At Burwood Church we love to connect! Our groups are where you can meet new friends, have fun, and grow in your relationship with Jesus. Find a group below that interests you. All are welcome.

Semester Two 2024

28 July – 7 December


Group Leader: Marilyn Skupek

Group Location: Burwood Church Foyer

Group Time: Third Sunday of each month from 2pm

Why Join? To chat, make friends, show off your craft and see what others are making (and eat of course). Bring along a project you’re working on, or just come along and we’ll find something for you to do.

Bespoke Christmas Cards

Group Leaders: Narelle Campbell & Jennifer Courtney

Group Location: Jennifer’s home (Blackburn)

Group Time: Sundays from 2pm to 4pm on the following dates: Aug 4, Sep 29, Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 15

Includes: All materials, all necessary equipment, finger food, and drinks.

Why Join? Create bespoke Christmas cards amid an environment of friendship and festivity. All materials and expertise are provided along with festive drinks, snacks and music to elevate the experience. Everyone is welcome!

How to Share Your Faith

Group Leader: Jared Smith

Group Location: Burwood Church

Group Time: Mondays at 7:30pm (seven sessions in total)
Jul 29, Aug 12, Aug 26, Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

Why Join? One of the most rewarding things we can do is share Jesus with others. In this group we’ll be exploring principles for sharing your faith confidently and sensitively. You’ll learn how to introduce someone to the teachings of the Bible and into an eternal relationship with Jesus. For a preview of the resource we’ll be using, go to:

10 Weeks with Jesus (the book of Acts)

Group Leaders: Jared Smith, Joanne Li, Bjay Hoffman

Group Location: Burwood Church

Group Time: Tuesdays from 7:30-9pm (begins July 30).
Total duration 11 weeks (introduction + 10 weeks)

Why Join?

This group is for people who desire to grow closer to God through a deeper understanding of the Bible. Each week will have five readings from Acts for you to go through at home followed by a lively discussion when we meet up! Be inspired to live for Jesus today as we explore the story of the early Christian church.

Prayer Group

Group Leader: Elizabeth Allen

Group Location: Online (Zoom)

Zoom Link: Click Here

Group Time: Wednesdays from 7 – 7:30pm

Why Join? The importance of prayer cannot be overstated. This group is simple: we meet and pray. Join us as we lift our church and community to Christ.

Youth Pizza Night

Group Leader: Bjay Hoffman, David Urbaniak, Rebecca Menzies

Group Location: Burwood Church

Group Time: Fortnightly on Fridays from 6-9pm

Why Join? It’s simple! Free make-your-own-pizza every second Friday. There will also be a Bible study. So if you’re aged 17-35 come join us because who says no to free pizza?

Follow Us: @burwoodyouth

The Chosen

Group Leader: Kim Moffitt & Sherrie Courtney

Group Location: Sherrie’s Home (Blackburn)

Group Time: First Saturday of each month beginning with lunch

Why Join? Bring a plate to share for lunch followed by an episode of The Chosen and discussion time afterwards.

Croydon Soup Kitchen

Group Leader: Judith Mamora

Group Location: Croydon

Group Time:
Third Saturday of each month from 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Why Join? Everyone who joins the Croydon Soup Kitchen group will find an opportunity to serve in some way. You can be in the kitchen preparing and cleaning up or sit and socialise with the guests. We will find a place for you to serve.

Croydon Soup Kitchen Prep

Group Leader: Judith Mamora

Group Location: Burwood Church Kitchen

Group Time: Third Saturday of each month from 11:30am-1:30pm

Why Join? If you would like to help the community and prefer to serve behind the scenes, then cooking for the Croydon Soup Kitchen may be for you. Come prepared to peel, chop, mix, fry, and have a chat. 

Table Tennis & Board Games

Group Leader: Joanne Li, Lisa Morton, Jared Smith

Group Location: Burwood Church

Group Time: 7-9pm on the following Sat nights:
Aug 3, Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 9

Why Join?

For those who like to thrash it out on the table standing up or sitting down. All ages. All levels.

Duolingo Language Learners

Group Leader: Brad Martin

Learn a Language: Choose a language and let’s learn together on the Duolingo App. All languages and levels are welcome. Learn at your own pace and we’ll encourage each other along the way.

Cultural Events: We will also organize some meet-ups relating to the languages that we’re learning. For example, if one of us is learning French we might
go to a French restaurant or festival.

Why Join? To connect with others who are learning a language, to be encouraged as you learn, and to have fun along the way.

Family Picnics

Group Leader: Tash Macko, Nadia Charleson and Kylie Smith

Group Location: Various

Group Time: Second Saturday of the month – beginning in Sept

Why Join? Who doesn’t love a spring picnic? Bring a blanket, lunch, your kids and join us in the sun.

Faith and Fun

Group Leaders: Jared Smith and Tash Macko

Group Location: Beginners room at Burwood Church

Group Time: 1:30-2:30pm on the last Sabbath of each month (after church lunch)

Jul 27
Families and Prayer
Aug 31 Families and Worship
Sep 28 Families and Sabbath
Oct 26 Families and Mission
Nov 23 Families and Jesus’ example

Why Join? A place for parents to have conversations about faith in the home. Pull up a kids chair for a fun time of sharing, reading Scripture, and hanging out. Bring your little ones along and they can play in the room while we talk (they will never be far away).

Around the world in 80 Dishes

Group Leaders: Tracie and Warwick Hailey

Group Location: Tracie and Warwick’s home (Glen Waverley)

Group Times: Monthly on Saturday nights from 6:30pm
Aug 17, Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Nov 30

Other: Requires preparing a dish based on the country’s theme.

Why Join? If you love travel, cooking and food, then this is the group for you. Themed to a country, enjoy cooking a dish at home then sharing it with others over a dinner table while listening to ‘guest speakers’ share their personal experiences. Taste your way around the world and share recipes while meeting new people.

Mums at the Table

Group Leaders: Tash Macko, Nadia Charleson & Kylie Smith along with the leadership team from Nunawading Church

Facebook Group: Click Here

About: An online community of mums (Facebook) where you’ll have opportunities to connect with local women going through the same motherhood journey. Plus, opportunities to join in-person events throughout the year.

Upcoming Events:
Ongoing playgroup
10am-12pm Thursdays (fortnightly) at Nunawading Church
Clothes Swap on Aug 18 at Nunawading Church
Christmas Craft for Kids on Nov 24 at Burwood
Online women’s book club, run by Nadia, starting with Turia Pitt’s autobiography (join through the Mum’s at the Table Facebook group)

Why Join? A great outreach opportunity to connect with and support Mums from our wider community in Melbourne.

Refugee Sponsorship Group

We are looking to form a new support group with the goal of sponsoring a second refugee family to resettle here in Melbourne.

Group Leader: to be chosen from new support group (with support from Warwick Hailey and Jared Smith)

Group size: Minimum of five adults from at least three families.

Time commitment: Prior to the family’s arrival, we will meet to plan and fundraise. After they arrive, we will support the family for twelve months.

Other requirements: Background checks and online training.

Why Join? Jesus was a refugee! It was during a church service, discussing this fact, when we stumbled upon Australia’s new refugee sponsorship program. We are now several months into supporting our first refugee family and it has been such a blessing for them and for us! Now we’re looking to support a second. Sponsorship provides hands-on support to a refugee family as they navigate the resettlement journey. As a support group, we’ll welcome them at the airport and walk with them as they make their new home.

What does signing up mean? By signing up you are simply saying that you are interested and would like to find out more. A formal commitment will come later if the program is right for you.

Find out more about refugee sponsorship at:

Can we answer your questions?

What are Burwood Groups?

Burwood Groups are small gatherings of people who meet regularly around a common interest or activity.

Why do they exist?

They exist for many reasons, such as meeting new friends, learning new skills, growing closer to God, or making a difference in the community.

Who can join?

Anyone can join a group. You don’t have to have any affiliation with a church or know others in a particular group. If it interests you, it’s for you!

When do groups run?

There are two group semesters per year. Semesters one goes from February 11 to June 29.

Groups that meet weekly will be meeting every week during these dates (with a 2 week break over the school holidays). Other groups run fortnightly or monthly. See group descriptions for details.

Where do groups meet?

The groups meet in a variety of locations throughout Melbourne. Some meet outdoors, others meet at our church building or in the homes of those who lead them, and some gather online.

Sign up to a group

To sign up to a Burwood Group simply fill in the form on this page. You are welcome to join more than one group. Soon after signing up you will be contacted by your group leader who will provide you with any additional information that you need.