Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen meets every Monday, from 6 pm at the rear hall at St Kilda Baptist Church – 9 Pakington Street, St Kilda

Community Kitchen About Us

Community Kitchen – It’s not just about the food, it’s about belonging.

Community Kitchen (Kitchen) at St Kilda Elsternwick Baptist Church is a community outreach program. Through its free meal service, it provides a safe and welcoming place to share a meal with others. Needy people are hungry not just for food; but hungry for companionship, belonging and care.

Kitchen’s most important work isn’t the food, it’s the community. This community extends beyond the meal times. People gather before and linger after. We care for each other outside of the meal times with practical and pastoral care. The community is much more than those who are served; the workers, volunteers and servers are the community as well. The helpers receive as much as those who are helped.

The magnificence of Kitchen is our sense of community. We all feel it’s our place. We have friendships and a feeling of welcome, participation,happiness and peacefulness.

Funding and Support

Kitchen is the work of the St Kilda Elsternwick Baptist Church and St Kilda Baptist Benevolent Society (SKBBS). And is also supported by generous donations of food and gifts from various organisations.

SKBBS has the purpose of providing “direct relief of poverty, sickness, distress, destitution, suffering and misfortune in the St Kilda and wider communities.” Kitchen provides direct relief as a first instance through its meals. But sharing over meals, leads to learning about other needs; physical ones like accommodation, health, legal; as well as emotional ones like loneliness, anxiety, depression.

Food for Body & Soul

We all need nourishment. We need to nourish both body and soul. A meal feeds our body, friendship and care feed our soul. The Church naturally values spiritual health as an important part of a healthy life.

St Kilda Elsternwick Baptist Church provides avenues to foster a healthy spiritual life. Once a month we host an evening meal with music, shared stories, spiritual reflection and a chance to light a candle and pray. For those who express deeper interest, we help them to explore opportunities that best suit their spiritual interests and growth. We are careful to not push our own faith and to respect each other’s different religious views, including no religion at all.

Community Kitchen – It’s not just about the food, it’s about belonging.

Volunteers are always welcome and needed.

For more info, please contact:

Ross Dickson – 0412 383 162

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