The Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry began in 1977 and has grown to over 1,500 volunteers trained to respond to disasters in Victoria.
The Council’s work is assisted by Commissions. Members of Commissions are invited for their expertise and commitment to the ecumenical journey.
Membership of the Victorian Council of Churches is open to all churches whose faith and practices are in accord with the mission statement of the Council.
Each month VCC sends out an electronic newsletter covering upcoming events and latest news from around Victoria and Australia.
  • The Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry began in 1977 and has grown to over 1,500...
  • The Council’s work is assisted by Commissions. Members of Commissions are invited for their...
  • Membership of the Victorian Council of Churches is open to all churches whose faith and practices...
  • Each month VCC sends out an electronic newsletter covering upcoming events and latest news from...

Welcome to the Victorian Council of Churches

The Victorian Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which confess to the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures and seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Read More >>

News

  • 16.04.18
    Visiting WCC, Archbishop of Canterbury speaks on “ecumenism of action”

    Visiting WCC, Archbishop of Canterbury speaks on “ecumenism of action”

     16 February 2018

    "During a visit to the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva on 16 February, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby spoke on an “ecumenism of action” as he also congratulated the WCC on its 70th anniversary."

    To read the rest of the article, please click here.

  • 20.03.18
    VCC EM RESPONSE TO SOUTH WEST FIRES

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    VCC EM RESPONSE TO SOUTH WEST FIRES

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    AMAZING RESPONSE FROM VCC EMERGENCIES MINISTRY


    At approximately 11:30pm Saturday 17th March, numerous large fires began in the South West of Victoria around Terang, Hawkesdale and Cobden.

    People evacuated to Relief Centres with over 400 people in the Cobden Relief Centre throughout Saturday night.

    VCC Emergencies Ministry had volunteers in the Warnambool Emergency Relief Centre from 12 midnight and the Colac Emergency Relief Centre from 6am Sunday morning.

    Since 6am Sunday morning, VCC EM have had teams in Relief Centres in Warnambool, Camperdown, Colac, and Cobden. We were unable to access the Relief Centre in Port Campbell.

    Our emergency operations centre was open from 6am on Sunday morning and staffed with volunteers. It remains open for the foreseeable future.

    We have had 3 Incident Activity Coordinators supporting the management of the response, which has been fantastic. Our systems are working.

    We activated the whole of Barwon South West volunteers who have provided the majority of the workforce to date.

    Other areas were called in including Ballarat, Macedon Ranges and Western Metropolitan Melbourne.

    The support to the community is just beginning with outreach to start in the coming days.

    If you can support our efforts by responding to calls for assistance or you feel you can spend a couple of days in the area in the coming weeks, please call the State office and register your availability.

  • 02.03.18
    Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 - Resources

    Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - 2018 

    The Week of Prayer this year runs from 13-20 May.  This year’s theme is “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power : Exodus 15:6. The Resources were prepared by the Churches of the Caribbean. A small Australian group has worked on the resources to bring some Australian flavour to them.

    While most of the resources are Pdf files, the Order of Service is in Microsoft Word. This allows for local congregations to adapt the service to suit their particular needs. For example local prayers and hymns can be inserted.

    The Resources can be found here.

     

  • 14.02.18
    Cyclone Gita, Tonga - YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED

     YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED

    This may not be the top story in the news tonight, but our neighbours in the Pacific have been hit by a devastating storm.

    Cyclone Gita has devastated communities across Tonga. The category four cyclone arrived late last night bringing winds of over 233km/h, ripping roofs off houses and causing widespread flooding. Tens of thousands of people were left without power and water has been cut off.

    Please help provide the emergency shelter, food, clean water and hygiene kits to families who’ve had their lives torn apart.

    For further information, please follow the link to the Act for Peace website.

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Prayers

  • Prayer for Peace in Syria

    Prayer for Peace in Syria


    God of compassion,

    Hear the cries of the people of Syria..

    Bring healing to those suffering from the violence.

    Bring comfort to those mourning the dead.

    Strengthen Syria's neighbours in their care and welcome for refugees.

    Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,

    And protect those committed to peace.

     

    God of hope,

    Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies.

    Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,

    And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all

    We ask this through Jesus Christ,

    Prince of Peace and Light of the World,

    Amen

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