Celebrating 170 Years of Witness and Service.
On Sunday the 24th November 2019 Port Adelaide Uniting Church, formerly Congregational, will be celebrating 170 years since their beginning. Twenty six members covenanted together on the 4th November 1849 to form the congregation and the first minister, the Rev Matthew Henry Hodge served for 28 years. For the first 17 years members worshipped in a sail loft and then in chapels on the corner of St Vincent and Lipson Streets. As a result of a fire in April 1866 they set out to build on a new site 169 Commercial Rd, then on the edge of town.
Over the years this two story 150 year old heritage listed building has been the home away from home for many generations. Committed members have expressed their faith in creative ways and adapted their community ministry in response to the economic and social changes in the region.
This anniversary event will celebrate the church’s achievements, an affirmation and reminder of the way members have been innovative and faithful in meeting contemporary challenges.
Former minister, the Rev Dr Dean Eland will describe some of the turning points and critical moments in the life of this church when members have been adventurous, engaged with their community and have used their gifts and graces to create a future vision.
The celebration will begin at 3.30pm, a time for prayer and praise to reflect on the way the past provides insights for a hope filled future.
The service will be followed by a BBQ tea in the new Bent Pine community garden.