As the whole society is approaching the considerable risk of the global outbreak of COVID 19, the Church Council has taken seriously the facts of the current situation. For this reason, on Friday 20 March at 1:00 PM, the Church Council has decided to suspend all gatherings and activities until further notice.
This decision includes suspension of the Sunday’s Cool, Tiddlywinks Playgroup, Markets, G1 Youth Group, Craft Group, Messy Church, Men’s Fellowship, Women’s Evening Fellowship, Heart and Soul Fitness, Gourmet Girls, Recycled Teenagers, Small Groups, Op Shop and sorting. Church Services as a gathering format will be suspended. Church Council also recommends that all proposals of the Government be followed with regards to contact, hand washing and sanitisation together with social distancing should be observed.
This decision has not been based on our own preference, but with the best interests of the community in mind. At the same time, the Church Council discussed how we can model a response that is faithful, gracious and wise in trusting God in this difficult situation. As our community has been affected by unknown fear and anxiety, we need to help them remain calm and extend our sense of love and care to those who are suffering.
Therefore, we offer the following pastoral statements.
On behalf of the Church Council,
Cliff Hughes (Chair of Church Council)
Les Smith (Secretary of Church Council)
Fred Badman (Newsletter editor)
Keun-il Ko (Minister of DUC)
The Dapto Uniting Church traces its roots to 1841 when Sunday services were first held in a Dapto schoolroom under the leadership of Presbyterian minister Rev John Tait. With the establishment of the railway network in 1887, the Dapto area experienced a period of continued urban expansion over the ensuing decades.
Our current red brick building, then called St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, was officially opened and dedicated on 7 February 1959. On 22 June 1977, the Australian Methodist and most Presbyterian and Congregational Churches merged to form the Uniting Church in Australia. In Dapto, the Congregations decided to meet in the existing Presbyterian building. After much prayer and planning, construction work commenced in 1981 to attach new hall facilities to the existing church building.
For many years, our Dapto Uniting family has faithfully sought to share the love of Jesus with our local community, through ministries such as our Op Shop, Tiddlywinks Playgroup, Messy Church, Heart & Soul Fitness Group and monthly Market Morning.
Service Times: 9:30 am every Sunday; 5:30 pm once a month, on the third Sunday (not in January)
All services postponed for the time being.
Our Sunday services are times set aside for worshipping God through culturally relevant and spiritually deep teaching and music. During each service, we try to keep a balance of contemporary and tradition styles of worship, including a special segment for children. There is a chance to get to know each other better over morning tea after the morning service, or over dinner before the evening service. We look forward to meeting you!