This is what we do when we meet. We want you to feel comfortable when you visit
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SCOTS-MEMORIAL:
Where is Scots-Memorial Uniting Church and How to Access the Church – Our address is 29 Bathurst St which is a one-way street. We are situated on the left side of the road between Argyle and Campbell Streets. When driving, access the left lane as soon as practicable and enter through the second opening to the property. Signs indicate which way to travel. The driveway is one way.
Church Office – The church office is in the old stone building behind the church and is called St Andrews Hall. It was the original church building. Our friendly receptionist is Lisa Desmond who is the fount of knowledge of all things to do with the church. Our church building is also very old and both buildings have historical interest. The phone number for the church office is 03 6231 4498.
Parking – Any park space can be used after 6 pm weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. There is parking for people with church business at the end of St Andrews Hall. Parking for people with disabilities is adjacent to the other parking spots. All are clearly marked.
Sunday Services – Most services are conducted in the traditional format. Sunday services commence at 10.00 am and conclude between 11.00 am and 11.15 am. If children are present the minister reserves a special part of the service for them.
Welcome – All visitors are very warmly welcomed. Please come and visit us and share in our worship.
Fellowship after the Sunday Service – Fellowship is held in the G A Wood Hall situated behind the church and is always popular and well attended. Tea, coffee and food are available. We would really like you to join us for this enjoyable happening.
Access to the Church – Access to the church is through the front door at the top of the steps. However for those with mobility problems, level access is available through our vestry at the rear of the church.
Tuesday Service – There is a short church service held each Tuesday between 11.30 am and 12.15 pm. All visitors are very welcome to attend.
Toilet Facilities – There are easily accessible toilets at top of the ramp leading to the G.A. Wood Hall behind the church. One of the toilets is a special one for people with disabilities but is also available for general use. There are also male and female toilets inside the G.A. Wood Hall.
SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU VISIT HOBART NORTH?
It depends when you visit the building – but on a Sunday…...
the building is open by about 9am an there is parking on the street.
When you walk in somebody will say hello and offer you a copy of the church’s newsletter, “Connecting Communities”. They will probably ask your name and have a chat.
As you enter the worship area, feel free to sit where you are comfortable. There are no reserved spots, so you won’t be sitting in someone else’s seat!
There is a corner which is geared to children, with toys, activities and a mat where little ones can play.
The table in the centre holds various symbolic items. These change from time to time.
An important and, we find, useful practice is to prepare ourselves for what we do together with a short time of silence.
The programme usually starts with a welcome and lighting a symbolic candle which is intended to reminds us that God [the light of the world] is right here with us.
Sunday morning worship almost always involves singing songs & hearing the Bible read.
All the words of the songs and readings will be displayed on the walls – you do not need any books but if you prefer a hymn book and a Bible can be picked up on your way in. Usually the worship leader or preacher will speak on some aspect of life and Christian faith, with reference to the Bible stories or teachings which have been read.
There will be an opportunity/a request to give money to support the work of ministry and mission. [This pays for staff and materials as well as for giving to those less fortunate than the people here.] This is the way in which church members support the work of the church, and is entirely voluntary. Please do not be embarrassed if you are not able to contribute, just pass the plate on to the people beside you.
After the final ‘sending forth’ song there is more opportunity to get to meet others over morning tea. This is held in the Swan Room foyer, immediately outside the worship space.
What about the rest of the week?
This is a movable feast. That is why the newsletter and website can be quite useful.
Each week there are regular events held in the Church buildings. Study groups, Conversation group, Craft group, other community groups including Choirs, Piano lessons, Playgroup and Alcoholics Anonymous. In addition there are less regular meetings and programmes of a variety of community groups.
If you have a particular interest and want to know more, talk to the person next to you who will be happy to tell you who might know. OR, look out for those wearing name tags with ‘Ministry Leader’ on them. OR ring or email the office and leave a message.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT WESLEY?
The Wesley congregation enjoys traditional worship accompanied by pipe organ and grand piano in a heritage building. Average attendance is 30-40 members with regular visitors. Many of the members are of senior age, but children and young families are always welcome.