COMMUNITY

Bush Chapel
Is an ecumenical project that evolved by several members of the community seeing the vision for an outdoor worship venue. Barossa council provided land off of Penrice Rd and some hard working volunteers saw the vision come to fruition. While it is a joint venture with NFA and churches in Nuriootpa it is overseen by members of Nuriootpa Uniting Church. Bookings can be made through Barossa Valley Tourist Park.

Christmas Lunch

The church provides Christmas lunch for approximately 60 members of the community on Christmas Day For more details contact Mary Plush 0418 523 703.

House of Hope

The house at 56 Murray Street came on the market in May 2014 and after much discussion and prayer and with assistance of Synod it was purchased in August 2014. Over the next few months many working bees were held as the house was upgraded to meet Council regulations for a public building. We are indebted to many tradespeople who carried out some of the work at reduced rates. The name House of Hope was adopted after a ballot at a congregation meeting and the House was officially opened by the Moderator in September 2014.

The first outreach project was “Breakthrough” a programme for disengaged high school students. This is held each Monday during School term with assistance from High school Chaplain.

The last two years have seen the house develop as a real outreach for the church into the community. Wise Employment hire a room on a weekly basis, Barossa Community Options (a support group for people with disabilities) hires the house 5 days a week. Mens Group meets 2nd and 4th  Thursdays during term time.

The biggest project has been the Community Kitchen. This is a shared outreach with the church and the local Soroptimist Club. It provides an evening meal each Thursday for those who live on their own or who are homeless. Those coming can also take home frozen meals. The mobile laundry comes and washes people’s clothes.  A local hair salon provides free haircuts and hair washes once a month. For more details contact Kath Gribble 0410 628 157

Men’s Group

At 7.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month (usually not during school holidays), a bunch of guys get together for a cuppa and a chat. We meet at the House of Hope, Nurioopta. We have supper, but because we are blokes it comes in a packet and we sort of take it in turns to bring something (we never arrange who is bringing something – but it works!) We always have a topic or a DVD or a YouTube clip to discuss. We are relaxed, rarely stay on task, have a few laughs and try and be real with each other. We always talk about God and we always have a prayer – some blokes come along even if that isn’t in their experience. When they do, or if they stay after the Barossa Community Kitchen feed, they nearly always come back, because we are welcoming and accepting and super-glad for the extra company. If you want to be a part of it please come along, or contact Matthew Halman on 0413 453 766. And bring a mate!

BREAKTHROUGH

A few years ago our minister at the time (Rev Christine Manning) was doing some work to support our local public High School (Nuri High), and it became clear that there was the need and the opportunity to provide some deeper support for some of the students. It wasn’t long before things started happening and the people of our church grabbed the chance. In partnership with Nuri High, the school Pastoral Care Worker (PCW) and the community, a program has been established called Breakthrough which happens weekly. This allows students to come into a safe and welcoming environment in between school and home. They are led in discussions and activities to develop self-awareness, confidence and appreciation. Volunteers, the school PCW, and a Coordinator paid by the church spend time, feed and develop relationships with the students. Outcomes have been fantastic and made a real difference academically and personally. As a church we value this program enormously and it captures the passion we have for the community. The resources we spend might seem crazy for the number of students it impacts – but we love it and it sort of helps us live out the idea of caring for that 1 sheep while someone else is caring for the 99! (Luke 15:3-7)