The Unitarian Church of SA has resumed in-person Sunday services from Sunday, December 6, 2020, after a two-week suspension due to the Adelaide COVID-19 cluster at Parafield.
With the exception of our farewell service for Rob MacPherson on Sunday, January 24, 2021, bookings are no longer required to attend these services.
We are legally required to use SA Government’s SafeCheckIn procedure at the Meeting House. On arrival, you will need to scan our posted QR code. Please prepare by downloading the free “mySA GOV” App to your smartphone (see links at end of this message). We will be here to assist you if needed. If you do not own a smartphone, you can sign-in on paper.
The Unitarian Church of South Australia held its first online church service on Sunday, March 29, 2020, to provide ongoing fellowship for our members while complying with the health protection of physical distancing. Click here to view details of our latest service of worship.
The church explored a range of online activities to support our members and other people in the community during these challenging times, including:
- Community in the Time of Coronavirus: Video reflections by our Reverend Rob MacPherson
- Video recordings of selected church services and recent Catherine Helen Spence Orations
- Expanding Horizons: Podcast recording of addresses from our weekly services.
Online coffee hour
We have created a closed Facebook group for creating and maintaining informal connections between our members, called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/
Don’t forget, you can also listen to our back catalogue of services through our podcast Expanding Horizons: https://unitariansa.podbean.com/. Our Facebook page holds all of the above information and is regularly updated with the latest: https://www.facebook.com/saunitarians/. And of course, our website is at: https://unitariansa.org.au/.
Please revisit this website for updates as we hopefully expand the range of ways in which we use technology to support our community while observing the necessary health protocols such as “social distancing”.
However, once the world regains some semblance of normality, we look forward to welcoming you to join us for our regular gatherings. These include:
- Weekly services held at our Norwood meeting house at 99 Osmond Terrace, Norwood, at 10.30 am Sundays. Services typically last for about an hour, followed by a social hour with coffee and tea provided. All services are conducted by the Minister, unless otherwise indicated in our newsletter.
- Monthly vesper services at our Shady Grove Chapel are held on the first Sunday of every month (except January), at either 4 or 5 pm, depending on the season. These are conducted by members of the congregation, visiting speakers, or the Minister. Services are followed by a shared, bring-a-plate meal. Shady Grove is situated in the Adelaide Hills in native bushland at the end of Tadmor Lane which intersects Shady Grove Road, between Littlehampton and Balhannah.
Lectio Divina services: Our Lectio Divina services offer an alternative form of worship. They take place in the sanctuary each Wednesday from 6 pm until 7 pm. All are welcome.
What and how:
Though individual services may vary in content and order, our Sunday services generally have these components:
- Opening words or an invocation as we light our chalice flame
- A story for all ages, generally directed to the children (but usually with relevance to the adults too).
- Sunday Club–a separate space and activities for children directed by qualified carers and parents.
- A time for individual worshippers to light candles to mark recent significant events in tbeir spiritual lives–joys, concerns, sorrows, landmarks
- A time of reflection, meditation and private prayer
- 2 or 3 contemporary hymns or songs
- An address and a related reading of 15-20 minutes. This time may include activities, discussion, or audio-visuals. (As befits a free church, the purpose of our preaching is not to expound doctrine, but to ‘afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.’ You may therefore hear things that will challenge you to deeper personal reflection, and stir you up to a more considered personal faith and more ethical living.)
- Excellent and varied musical interludes, ranging from clasical, to jazz, to folk, to R and B.
- A collection of offerings for the maintenance of the church and its work in the community.
For a schedule of this month’s service topics, please refer to our current Newsletter.
An archive of audio podcasts of recent service addresses is accessible on our Expanding Horizons site