2020 Tasmanian Retreat – Life & Teachings of Paul

November 2-8, 2020

You are invited to attend our annual Retreat at Camp Clayton, Ulverstone on Tasmania’s stunningly beautiful northwest coast (in the hope the COVID-19 crisis and necessitated restrictions allow it).

This year our focus is on Paul the Apostle, his life and teachings. He is the outstanding character in the New Testament outside of Jesus. And it was Jesus who became the total focus of his life. How did this fiercely militant and religious Jew, self-described as a Pharisee of the Pharisees–who brutally persecuted Jesus’ work and people–become its chief champion, selfless servant and passionate proponent? Join us in this time of re-acquaintance and discovery, as well as time for worship, fellowship, food and rejuvenation.

Please let others know who might be interested in sharing this time with us. Photo sourced from

Prayer & Share Zoom Meetings

Prayer & Share Zoom Meetings

You are welcome to join us each Tuesday evening at 7pm for a Zoom meeting in which we share our lives and pray for each other as we live through this current upheaval to our lives and society. We conclude with a short discussion of a passage from Scripture. 

Phone Phil on 03 62431231 if you would like join us.

50th Anniversary Celebration

Grace Communion International in Tasmania is planning a celebration for our fiftieth anniversary on June 9th, 2019 at the Ross Hotel on June 9th, 11am.

Our first church service was held in Launceston on June 21st, 1969.

The first service in in Hobart was July 15th, 1972, and the first in Devonport was on March 2nd, 1974.

We invite anyone that has been associated with GCI, formerly Worldwide Church of God and before that Radio Church of God, to join with us at the Ross Hotel, in the Antler Room on Sunday June 9th at 11am. There will be a service celebrating the birth of the Christian church at Pentecost as well as our the beginning of our church in Tasmania. A special communion will be included in which we join with other Tasmanian churches in the annual Breaking Bread celebration.

Lunch can be ordered before the service from the hotel. The menu is available at https://www.rosshotel.com.au/menu/.

After lunch we will have a time to remember and celebrate our life together as a fellowship. There will be photos to look at and several members will share some of their memories of our past fifty years.

For more information please contact Phil Hopwood at phil.hopwood@gci.org.au or call 03 6243 1231.

Worship services

You are more than welcome to join us in worship.  We hold house church meetings on Sunday mornings at 10am.

Please call Tony and Kaye Hicks on 03 6331 1602 or email Peter Gilbert at pagilbert@gmail.com for details.

Our services are relaxed, comfortable and encouraging.   A light lunch and tea and coffee is enjoyed afterwards.

Thanks for dropping by…


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Who are we?

We are as the title above says, Esk Valley Community Church, the Launceston congregation of Grace Communion International.

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