Who we are at Jesmond Park Uniting Church

Mission Statement

Jesmond Park Uniting Church is a welcoming faith community of hope, love and justice.

We engage with our wider multicultural community, nurturing our Congregation, and empower the young.

Who we are

We celebrate God’s love for all the cosmos, expressed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

As Jesus shared the hospitality of God toward humankind, so we embody God’s hospitality with all.

We are a community of faith in a broader community of different beliefs, cultural, social and economic situations. As we respond to the great diversity of community needs we respect all we serve, regardless of race, religion, age, sexual orientation or need – we share a common humanity – all are created equal in the sight of God.

Therefore, we are ‘a safe place’ for children, young people and adults, respecting difference, personal space and all ages.

In the Congregation there is a wide range of understandings about faith and life; we accept these with love, uniting around the common practices of Jesus of Nazareth.

So, we hold that every human being has limitless value and inherent capacities – and encourage the discovery and growth of our capacities for the service of others – serving our neighbourhood, both near and far.

Our Vision

Jesmond Park Uniting Church will be known as a faith community that shares and experiences God’s love with and through the broader community, regardless of race, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation or need.

The two key strategic areas of focus, in addition to an ongoing commitment to nurturing the existing Congregation, are:

  • Community connections – engaging with our local community.
  • Children and youth – engaging, nurturing & empowering younger people.

Our Values

Love

We love the Lord Jesus as our Saviour and humbly accept God’s all encompassing love. We strive to live, share and show His love. We understand that there are different beliefs in the Congregation, but accept these with love.

Learning & Understanding

The Christian message should be available to all who want to hear it, in a way that they can understand. We also respect the right of people to interpret and understand the Christian message in their own way.

Respect, Acceptance, Inclusion 

We believe that all human life has value and all people are the creations of God, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. We appreciate the diversity of people, of culture, race and experience in life and seek to be inclusive in the way we welcome and interact. We show love and respect for others based on God’s uncompromising, undiminishing all-forgiving example through Jesus.

Service

We are called to respond in practical ways to the needs of others in our congregation, the community and the world. Our Christian faith is defined by our thoughts, feelings, what we say, and particularly, what we do.

God’s Gifts through the Holy Spirit 

With the help of the Spirit, we are called to use attributes of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, generosity, tolerance, humility and self-control in our actions and interactions.

Our history

Churches steeped in the traditions of the area and with Methodist and Presbyterian backgrounds became part of the Uniting Church in 1977. 

In 1998 Lambton, Jesmond and Waratah Uniting Churches took the brave step to combine on one site to form Jesmond Park Uniting Church. The transition continued when a new purpose built church was opened in 2008 to provide a larger worship space, meeting rooms and break out/casual spaces. 

The auditorium, hall, kitchen and rooms all are available for the wider community to use. See venue hire for details.

Leadership

The congregation is led by our Minister with the Church Council, served by our Office Administrator and Finance and Property Manager, with many volunteers.

Safe Church

The Uniting Church commits itself to the care, protection and safety of all people with whom it comes in contact.

At Jesmond Park Uniting Church we endeavour to provide an environment that is physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually safe for all children and adults.

Learn more: https://nswact.uca.org.au/about-us/safe-church/

We are a congregation of the Uniting Church in Australia

The Uniting Church in Australia – is bigger than our congregation.

On any Sunday more than 2,500 congregations across Australia worship at a Uniting Church, including many congregations that worship in languages other than English.

The Uniting Church is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia and the first church to be created in and of Australia. The Uniting Church in Australia was formed on June 22, 1977, as a union of three churches: the Congregational Union of Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

From the outset, the Uniting Church sought to be a loud voice for a world that is fair and equitable, to welcome everyone as they are and to protect God’s creation and the planet we live on.

Today, through Uniting, the Uniting Church is the largest non-government provider of community services in Australia.

The Vision

To be a fellowship of reconciliation, living God’s love and acting for the common good to build a just and compassionate community.

The Mission

To inspire, empower and support the Uniting Church in all its varied expressions to live out our Christian faith.

We affirm that this means supporting the goals of:

  • Bringing people to Gods Love
  • Responding to human need and strengthening community
  • Transforming unjust social structures
  • Continuing to learn and grow
  • Protecting and renewing creation.

The Values

The Uniting Church is:

  • inclusive and generous
  • honest and accountable
  • just and compassionate
  • hopeful and courageous.

For more information about the Uniting Church in Australia visit the Assembly website.

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