Most of our gatherings happen throughout the week in a network of groups that we call missional communities. They’re a bit like an extended family, and provide a great space to do life together, as well as share our faith journeys and make a difference to our local communities.

They are a great place to explore what it might mean to be a follower of Jesus, or to do life with us. And they’re all different! They all have a particular vision for serving the wider community.

Here are our current groups:


Helping families live in a healthy balance between work, rest and play as they follow in the ways of Jesus. Contact Leigh: 0429 138 932.


Being good news to the elderly by bringing church to local nursing homes. Contact Jeannie: 0410 123 567.


Building family relationships through having fun together. Contact Anne: 0407 223 905.

Love Thy Neighbour

Making disciples of Jesus by extending our hands in service and friendship to those in Mernda & Doreen – seeking to meet their practical and spiritual needs. Contact Nola: 0433 055 694.


Connecting with the Mill Park Community. Contact Sandy: 0403 362 003.


Showing hospitality to asylum seekers, refugees and those looking for belonging through monthly luncheons. Contact Craig: 0430 505 593.


Building family with wisdom and love in Whittlesea and beyond. Contact Kylie: 0408 178 082.

Missional Communities Contact Details

Our missional communities are open to all – we are used to and welcome visitors and people looking for somewhere to belong. The best way to find details of the next gatherings, or which group might be a good fit for you, is to contact Craig or Kylie. Shoot a text, email or call to get started.

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What We Believe

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God and inerrant in the original writings. We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that the lost and sinful man must be saved, and that man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe in and practice the holy ordinance of water baptism, which signifies the believer’s death, burial, and resurrection into new life with Christ Jesus, and the regular celebration of Holy Communion as commanded by our Lord.

We believe in the present ministry and baptism of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; those that are saved into the resurrection of life and those that are unsaved into the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our History

In recognition of the tremendous growth forecast for the Plenty Valley, Bishop Stephen Hale set up a Taskforce in 2007 to investigate the possibility of establishing a new Anglican community in the area. With representation from local churches and Ivanhoe Grammar School, this Taskforce developed a plan that included the need for a point person to further the work. In response to this, two years ago St John’s Diamond Creek took a great step of faith by employing a staff member to not only serve its own congregation but to focus on establishing a new parish for Mernda. Craig spent his first year getting to know the area, building relationships and discerning what God was already up to in His mission of reaching residents and retailers with His love. Throughout the following year a core team began to form around a vision that arose again and again through prayer, of a red gum taking root in the heart of Mernda and growing while the roots reached out to every corner of the community. This vision of being organic church integrally connected to local community found a means of expression through the “Sheffield Model”, which was first developed by St Thomas’s in Sheffield (UK) nearly 15 years ago.

With a focus on “missional communities” the Sheffield model emphasises the need for Christians to meet with people in their own world rather than expecting them to enter ours. After spending time with the staff of St Thomas’s, Craig and the team began work on adapting the model for our own local context and subsequently launched two playgroups in the second half of 2010. A missional community has also begun forming around crafts and the creative arts which runs a stall at the Laurimar market to raise money for various causes. Three preview services were also held as God continued to draw people into the Plentylife community.

We now launch with a much clearer vision of who God wants us to be, a five-strong leadership team with responsibilities for missional communities, youth, families, and administration, and leadership for three missional communities focused on families, crafts and the creative arts and the outdoor life. And it’s true that we wouldn’t be at this point today if it wasn’t for the generous support of the Diocese, St Johns and other supporting churches! So now together we look forward to what else God might have in store for us according to His grace.