Uniting Church Australia celebrates 40 years

Historic: The Moree Uniting Church will celebrate 150 years in October.
Historic: The Moree Uniting Church will celebrate 150 years in October.

Moree’s Uniting Church is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Uniting Church Australia this week.

The inaugural service of the new church was held in Sydney Town Hall on June 22, 1977 after the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregation denominations joined together.

There were then 2300 congregations around Australia participating in worship, pastoral care, local community service, multicultural activities and Indigenous groups.

In the remote outback areas health care, pastoral care and preschools are provided by Frontier Services pastoral Ministers.

The Uniting Church is the first truly Australian church and the third largest in the nation. 

In the remote outback areas health care, pastoral care and preschools are provided by Frontier Services pastoral Ministers.

It tackles issues that are sometimes controversial, and its strengths are in social justice and advocacy in work with migrant groups, refugees and asylum seekers, in welfare and aged care facilities and in its inclusiveness and innovation.

On the 25th anniversary a pretty, pink rose with touches of silver was produced called ‘Gift of Grace’ 3000 of which sold well around Australia.

The Uniting Church has a prominent logo standing out on church buildings around the country, on vehicles and on stationary. 

The black background represents the world, the cross represents hope, love and grace, the dove represents the Holy Spirit and the U shape means Uniting.

Celebrations of the 40th anniversary this week are low-key because the Moree church is looking forward to a big celebration in October to mark the 150th anniversary of worship on the current site and its witness in Moree.

Moree’s Uniting Church is known for many community inclusive events and programs including their ‘Feed My People’ Community Garden. The garden was opened in 2010 as the first of its kind in the North West.

The church now has 35 garden beds, cared for by both church families and families and individuals from the wider community.

The aim is to provide the people of Moree with a safe community space, enable the production of good fresh produce, the development of meaningful and harmonious relationships between the community and the people of the Moree Uniting Church.

-Contributed by Moree Uniting Church members.