South Sydney Uniting Church is ecumenical (e.g. supporting the National and World
Council of Churches) and inclusive,
affirming the gifts of people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and identities. We seek peace with justice,
and the integrity of creation. We celebrate a service of Word and Sacrament (Eucharist) each Sunday at 10am.
"We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land: the Gadigal people of the Eora nation."
56a Raglan Street
Waterloo NSW 2017
Phone/Fax: 02 9319 1373
Rev. Andrew Collis
Mobile: 0438 719 470
Prayer Meeting: Heather and Miriam meet at 7.30am in the church most Saturday mornings for prayer. Please let them know if you’d like to join them or have a prayer offered on your behalf.
Wordplay: Wednesdays, July 1 & 15, 6-
Art Class: Saturdays, July 11 & 25, 12-
Children’s Activities: Sundays, July 12 and 26. During worship, activities for children.
Food Donations: Sunday, July 12. Donations of non-
Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, July 12. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month. Contact Naomi for details.
Informal Lunch: Sunday, July 19. Meet after church for an informal and affordable lunch. There is a “lunch box” for donations to help facilitate – your contribution is much appreciated. Contact Naomi for details.
‘Called to be God’s Church’
This week is the 38 Anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia. Most of you will know our background but I will just mention a few things for those people who have not been with us for long.
We are, of course, a union of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. Believe it, or not, it took us 51 years to negotiate our coming together! I was part of that negotiation during the last few years, so I know what it was like.
Each church brought its own particular strengths to the union, and its weaknesses, of course. If I had to describe the particular strengths, I would say that the strong focus of Congregationalism on its local congregations, giving them more freedom to govern themselves and to focus on local areas is one. The Presbyterians had a long history in good order (true Calvinists) and a commitment to scholarship. We Methodists in some ways were rather divided, although what we emphasised actually all came from our founder in John Wesley. We were evangelical, but also focussed on social justice and engagement with political issues being the church which founded both the Union Movement and the Labour Party.
So, we put all that together and it now lies embedded in the Uniting Church in Australia, expressed in the Basis of Union. On our logo, you will see an unfinished “U” which symbolises that there is still more Christian union to come, which is also why we named ourselves the Uniting, rather than United, Church.
The church, hall and garden are accessible by way of paths and ramps. The toilets, sinks and shower, located in the hall, are wheelchair accessible. Please ask if further assistance is required.
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