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

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.”

Cafechurch and Chalice Northcote

Cafechurch merged with Chalice, the Northcote Uniting Church Congregation in, Northcote in 2020. We are looking forward to the many exciting things we will be able to do together. as we bring our unique gifts and graces to bear in a much loved Northcote landmark.

Existential Gratitude

What, exactly, is the nature and purpose of human life? It won't be something simplistic. It might, however, be something simple. Let's start with gratitude. Radical, existential gratitude - the sort of gratitude for the gift of life, for the love of God, and for being part of God's work of reconciliation in the world.

Tuesday 10/8 at 7:30. Lockdown #6 means that we will be meeting on Zoom of course. Hit me up for a link.

Spiritus #freedom

Be part of Spiritus et Locus (spirit and place) our annual season of photography as a spiritual practice, running since 2013. This year’s theme is freedom. We’ve spent a lot of time in lockdown since the pandemic arrived in Australia, and so we have had a lot of time to think about freedom, and its absence. Snap a picture, upload it with your reflection and the tags #spiritus2021 and #freedom, come to our party at Chalice on Friday 10/9/21 or drop in during Saturday 11/9!

Read more here.

COVID-19 Response

This page list some resources about our response to COVID-19, and will detail what Cafechurch is doing as a result

Currently Cafechurch is meeting in person at Chalice

We are following government requirements, and using the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania COVID COVID Safe processes.


Is the church in exile in post-Christendom, increasingly post-Christian Australia? Is that a fruitful way to think about what's going on, and how we should go about being church?

Join us on Zoom (inevitably) at 7:30pm on 27/7/21. Hit me up for a link.

Image: Ruin, Christchurch, NZ, Sue, on

Winter Season

It's getting cold and energy levels are dropping - so what better time for the Cafechurch Winter Season?
13/7/21 - Movie Night. Bring your dinner, and let's watch a film in the church. Maybe: MicMacs
20/7/21 - Down the pub. Just like old times, only in the Wesley Anne.

People of God

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10

It's a big ask, to be "God's people." What on earth could it mean?

Join us Tuesday 8/6/2021 from 7:30 on Zoom as we unpack this startling idea. Hit me up for the Zoom invite.

A Servant People

What does it mean to be church? There are a lot of images, metaphors, models, and stories in Scripture, and this week is part of an ongoing series of evenings exploring them.

This week, we're talking about Church as Servant People. What does that actually mean? What might it look like in the context of Northcote? What is it exactly we have to give in the first place?