Play Zone is an area for children that is available during Sunday worship services.
This area includes toys and activities specifically geared towards babies and toddlers, although it can also be utilised by older children. Parents have found this area an extremely helpful as a safe space for children to play and be entertained while their parents enjoy the weekly service.
Paint, Make & Create Playgroup
Our playgroup is for babies and toddlers up to five years old and meets in the back hall at Semaphore Uniting Church every Monday from 10-11.30am during school terms.
Paint, Make & Create is welcoming and inclusive of all families, and is LGBTQI+ friendly. The playgroup provides a time of fellowship and activities, including crafts, art, free play, music, dress up and imagination play. Morning tea is also offered and provides a time for parents to share stories with one another. Those who attend are asked to bring along a piece of fruit to share in addition to a donation of $3 if possible – but all are welcome, with or without a piece of fruit and donation.
Our youth group is for 12-17 year olds and is held every second Friday. Young people meet in the back hall at Semaphore Uniting Church for activities and a time of community.
More information about specific youth group activities will be included on the Events Calendar (link) as it becomes available, and is also posted on the Semaphore Uniting Church Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/semaphore.unitingchurch/
For more information, please contact Rev Ian Hunter on 0419 434 156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The sanctuary is open for personal prayer and contemplation every Thursday morning from 10am-12noon.
The Semaphore Uniting Church Friendship Café has been running for over a quarter century and is held in the back hall of the church every Thursday from 11am-1pm. A delicious selection of homemade food is available at very reasonable prices. Come along to share in a meal and experience the café’s friendly atmosphere.
Please note: the café is closed if the weather is forecast to reach 37 degrees or above in Semaphore.
The Shed Op Shop
The Shed Op Shop can be found just behind Semaphore Uniting Church. The op shop is run by volunteers and all money raised is used to help the local Semaphore community. Items for sale include books, clothes, shoes, glassware, toys, furniture, jewellery, household goods, and many other options – all sold for very reasonable prices. The op shop welcomes all quality donations with the exception of electrical items. There is an outside collection point for electrical items for disposal.
The Shed Op Shop is open Tuesday to Saturday(10am-3pm). The Shed is closed on Sunday and Mondays and public holidays. The Shed Op Shop does not operate on days of extreme heat.
Our bicycle group, Semaphore Wheels in Motion, meets weekly at the shed behind Semaphore Uniting Church on Tuesday from 9:20am -10:30am. This group is well-suited to less serious riders and is focussed on building community by forming connections within the diverse culture of Semaphore.
Bikes and helmets are available for people who want to come along and ride, but who do not have their own equipment. There are also adult tricycles available for those worried about their balance.
A group also focuses on bike maintenance and up-keep on Monday nights at 6:30, and can be a good way to connect with riders for people who are not interested in riding themselves.
All are welcome to join this free group.
We hold yoga classes in the back hall at Semaphore Uniting Church (access through the side carpark) on Monday afternoon from 1:30 – 2:30, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30-7.30pm, and Thursday mornings from 9.30-10.30am. This basic class is a good introduction to yoga, and is well suited to beginners, the elderly and more advanced students. Yoga is an excellent way to assist with health, fitness and relaxation. These are run by wider community people and there is a fee for these classes.
There is meditation Monday to Friday from 7am – 8am and 5pm – 5:30pm. It takes place in the sanctuary and entry is through the side door off the parking lot or the front door of the church may be open. There is no charge for these sessions and we explore many types and styles of meditation from the Christian, Buddhist, Sikh and other traditions using contemplative, sound and guided forms. The aim is to become aware of true self and to allow the individual to live fully in the moment. Allowing the individual to let go of many of our cultures preconcieved notions and expectations of the self and giving both techniques and confidence to move more fully towards one’s true self.