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 program for disengaged high school students. This was held each Monday during School term with assistance from High School Chaplain. It is now held in the church hall.

The last two years have seen the house develop as a real outreach for the church into the community. Wise Employment (a Disability Employment Service) hire a room on a weekly basis, Barossa Community Options (a support group for people with disabilities) hires the house 5 days a week. Men’s Group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays during term time.

An off shoot of Barossa Community Options, Tutti Arts hire the hall fortnightly for people with disabilities to learn about film making.

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. Frozen meals are also delivered to those in need in the community and unable to get to the kitchen.

A local hair salon provides free haircuts, hair washes and a meal once a month. For more details contact Kath Gribble 0410 628 157.