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The Uniting Church in Australia

Cowes, Phillip Island

The Church of St John,
- Fisherman and Apostle -


St John's UCA Cowes


The Community Meal

So what happens at the Community Meal?   Well, each Monday night we serve between 40 to 50 meals to a diverse group of people that includes single parent families, people doing it tough both financially or emotionally, people just wanting a sense of community and, of course, our volunteers.   And while the two course meal is important, of equal importance is the sense of community that we see amongst the people in the room.   If you are curious about the Community Meal, why not come and join us one Monday night.   Or if you would like to help out in one of the jobs, please see any of the Community Meal team.


Project has been made possible by the life and legacy of Vi Marshman.
Vi was a beloved member of the Uniting Church here and an active
person in the Phillip Island Community. She had a commitment to community building and social justice.

When Vi died a few years ago, she left a small bequest that has enabled the Social Justice committee to set up and start the meal project.

The committee took advice from representatives Bass Coast Health, St. Vincent de Paul, and was helped by St George's Anglican Church in Wonthaggi (who also run a meal project).

Volunteers come from the wider Phillip Island Community, who set up, cook, serve and pack up on the day. The Community Meal has been generously supported by Lions Club of Phillip Island, PICAL
(Phillip Island Community Adult Learning Centre) and many local businesses.



RURAL AUSTRALIANS FOR REFUGEES (RAR) Rural Australians for Refugees is a network of of people committed to justice for refugees. The network remains an informal one.  The more local groups there are working in their own way to promote understanding of refugee issues, the more influence RAR will eventually have in bringing about change. On Phillip Island the group meets at 10:00 am on the last Tuesday of the month at St. Johns.  If you have a concern for refugees you are encouraged to attend.

SUPPORTED PLAY GROUP Families meet each Friday at 9.30am with Bass Coast Health providing support and mentoring for kids and families. Contact Cath at Bass Coast Health 5671 3511

YOUTH YOGA Yoga Classes in the Hall run weekly Wednesday 4.45pm - 5.45pm (Excluding School Holidays). New Members welcome. Call or email Debra Raboteg on 0409 950 557

CULTURE and ENTERTAINMENT Events held during the year include choirs, musical ensembles, garden stroll, mini-fete and theme evenings.

AGED CARE SERVICES Members of St John’s are involved, along with those of other churches, in conducting short services of worship on Wednesday morning in local nursing homes.

THE ROCK The Rock is the magazine of St John’s, produced at least twice annually, and distributed to all congregation members and “Shearwaters”. You can download a pdf copy here.