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]

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] 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

Down the Pub

Let's start the new year in a more gentle way with a social gathering at the pub on the 26th of January. Get in contact for details of which pub :)


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

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