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 alisterpate.com

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.”

A New Situation

Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit." John 20:21-22a

Like the disciples all those years ago, Cafechurch finds itself in a new situation. Join us as we begin a new season of discerning what it means to be church in Northcote.

Tuesday 20/4/21 at 7pm. Bring your dinner, serious(er) bit from 8pm.

(Ignore what it says in the photo. Unauthorised people definitely welcome!)

Easter

Cafechurch is doing a variety of things over the leadup to Easter, and over the Easter weekend itself. Come to one or all of the things. Less conversational, more reflective.

Unless a grain of wheat dies...

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.- John 12:24
This is all very pastoral and beautiful of course, but what does it have to say to us now? What is the Good News in our anxious, covid-raddled society?

Tuesday 16/3/21 at 7pm. Bring some dinner :)

Retreat Day

Cafechurch is having a retreat day on 21/3/21 The theme is hope. Can we be open the God of hope, even during dark and difficult times in our lives? Come just as you are do this day of gentle, creative prayer exercises, with plenty of space for personal reflection.
When:Sunday 21/3/21 from 10-4:30
Where: Chalice - Northcote Uniting Church 251 High Street Northcote
Cost::$25/$10 full / low waged
RSVP:annepate [at] hotmail.com

In the light

" But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God." John 3:21

What does it mean to be in the light? Is it the same thing as salvation? What is that anyway?

Tuesday 9/3 at 7pm at Chalice - Northcote Uniting Church We're working on a solution to the dinner thing, so bring some cash.

Image: Casey Horner on Unsplash

A Service of Ashing

We have moved the event to Ash Wednesday itself, and are meeting online. email info [at] cafechurch.org.au. You will need a bit of ash, some paper, and something to write with.

Suffering, Grief, and Faith

Suffering, grief, and guilt - Victor Frankl's Tragic Triad can be overwhelming. The waves can threaten to pull us under, into the pitch dark sea. It can be something which turns us in on ourselves, break us, send us far from all that leads to life. But it can also lead to transformation and renewed faith. What non-trite things can we say about experiences of suffering, guilt, and grief?

Reflectively Starting The Year

A gentle introduction to the year. Reflective practices, probably stations of some sort. Nothing too onerous. Perhaps we'll even open the labyrinth!

Bring your own dinner - we still haven't sorted out a good way to share food in the world of COVID

7pm Tuesday 2/2/21 at Chalice - 251 High Street Northcote

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