church camp 2021.


We have seen a lot of change at St Catharine's since our re-launch in October 2013.  In many ways we are not the same community we were seven years ago.  We've farewelled some friends and welcomed many others.  Our demographic has changed.  Our members are more widely spread.  We are more culturally and socially diverse than we once were.

We have a great vision to reach more people with real encounters with God through authentic people but in order to do that we need to be an authentic community.  We  must be a community who know one another and love one another.  This camp will allow us some time to come together, get to know each other, have some fun together and spend some time growing in Jesus and worshipping Him as family.

Families are all different, they have their quirks and their idiosyncrasies.  Ours is a growing family with some who have been around a long time and others not so long.  No matter when you joined the family, we look forward to having you come away on camp with us.


Our topic will be Paul's letter to the Colossians: The Supremecy of Christ in all Things.  This brief book explores who Jesus is and who we are in Him.  It also has some great content about how the the family of Jesus are supposed to live, love and serve one another, letting the peace of Christ rule in our hearts to which we are called into one body (Colossians 3.15).  What an important and formative book for us as we seek to be a genuine expression of the presence, power and love of Jesus in our context today.

We will also devote some time to considering global mission and what nation or project St Cath's good engage with in the future.

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Mike Bird is an Anglican Minister, Academic Dean and New Testament lecturer at Ridley College in Melbourne.  He grew up in Brisbane before joining the  Army and serving as a paratrooper, intelligence operator, and then chaplains assistant. It was during his time in the military that he came to faith from a non-Christian background, and soon after felt a call to ministry. 

Mike describes himself as a “biblical theologian” who endeavours to bring

together biblical studies and systematic theology. He believes that the purpose of the church is to “gospelize,” that is to preach, promote, and practise the Gospel-story of the Lord Jesus Christ. Remembered by students for his mix of outlandish humour and intellectual rigor, he makes theology both entertaining and challenging.

As an industrious researcher, Mike has written and edited over thirty books. He often speaks at conferences in Australia, the UK, and USA.  He is married to Naomi and they have four children. When he is not busy with work, Mike enjoys running, rugby league, tennis, and despising coffee. He secretly aspires to play the role of “the American” in the musical “Chess.”

Matthew Han is the Relatationship Manager at Compassion Australia. 

Compassion is a Christian international holistic child development organisation. Through their Child Sponsorship Program, more than 2 million children are currently being released from poverty in Jesus’ name. Matthew will be speaking to us about the work of Compassion and listening to us about our heart for global mission.  He loves connecting Pastors and Churches in Australia to Pastors and Churches in the poorest nations of the world.

Matthew is also the Young Adults Pastor at CityLife Church in Knox, a worship leader and a musician.  He is married to Leanne who will be joining Him at the Church Camp.


We're planning a blend of structured and unstructured time.


Whole Group Sessions
These will be times when Mike will be leading us in a Bible Study from Colossians.  These will be interactive talks with times of discussion and activities.  Simultaneously Molly, our amazing Children and Families Pastor, will be running a teaching program for our kids.


Experience Sessions
These times are less structured, optional and varied.  You may want to find someone to have a cuppa with, take a walk, read a book or take a trip into town or perhaps your preference is to get involved in a group sport, art or recreation activity or alternatively you may like to meet with someone for prayer or a more retreat-like activity.  These are times to do exactly that or even take a nap.  Whatever you need to make your experience at camp a happy one!


Do you have any suggestions fro structured activities.  Let us know!


We're heading to Grantville.  Grantville Lodge is located in a beautiful bush setting with panoramic views and access to beaches, the Knobbies and fairy penguins. On site, a favorite pass-time is to feed and pat our farm animals and watch the sunset over Westernport Bay.  It's just a little over an hour away from Melbourne and a half hour drive to Philip Island. You can find out more here:


Twin-shared or family rooms.
Must bring your own linen and doona 
(or sleeping bag)

We ask that you make your own arrangements to get to Grantville Lodge.

Are you able to take someone with you?

Let us know so we can help facilitate car-pooling :-)


Full Price: $230 per person
Early Bird Rate: $210 per person (purchase by 22 February)
Day Rate: $60 per day (no accommodation)
Student / Concession: $180
Family (2 adults, 2 children): $400 (additional children $50 each)

Rebates available for those experiencing financial hardship

Payment by installment welcome

Payment accepted: 

  • Cash (in envelope clearly marked 'Church Camp'

  • Cheque payable to St Catharine's Anglican Church

  • Credit Card -

  • Direct Bank Transfer - BSB: 633 000, Account 126 935 675