Caring for the Community

Whitehorse News - June 2021

Rev. Jim Barr is passionate about helping others.

When he joined Box Hill Baptist Church two years ago, he was excited to continue its tradition of serving the community.

“I feel privileged to contribute to the amazing work that this Church has done for 120 years.”

One of the Church’s longest running services is Jubilee Housing, a social housing provider founded 40 years ago in collaboration with other churches in Melbourne’s east.

More recently, the Church began hosting Vietnamese and Chinese congregations as well as a service for ex-prisoners. This has been a great opportunity to unite communities from different backgrounds.

“We want everyone to feel at home here”, said Jim. 

Other programs offered by the Church include free English lessons, a community boatbuilding program, community choir and the Box Hill Free Community Bakehouse, run alongside The Orchard Providore and local donors.

When COVID struck, Jim began livestreaming his services and people can now attend Church online or in-person. Jim has been on the road helping his congregation adapt to this new technology. “People who are housebound can get isolated very quickly,” he said.

“A little support enables people to learn new skills and stay connected.”

For Jim, being involved in the community and helping out those in need is this essence of his work as a Minister.

“It’s not just about worship, as important as that is. It’s being where people are and sharing in their lives.”

To learn more about the Church, visit www.boxhillbaptist.org.au