An organisation built on community care

Kaylah Joelle Baker

Providing for the community has always been at the heart of Carlton’s Church of All Nations.

Situated on Palmerston St, the Methodist turned Uniting church held its first religious service in the late 19th century.

And while the community support programs connected to the church were only developed 30 years ago, executive officer Cheryl Lawrie said the church had provided care “since the beginning”.

“We don’t care why people are at the door, we just want to help them to not have to be at the door anymore,” she said.

While the majority of programs were put on pause during lockdown, Church of All Nations continued to provide emergency relief food parcels and weekly Woolworth’s vouchers to 80 families in need.

But now with Victoria making advancing steps out of lockdown, Ms Lawrie said she was excited to “throw open the doors to the centre”, and resume providing community meals, a weekly fresh food market, social inclusion activities, homework clubs, support for young parents and hospitality for indigenous people travelling from the country to seek medical care.

Understanding the enormous potential of the Church of All Nations, the organisation is seeking a skill-based board with the wisdom and experience to make practical steps forward.

“We want to make sure we are honouring what we have been given and contributing to the community as best as we can,” Ms Lawrie said •

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