Here at Wantirna we want you to feel like part of a family. A family that does life together. The Wantirna Life Groups exist for that exact reason- to do life with each other. Any and every one of you are welcome to join these groups and make connections with each other!
Like the look of a few groups but don’t think you can fit them all in? Have an idea for a great life group but missed out this time around? That’s okay! There will be more sets of life groups rolling out in the future! Some groups have a capacity so be sure to get in quick!

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Afternoon Worship

Shonet Heath

Bring instruments or your voices or even just sit in and listen – music and lyrics will be provided as we worship together for a couple of hours straight after church lunch – we even do song requests! No skills required, and we encourage those learning instruments or singing to attend to as there’s no pressure, just play/sing at your own level.

Quantity/Capacity: No limit
Frequency: monthly (last Sabbath of every month)
Total Duration: Monthly until November
Location: Church
Cost/Requirements: No costs! Bring instruments if you would like, but not required.

Cell Group

Marlene McMahon

A spiritual presentation & fellowship.

Frequency: Every second Tuesday evening, 7:30 – 9pm
Location: McMahon residence
Capacity: 20 members
Cost: none

Cooking Group

Kishore Sidaya 

Come and learn how to make new dishes full of spices and flavours- Mauritian/ Asian/ Indian cuisine.
Our first dish will be a ‘magic bowl’. Come and see for yourself why the pathfinders are crazy about this dish!

Quantity: Capacity: 5 to 10
Frequency: TBD
Total Duration: 5 Sessions
Location: Church or as decided by the group
Cost/Requirements: Cost of ingredients

Friendship Group

Marlene McMahon & Julie Millet

Morning Tea, program, and lunch to follow.

Capacity: No limit
Frequency: every Thursday, except school holidays (10-12:30)
Church Long room
$5 per person

Friday Night Youth Dinner

Scott Rankin

A relaxed Friday night dinner at The Rankins house, an opportunity to catch up and socialise with a message of faith. All are welcome.

Quantity/Capacity: No limit
Frequency: monthly (one Friday night every month)
Total Duration: February to November
Location: The Rankin’s House, Donvale
Cost/Requirements: No costs! Just please RSVP for catering

Indoor Rock Climbling

Josh Kross

Prayer, climbing, & friends- the perfect space for improving fitness, skills, and conquering fears!

Location: Local Climbing Gyms
Frequency: Thursday night, weekly

Little Steps Playgroup

Di Thompson

The Little Steps community play group is a family-centred playgroup that aims to provide a fun, safe and welcoming environment for mums, parents, grandparents and young children 0-5 years. All are welcome for a program of play, craft, story and song.

Wednesdays 10.00am -12.00 noon during School terms.
Quantity/Capacity: 12 -15 families
Frequency: Wednesday mornings, 10am -12 noon each week during school terms.
Total Duration: All year, weekly, outside of school holidays
Location: 119 Mountain Highway, Wantirna Church Hall
Cost/Requirements: $5 for families attending playgroup to cover incidentals, morning tea and play equipment.

Mechanics and Car Maintenance

Josh Kross

A group for those who want to learn more about car maintenance, gain mechanical skills, and enjoy a BBQ!

Frequency: Sunday nights, monthly
Location: Pr Josh’s place

Prayer Power

Kerilee Bolto

Satan trembles when we pray. Let’s give him a black eye!

Quantity: No limit
Frequency: Fortnightly (or TBC)
Location: Church (or TBC)
Cost: Nothing

Purveyors of Pong

Jeff Dever

Ping Pong promotes peace and table tennis tames tension

Quantity/capacity: Initially 20 eventually heaps but it will be run if there is only 2.
Frequency: Monthly or weekly depending
Total duration: 2-3 hrs
Location: Church hall
Cost/requirements: Gold coin donation

Run Club

Scott Rankin

Our running club meets every second Sunday morning. All abilities are welcome to join us for a refreshing and invigorating run.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just want to start, you are welcome to come along and join.
Please contact Scott if interested as we often explore different running tracks. Different paces and distances from 5-10 km.

Quantity/Capacity: No limit
Frequency: Fortnightly (Every second Sunday morning, weather permitting)
Total Duration: February to November
Location: A running track near by
Cost/Requirements: No costs! Just let Scott know if interested and planning on coming.

Snow Sports Season

Josh Kross

Get out and enjoy God’s stunning mountains and improve your skills with friends!

Location: Perisher, and local ski fields
Frequency: Five Sundays throughout the season (TBD)

Wantirna ADRA Food Pantry

Liz Heath

Come join a great team, aimed toward serving our community and helping those in need – have fun doing it!

Capacity: Unlimited
Frequency: Weekly, except school holidays
Total duration: year round
Cost/Requirements: Working With Children Check

Wantirna SDA Choir

Billy Neyra

To praise God & share the Gospel through music ministry to touch the hearts of every person, Christian or not!

Capacity: No limit
Frequency: Fortnightly, 4-6:25 sabbath afternoon
Duration: All year, miss school holidays if required
Location: At Wantirna church
Cost: Monetary contribution to sheet music pritning

Wacquets Tennis  

Dan Brunt

Grab your racquets, dust off your tennis shoes and come down to the courts every fortnight to have a fun game together.

Quantity/Capacity: Eight
Frequency: Sunday Mornings at 9am, fortnightly.
Total Duration: Till finish
Location: Ringwood Central Tennis Club
Cost/Requirements: Tennis equipment, and a spilt cost of $20 an hour per court

Womens Group

Pam Stott

Lunches, afternoon teas, visiting Melbourne, and movies trips! A diverse group with fun, food, and laughter for ladies of all ages!

Location: TBD
Frequency: Fortnightly or Monthly (TBD)

Young Adult Life Group

Tim Jaques

A weekly catch up for 18+ who are generally just out of uni/settling into the workforce. Some of us are older, though, so if you’re not sure, just give us a call! We have dinner each week, and then follow up with a bible study or discussion of the previous week’s sermon from Wantirna SDA Church. We’ve had two weddings result from this group, so who knows what could be in store in the future!

Quantity: 20
Frequency: Weekly on Wednesdays, with possible hiatus over new year.
Total Duration: 2.5 hours. Some people only come for dinner at 6:30 and then have to leave, and others can sometimes only make it for the discussion, which usually starts between 7:30 & 8:00.
Location: Ringwood
Cost/ Requirements: Possible contribution of ingredient/s for dinner.

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