We think of our service as a big family gathering. They are informal and child friendly. We sing our hearts out. There’s great teaching. We laugh as friends.
You don’t have to believe what we believe to be part of us.
We welcome people of all backgrounds and perspectives, and encourage you to come as you are.
COVID-19 has temporarily shifted the way we run services. In line with government regulations, we have a COVID-safe plan in place, which includes the following actions:
Obligations for all attendees
These obligations are for anyone attending our services:
(a) Hand sanitiser must be used upon entering and leaving the church building.
(b) Upon entering, ensure that your name has been added to the attendance log
(c) Do not enter the church premises if you (or your children) are unwell (respiratory illness, cough, sneeze, vomiting, diarrhoea).
(d) If you begin to feel unwell whilst at the church service then leave the premises and notify a church leader that you feel unwell.
(e) Do not enter the church premises if you are suspicious of having COVID-19 or if you have been swabbed for COVID-19 and are still in the quarantine period.
(f) Notify the church if you have contracted COVID-19 and have ever been in the building.
Entering the building:
The main doors will be propped open at the start and end of each service to reduce the risks of cross-contamination using door handles.
Hand sanitiser is available and will be used upon entering and leaving the church building.
We require every person to record their name and phone number in the attendance log.
Before you take a seat, collect your communion elements (crackers and juice) to take to your seat with you. These elements have been prepared in line with food handling regulations.
We no longer provide physical materials (pens, cards, flyers) for regular attendees.
Seating has been arranged to enable 1.5m social distancing between rows.
As a temporary measure, we will not be serving afternoon tea, as we do not have a way to maintain social distancing in our space. Community is a core value and we love connecting socially. As such, we encourage people to head out to cafe’s or houses after the service, and to connect in other ways mid-week (in smaller groups and missional communities).
The program leader will ensure that all children sanitise their hands before and after the children’s program.
Soft-toys have been removed, and any toys that have been handled are put into a hard tub for professional cleaning mid-week.
We will not be providing food during the children’s program until further notice.
Each musician / singer will bring their own instrument, including microphones and power-cords, to avoid cross-contamination. We have purchased additional equipment for those who do not have their own.
A team of volunteers are responsible for cleaning the building after each service, using a checklist (provided by the venue itself). A professional cleaning company has been engaged to provide a comprehensive clean of the building mid-week, in preparation for Sunday services.
The Christian life is not meant to be busy and exhausting. In fact, Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
We love celebrating as a congregation on Sundays. It’s vibrant and joyful. At the same time, we value creating space for relationships outside of church.
Our service pattern seems to provide the right balance. There’s a big gathering on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, and the rest of the time, we do life together in Missional Communities. We are big and small, structured and spontaneous, organised and organic, which is fabulous!
This may look a bit different than what you’re used to, but once you get into the rhythm, you won’t turn back.
Missional Communities run a variety of activities in their local area every other Sunday. Some of these are social in nature (i.e. BBQ’s, street parties) while others are like church in the home (i.e. Little Church).
Bottom line: there is a place to belong each Sunday, if you are keen to visit a missional community. Our network of communities is expanding and we are planning to run more activities across Hobart, over time.
The best way to visit one of our Missional Communities is to have a conversation with us.
For those who are good at maths, yes, some months have five Sundays!
As a leadership team, we use these times to hang out, think strategically, and pray for the health of our community.
In reality, there are only a few of these special Sundays each year. If you’re not on leadership, you get to sleep in, mooch around in your pyjamas and eat banana pancakes. Lucky you!
Together Church do not have our own building. We share a space with Hobart City Church of Christ, who generously share their venue and facilities with us.
The building does not look like a church (it’s painted blue and has no stained glass), and used to be a plumbing supply warehouse.
The entrance is on Goulburn Street and there is church car parking available. Just look for sign that says: “Hobart City Church of Christ.”
We’re a pretty relaxed bunch of people and there’s no need to dress up for church. Just be comfortable and tasteful. Jeans and a T-shirt are just fine.
During our services, we play live music and sing contemporary worship songs.
Feel free to take part in as much or as little of the worship service as you like. There is no expectation that you will sing, or pray, or participate in ways that might seem uncomfortable to you. Sometimes it can be enjoyable to listen and stand alongside others who are singing from the heart.
If you have any questions about why we do certain things, do not hesitate to ask.
We have lots of young families and a dedicated children’s programs for toddlers (walking age and older), early primary school, and primary school (up to year 6).
All of our children’s ministry volunteers hold a current Registration to Work with Vulnerable People card.
When you arrive, someone will greet you at the door and introduce you to our children’s ministry team.
We will ask you to sign your child into a program (using a simple form) and seek information about food intolerances, allergies, and medical conditions (if relevant). At the end of the service, you will need to collect your child by signing them out again.
And of course, please display all craft that your child brings home with pride 🙂
1.5 hours (3:00pm-4:30pm) followed by afternoon tea.
In our tradition, you do not have to be baptised, or confirmed, to share communion (that is, to eat bread and drink wine, as a way of embracing the love of Jesus).
Jesus invites all people to share in his life, death and resurrection. You are most welcome to join in, even if you are not 100% sure about what you believe. We simply ask that you share this sacrament in a thoughtful and respectful way, remembering that Jesus shed his blood, and broke his body, for humanity.