WEDDINGS & BAPTISMS

Weddings

It is advised that you visit the church beforehand, preferably on a Sunday morning, to ensure it suits your needs and expectations.  Please make yourself known to the minister and Cath after the service.

A few basic facts:

  • The seating capacity is 100 comfortably.
  • An electronic organ and a piano are available in the church (for our musician’s use only). Hymn books are on hand.
  • Parking is available in the church’s car park with additional space on the verges of Crouch and One Tree Hill Roads.
  • The wedding cars may enter the gates in front of the church and drive up to the paved area at the main door.
  • There will be a manager “on duty” to open the church, the main gates and to assist in welcoming the family and guests.
  • There is a hall with a fully functioning kitchen at the rear of the church available for use after the service. This may be at an additional cost.

If you wish to arrange a wedding at “Golden Grove”, please contact the Wedding Co-ordinator, Cath Mckechnie via phone (08)8289 8938 or email.

Baptisms

At Golden Grove Uniting Church, we warmly welcome all who wish to be baptised, whether babies, children or adults. The Baptism will take place during the normal Sunday morning service.

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 Golden Grove Uniting Church, 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 Golden Grove UC, and for us to get to know you. It will also give you time to decide whether Golden Grove 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 many have done before.

You will need to contact the minister to arrange a time to meet up in order to discuss together the meaning of baptism for both you and your child and to have any questions answered.

MISSIONS

Missions & Wider Work Committee

The “Mission and Wider Work Committee” is a committed and devoted group, working together to raise funds in a practical manner. These are distributed at the end of the year to various local – and overseas charities.

Some examples include assistance to farmers in third world countries – with seeds, farm animals, tools and village water purification pumps. We also sponsor a child in the Philippines.

Local charities can include emergency funds during major disasters like fires, floods, or earthquakes.

We hold regular fundraising events within our Church, where we enjoy great fellowship, friendly conversations, have some fun and help those less fortunate at the same time. Various ways we do this is by holding events such as:

Muffin Morning Teas
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day breakfasts
Soup and Bread Roll luncheons
Kytons Drives (2017 last orders 26th March)
Fish and Chip Nights
Christmas Pancake Breakfasts
Quiz nights
Profits from the Card Stall
We also fill “Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Boxes”

2017 Events   All after Sunday Worship & $10.00

Sunday 18 June – Soup & Rolls & Desert

Sunday 17 September – Pot Luck Lunch & Desert

Sunday 19 November – Sausage Sizzle & Desert

For more information, please contact the Convenor, Mrs Coral Larcombe, via email.

HOPE Philippines Children’s Ministries

A child education sponsorship program.

Golden Grove Uniting Church continues to support our Sister Church in the Philippines in their “HOPE” ministry that seeks to help poor families afford the extra costs of their children’s education.

Although education is free and mandatory and State funded, the cost of education supplies, uniforms, text books, travel, etc. is beyond the means of many poor families and orphans.

We support such children and have done so since 2006. Several have graduated from High School & their younger siblings have taken their place.

By 2010 our child sponsorship had grown to thirteen children.  In April 2011 we were blessed to have Pastor Luciano Baraquit Jr and his wife Angelie visit with us for two weeks.  They shared personal testimonies about how the HOPE ministry was changing the lives of poor children in the Philippines.  The outcome of this visit was an increase in sponsorship to 21 children.

Some children are sponsored by individuals or families within our congregation.  Some are sponsored by people connected to other congregations. Some are sponsored by people who are friends of friends. Other sponsorship is through the fundraising of the Mission and Wider Work Committee, as well as by spontaneous offering to the “Jars” in the church hall over morning tea.

You too can be involved in changing the life of a young child. Contact the minister for more information.