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On 14 February 2021, South Woden Uniting Church merged with St. James Uniting Church to form the Woden Valley Uniting Church. The website for Woden Valley Uniting Church is at: https://woden-valley.uca.org.au

Due to COVID-19 worship services at SWUC were a mixture of pre-recordings, broadcast via zoom and hybrid (attendance and broadcast). Please contact secretary.swuc@gmail.com for further information.

Online Worship resources, which include pre-recordings, the Order of Service and zoom recordings, are updated weekly, and are available at https://southwoden.wordpress.com/worship-services/

Our Future

The Vision and Mission statement for the new church are here: Vision, Mission and Values, and the latest progress report from the joint planning committee overseeing the merger can be found here: Progress Report as at December 2020

Both the Pearce Community Centre and the Curtin premises will continue to be used for  worship services, and Curtin will continue to be used for small group meetings, and to be available for community use.

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A short brief on emergency procedures while we are using the Pearce Community Centre is at this link: evacuation-briefing-v2

What We Do

For more detailed information about our activities use the drop down menu above to go to Our Activities or follow this link.

You can visit us on Facebook at this link

Our Minister

Rev Gary Holdsworth commenced as our Minister in a 50% shared arrangement with Weston Creek Uniting Church on 19 February 2017. Gary will continue as the Minister of Woden Valley Uniting Church under the same shared arrangement.

We conduct Services every Sunday utilising a wide range of resources: our Minister, our own members, visiting preachers and external Ministers.

Our Minister can be contacted on minister.swuc@gmail.com

For a selection of sermons/reflections delivered over the past few years, follow this link.

Our History

In 1967, South Woden United Church started meeting in Pearce School hall with the Reverend Geoff Bridge as Minister. Nearly 50 years on they still meet in the same venue, now called the Pearce Community Centre.

The Congregation started on some key principles, which still apply 50 years later. They believe that the church is the people not a building and that as a vital congregation, their Christian mission was and is to encourage, affirm, empower and support members to go out into the wider community (as individuals or groups), to be the face and hands of God in the world.

Over 50 years this community has done just what they set out to do. Over those years their activities have changed but they still reach out by providing a Craft Group and Phoenix Knitters meet in members’ homes, while Carols under the Stars is held annually at Pearce Shops with the Gospel Choir. In the wider community the members made many and varied significant contributions: earlier initiatives included the setting up (and handing over) of Woden Community Services and ACT Hospice Society and Hospital Chaplaincy. In more recent years they have a program of contributing to worthwhile causes through their Wider Work sponsorship, and support refugees and the Homeless Shelter at St Columba’s.

South Woden Uniting Church celebrated its 50th year in 2017. A history of the church was written to coincide with that anniversary, and is available in print. An update to cover the period up until the merger with St.James Uniting Church is currently being written.

More detailed information on our history is available on Our History page at this link, including information on the book written to record the first 50 years of SWUC.

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