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Worship Services

We are a welcoming and inclusive community that celebrates the gifts of human diversity, including people of all ages, racial backgrounds, married, divorced, single and diverse gender identities. 

Adamstown Uniting Church offers a variety of worship services throughout the month to suit different ages and interests.

Morning Services

  • 9am every Sunday
    A traditional but relaxed service mixing music and innovation held in the Church Auditorium.
  • 10.30am Second and Fourth SundaysMessy Church
    A fun and messy event where kids come first. Lots of singing, dancing, craft, stories and snacks, held in the Memorial Hall.
  • 10.30am Third Sunday – Messy Church PLUS
    A playful all age worship event followed by a shared lunch.

Evening Services

  • 6pm First SundayFEAST – A table of food, story & nourishment!
    Shared food and stories around a communion table, held in the church foyer. Members of the community and special guests will share an aspect of their life journey. This is a family friendly and inclusive space where everyone is welcome to the table.
  • 6pm other Sundays
    Shared snacks from 6pm, 6.30pm contemporary worship, held in the church auditorium.
  • 6pm Fourth SundayExpresso – Faith, Art & Music Community
    Exploring music, art, faith and community – with guest performers, held in the Dungeon under the Church.

If you’d like to know more about about any of these services please contact the office. You can watch videos and listen to audio from some of our services below.

November Feast – Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to a Culture of Now

November Feast – Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to a Culture of Now

Sunday 5 November 2017
6pm in the Church foyer

November’s Feast is part of a 6-week reflection (Nov 5, 12 & 19 plus Dec 10 & 17 ) on the new book by author and scholar Walter Brueggemann, ‘Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to a Culture of Now’. A great way of deepening our hope while living in a consumer culture in the month leading up to Christmas! Continue Reading

November Feast – Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to a Culture of Now

November Feast – Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to a Culture of Now

Sunday 5 November 2017
6pm in the Church foyer

November’s Feast is part of a 6-week reflection (Nov 5, 12 & 19 plus Dec 10 & 17 ) on the new book by author and scholar Walter Brueggemann, ‘Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to a Culture of Now’. A great way of deepening our hope while living in a consumer culture in the month leading up to Christmas! Continue Reading

Messy November – God’s Gifts

Messy November – God’s Gifts

Sunday 12, 19 & 26 November 2017
10.30am in the Memorial Hall

In November we’ll be exploring God’s gifts. Sunday 12th we’ll be talking about the ‘Parable of the Sower’ and spending some time working in the church garden. At Messy Church Plus on the 19th, we will be talking about giving and what we can do for others, followed by lunch together. Sunday 26th we will be thinking of others and how we can show love and care.

Messy November – God’s Gifts

Messy November – God’s Gifts

Sunday 12, 19 & 26 November 2017
10.30am in the Memorial Hall

In November we’ll be exploring God’s gifts. Sunday 12th we’ll be talking about the ‘Parable of the Sower’ and spending some time working in the church garden. At Messy Church Plus on the 19th, we will be talking about giving and what we can do for others, followed by lunch together. Sunday 26th we will be thinking of others and how we can show love and care.

Expresso with Kathy & Matthew Clarke

Expresso with Kathy & Matthew Clarke

Sunday 26 November 2017
6 – 8pm in the Church Dungeon
FREE entry. Food & drink available to purchase.

Our final Expresso guests of 2017 are Kathy and Matthew Clarke with ‘Sweet songs and soft guitar’. Sweet Songs and Soft Guitar is a vocal duo based in Newcastle NSW.

Kathy and Matthew Clarke perform songs of Love, Hope, and Caring for the environment and each other. Kathy’s stunning vocal clarity is supported by Matthew’s gentle guitar style. The set list includes pieces by Snez, Bernard Carney, Eric Bogle, Paul Spencer, Rick Kemp, Kate Rusby, Malvena Reynolds, Tom Paxton, Bruce Watson and a smattering of original works.

The name “Sweet songs and soft guitar” is inspired by the lyrics of Eric Bogle’s song “Kate and the Dreamtime Land” referring to the beautiful ambiance of session music and songs around the camp fire shared with friends.

Sweet Songs and Soft Guitar is an uplifting experience in the folk tradition. A wonderful relaxed evening to close a great year of music and story-telling at Expresso.

FREE ENTRY. Food and drinks available to purchase.

Expresso with Kathy & Matthew Clarke

Expresso with Kathy & Matthew Clarke

Sunday 26 November 2017
6 – 8pm in the Church Dungeon
FREE entry. Food & drink available to purchase.

Our final Expresso guests of 2017 are Kathy and Matthew Clarke with ‘Sweet songs and soft guitar’. Sweet Songs and Soft Guitar is a vocal duo based in Newcastle NSW.

Kathy and Matthew Clarke perform songs of Love, Hope, and Caring for the environment and each other. Kathy’s stunning vocal clarity is supported by Matthew’s gentle guitar style. The set list includes pieces by Snez, Bernard Carney, Eric Bogle, Paul Spencer, Rick Kemp, Kate Rusby, Malvena Reynolds, Tom Paxton, Bruce Watson and a smattering of original works.

The name “Sweet songs and soft guitar” is inspired by the lyrics of Eric Bogle’s song “Kate and the Dreamtime Land” referring to the beautiful ambiance of session music and songs around the camp fire shared with friends.

Sweet Songs and Soft Guitar is an uplifting experience in the folk tradition. A wonderful relaxed evening to close a great year of music and story-telling at Expresso.

FREE ENTRY. Food and drinks available to purchase.

Church Life

Adamstown Uniting Church runs many programs and activities that people can connect with beyond Sunday services. Justice and the arts is at the heart of many of these activities, and the church is a hub for creative events in the community. Blessed with many musically-gifted members of the congregation, concerts are held throughout the year. Check out Expresso and Adamstown Arts for upcoming events.

As well as large events we offer smaller group gatherings and opportunities for reflection.

Study and Reflection

Study groups including a book club are held on a regular basis.

Spiritual Direction

The Church offers an active ministry in spiritual direction, which is designed to enable individuals to deepen their relationship with God and to support the integration of grace in their lives. Sessions are usually offered over a one hour duration in a private setting with an average cost of $50 or by negotiation.

The four people available for spiritual direction can be contacted below.

  • Rev Nerida Drake
    Certificate in Spiritual Direction (SCRD)
    Email Nerida 
  • Rev Malcolm Drake
    Certificate in Spiritual Direction (SCRD)
    Email Malcolm
  • Gloria Carter
    Emmanuel Certificate in Spiritual Direction
    Email Gloria
  • Jenny Moylan
    Emmanuel Certificate in Spiritual Direction
    Email Jenny

Workshops

Health and well being, creativity and personal development events and workshops are offered on an ongoing basis. Check out Adamstown Arts for any upcoming workshops.

Community Activities

The Church supports a variety of groups exploring health, well being and creative development such as Heartmoves, Move to Vitality, meditation and gentle exercise.

There is also a new ‘Bright Ideas Playgroup’ that will start meeting every Tuesday from the 7 March 2017 in the Bright Ideas Room (accessed via the Memorial Hall). A safe environment, with a well resourced and community-based playgroup. Please bring morning tea for your child. Coffee/tea available for parents and carers. Download flier.

Information about hiring one of our spaces for your next community event is available on our contact page.

Ministry Team

Rev Dr Rod Pattenden

Rev Dr Rod Pattenden has been minister at Adamstown since June 2012 and brings a strong background working in the arts and community development.

Rod is interested in the links between faith and creativity and the call to live a full life. He maintains an approach to life and faith that values curiosity, wonder and gratefulness.

His leadership has deepened the Church’s involvement in the arts in a way that celebrates life and engages in justice making. He has a playful sense of humour and a hopeful passion for life.

Watch the ‘Putting the Arts in Adamstown Arts’ video by John Cliff below, to hear more about Rod’s involvement with the Arts.

Carolfest 2017

Carolfest 2017

Sunday 24 December 2017
3pm in the Church Auditorium

Carolfest is a popular tradition that began over 30 years ago at Adamstown Uniting Church and all are welcome to join in the fun again this year. Save the date for a wonderful afternoon of music and carol singing. Enjoy hearing the story of Christmas retold in a unique way by the Rev Rod Pattenden, and raise money for the Christmas Bowl appeal. More info here.

Bright Ideas Playgroup

Bright Ideas Playgroup

Fridays 10am – 12pm
Bright Ideas Room, Adamstown Uniting Church Hall

This free community-based playgroup meets on Fridays (school terms only) in the Bright Ideas Room (accessed through the Memorial Hall, behind the stage). Lots of fun arts and crafts for all ages. Morning tea provided.Bright Ideas Playgroup flier

Carolfest 2017

Carolfest 2017

Sunday 24 December 2017
3pm in the Church Auditorium

Carolfest is a popular tradition that began over 30 years ago at Adamstown Uniting Church and all are welcome to join in the fun again this year. Save the date for a wonderful afternoon of music and carol singing. Enjoy hearing the story of Christmas retold in a unique way by the Rev Rod Pattenden, and raise money for the Christmas Bowl appeal. More info here.

Bright Ideas Playgroup

Bright Ideas Playgroup

Fridays 10am – 12pm
Bright Ideas Room, Adamstown Uniting Church Hall

This free community-based playgroup meets on Fridays (school terms only) in the Bright Ideas Room (accessed through the Memorial Hall, behind the stage). Lots of fun arts and crafts for all ages. Morning tea provided.Bright Ideas Playgroup flier

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