The Olive Way is a place of welcome for all who want to use it. We first opened our doors in 2007 responding to a vision and desire to open our doors and offer hospitality beyond Sunday mornings.
While we are open to anyone who wants a place to rest, chat, read the paper or just sit with a cup of tea, our particular focus is those people who are on the edge of their communities and may not have a place to feel comfortable or welcomed anywhere else.
We are nestled in the cozy space between the worship area and the hall with access directly to Sydney Road and operate from 10 am to 1:30 pm, Tuesday to Thursday.
Coffee, tea, sandwiches and light snacks are always on offer. On Wednesdays we offer a two course cooked lunch at 12:30.
If you’re interested in helping out by making coffees or conversation, or by playing a board game or having a chat with someone, we are very keen to meet you.
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A community kitchen provides lunch on Wednesdays at 12:30. Our cook Peter provides a delicious home style 2 course meal.
An art group operates on Wednesdays. The congregation supports local artists throughout the year providing a welcome space and resources to explore their artistic gifts. Arts Access offers a funded program at specified times during the term. The artists’ work is exhibited at various times during the year.
Olive Way volunteers offer music lessons to anyone who is interested. It’s wonderful to see and hear people enjoying playing the piano for the first time or returning to the keyboard after many years.
SROC is our very own Sydney Rd. Opera Company. Olive Way participants work with professional actor Damian to share stories and draw on their life experiences to create performances. In 2016 we enjoyed ‘If the Shoe Fits’ and ‘Love and Food in Brunswick’.
A Writing Workshop on Tuesdays gives participants an opportunity to learn how to write and tell their own stories and to shape their imagination.
Dance classes are also offered on Wednesdays. From its early beginnings in 2016 participants are enjoying getting and up dancing with our wonderful teacher Ezme. We enjoy the company of our friends from Karingal.