We are a small inclusive community journeying together as we seek to be just and compassionate. We believe we are called to be with the marginalised in the struggle for equality for all – regardless of race, gender, physical ability, mental ability, economic ability, education, gender orientation, faith background or age. We have people who have been a part of the worshipping community for close to a century and those who have no church background. Our faith family is made up of families, singles, partners and people of all ages.

We believe in a God (Energy) that continually interacts with people, creation and the wider universe to create harmony and love between all things. As followers of Jesus and his way we attempt to dedicate ourselves to living out this faith in our lives as he dedicated himself.

We primarily focus our community ministries on mental health disabilities, reconciliation and peace, families, rainbow community, and environmental respect and sustainability.

SERVICES

We would love you to join us for worship. We meet weekly on Sundays at 10am, with communion held during the service on the third Sunday of every month. We are a gay-friendly church and hold rainbow services for the LGBTQI+ community throughout the year. Our worship services are casual, but follow a traditional style. Our worship music covers a wide spectrum, usually utilising our 150 year old pipe organ, the only one of its kind in Australia, to share in modern and traditional worship songs.

During the week, our welcoming church community offers many other activities and groups for locals and visitors to engage with. Our church building is open for prayer and contemplation every Thursday morning from 10am-12noon. We also offer facilities for venue hire, weddings and commitment ceremonies.

WE ARE THE UNITING CHURCH

The Uniting Church SA seeks to be an innovative, growing church proclaiming Jesus Christ, empowered by the Spirit to transform God’s world. Read More.

The Uniting Church is a young church – formed on 22 June 1977, when the Congregational, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches united to become one. The Basis of Union is the document which affirms our Christian faith and is the guide to what is central to the life of the Uniting Church in Australia. Read the Basis of Union here.

CHURCH HISTORY

Semaphore Uniting Church was built in 1867 as a Methodist Church. The beautiful bluestone came from the ballast that came from ships during the 1800s.

In 1977, our congregation became part of the new Uniting Church in Australia, which was formed through the union of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches in Australia. 

Pipe organ

Our pipe organ, built in 1870 in England, fell into disrepair for many years, but a generous donation allowed it to be restored to its former glory. The organ is now regularly used in our Sunday worship services.

Semaphore Methodist Church purchased the organ for 275 pounds, and an additional 254 pounds was charged for cartage and installation. It was unveiled on Setember 15, 1903.

The organ was built by P.C. Conacher and Co. Huddersfield England. It has three keyboards, each with 56 notes, and the pedal board contains 30 notes. There are 17 speaking stops, five couplers and a total of 986 pipes. The largest pipes are approximately 8 feet long and the smallest pipes are half an inch. An electric blower was installed in 1929.

During the power restrictions of the war years, the young men of the church were called upon to power the organ, but they were unable to sustain sufficient power to allow the pedal organ to be used.

We are very excited to be able to share this amazing organ with you – why not come and enjoy hearing it play again at one of our services soon!

MEET THE MINISTER

Rev Ian Hunter
Minister
minister@semaphore.ucasa.org.au

Originally from Canada, Ian has lived in Australia since 2006 and has been at Semaphore Uniting Church since 2010.

Married with grown children, Ian has a real heart for the under privileged in our society. His particular areas of interest are refugees, the gay community, mental health and the aboriginal people. He works tirelessly in his community helping those in need and also is an excellent leader, encouraging others to serve in areas that give life rather than just performing tasks.

Ian’s weekly messages are given with a gentle heart, challenging our church community to follow the example of Jesus – teaching, loving, acting with compassion and serving.

Ian also heads up some of the groups that are run at Semaphore Uniting Church, such as the meditation group, youth group and bike group, and helps out with the Friendship Cafe and playgroup.

He is involved in the wider community serving on the LeFevre High School Governing Council,  Chaplain to the local RSL and Defence Shed as well as a chaplain with SAPOL.

CHURCH COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Rev. Ian Hunter – Minister, Church Council

Kevin Samual – Chairperson Church Council

Maxine Williams – Pastoral Care, Church Council

Rev. Ian Hunter – Hall Hire, Weddings, Funerals

Judy Millikan – Secretary, Church Council

Coralie Loftes – Sunday Cool Kids Church coordinator, Facebook administrator