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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. 

The theme for 2021 is ‘a place to grow!’

Weekly Services

  • 9.30am Sundays – A relaxed all-age worship celebration that enjoys the gifts of human diversity, creativity and justice-making. In building community we welcome the full participation of families and diverse individuals, offering a playful place to grow, to deepen our lives and to work for justice in the world. Also available by live-stream (contact the office to register).
  • 10am Wednesdays – Reflections service, providing a quiet space in your week.

Regular worship services take place Wednesday 10am and Sunday 9.30am – COVID-compliant. Wednesday services focus on reflection to provide a quiet space in the week. Sundays are all-age-friendly services, also available by live-stream (contact the office to register) Check our Facebook page for regular updates.

Watch more videos at our Church Online page

Church Life

Special Events

  • Young Families Group
  • Men’s Barbecue
  • Evening Women’s Fellowship
  • Tuesday Chat
  • Adamstown Uniting Singers’

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


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 Adamstown Arts for upcoming events, and the Altar/d Art Series page for current art installations in the church.

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

Adamstown Church is supporting the development of a four year training program – Emmanuel Spiritual Direction Formation, starting in 2019, to train appropriate people for the ministry of Spiritual Direction. This program will be of interest to people who feel called to accompany others on a spiritual journey to a deeper relationship with God, especially those involved in pastoral ministry including Priests, Religious, Ministers, Pastors, Chaplains and Lay people whose ministry is in visitation. Learn more about the training program.

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 Activemoves, Move to Vitality, meditation and gentle exercise.

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.

Heather Price appointed ‘Musician in Residence’

Heather Price appointed ‘Musician in Residence’

Heather Price was appointed ‘Musician in Residence’ at Adamstown Uniting Church in 2019. Heather’s music continues to be enjoyed by the congregation, with a focus on fresh and inclusive language, relevant theology and song topics, and melodies that allow people to participate easily. Continue Reading

Heather Price appointed ‘Musician in Residence’

Heather Price appointed ‘Musician in Residence’

Heather Price was appointed ‘Musician in Residence’ at Adamstown Uniting Church in 2019. Heather’s music continues to be enjoyed by the congregation, with a focus on fresh and inclusive language, relevant theology and song topics, and melodies that allow people to participate easily. Continue Reading

Discover our history in Adamstown

Discover our history in Adamstown

The Adamstown Uniting Church Restoration and Conservation Fund will ensure that this suburban icon can be celebrated in style for its 100th birthday in 2024. Watch the special fundraising concert event ‘A Restoration Messiah’. Donate to support the Building Restoration and Conservation Fund. Continue Reading

Sorry Garden

Sorry Garden

A Sorry Garden is being installed in the area in front of the church. It will contain a Sorry Seat stone, carved by stone mason Graham Wilson. It will be a feature of our justice actions, reaching out to indigenous communities, LGBTIQ groups and people affected by institutional sexual abuse. Continue Reading

Emmanuel Spiritual Direction Formation 2019

Emmanuel Spiritual Direction Formation 2019

Adamstown Church is supporting the development of a four year training program, starting in 2019, to train appropriate people for the ministry of Spiritual Direction. This program will be of interest to people who feel called to accompany others on a spiritual journey to a deeper relationship with God, Continue Reading

Sorry Garden

Sorry Garden

A Sorry Garden is being installed in the area in front of the church. It will contain a Sorry Seat stone, carved by stone mason Graham Wilson. It will be a feature of our justice actions, reaching out to indigenous communities, LGBTIQ groups and people affected by institutional sexual abuse.

Emmanuel Spiritual Direction Formation 2019

Emmanuel Spiritual Direction Formation 2019

Adamstown Church is supporting the development of a four year training program, starting in 2019, to train appropriate people for the ministry of Spiritual Direction. This program will be of interest to people who feel called to accompany others on a spiritual journey to a deeper relationship with God, Continue Reading

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– Our church meets on the traditional lands of the Awabakal people, and we pay our respect to elders both past and present –

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