SERVICES

A link to the services by Pastor Rob Morgan can be viewed by clicking HERE

 

Cancelled until further notice due to the COVID19 Pandemic

WELCOME

We meet on Sundays during the school term, starting at 4.30pm with a community time followed by worship, message and sharing time from 5.00pm to 6.00pm. Get in touch with us for more information: Email: 4.30@Connections

SERVICES

A friendly, welcoming place to worship God and explore life’s questions

CU@Connections is our Sunday evening faith gathering and is held weekly from 4.30pm during school terms (apart from long weekends). This offers an opportunity for people to gather in a time of community and faith renewal in an informal café setting. For more information, or if you are interested in attending, please contact Matthew Halman on 0413 453 766.

Sunday evenings at 4.30pm during the school term.

Email 4.30@Connections

HISTORY

History of Greenock Uniting Church

On January 5, 1855, the Kapunda Circuit of the Wesleyan Church decided to build a Chapel in Greenock.  The original Trustees included William and James Branson, Richard Rodda and officials from the Kapunda Circuit, who acquired the land from a Mr Forster who came from Greenock in Scotland. “Little Glory” was built at a cost of £215, and measured only 22 feet by 18 inside.

For 74 years people worshipped in the church Sunday by Sunday, and celebrated weddings and baptisms.

Worship was transferred to the Institute in 1929 because the building was deemed unsafe; but for many years Greenock Methodists worked for a new church building.

The block on which it stands was bought in 1945 after selling (and demolishing) “Little Glory”.  The foundation stone was laid on the 99th anniversary by Mr David Branson, and the newly named Branson Memorial Church was opened on April 3, 1955 by Mrs. S. Steele (daughter of the late Mr. Roberts) and dedicated by the Rev. C.J. Davis, President-elect of the Methodist Conference. The beloved church bell from “Little Glory” stands in a steel tower beside the new Church.

Centenary Services were held on 18 September, 1955 with preachers Rev. E. Bray and the Rev. Dr. F. Hambly.

The new Sunday School building named The Steele Memorial was opened on 2 October, 1966 by the Rev. R. Jenner.

The Church is now part of the Uniting Church in Australia, which was inaugurated in June, 1977; beginning its journey as the Greenock Uniting Church we now know.

The ‘Connections’ Story

Faced with limited ministerial oversight and resources in early 2007, the Barossa Region Uniting Churches undertook a ‘Path to Renewal’ to determine future directions.  This led Greenock Uniting Church to make the bold decision to cease Sunday worship services from August 2007.  As one door closed however, another opened, and there was agreement to trial an increased use of the Church building on weekdays instead.

And so a vision developed for a different type of ministry – a community outreach venture incorporating café-style facilities, local art and craft, second-hand books, children’s corner with story time, tourism information, ‘All Sing’ group, and youth bike club, as well as the usual ‘Care & Share’ prayer group and women’s fellowship group.

In February 2008, an appeal was launched in support of this valuable community outreach venture.  Through business sponsorship, community donations, grant funds and volunteer support, the Church building and grounds were transformed within weeks!  And following a Name and Logo Competition, this new and exciting venture was named ‘Connections’.

Through God’s grace, and the dedication and tireless efforts of a special group of volunteers, ‘Connections’ successfully provided a quality low-cost service to the community for over 10 years.

In a society with increasing pressures on daily living, where relationships are breaking down, ‘Connections’ helped to build and strengthen community.  It was about connecting with people in their everyday lives, building relationships and fostering a sense of belonging.  It was about providing a sanctuary to shelter from the world awhile. Connections made a difference in people’s lives whilst witnessing ‘faith in action’.

This also included funding a ‘Community Donations’ program acknowledging the valuable work of local community groups and/or initiatives, as well as Uniting Church in Australia mission projects.

We thank God for 163 years of faithful worship and service and look forward with expectation to the years ahead as we continue to live in love and obedience to Him.

“If you have love for one another, then everyone will know

that you are my disciples.” (John 13: 35).

WE ARE THE UNITING CHURCH

The Uniting Church SA seeks to be an innovative, growing church proclaiming Jesus Christ, empowered by the Spirit to transform God’s world. Read More.

The Uniting Church is a young church – formed on 22 June 1977, when the Congregational, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches united to become one. The Basis of Union is the document which affirms our Christian faith and is the guide to what is central to the life of the Uniting Church in Australia. Read the Basis of Union here.