SERVICES

Our major gathering is our Sunday morning service which begins at 9.30 through to around 10.45.

Here you will find a relaxed, warm and comfortable expression of worship which respectfully honours our proud traditions whilst incorporating elements of contemporary language and lifestyle.

In true Uniting Church style, much of the service is led by different members of the congregation ensuring that each worship service is unique in itself. Many of us feel a connection to the Spirit as we ……

•  participate in songs of praise and worship

•  hear the scriptures read and preached

•  pray for our world and loved ones

…… whilst we celebrate God’s enduring and faithful presence and words of hope.

After the service, we continue in fellowship over morning tea – our opportunity to meet and greet visitors and each other, share events and happenings over the past week, and any milestones or future plans coming up.

But that’s just Sunday! Our church is alive with activity nearly every day of the week.

Captioning here

Do you have difficulty hearing?

We offer full captioning of our 9:30am Worship service.

Everything that is said during public worship is captioned and shown on a TV screen on the front wall.

Catch

Catch is our new monthly all-age, informal and interactive worship evening providing church for busy families. Catch is held at 5pm on the first Sunday of each month.

That odd 5th Sunday

In months that have a fifth Sunday, we hold a special Community Worship Service, whether it be Café styled church, welcoming a visiting speaker or simply celebrating our grandparents & children with a “Grandie’s Day” service for our usual 9.30am Sunday worship.
If you have nieces, nephews, grandchildren, younger friends, 5th Sundays of the month are a great day to bring them to church at Balhannah Uniting! Songs, stories, prayers and fun.

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.

HISTORY

A short version of a long story…..

 

The Primitive Methodists congregated as little home churches after the English settlement of Balhannah in the 1840s. In 1859, they erected their first tiny chapel on land acquired from the Camac family at Bonney Flat where the church still manages a small cemetery. As the community grew, a chapel was built on the existing site at Bridge Street in 1931 with a seating capacity of 114. The original Bonney Flat building was lost in a bush fire in 1955.

In 1977, the Methodist conference went into union with the Congregational and Presbyterian churches to form the Uniting Church in Australia.

The Balhannah congregation was part of the Onkaparinga Parish with five congregations, sharing personnel and resources.

Balhannah enjoyed steady growth through the 1990s, and became independent of the Onkaparinga Parish in 1999. It was also in this year that the congregation began an extensive rebuild of the church facilities, providing contemporary and flexible accommodation for a wide variety of church and community activities.

The work of the Balhannah congregation has only been possible through the faith and dedication of its members – both those who have been long-serving members and those who served the church for only a brief season. The oldest member of the congregation is descended from the original Camac family and has been involved with our church for 96 years!

The people of Balhannah have always been inspired, passionate and resourceful and continue to shape the future of this family of God we all love.

 

We hope you will help us write the next chapter!

MEET THE MINISTER

Geoff HurstGeoff & Jenny

Rev Geoff Hurst
Minister
E. minister@balhannah.ucasa.org.au