BAPTISMS & FUNERALS

Baptisms

At Westbourne Park Uniting Church, we warmly welcome all who wish to be baptised, whether babies, children or adults. The baptism will take place during one of our regular worship services.

Baptism is about a person becoming a part of the family of God. This means establishing a connection with the rest of the family… the church. For a baptism at Westbourne Park UC, you will be expected to attend Sunday worship services from the time of your enquiry through to the date of the baptism (usually at least four weeks). This will allow you to get to know the people at Westbourne Park UC, and for us to get to know you. It will also give you time to decide whether Westbourne Park UC is the right place for you and/or your child to grow in faith through an ongoing connection. We’d love to have you stay and become a part of our church family, as so many have done before you.

Please contact the church office (8271 7066) to arrange a time to meet with our minister, so that you can discuss together the meaning of baptism and for you to have any questions answered.

Funerals

Contact the minister for more information:
Minister David Hoffman – 0401 138 259 – david@wpuc.org.au

VENUE HIRE

Westbourne Park Uniting Church is centrally located a little over 10 minutes drive from the Adelaide CBD.

The church is located at 27 Sussex Tce in the beautiful green area of Hawthorn just off Cross Road.

We have on-site parking and street parking options.

The church is easily accessible by public transport (bus and train).

Weddings

Your special day should be just that. Special and yours! We would love for you to host your wedding with us. The church area can be turned into a romantic space that offers a traditional atmosphere. The hall is a very spacious room with a seating capacity of 100.

Wedding Brochure
Wedding Bookings

Meeting Room

Meeting Room: Office Foyer

40 sqm (7.5m x 5m)
The office foyer can accommodate 30 people standing and 15-20 seated people using a board room set-up.

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Kitchen

12.5 sqm
A fully equipped kitchen is available for you to prepare your catering needs. We have 2 large fridges and 1 large freezer included in the kitchen ready for you to utilise. The kitchen is equipped with 4 sinks, 2 large ovens, pie warmer cabinet. There is also a commercial dishwasher and a microwave.

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Hall

180 sqm (10mx18m)
You can comfortably fit 140 people in the church hall for a cocktail style event (standing).

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Outside Area

70 sqm
The outside area surrounded by beautiful garden beds will comfortably fit around 50 standing people.

SERVING OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer Positions Vacant

The activities and ministries of the church are administered and administrated by a large number of volunteers, each who gives of their skills and resources as part of their worship to God and to serve their community.

There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. – 1Cor 12:5

We encourage regular members of the community who have made WPUC their home, to prayerfully consider the right time to use their God-given skills to serve.

If you would like to get involved in the life of the church, please talk with a leader or contact the office.

Opportunities to serve include:

  • Helping in welcoming and greet people as they enter.
  • Help cook, serve or organise morning tea, supper or soup kitchens.
  • Sing, play music or lead the congregation in worship.
  • Serve as a council or committee member to help make important decisions.
  • Operate the Sound System or Projector
  • Arranging flower for the church
  • Many many others.

MISSIONS

Mission is loving those in the community by various acts of service and by sharing the Good News of the gospel with them.

Some of the mission activities that we are currently or recently have been involved in include:

  • A Centenary Project which has lead to an ongoing partnership with an East Timor Village, Bahareduk.
  • Kids Hope – School Children Mentoring Program
  • Befriending and serving meals to homeless, vulnerable and marginalised with the Salvos DUO.
  • Hindley Street – Green Team
  • Schoolies Festival – Green Team
  • Support for Refugees in local detention centres
  • Seminars in local schools, especially at Christmas and Easter.
  • Fair Trade activism especially against Child-labour and Sex trafficking.

The best way to get connected with any of these programs is to check the Weekly Newsletter for opportunities to get involved. Alternatively you can contact the Office to find the best person to speak with.

KIDS HOPE

Kids Hope is a program that provides Churches with an opportunity to impact and serve their local community
through a partnership with a local Primary School.

Kids Hope builds caring relationships … one child, one hour, one church, one school.

Our church is privileged to be involved with Westbourne Park Primary School and we presently have 7 mentors who started this term.

This program provides our church with a wonderful opportunity to impact and serve our local community through a partnership with one of our local schools.

The school presently has more children who they would like to be involved with this program commencing in Term 4.

“…to engage with the community to help them see that the church is useful and that there are many who
attend who have skills that they can use.”

The leadership team of the school are very excited about this partnership.

This program continues to build on the relationships which have been formed over the years through the Christmas and Easter presentations and the support provided to the Christian Pastoral Support Workers through the various activities under the banner of the Inter Church Council.

Read MoreKids Hope Australia Website

If you would like further information, contact Jenny Carver via the Office.

EAST TIMOR PROJECT

Westbourne Park chose East Timor as the focus of a huge outreach project starting in conjunction with our Centenary Year celebrations, with lots of fundraising events throughout 2014-2016.
We have also been sending teams from our church to serve by building houses.

Beginning in 2014 and for a period of three years Westbourne Park Uniting Church had the opportunity to help a village in East Timor, by assisting with the building of a total of 78 houses, to give every family in Bahareduk a place to call home.

Westbourne Park Uniting Church took up the challenge to raise funds and participate in a Working Party Mission Trip to provide every Bahareduk family a place to call home. During the first 18 months, we raised just over $50,000.

Our Mission
To build a community with transformed values, with an identity affirmed in God, a dignified quality of live with access to education, health care, jobs, good nutrition, and housing.

The Story so Far
Westbourne Park Uniting Church committed to the East Timor project for a period of 3 years. During the first 18 months, the focus was to raise funds to enable the building of 10 houses. The target was $80,000 (10 houses at $8,000). At the end of the 18 months an amount of just over $50,000 has been raised. It is great to report and celebrate that due to the decrease in costs for each house, the original commitment of 10 houses has been achieved.

There was also the opportunity for people to participate in a Working Party Mission Trip in July 2015 which was a fantastic success. A total of 29 people participated with team members from Westbourne Park Uniting Church’s Sunday community and craft community, and other churches and the wider community. All team members were deeply and significantly impacted by the trip and a variety of activities/projects were achieved during their time away.

Since our first Working Party Mission Trip of 29 people in July 2015, we had another trip in July 2016 of 15 people and then a smaller trip of 5 people in September 2016. There is now planning underway for another Working Party Mission Trip in July 2017.

The houses are at all different stages of construction with some at the final roofing stage. It is very encouraging to see the presence of our teams lead to a stimulus by the villagers to see the completion of their houses. We are confident that this impetus will continue by other visiting teams working alongside and together with the people of the village.

GET INVOLVED

There are so many ways to be involved with the Project. Come on the adventure of a Working Party Mission Trip, hold a fundraising event or financially support on of our focus areas.

NURSING SPONSORSHIP

Ghyma Dima Lopes is her East Timorese name and her western name is Jenny. She is in her late 30’s and has a younger borther. She comes from one of the villages near Bahareduk and has committed to going back to serve in Bahareduk for 4 years once she has finished her training. This year is second year of a four year course.

Jenny not only have to pay for accommodation and food (as well as uni fees) but there is also an expectation that she will help support the family where she is living.

Jenny had received sponsorship until mid 2016, however ongoing support is required for the 2017/18 academic year.

As well as financial support Jenny needs our prayers. We pray that she is able to pass the course with great wisdom and understanding and take those skills into the village.

WORKING PARTY TEAM

There is always an opportunity to participate in another Working Party Misson Trip. We are currently working on plans for our overall fifth team to go in July 2017 – this is an opportunity for you to be involved!!

EDUCATION

There are many opportunities to assist in the area of education both for the students and the teachers.

There is a task group who are presently gaining further information as to the best way forward to help in this area. This group is also exploring the possibility of a course here in Adelaide to learn how to teach English.

More information will be coming in the next few months, so watch this space.

HOUSING/VILLAGE LIFE

YWAM East Timor has committed to the village and the people of Bahareduk for a period of 7 years.

As a community (within Westbourne Park Uniting Church and the wider community) we can celebrate that we have been able to fund 10 houses. However, a total of 78 houses are required to complete the project. To this point of time a total of 25 houses have been promised.

Members from YWAM around Australia are often able to provide working parties, however, funds for materials are always required.

The water supply to the village is also in need of major repairs and this will be a focus area for the Working Party team in September 2016.

DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is run by YWAM and offers people the opportunity for a more intimate relationship with God. It also gives people an opportunity to discover their passions and part in God’s purposes for the world. It is for those who long to follow Jesus is new ways with a different perspective.

The course is a full-time programme and lasts five to six months.

In the lecture phase, students learn more about God and His world. This happens not only from lectures but also from community living and practical training. The outreach phase focuses on applying what has been learnt in the classroom through an intense, cross-culutral experience.

The team in September 2016 were able to observe the DTS first-hand and were very impressed with the students commitment and enthusiasm.

If you would like to assist with the fees for an individual student or the DTS as a whole, please contact us and we can give you more information

MONEY BOXES

Money Boxes are an ongoing way to support the East Timor Project.

If you don’t as yet have a money box there are still a few available for the cost of $10.

And if your money box is full bring it along to the church office and we can empty it, tell you how much loose change you had and you can start collecting again.

MEDICAL NEEDS

There is little to no medical facilities in the village of Bahareduk at the present time. It is great that Jenny (nursing student) is presently training, however, the needs are significant and a nurse is needed now.

There are two women in Brazil who would very much like to serve in the village and presently raising the necessary funds.

There is also the possibility of another student from East Timor who would like to undergo the training to become a nurse and work within the village. If you would like further information please touch base with us.

Thank You

A big thank you to all the team members for being part of each amazing Working Party Mission Trip adventure, thank you to everyone who supports the team members in prayer, thank you to everyone who helps with various fundraising activities, thank you to each one of you who contributes financially, thank you to the YWAM staff for your amazing love and care for each team member when we arrive in Dili, and finally a big thank you to the people of the village for their amazing welcome and hospitality.

How To Donate?

CashDeliver to Wesbourne Park Uniting Church office (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12.00noon) – OR – Sundays in an envelope marked East Timor Project
ChequeDeliver or post in an envelope marked East Timor Project
Direct DepositAccount Name   East Timor Project
BSB Number   035 044
A/C Number   218546

EVENTS

Since the beginning of this Project, we have had some amazing fundraising events. If you would like to keep up to date with upcoming fundraising events, watch this space or visit… Or if you would like to run your own event and then donate to the Project, touch base with the Project Committee Members (via the church office) and we can give you any information required.

Past fundraising events: Money Box Dedication Services, Jazz Night, Ride for East Timor, More Than A Car Boot Sale, Quiz Night, and Raise the Roof Talent Night.

WHY EAST TIMOR?

East Timor has had many struggles throughout its history with different nations being in control at different times. This changed in 2002 when the East Timorese people voted for Independence and it is still one of the world’s newest nations today. East Timor is only 1 hour north of Darwin by plane making it our closest neighbour. Since independence, the people of East Timor have continued to struggle to provide some of the basic necessities of life after the devastation caused by the departure of the Indonesian people.

Bahareduk

The village of Bahareduk is located in the mountainous region in the north of East Timor about three hours away from the capital of Dili.

The vision for Bahareduk is to build a community with transformed values, with its identity affirmed in God, a dignified quality of life, with access to education, health care, jobs, good nutrition and  housing. 

Seventy eight families live there in precarious housing, often made of bamboo and wood materials.

Poverty contributes to malnutrition and sickness. Nutrition is basically restricted to rice and salad leaves. Sometimes there is corn and manioc and meat supply is limited to pigs, chickens and cattle raised by the village people.

The mountains isolate the area from the rest of the nation. The food market and basic health care are more than two hours away on foot. Access by road is limited – the road only goes partway, then there is a river to cross and then no roads. During the wet season it is almost impossible to cross the river.

Despite this, the Bahareduk people possess a vigorous joy and are extremely hospitable.

Local politics are conducted by an elected leader who is recognised by the government. The national language is Tetun and the local language is Idate.

Partnership with YWAM (Youth With a Mission)

Youth With A Mission began in 1960 and is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age, groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.

Youth With A Mission was established in East Timor in 1999 and has provided a continued service to the communities in the capital Dili and in different Districts in East Timor.