesday 3/11/20, we are allowed to gather together for the first time since March. It's an exciting moment, and we will mark it in a Cafechurch appropriate way. We aren't allowed to share food or drink, so please bring your own and join us as we reflect and rejoice together.

Join us in the courtyard of Chalice - 251 High Street Northcote - at 7pm. We're shooting to finish by 8:30 (because outside is cold.)

Please note that there is a maximum of 20 people allowed.

All Saints

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:1-3

Tuesday 27/10 is Caravan, our contemplative Eucharist. Hit me up for a Zoom link, BYO bread and wine or equivalents.