SERVICES

Sunset Rock sits in a beautiful setting amongst the bushland of the Adelaide Hills, making it an idyllic place to sense the closeness of God, to worship Him and to enjoy a full life with God and His people.

Sunset Rock invites you to join us in worship:

WORSHIP SERVICES

Family Service

Time: 9.30am every Sunday (Holy Communion is celebrated fortnightly)

Services caters for all ages and includes contemporary and traditional songs. Children are included in the service and then have their own special program.

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.

BELIEFS – PURPOSE – POLICIES

Our Beliefs

We believe in one eternal God who created of all things out of nothing and continues to create. He exists in three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God loves each and every person and desires a vibrant relationship with each of us so that we might discover abundant life with Him both in this world and in the next.
We believe that sin has separated us from God, and from the relationship He desires with us.
We believe that Jesus Christ as both God and man, is the only one who can reconcile us to God.
We believe that Jesus lived a sinless life, and that He was the only one who could offer enough—His life, so that our sins won’t come between God and us.
We believe Jesus rose from the dead to demonstrate His victory over death. He is currently alive and active in our world today and is revealing Himself to everyone, but not everyone wants to see Him.
We believe that God offers everyone, forgiveness of sins, reconciliation to God and the gift of eternal life. However, it is only when we turn to Jesus and take Him on for ourselves, that this is made a reality in our lives.
We believe that those who have turned to Jesus also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables Christians to become like Christ (although not completely) and equips them to serve with spiritual gifts.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, and it is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.
It is our joy, as the community at Sunset Rock who follow Jesus, to serve Him by offering His love to all people through both word and deed. All who come into our midst are welcome to share in this love.

Our Vision

To Know Jesus and make Him known

Our Mission

To worship God

To create a caring community with our sisters and brothers in Christ

To serve the wider community

   Our Policies

Please Note:  The Sunset Rock “Premises” includes all or any part of the buildings and the surrounding land owned by the Uniting Church

Catastrophic Fire Days

On days where the CFS has issued a “Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating” for the Mt Lofty Ranges, Church services and any other Church gatherings at the church premises will be cancelled.

The reasons for this are:

We cannot require people who are involved in taking the service or in running activities at the church to travel from their homes which may be in a relatively safe area and travel to Sunset Rock, which is in a very high risk area. Everyone must be free to either stay in a safe place, or alternatively if they live in a high risk place, to follow their own bush-fire action plan.

The only safe area in the Stirling area is in the town precinct and this is quite a distance from the Sunset Rock Church.

Groups hiring the Sunset Rock premises should be aware of this policy and if they still wish to proceed, then they do so entirely at their own risk

Alcohol on Sunset Rock Premises

Sunset Rock Uniting Church recognises the misuse of alcohol can lead to much social disharmony and dislocation in our community.

The bible has many images of wine being associated with the joy and blessing at social gatherings including at the Lord’s Supper.

Therefore the congregation at Sunset Rock accepts that alcoholic drinks are a part of life, but should be used responsibly and in moderation.  We also acknowledge that joy and blessing at social gatherings are not dependent on the presence of alcohol.

Sunset Rock Policy

We anticipate that most events that happen at Sunset Rock will be alcohol free, but if a person or group who hire the premises wish to use alcohol, then permission needs to first be gained from the Sunset Rock Church Council

Activities and Events that Compromise our Beliefs

Sunset Rock Uniting Church is a member of the Hope Network, a group of like-minded churches within the Uniting Church in South Australia, who believe that the bible, understood within the context of the culture of the time it was written, is God’s inspired and inerrant Word.  Consequently we endeavour to live in accordance with the teaching within this Word and enjoy a life of freedom within the bounds of this Word. (See above for more details of what we believe)

The premises of Sunset Rock are reserved for activities and events that do not compromise these beliefs.

Whether or not a particular activity or event compromises the beliefs of the Sunset Rock community, or is overtly contrary to God’s Word, is a decision of the Sunset Rock Council; or in the case where an immediate decision is needed, the decision of any member of the Church Council.

Consequently:

Any activity or event on the premises of Sunset Rock shall not be overtly contrary to God’s Word.

  1. Any activity or ceremony that worships or edifies or invokes any power of any person, spirit or object resembling or attesting to be a deity of any type, is not to be held on the premises of Sunset Rock.
  2. The Rites of Marriage of the Uniting Church in Australia is that marriage is between a man and a woman, until death separates them. We also believe that the scriptures do not condone same gender couples living together as married couples.  Consequently, couples of the same gender are not to be married on the premises of Sunset Rock.

MEET THE MINISTER

Pastor Grant Jewell is the current interim minister.

For any enquires phone:

Telephone: (08) 8370 9361