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Ardrossan Uniting Church Parish


Phone: 88373 045



Fourth Street


Ardrossan Uniting Church & Ardrossan Uniting Church Parish

There are four churches operating regularly within the Parish, namely Ardrossan,
Clinton Centre, Dowlingville and Price, plus Sandilands which has a yearly service.

Parish Mission Statement:

 "God's people going forward together, united in faith, vision and purpose."

The Parish covers the area from Port Clinton to Pine Point, along the east coast of Yorke Peninsula.
It was formerly a Methodist circuit and dates back to 1877. Ardrossan, Clinton Centre and Dowlingville have all celebrated their centenaries. (Sandilands'centenary was celebrated in 2008 and now this congregation holds one annual service).

Service times are- Price 9.00 am, Ardrossan 9.30am, Clinton Centre 10.15 am, Dowlingville 11.15am,
The Yorke Peninsula Country Times, published on Tuesday each week, also lists times and preachers

Ardrossan Uniting Church Parish News


Reverend Carol Chambers was inducted on July 14th 2013 as Minister of the Word into the Ardrossan Uniting Church Parish This includes the churches of Ardrossan; Clinton Centre; Dowlingville and Price. 

Carol and her husband Bruce and their dog Tammy, have moved to Ardrossan from Adelaide where Carol was Minister of Colonel Light Gardens Uniting Church for the past five years.  Carol's previous Parishes include the Riverland and the Southern Vales. 

Carol and Bruce have three  married sons, and two baby grandchildren.  As two of their sons live interstate, there are lots of kilometres covered  travelling to see their families.

Carol has a passion for ministry, delighting in enabling people to come into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.  She sees church as a place where everyone is welcomed, accepted and loved.

Her greatest desire is to create a place where people can feel comfortable, have fun, and learn and grow together as children of a loving God. 

She enjoys having an open and approachable ministry where all people may feel free to share their thoughts; ideas; hurts; disappointments; frustrations as well as their joys and delights. 

Carol loves to read, watch good movies, work out at the gym; drink good coffee and walking her beloved dog. Tammy, is delighting in the walking tracks she has discovered.  Bruce's passion is lawn bowls, for Ardrossan Bowling Club.

Both Carol and Bruce have become part of the Ardrossan community.  They both say that they are grateful for the welcome and support given to them since their arrival.

More About The  Ardrossan Uniting Church Parish     

Parish Services

Currently we hold four Parish services a year (on fifth Sunday) in Ardrossan at 9.30am. These are well attended and are generally followed by a pooled morning tea. They are a happy time of fellowship for the Parish.

A new Minister, the Rev Carol Chambers was appoined in 2013 and has already provided a great uplift for all the congregations. 


The news in from Diane Wheare tells some exciting news;  Sunday GIG has started in Ardrossan, at the Uniting Church Hall, from 10.30 am to 11.30am. 

Activities include songs, craft and activities with a Christian story. All children 3years of age and older are most welcome. 

If you'd like to know more, give Diane a call on 88373429   

Kids Club

This very well attended group was established by the Christian Pastoral Support Worker at Ardrossan Area School and supported by a band ofhelpers. It is fortnightly at Ardrossan Church Hall (unless otherwise planned) during school term. Currently there is 25 - 35 attending. Our Parish supports a Christian Pastoral Support Worker at Ardrossan Area School.

Ardrossan Uniting Church Adult Fellowship Group

Meetings held monthly on the fourth Wednesday of each month, in the Ardrossan Uniting Church Hall, commencing at 2.00pm. Men and women of all ages are welcome!

New members are most welcome to come along & enjoy afriendly afternoon with a heap of laughter along the way & enjoy a cuppa & delicious eats 

Contemporary Services

These are co-ordinated by some members of Ardrossan and Dowlingville congregations and are held at Ardrossan monthly on Sunday evenings at 6:00pm. The service begins with some conservative, contemporary singing followed by a guest speaker and a sharing time. Prayer ministry is available when needed. Guest speakers are invited. This informal gathering is followed by pizzas at 7.00pm.

About our local churches

Ardrossan Uniting Church

Mission Statement:

 "To sow the seeds of friendship, nurture and encourage each other to reach out in God's love to others."

The Ardrossan Methodist Church began in the home of Mr.G. Webb.When the room was too small services were held under a large pepper tree near thehouse. Freeman's Mill later became the venue for worship. The church building was opened on the 24th. of March 1878 with a congregation of 80 and a Sunday School of 35. The Sunday School Hall was opened on 15th. Feb. 1938

Services at the Ardrossan Uniting Church, Fourth Street are held at 9.30 a.m. each Sunday with Parish services held quarterly at 10:30pm, conducted by visiting ministers, lay people and church leaders, with Holy Communion once a month as per our quarterly preaching plan, and weekly news and happenings by a locally produced communicator, followed by morning tea and fellowship in the Sunday School room adjacent to the church.

The location and facilities of the Ardrossan Church make it a popular choice for Weddings, baptisms and funerals.

A member of the Hope Network

Dowlingville Uniting Church

Mission Statement:

 "We are welcoming and caring to all, encouraging others to grow in faith in Jesus"

 "I was a stranger and you invited me in."  Matthew 25:35

Contact- Tanya Whittaker: 08 88373072

Dowlingville is a rural church in the Ardrossan parish, 10 kms. north of Ardrossan. First service was in 1877 at a private home. In 1879 it was resolved a chapel be built. Stone work, roof & ceiling work proceeded smoothly & within unplastered walls and on nature's floor the opening service was held on 23rd November 1879.

Services are held each Sunday morning at 11.15 a.m. with a friendly, approachable congregation of approximately 20 attending. These services are reasonably informal with guitar music, choruses and many members participating in Bible reading and praying specifically for the needs of our local people. The predominant age of these members is over fifty years, but when young people visit, it is obvious they are comfortable worshipping in this environment.

We usually stay for a pooled lunch after the service where supportive and meaningful discussions often take place. Several times a year, we join with Clinton Centre congregation for a combined service, followed by a shared meal.

Some members have major involvement in the organization and running of an annual Youth Easter Camp and young adults '20 + Camp' held during the October long weekend on Y.P. The congregation supports these camps with prayer and donations.

Several of our members are involved in a lay preaching capacity within the parish others with Kids Club and Contemporary Worship.

Some farmers in the district contribute to the Parish Grain Fund.

A recent initiative of some members has led to the painting and redecorating of the church's interior with some exterior work and landscaping still in progress.

Dowlingville is an evangelical congregation who has membership with the Hope Network.

Generally we have a desire to share our faith in Jesus Christ with each other and the community.

Clinton Centre Uniting Church

Mission Statement: "The sower sows God's message" Mark 4:14

Contact- Maxine Langford:88351 331

Clinton Centre (25km north of Ardrossan) consists of a church, hall and tennis courts situated at an intersection in a reliable agricultural area.

Clinton Centre is the northern centre of worship in the parish and celebrated 125th anniversary in October 2011. Families worship together each week at 10.15 am.

Local farmers contribute generously to the Parish grain fund.

Women's Fellowship is held on the first Wednesday of each month and has recently celebrated its fiftieth birthday.

The present church building was constructed in 1962, built of cream brick, this airy church is similar to many erected at the time, after it was found that the initial church building erected in 1887 was inadequate in size. The "old Church" is now put to use as a hall. It is carpeted & well maintained.

Price Uniting Church

Mission Statement: `Have the salt of friendship among yourselves and reach out in peace to others."

 Adapted from Mark 9:50

Contact- Maxine Broster 08 88377 236

Price is a small township bordering on samphire flats. A 2 km long causeway leads to Wills Creek & an excellent boat ramp. This is a well known area for fishing & crabbing. Main industry is Cheetham Saltworks employing 80 people, (many travelling from Ardrossan). It boasts the best quality salt in the Southern Hemisphere.

Price Church Trust was formed on 17th March 1935.

The building was erected originally as a Sunday School Hall and opened in 1939. A memorial porch was added in 1944 and dedicated (by Rev. Phil. Potter) in remembrance of local Colin Gardner who gave his life in active service.

Today the church is well maintained and the grounds are tidy due to a generous donation from locals. Carpet has been replaced in the adjoining room and visitors often comment there is a warm and friendly atmosphere within.

Being the only church in Price/Port Clinton it is available to other denominations. The folk of Price (regardless of denomination) regard it as "their church" for funerals and weddings.

Services are held fortnightly at 9.00 am . An informal friendly 'cuppa' following worship is very popular.

We treasure our aboriginal dot painting (1.25 m by 0.75m) depicting the life of Christ, painted especially for Price congregation by artist Napaljari (Isobelle). Napaljari, deaf & mute, resided in Price at the time but has now moved on. It is a constant reminder of our Lord's life, but also a celebration of Isobelle's life amidst adversity.

Catering at our local Community Club for Friday night meals on a monthly basis is a great outreach into the community and a good source of revenue. We hold an annual Street Stall and Luncheon/Quiz and with the financial assistance from various local bodies we are able to meet our allocation. We do not have a Grain Fund to support our funds.

The small band of worshippers is very dedicated and proud of their church.

Sandilands Uniting Church

Mission statement:

 "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there l am in the midst of them." Matthew 18:20

Contact- Marilyn Stock: 08 88322020

The Sandilands church is situated 24km south west of Ardrossan in a very reliable farming district.

The church at Sandilands enjoyed many fruitful years but as people left the district and families became smaller, attendance at worship and other activities .

A Centenary Service was held in 2008. The property is in very good condition and is always kept neat and tidy. Tennis courts adjoin the church block. A service is held annually. 

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