At JPUC we engage in the life of the church by coming together to listen, tell, show and do. We spend enjoyable and meaningful times together. Our understanding of the Bible, our God, our faith and ourselves grow as we listen, read, discuss, share, question, struggle, create, contemplate, understand and quietly be. Through the sharing of God’s love we are inspired, motivated, engaged, comforted and welcomed.
Weekly 9.30am – 10.40am.
Our Sunday service accommodates all the generations of our congregation with a mix of contemporary and traditional elements. So, contemporary songs sit beside traditional hymns; moments of deep reflection are interspersed with informality and the breakout of laughter; older adults young at heart join with the banter and learning of the Kids Time.
After the sharing of peace, the children go to Sunday Morning Group (SmG) for a lively program focused on them (every Sunday morning during school terms).
On the First Sunday of each month we serve Holy Communion. The children rejoin the service for Communion.
3rd Sunday of the month after the Service
JC’s Coffee Shop is held in the hall after worship, on the third Sunday of the month, COVID restrictions permitting.
Brewed coffee and a variety of drinks, together with special treats, may be purchased. Everyone is invited to sit, catch up with friends, welcome someone new, and relax and chat.
5pm, 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month except January
Faith@5 is a cooperation with New Lambton Uniting Church which involves interactive worship and discussion activities. It is held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month beginning at 5 pm.
It aims to provide the opportunity for younger and older members of the church community to interact more informally. While many of the participants are families with school-aged children, people of all ages who enjoy less structured ways of worship are encouraged to attend.
COVID-19 has had a significant effect on what has been possible for this relatively new activity, but it has included music, discussion (sometimes of a movie or TV program) and a range of fun activities.
We hope that in 2022 we will be able to include a shared meal in the hall.
See the What’s On Events page for updates.
Sunday Morning group (SmG)
Weekly 9.30am – 10.40am
SmG meets every Sunday morning during school terms. All school aged children (including preschool) are welcome and parents are also welcome to help younger children settle in if needed.
The children move from the worship space to the hall after the Kids’ Talk (about 20 mins into the service) and spend time learning about and sharing God’s word, as well as building relationships with each other, through games, activities and conversations based around the focus Bible Reading for the week.
Each term the children are encouraged to consider how they can actively share God’s love through serving others, with the main event being a BBQ in September to raise funds for Frontier Services (a UCA organisation that supports farmers and people in the outback).
Kids Club & Youth Group
Alternating Friday nights during school terms
Primary and high schoolers from the congregation regularly participate in a Friday night fortnightly program which alternates between Jesmond Park and New Lambton Uniting Churches.
Kids Club (years 3-6) is one week and Youth Group (years 7-12) is the alternate week (during school terms only).
Please visit New Lambton Uniting Church’s website for further information regarding youth groups www.newlambton.unitingchurch.org.au
7pm every Monday (except public holidays).
The Christian meditation group practices in accordance with the World Community for Christian meditation.
This is an ancient form of prayer which began after the early church was formed. The meditators listen to some quiet music and teaching about the practice, before moving into silence for 20 – 30 minutes. They say a mantra “Ma-ra-na-tha” which helps to quieten mind and body.
The group meets in the Community Room at 7pm every Monday night, except for public holidays. All are welcome – children and adults. No previous experience is necessary.
One night per week over 6 – 8 weeks.
Bible studies are held at various times through the year, with each study usually taking place one night a week over a period of 6 to 8 weeks.
Studies are from a variety of sources and are either based on a Bible passage, a particular theme, or perhaps ideas from a selected author.
Please contact us for information on the next study series.