We hold a worship service on most Sundays at 10.30am. Every third Sunday of the month we meet at 8.30am and worship with the Lutheran congregation.
Holy Communion is held on the first Sunday of each month.
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, VISION & STATEMENT OF BELIEF
The original Primitive Methodist Church was built in about 1849. The building was small and poorly constructed, and at one time had to be supported by wooden props. An anniversary was held in 1857 when a large congregation listened to the preaching of Rev. D. Whittaker of Adelaide.
In the mid-70s a move was made towards building a new and larger church, and it was probably about then, that the present vestry was built to enlarge the Church. In June 1884 a seven member trust was set up under the Chairmanship of Rev. Stephenson and positive plans were made for the re-building. The old church was demolished and the new church was erected on the same site, and the front wall formed a dividing wall between the church and the vestry as we see it today. The stone to commemorate the building was laid b Mr J. Clezy J.P. and it was dated 22nd October, 1884.
The Minister in 1884 was Rev. W. Cooke, followed by Rev. W. Weatherill in 1886. Rev. R. Daddow returned in 1888 after a previous period of service between 1864-1877. In 1897 Rev. H. Holmes was appointed, and it was his task to assist the local Primitive Methodists to merge with their sister Wesleyan Methodists across the paddock. This merger did not suit everyone, and eventually many left the church.
By 1900 there were Methodist churches at Hay Valley, Dawsley, Littlehampton, Native Valley, Echunga, Nairne, Mt. Barker, Wistow, Bugle Ranges and Macclesfield. In 1973 a Hall and Sunday school were built on adjoining land (at Nairne).
In 1976 another event was to leave its mark on the Church. After several years of negotiations, the Uniting Church became a reality, when Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches merged, although not all churches joined in. Once again there were many dissenters, and the membership was significantly reduced.
The work of the church continues with the present part-time minister Rev. Naomi Rosenberg.
(This brief history has been taken from a manuscript compiled by Rev. John Magor, a former student pastor, and we indebted to him for permission to reproduce a small part of it)
“To be a light in our community as we reach out with love in the name of Jesus”
Statement of Belief
We believe in one eternal God who creates all things.
He exists in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God loves each and every person and desires a vibrant relationship with each of us so that we may discover abundant life with Him.
We believe that sin has separated us from God, and from the relationship He desires with us.
We believe that Jesus Christ, as both God and man, is the only one who can reconcile us to God.
We believe that Jesus lived a sinless life, and that He was the only one who could offer enough – His life, so that our sins will not come between God and us.
We believe Jesus rose from the dead to demonstrate His victory over death.
He is currently alive and active in our world today and is revealing Himself to everyone, but not everyone wants to see Him.
We believe God offers everyone forgiveness of sins, reconciliations with God and the gift of eternal life. However, it is only when we turn to Jesus and accept Him, that this is made a reality in our lives.
We believe that those who have turned to Jesus also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables Christians to become like Christ and equips them to serve with spiritual gifts.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, and it is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.
It is our joy, as a community at Nairne who follow Jesus to serve Him by offering His love to all people through both word and deed. All who come into our midst are welcome to share in this love.
MEET THE MINISTER
As a young Christian, I imagined myself possibly working for the church as a deaconess, but this dream did not happen as I married young, became a registered nursed and as soon as I graduated I had a family. I have three married children and ten grandchildren. My nursing career spanned 30 years of general nursing and in the later years I specialised in paediatrics and asthma education.
In 2003, I began studying theology with my husband, who was studying to be a Minister of the Word at Parkin Wesley College (S.A.). After completing our degrees, we began our ministry in the southern part of the Yorke Peninsula in 2008. I was placed as a lay pastor assisting my husband serving in the 10 churches in this area. After working a few months in this role, I attended a Ladies Fellowship Rally and Mrs Kath Stringer (the then SA President) talked on fulfilling your God-given dreams and visions, and this got me thinking about my earlier call (dream or vision) as a young person to be a deaconess (deacon), so that’s when I seriously started to pray about a next step in my “faith journey”.
I then decided to do spiritual retreat to seek God on this call to the specified Ministry of Deacon. During this retreat one text that jumped out at me was Esther 4, verse 14: “who knows that you were born for such a time as this”. The light bulb came on and my decision was made clearer. All my life experiences, up to my current middle age was God preparing me to the Ministry of Deacon. So, in 2010 I was ordained, fulfilling a calling I believe I was born to take. Why a Deacon you may ask? Well, Deacon’s are to encourage people to live the gospel in daily work and recreation, supporting their commitments as servants of Christ, helping to make a positive difference to society, facing issues of justice, fostering peace and showing care, love and compassion to all people, no matter what their circumstances. My second placement was at Sunset Rock Uniting Church at Stirling for three years, and since September 2014 I have been serving at Nairne Uniting Church. Nairne Uniting Church is a friendly, caring church community. It is one whereby they express their faith by living it out in their service to others throughout the week.