Pastoral Care training for caring people

Pastoral Care as we ride the waves of a Pandemic

The Presbytery of Port Phillip West is pleased to offer training in how to deal pastorally with our current “Covid/Semi Post-Covid/Back into Lockdown” on-going experiences. How and why do people drop out of church and activities?

What practical things can we do to help people as they consider returning to church?

We are running two three-hour seminars:

Pastoral Care as we ride the waves of a Pandemic – Part 1 and Part 2 –

These seminars will contain the following material and is based on the study and training developed by Rev Dr John Savage, a United Methodist Minister from the USA.

Part 1 Seminar:

  • Identifying inclusion and exclusion experiences
  • Understanding the track that leads to on-going attendance or no further attendance (relevant to church and any other group life)
  • Identifying the implications for our own setting
  • Coming back after Covid
  • How to care for people who have stopped attending

Part 2 Seminar:

  • Enabling tracks to return to church/group life.
  • Entry/Re-entry process and the readiness grid
  • Visiting inactive members and closure in a visit
  • What keeps active members active?
  • “Why are you still a Christian?” a module from Makes you Wonder.

There will be two time slots for each seminar to cater for as many people as possible.

Pastoral Care as we ride the waves of a Pandemic – Part 1.

Aug 12, Thursday 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm Zoom only

Aug 20, Friday 9.30 am – 12.30 pm Zoom or in person at Hoppers Crossing UC.

Pastoral Care as we ride the waves of a Pandemic – Part 2.

Aug 26, Thursday 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm Zoom only

Sept 3, Friday 9.30 am – 12.30 pm Zoom or in person at Hoppers Crossing UC.

This training is offered free as a gift from the Presbytery of Port Phillip West.

It is open and would be of benefit to ministers, pastors, chaplains, people involved in pastoral care, welcomers and church councillors.

You need to register through the following link

Pastoral Care Seminars

We have had over 200 people attend our previous pastoral care seminars with very positive feedback. The interactive nature and the ability to become more aware of how and why we listen have been common threads from the participants.

We are repeating our initial Pastoral Care Seminar 1 on the following dates and you can register here for this seminar

  • July 16 Friday 9.30 – 12.30pm Zoom and in person at Hoppers Crossing
  • July 21 Wednesday 6.00pm – 9.00pm Zoom only
  • Sept 14 Tuesday 6.00pm – 9.00pm Zoom only

This seminar teaches you about active listening, communication, and the specific listening skills of paraphrase and perception checks. This session is a pre-requisite for other sessions of the Pastoral Care Seminars being run later in the year.

Seminar 7 “Dealing with Criticism, fogging and listening conversation”

September 16 or Sept 24

Seminar 8 “Neuro Linguistic Programming and listening conversations”

Oct 7 or Oct 22

You can register for these seminars here


Jeanne and Narelle

Presbytery Ministers

Presbytery of Port Phillip West

Combined Pentecost Service Sunday 23rd May 2021

When:  May 23rd 3pm 

Where:  Western Heights Uniting Church.  

Who: All the Uniting Churches in the region

What: Great Music, Inspirational speakers, quiet meditation allowing the Spirit to speak to us, fun activities for all ages, Mission Expo. 

Why: We love to gather as one people of God, as the body of Christ in this region. We want to worship our amazing, creative God, three in one. 


Preparations are coming along with only two weeks to go – excitement is building. 

The band and choir have been rehearsing and are enjoying working together.

Due to covid restrictions we would like people to register for this worship service.  

You can register through this link



Sunday 24th May: Online worship – Easter 7

Greetings friends!

Lloyd and Deborah are presenting today’s worship and they would love you to start with singing along to this song – Praise and Worship people should know it well!

And now join Lloyd and Deborah for worship led from the Sanctuary at St Luke’s:

Don’t forget to check your email for today’s update including the link to our Zoom meeting for sharing time at 10am.

The most recent edition of the Presbytery Newsletter is now available here:

PPPW Newsletter 21 May 2020

And you can also catch up on the latest news from Synod here:

Synod e-news

Finally, a big shout out to everyone at St Luke’s who volunteers their time to the congregation and the wider community – this week is national Volunteer Week when we acknowledge the amazing contributions volunteers make to enriching our community – Thankyou for all you do!


Stay well friends, more news will be coming your way this week,

Grace and Peace,

Robyn for the St Luke’s Leadership Team.

Sunday 3rd May – Online Worship: Easter 4

Greetings dear friends!

This week’s online worship is here, but it won’t be published until Sunday morning at 9am:

Thankyou to Paul and Colleen for presenting, and to Pam for her photo contributions,  a rose is featured during the Lord’s Prayer, and Pam  writes:  “This is a symbol of remembrance of the wonder of God’s creation.   (It is actually a bloom from the rose bush given to Beth [Allen] following Ken’s passing)”,

If you would like to hear the version of Psalm 23 that Paul mentioned today, you can find a beautiful recording here:

For a listening song, you might also enjoy this tune from Leigh Newton (if you haven’t already noticed, I’m becoming quite the fan!

We had our first Messy Church gathering via Zoom this week, and it was great to see the faces of our friends again after a long while!  We’re looking forward to trying out a lot of new ideas for next time.

Bible Lego Challenge

Our Presbytery is running a Great Bible Lego Challenge!

This is the way it will work…

It starts on 2 May 2020. You are invited to form a team for the Presbytery Bible Lego Challenge. Your team can be a family group or other Lego enthusiasts that you are allowed to be with.

You can have no more than 4 people in your team. There are no restrictions on number of teams per ministry context, they just need an individual name. An example could be “Team Zero from East Geelong UCA.”

Each week for 6 weeks a new Lego challenge will be issued for teams to complete – this will be posted on our Presbytery Facebook Page each Sunday – Regenerating the Church – Port Phillip West Presbytery.

A full copy of the rules is available on our Facebook page or you can download it here:

Presbytery of Port Phillip West LEGO Challenge

There will be prizes… so come aboard and join the fun!

Presbytery has also begun producing a regular newsletter – you can find a copy here:

PPPW Newsletter 30 April 2020

The Synod is also sending out more frequent e-news updates – here’s the latest one

Last year, our family watched this story on ABC’s Compass about a Minister in Surrey Hills trying out new ways of being in community, and of ministry.  It got us thinking about different ways of ministry for St Luke’s, too.

Take care this week, friends – and don’t forget to send us your photos and contributions for online worship – we’d love to see photos of you “attending” church these days!  Or perhaps you have some favourite photos or videos of Geelong or of the St Luke’s community you’d like to share.