On Sunday 27th March Di and I held our first Oikos get together for people interested in simple church and house church in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
Oikos is a non-denominational house church encouragement network which has now been ministering for 20 years, beginning in Melbourne but now Australia wide and also starting to moving in New Zealand. More information can be found at www.oikos.org.au.
It was a small beginning at Beth Tephillah, with 9 of us getting to know each other over food and sharing our stories of how and why we arrived at this place in our Christian journeys. Even in such a small group the stories were inspiring, especially about how the Holy Spirit leads people together and creates mission opportunities in the community.
Di and I also shared with them our role as Oikos Regional Team for Melbourne Western Suburbs, and how we can assist with resources and seminars for those interested in exploring simple church, encouraging those already involved, networking simple and house churches together, and facilitating the relationships between simple churches and the wider church body.
If anyone in Hobsons Bay, or Melbourne’s Western Suburbs, is interested in future Oikos events, or in finding out more about house/simple/organic church, then post a comment on this page or contact us through the Contacts Page or at Beth Tephillah.